So when all else fails…?
What an Olympic opportunity for Ham Radio! And what a public relations opportunity for ARES and Radio Amateurs of Canada as the Pan Am Games come to Toronto in 2015 and yes they have cycling!
Somebody ring the bell and wake up the guys at RAC General Headquarters and let’s get the ARES guys out from behind their desks writing how-to manuals that nobody is going to read.
This would take work! (This is likely a novel thought for some.) It will take planning. (That’s going to mean getting a committee together and not pissing the committee members off on the first day with infighting, empire building and mental instability – which would immediately rule me out.) We’ve got the time. (But we’d have to get moving right now.)
Someone would have to find a clean shirt and iron their suspenders and go call on the Pan Am folks but it could be done.
(We could offer to setup a redundant GPS system at the cycling road race and there might be other opportunities as well.)
Of course if RAC isn’t able or willing maybe the new Emergency Communications Ontario group might step in?
I tell you this would present Canadian Amateur Radio operators as the well-spoken, clean-shaven, technically adapt, community-oriented, well-organized, youthful, diverse group that we know and love on a world stage.
But are we up to the job?