Due to the fact that the Crim is the same week as our normally scheduled training and the Crim preparations are in full swing, the decision was made at our July meeting to cancel the meeting for August.
We hope you can make it to the Crim to help out, if not, our next Siren Test is on September 2nd and our next training is scheduled for September 26th.
10k run/walk, 5k run/walk, Little Wildebeest run on track
Where: Flushing, Michigan
When: April 29, 2017
Website | Registration
The Flushing “Run like a Wildebeest” Run has quickly gained the reputation as one the most well run events in Genesee County. 2017 will be its 6th year and if the momentum continues, over 650 participants should descend upon Flushing. The run is dedicated to the memory of Greg Flint, who died suddenly in 2011. Proceeds from the event go to the Flushing High School Cross Country Team and many other important causes like the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, a charity that helps with heart screening among high school and middle school athletes. This event exemplifies the values and ideals of gCARES and we look forward to participating in 2017!
Linden FirstTry Triathlon
300 yard swim, 9 mile bike, and 2 mile Run
Where: Linden, Michigan
When: June 17, 2017
Website | Registration
The “First Try” Triathlon is an entry level triathlon in Linden County Park and throughout the Linden, Fenton Twp. area. The event includes a 300 yard swim in Byram Lake, a 9 mile bike course encompassing 3 municipalities, and a 2 mile run in the Linden County Park. With first-time triathletes on an open course our role of looking out for participant safety is ever more important. The large footprint of the course has been a challenge gCARES has proven to be an invaluable asset for. Amateur radio has quickly shown our value by providing real time course communication throughout multiple agencies and race leadership. Perennial Sponsors Fenton Winery & Brewery and CycleFit of Fenton are friends to amateur radio! 2017 will the 3rd year gCARES supports the Linden Triathlon and it has been unanimously voted to be a favorite amongst every operator that has come out! The positive supportive energy is contagious, we look forward to 2017!
5k, Little Berry Dash
Where: Crossroads Village, Genesee Township, Michigan
When: July 12, 2017
Website | Registration
The Huckleberry Hustle is a 5k within historic Crossroads Village. A family oriented event that includes a “Little Berry Dash” and a cross county 5k sponsored by the Crim Fitness Foundation. 2017 will be our 3rd year gCARES plans to participate. Our only event within a closed contained course, this event serves as a perfect opportunity to train new operators, Net Control Stations (NCS) and Event Coordinators. To perfect our skills as operators we use a simplex frequency leaving the comfort and reliability of a repeater. gCARES operators are encouraged to bring family and enjoy a ride on the carousel and Ferris Wheel after the event!
Atwood Stadium Run
10k / 5k
Where: Atwood Stadium, Flint, Michigan
When: July 22, 2017
Website | Registration
Formerly known as the Durant Tuuri Mott run, this is one of the oldest runs in the Genesee County. Amateur radio has played an integral part of this run for over 20 years! The Atwood Races is widely regarded as a pre-training race preparing the community for the Crim Festival of Races. The event donates proceeds to charitable groups like Carriage Town Ministries. gCARES looks forward to seeing this event continue to grow and supporting it once again in 2017!
Website | Registration
2016 will be the 40th year the Crim Festival of Races has been hosted by the City of Flint. 15,000 participants, and over 10,000 spectators, the Crim is by far the largest event in the City of Flint and Genesee County. Amateur radio has participated in the Crim for over 25 years in multiple capacities. This year will be a “festival of amateur radio”! gCARES plans to have over 50 operators spread out on the 10 mile course, serving as real time situational awareness to first responders and race officials. Operators will also be staffed at the command post, start/finish line, and medical tent. In addition to the public service side, in cooperation with the Genesee County Radio Club, gCARES will be hosting a Special Event Station to commemorate the 40th Anniversary. W8ACW will be operating on 40 meters, 20 meters and 2 meter simplex. This will be a great way to engage the public and further promote the hobby. We are beyond excited for this year’s Crim Festival of Races!
Tour De Crim
10 mile bicycle event on the famous Crim blue line
Where: Flint, Michigan
When: September 30, 2017
The Tour De Crim is a non-competitive bicycle event on the famous Crim blue line. Hosted by the Crim Fitness Foundation and sponsored by HealthPlus, the Tour De Crim is a favorite amongst gCARES volunteers. A controlled course, our presence on the course is extremely important for participant safety. “It is such a great feeling knowing there is so many (amateur operators) on the course looking out for our safety” said Annie of Grand Blanc. 2017 will be gCARES 3rd year supporting the Tour De Crim. We look forward to be out there!
According to the bylaws of MSCG (our parent organization), in order for our liability coverage, we need to update our membership list annually. Since we’re coming into the active portion of the year (with Skywarn and special event assistance), please make sure to fill out the updated membership form found in the link below.
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.
HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs).
At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.
H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.
Once again it is time for us as constituents to write to our Congressperson and request that they support HR 1301 and consider signing on as a co-sponsor on this important piece of legislation.
All of the necessary information is available on the ARRL website here: http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301. On this webpage you will find everything that you need in order to contact and urge your congressperson tosupport HR 1301 and to sign on as a co-sponsor.
You will find a spot to determine who your Congressperson is and from there you can get the necessary information to complete the sample letter that is provided for you.
Once again, we are asking you to send your letters (snail mail or email) to the ARRL for hand delivery to House members. This is important as a stack of letters from constituents carry a large impact.
The instructions are there if you choose print your prepared letter, sign it and snail mail to ARRL. If you choose to convert your signed letter toa PDF and email it to ARRL, you can save the cost of postage and envelope. The snail mail and email address for each method is on the website.
One tip for you: review the list of Congresspersons who have already signed on before asking him or her for support. Your letter writing may turn to a thank you letter if your representative has already agreed to become a co- sponsor.
This is the case in the 1st and 7th Michigan Districts as Congressmen Benishek and Walberg are co-sponsors. For those who live in the 1st and 7th district, please take a few minutes to send them your thanks for supporting HR 1301. You can easily thank them by going directly totheir individual websites and emailing your thanks.
Asking for support is important, but it is just as important to thank them for their support if they become co-sponsors.
As you know, Michigan has just become the 31st to pass a PRB-1law, and HR 1301is the next logical step in the process. If we are successful in convincing the FCC to give us parity, then we will go back to the Michigan Legislature to update our PRB-1 law.
I ask that each of you who sends a letter requesting support of HR-1301 to send me a short email advising me that you have sent a letter toyour Congressperson.
By doing so, you will help us to determine our effectiveness and coverage of our grassroots effort here in Michigan.
You can reach me at .
Thank you for doing your part in this important effort. Please pass this information to your local clubs and to your friends and family, hams and non-hams alike.
The Genesee County Amatuer Radio Public Service Corp is taking the lead by requesting support from Michigan’s 5th District Representative Dan Kildee to sponsor the bill. If you would like to be included in the letter please add your name, call sign and the municipality where you reside in the 5th district.