Snake River Amateur Radio Club     Canyon County, Idaho      Grid: DN13

The Idaho Rally International is a basically a road race over gravel and dirt roads. Vehicles, which can be cars, UTV's, ATV, and motorcycles, leave a starting point at one or two minute intervals and see who can be the fastest driver on the course. Besides a driver there is a co-driver (except for motorcycles and ATV's) who helps navigate the course. This year the Rally was held on June 21 and 22. It uses many volunteers to help keep civilian vehicles off the course while the race is going. To help with communications, hams are stationed at key points along the race route. These hams report any problems to a central place called Rally or Net Control. The Snake River Amateur Radio Club manned net control with 5 hams maintaining contact on four different roads. The racers used Harris Creek road, Alder Creek road, Grimes Pass road and the Centerville road during the weekend. If there is a problem reported to the net control it is their responsibility to alert the emergency services to help with the problem. This year a car decided to have a close encounter with a tree, resulting in an injury which required extrication and Life Flight to a local hospital. The hams who helped with Net Control were  Bob, W7RLS, John, NO6Z, Steve, WB7VEQ, Deb, KE7TMF, and John, KD7HGS. They did an excellent job during the rally and were very professional in handling the message traffic.


Bob, W7RLS, Steve, WB7VEQ, and John, NO6Z, at their work stations. Notice Bob is the only one working at the time this picture was taken. However, there were several times all of them were working three different stages at the same time.

Road closure sign. These were placed on each road three weeks prior to the Rally.

Below: The ambulance and extraction crew parked next to us. With the racer hitting a tree, the life flight coordinator hitting here head on cement, and John (N06Z) falling, they had a busy weekend.



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