On Saturday, January 22, 2011, amateur radio operators from the Prince Edward County ARES group and the Hastings County ARES group in Loyalist ARES district were joined by local hams and those from as far away as Port Hope and Thornhill to provide communication for the annual Eldorado Gold Cup Sled-Dog Race south of Bancroft, ON.
Tim (VE3UO) provided leadership as “net control". Pete (VA3PGB), Susan (VA3PWS), Bob (VE3QWB), Matthew (VE3OCC), Joe (VA3JAD), Gary (VE3IVU) and Doug (VE3ZDG), were joined by Gord Hewitt (VE3GIH), Greg James (VE3GVJ) and Lee McMurter (VA3LHM), who traveled considerable distances to help out. They provided communication from each road-crossing and race check-point to ensure the safety of race participants and spectators, as well as to transmit race results to the start/finish line. Lee’s father, Harry (VA3HJM), dropped by in the afternoon to see how things were going.
Race communication was conducted via a new 2m. repeater (146.610- MHz.) at McCrea, ON., operated by the Central Ontario Amateur Radio Club. Those using the repeater were impressed by its coverage.