WRTC2014 Volunteer Training – May 31, 2014

WRTC2014 Volunteer Training Session
8:30am May 31, 2014 at Milara, Inc., 49 Maple Street, Milford, MA

The WRTC2014 Organizing Committee and the Yankee Clipper Contest Club will conduct a joint meeting in Milford, MA on May 31, 2014. The purpose of the meeting is to recruit and provide training for volunteers who will be involved in the WRTC2014 event. Everyone is invited. The main door prize will be a TX38 tribander.


Volunteers at 2013 training session

Training Session

Registration for the training will begin around 7:30am (everyone will be asked to sign a release form if they have not already). Coffee and donuts will be available for breakfast.

The training starts promptly at 8:30am with a short indoor classroom-style review of the station setup process, including changes from last year. Then we will install two (possibly three) complete WRTC2014 stations outside. We should be finished by 3pm. Lunch will be served.

This is a “rain or shine” event… if it is raining, bring rain gear. We will have to set up the stations in July even if it is raining… we can’t have a “rain date” then, so we won’t have one now!

A WRTC station consists of a 40-foot tower with tribander antenna and dipoles plus an operating tent and generator. Volunteers on the Beam Teams have the task of setting up the tower and antennas. The volunteers on the Site Teams will set up the tents and provide generator support during the competition.


Beam team installs tower in foreground. Site teams practice site assembly in background.

Beam Teams
The 16 Beam Teams will be setting up 4 or 5 stations each (65 total) in a two day period. The purpose of the training is to practice and streamline the entire process so that everyone knows what to expect when we get into the field.

Note to Beam Team Captains: Bring your complete tool kits.

Site Teams
There will be a Site Team assigned to each location. The training will help Site Teams get familiar with the generator/gas tank setup and the contents of the station kits (“do we have bug spray? a lamp? and a fire extinguisher?”)

Location and Directions

The training session will be held at Milara, Inc., 49 Maple Street, Milford, MA. This is about 2 miles from I-495 Exit 19 (RT-109 W).

Take I-495 Exit 19 to Route 109 West. Follow signs for Massachusetts National Guard, which is across the street from Milara.
Left on Birch St.
Right on Beaver St.
Bear left onto Maple.

View in Google maps at http://goo.gl/maps/XtUcf

Any questions about the training session please contact Dennis Egan, W1UE, egan.dennis88@gmail.com