Updated Update!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For everyone working the MS150, the rider count is now over 10,000! The number of

riders is expected to level off around 12,000. This ride uses amateur radio as the

primary communications for the entire event. With this number of riders, cell phones

become useless in the rural areas due to the lack of call capacity for the number of

cell phones brought in the area. We need your help to provide communications for this

event. Over 100 operators are needed to staff the medical vehicles, supply trucks, break

points, and several other critical areas. The positions with the most openings are

two-day positions in the event vehicles. If you can help with this worthy cause that

raises funds for Multiple Sclerosis research and patient support, please contact me. You can also sign up at



The number of events that are requesting amateur radio communications is growing,

and we need to support them, which also supports amateur radio. There are only a few

events left to help with before the MS150, so if you would like to help out and get  ready

for the MS150, sign up now.


Operators of web sites and remail lists, pleae post this information on your web site.


Please show your support for amateur radio by coming out to help or by attending the events. 

Mike Hardwick, N5VCX

This weekend!! 
March 21, 2004
The Bluebonnet Express Bike Ride
Twenty operators are needed for this event that starts and finishes at Waller County Fairgrounds. 
This weekend is one of the MS150 training rides that amateur radio supports. If you would like
to help out, please let me know as soon as possible. The ride starts at 8am and will be finished
around 3 pm. Operators will meet at Denny's on 1960 just north of HWY 290 at 5am Sunday
morning  for their packets and updates.  Talk-in will be on 145.190 minus offset with a 123.0 tone.
Come on out and help with this worthy event and help promote amateur radio.
Mike Hardwick, N5VCX

BP MS150 Training Rides

There are several training rides that will need amateur radio communications.

Besides helping the riders get prepared for the MS150, the ride also helps the

amateur radio operators prepare for it as well. 


Mar. 21       Blue Bonnet Express          Hempstead            20 operators needed

Mar. 28      Tour de Cypress                  West Houston      20 operators needed

BP MS150 Houston to Austin Bike Ride
April 17& 18, 2004

110 operators are need for this event. Please contact me as soon as possible

as overnight accommodations need to arranged. The event is expected to have

over 12,000 riders this year since it is the MS150ís 20th anniversary. To provide

communications for this event, all forms of amateur radio will be needed.

Everything from HF to UHF from APRS to ECHO link is used for communications

during the event. If you are interested in helping, please contact me as soon as possible. 

For the two-day volunteers, food and sleeping arrangements are provided.


The ride starts on April 17th, 2004 at 6:45am at the Tully Stadium start and 7:00 a.m. at the

Rhodes Stadium start. Riders and volunteers will overnight in the LaGrange and Bastrop area.

You must contact me  to arrange for your sleeping arrangements since all motel rooms have

already been taken up by some of  the 12,000 riders and volunteers. Operators will meet at

the METRO Park and Ride at I10 and Highway 6 just north of Interstate 10 at 4:30 am Sunday

morning  for their packets, updates, and tee-shirts.  Talk-in will be on 145.190 minus offset with a 123.0 tone.
There will be two amateur radio operators meetings at the MS office, 8111 North Stadium Drive, Houston,
on April 12th and 14th. New operators only need to attend one of the meetings. If you would like more
information, please contact me.
Come on out and help with this worthy event and help promote amateur radio.


You can sign up at http://www.houstonhams.org


Mike, N5VCX

What have you done to promote amateur radio lately?
Upcoming Hamfests
Here is hamfest info for the next several months.
If you have any information on other local hamfests,
please send it to me. Or you can check out
Ongoing Swapmeets
Humble TEAC  ARC
3rd Saturday in
March, June, September, December Humble TEAC ARC- Hugh W5FM@arrl.net 145.43(-)

Mar 20, 2004 
Brenham ARC
 No entry fee, free tables for commercial vendors and $10 for individuals
Contact: Dan Lakenmacher, N5UNU,
10312 Highway 36 North, Brenham, TX 77833 Phone: 979-836-8739 Email:


May 22, 2004
Belton Ham EXPO


7:00 am

Bell County Expo Center in Belton

From I-35 take Exit 292 to the Dome

$1.00 entry fee

VE Sessions at 1 p.m. Talk-in on 146.82 tone 123.0 and 444.700 123.0 tone

Ham Expo
P.O. Box 4511
Temple, TX 76505

Phone: 254-773-3590

Don't forget to come out and do something with your radio and license!

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