This was the 5th running of a great event but a rainy one! It
was the first year we were hit pretty hard with the wet stuff. Over
1800 runners turned out
and it seems that NODM is being discovered. The staff was very
happy with the turnout and the 1st male runner to finish had never ran
a marathon before....just like last year. The pace was, of course,
slower than normal by over ten minutes. The Little's mentioned
that they had few people that chased them down with questions.
Thats a sign that the volunteers are beginning to handle the event with
more and more skill and know their job. Adding the relay team
without knowing the bibs or color was the most complex thing we had to
Nita had to negotiate parking permission for MP 20 which turned out
We had two runners that were developing hypothermia. One was
taken off the course to warm up but came back and finished the race
before "finish" was shut down. She only had 1.2 miles to go and
was featured in the PDN earlier for trying to do 10 marathons in 14
weeks. NODM was her third of the series. I'll bet she will
always remember the Sequim-Port Angeles race? No other medical
conditions were reported but warnings were put out that bridges and
other areas were slippery.
This was the first year in which we had the sweep bicycle on 2
meters. Bob, KE7HZB rode the 26+ miles in about 6 hours. A
super job with good communications most of the way. Several times
we were asked by the NODM staff where the sweep was located? They
really liked having radio contact with him. Bud, KE7IWO joined us
finish and was our runner to the announcers booth. Worked great!
K7NIA setup at
MP 5. Notice his enhanced antenna. This has been a
troublesome spot in past years. One of the things that public
service events do is encourage us to find ways to put out
respectable signals. Thats part of creating solutions for
You are also gaining experience for short notice setup in times of
Nita, KE7DRT at MP 20 also had an enhanced antenna for her location
which is down in a hole on Bagley Creek. We'll have to get some
pictures of her and her contraption?
MP 20 communications has been solved in the past using a backpackers
2 meter antenna if you have a good place to hang it. Anywhere
with lots of tree limbs usually is good.
Station at MP 25
arriving at finish line
Al at the finish line.
been using a homemade "J" pole
antenna up about 10 feet on a fiberglass marine pole for several years
now (white pole in the foreground). It takes
about 30 seconds to set up.
The "J" pole is an excellent antenna for public service events
because it can be designed for resonance at both UHF and VHF frequencys
and doesn't require a ground plane. Basically, its a 1/2
wavelength radiator at 146 Mhz which is excited at the voltage node
with a 1/4 wave stub using a form of gamma match. It also gives
some gain. With a good
antenna that covers both UHF and VHF, 1 1/2 watts is all thats needed
for good reliable communications. This setup has
worked fine with only 500 milliwatts.
Low RF power means less battery which is real nice when you are trying
to stretch life out of them or just don't want to haul big ones around.
Revised: June 13, 2007