[aprssig] symbols for bike events?

Michael Barnes barnmichael at gmail.com
Wed Jun 21 23:12:48 CDT 2017

Just finished supporting a bicycle ride last weekend. A key point on your
issue arose. We had a map of the event with rest stops with a number
designating each one. We used that as a basis for tactical callsigns of
Stop 2, Stop 4, Stop 6, etc. Turns out the event organizers also published
a map they handed out to volunteers and riders. The stops on their map were
designated by letter, Stop A, Stop C, Stop D, etc. Fortunately, one of the
radio operators had copies of both maps and were able to provide cross
referencing as needed. However, it did make for some awkward and confusing

It is very important to coordinate with event organizers and get everybody
on the same page with common location designators and be sure the event is
properly covered. Be sure all key players are covered with communications.
For our event, the organizers never mentioned the SAG Wagon to our
coordinator. The SAG is a vital component of any organized bicycle ride and
absolutely needs communications. Fortunately, we found out in time to get
additional manpower to provide comms for the SAG.

Michael WA7SKG

> On 22 Jun 2017, at 11:55 am, spam8mybrain <spam8mybrain at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > Greetings, all.
> >
> > I'm sitting here getting ready for another public-service bicycle event,
> and was noticing there aren't really good symbols for the fixed points
> (rest stops and finish line). What are good conventions? I've using \;
> (picnic area) for the rest stops, although \r (restrooms) might be a good
> choice, too. Our Net Control Station is usually at the finish line, so I've
> been using /c (Incident Command Post); I've thinking that maybe Fc as an
> overlay would be a good choice, with a black-and-white checked icon. :-)
> >
> > Any conventions others are using?
> >
> > Andrew, KA2DDO
> > _
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