Amateur Operators braved the cold and fog on Thanksgiving morning to support the 2016 12th Annual Run Against Hunger to benefit the Stockton Food Bank. The venue runs from the Stockton Ports Banner Island Ball Park on Fremont Street, around Weber Point then down Weber Ave to Morelli Park and back. There are fun runs for the kids starting at 8:00 AM, fun run/walk 5K and a 10K run. We arrived starting about 6 AM with everyone checking in by 6:30 AM to get last minute assignment changes, safety vests and deployment before Stockton PD closed the streets at 0700.
Net Control was set-up in front of the Banner Isl ballpark where we had excellent line of site to the start of the race and the finish line. We used Paul N6KZW's 2-Meter / 440 radio in a box (Go-Kit) with portable radios on back-up channels for monitoring. Primary operation was on the K6KJQ 444.325Mhz repeater on top of the Stockton PD building.
Kyle KM6EQN, newly licensed this summer and not quite 11 years old was put in charge of the operation and his first time as Net Control. He did an outstanding job with minimal support from John NZ6Q. Taking control of the net from start to finish, we had only one minor incident involving a lost drivers license. We also coordinated with the race officials and Stockton PD as well as Parks & Recreation to get the bathrooms at the Morelli Park turn-around stocked with TP and open. We covered 10 strategically placed posts for communications and interaction with course marshal volunteers who are charged with keeping the walkers and runners in their own 'lanes'.
This was one of our biggest volunteer events of the year. The Run Against Hunger reported over 3500 runners and walkers registered for the event. That's 7 X as many bike riders as we support on the Delta Century ride in May. Everyone was secured and on their way to 'Turkey day' by 1030 hours.
Thanks to the following members and operators who gave up a perfectly good morning to sleep in to support the Emergency Food Bank event:
Kyle KM6EQN, Larry KI6LNB, Eric W6INP, David AA6HO, Roxane KJ6DGB, Aaron K6AIB, Mark KM6FQZ, Guy W6MSU, Dave N6LHL, Jeff KJ6RHF, Paul N6KZW, Mike K6AAN (who's daughter Ran in the race); Richard KK6TGX and Terry KK6KGX
Thanks also to Glen K6KJQ for use of the 444.325 repeater at the Stockton PD which provided excellent coverage and flawless operation. Also thanks to David N5FDL for the 444.500 Coronado repeater as back-up.