Chilly Hilly – February 26, 2017 *

In February of each year, we provide communication and logistical aid to the Chilly Hilly bicycle rally, which is conducted by the Cascade Bicycle Club. This event draws 4000 riders or more for a circuit of the island.

We are interested in help from visiting hams on this one, too. This is a highly mobile event, and hams typically need a vehicle and a mobile radio. An HT is probably not sufficient due to the island’s hilly layout.

*Update 2017-02-13: we have all the volunteers we need for 2017. See you on the course!

Fun Fair at the Fire Station – June **

This is one of our better chances to interact with the public and drag unsuspecting citizens over to the Dark Side. Our fearless club president will set up the table and the club go-box, to impress people with blinking lights. We could use a couple others to help staff the booth, answer questions, etc. Help kids talk to operators all the way on the other side of the parking lot! They feed us for free so it doesn’t get much better than that, unless you get lucky and dunk the Chief.

** The Fun Fair is cancelled for 2017, as Station 21 is being razed to prepare for a new main fire station. Construction of the new facility may be complete for Fun Fair 2018, but we have to wait and see.

Rotary Auction – Saturday – July 1st, 2017

The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club conducts what is possibly the largest single-seller garage sale in the world, raising over $500,000 in 2016. You have to see it to believe it. For more information, visit the Rotary site. But for a really great map, you have to come to us.

We are always interested in help from visiting hams. We have duties that involve a lot of walking with HTs, but we also have roles that don’t demand any walking. It’s typically hot, and dehydration is a concern to hams and the entire crowd. If you’re interested, contact us. Volunteers (including the hams) get fed, which is a plus.

Field Day – last weekend in June

What happens when amateur radio operators all over the country step away from the power grid, maybe go camping, and string enough wire between tree-tops to make a safety net for falling giants? Field Day! Field Day is a contest in which the goal is to contact as many stations in as many places over as many frequencies as possible, all without using utility-supplied power. It’s great fun, of course, and also helps us prepare to serve in emergencies when the power is knocked out.

The Rotary Auction often conflicts with field day, so please check with us to confirm that the club is participating.

 Simulated Emergency Tests

From time to time we have run Simulated Emergency Tests (SETs) on the island, and we participate in county- and state-wide SETs as well. The software we have used for home-grown SETs is available free.