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Solar Powered RMS Gateway

Baker2Vegas Special Event Station

WaveTalkers has been approved to test and operate a portable Winlink Gateway that will use VARA HF on 80m, 40m, 20m, and 17m according to the schedule noted below. All stations are encouraged to check-in between 0800 Pacific Time on Thursday 04/07 and 0800 Pacific Time Sunday 04/10 2022.

Objective:

Educate and encourage emergency communicators and ham radio operators to use Winlink to send traffic via VARA HF to a portable gateway located at the MRN IBEX Repeater site, Baker2Vegas 2022.

Overview:

The portable HF Gateway will operate entirely on Solar and Battery Power from IBEX on the approved frequencies and times noted below. The gateway will operate with NVIS antennas on 80m and 40m and Skywave Antennas for 20m and 17m.

Instructions:

Ham radio operators are encouraged to send a Winlink Check In form (Winlink -> New Message -> Select Template -> Standard Templates -> General Forms -> Winlink Check In) to the Tactical Callsign: WAVETALKERS

Please set Status Select as Exercise and fill out the rest of the form appropriately for your operating conditions. If you are supporting the race, please note your B2V Stage as your Location on the form. Everyone should note their GPS coordinates to be counted as a valid checkin and have your check in mapped. In the comments field, please let us know what your operating conditions are: Transceiver, Power level, and antenna.

Operators are encouraged send their check in directly through the portable gateway W6AH via VARA HF. Operators may also submit their check in via any supported Winlink mode using an alternative local, regional, or global RMS Gateway. All Standard Winlink Check In forms should be directed to the tactical callsign: WAVETALKERS

Gateway Information:

Operation Table of Center Center Frequencies (dial):

*NOTE: W6AH VARA HF station should be appearing in the propagation tables on Winlink for VARA HF. If you do not find the gateway in the list you can manually set the Gateway callsign: W6AH and the Center Frequency noted above. Center Frequencies have been noted in kHz to match the settings in Winlink.

Operating Schedule:

*NOTE: all dates are noted for Pacific Daylight Time

PDT 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April
0000 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0100 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0200 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0300 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0400 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0500 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0600 PDT   80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS
0700 PDT   40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS
0800 PDT 40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS
0900 PDT 40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS  
1000 PDT 17m Skywave 17m Skywave 17m Skywave  
1100 PDT 17m Skywave 17m Skywave 17m Skywave  
1200 PDT 17m Skywave 17m Skywave 17m Skywave  
1300 PDT 20m Skywave 20m Skywave 20m Skywave  
1400 PDT 20m Skywave 20m Skywave 20m Skywave  
1500 PDT 20m Skywave 20m Skywave 20m Skywave  
1600 PDT 20m Skywave 20m Skywave 20m Skywave  
1700 PDT 40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS  
1800 PDT 40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS  
1900 PDT 40m NVIS 40m NVIS 40m NVIS  
2000 PDT 80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS  
2100 PDT 80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS  
2200 PDT 80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS  
2300 PDT 80m NVIS 80m NVIS 80m NVIS  


Goals:

Primary Goals:

  1. Improve the operating skills and capacity of emergency communicators and ham radio operators while raising awareness of the role ham radio plays in supporting the Baker2Vegas race and our served agencies.
  2. Test the viability of future HF NVIS communication across the entire Baker2Vegas Race course as a possible additional backup channel of communication.
  3. Test the viability of a long term (4 days), of a fully off grid Solar Powered HF Winlink Gateway for future deployments by emergency communicators.

US Goals:

  1. Receive at least 1 check-in from all 50 US States.
  2. Receive at least as many check-ins from different US counties as there are teams competing in the 2022 Baker2Vegas Race.
  3. Receive as many Winlink CHECK IN forms as there are individual runners in the 2022 Baker2Vegas Race.

DX Goals:

  1. Check ins from at least 20 different DX entities to celebrate each of 20 stages of the Baker2Vegas Race.