WCARES participates in dozens of volunteer deployments every year. We benefit from these as exercises just as much as the event coordinators do by having us on site for assistance with communications. We participate in Bike Rides (HOW 100, Harpeth River Ride, Gran Fondo 840), Relay Races (Ragnar Relay), Williamson County Fair and many more public facing events. In addition to the opportunity to test our skills and equipment – it also provides us with a great opportunity to share HAM Radio with the public.
If you know of an opportunity for WCARES please contact us.
We have operated at the Ragnar Relay race on numerous occasions by providing checkpoint communications as runners and their teams go from one end of Tennessee to the other in a grueling ultra-race.
HOW 100 Bike Ride
The HOW 100 was a bike ride spanning over 100 miles across Williamson County. The ride saw some amazing riders challenge elevation, weather, road hazards and more (See Route Map). WCARES provided stationary support at various check-in sites as well as mobile ops to relay challenges such as bike accidents, maintenance needs and weather concerns.
K0HX SkyWarn Day
K0HX is the National Weather Station located near Old Hickory Lake just outside Nashville. They provide numerous opportunities throughout the year for the public and especially HAM’s to come in and learn about how they do – what they do. SkyWarn Recognition Day is always a great opportunity for our members to collaborate with HAM’s from other parts of Middle Tennessee to work this special event sponsored by the ARRL and NWS.
840 Gran Fondo
When the Department of Transportation finalized construction of the highly anticipated Interstate 840 they sanctioned a one of a kind series of races ranging from 10 miles up to 100 miles before they allowed any motorized vehicles on the road. WCARES was there to join in on the historical event.
Harpeth River Ride
The Harpeth River Ride (Sponsored by Nissan) is a 100 Mile race throughout Williamson County which hosts thousands of riders from around the Globe. The ride has been attended by Lance Armstrong, Chris Horner and a variety of other well known cycling celebrities. WCARES, alongside the Williamson County EMA, assist race officials by providing stationary communication sites as well as fully equipping SAG vehicles with gear and experienced operators.