Gawler Barossa Division of Australian Citizen Radio Monitors
handle a wide range of events, from Car Parking (S.A. Police Trained),
Motor Cycle Trials to Car Rallies (CAMS Trained). The club owns
one simplex and three duplex private radio frequencies to perform
these duties. The division also has access to another two simplex
and three duplex private frequencies, if required, from other
South Australian Divisions. Here is a brief outline of the duties
that we perform:
Car parking tasks are sometimes simple, controlling the parking
of a couple hundred cars to parking as many as two to three thousand.
Obviously, bigger events require more personnel. With car parking,
we prefer to have more people than required so helpers can have
a break to have lunch and even to get a look around the events,
which are invariably interesting.
Motor Cycle trials begin with two people setting up a Main Control
centre and distributing radios to the Control officials and St
John personnel. Approximately four people go out to set up a relay/repeater
that will cover the complete area of the course. A motor cycle
event could have as many as 25 controls with one of our members
on each control along with motor cycle officials. Our aim on the
controls is for the safety of the competitors and for relaying
required information needed by the officials. These events can
run any time from six to 24 hours. An operator could be in a location
between eight to 30 hours.
Car Rallies begin with two or three people setting up a main control
centre, two setting up Main Control and one setting up Rally control
officials and rally cars. Approximately four people go out to
set up the relay/repeater(s) that will cover the entire course.
For a car rally, two main repeaters have to be set up for the
relaying of information. One repeater is used to relay times and
the other is used for emergencies within the event, e.g., car
accidents. Personnel may be placed at a variety of locations,
e.g., main control, start, SOS, finish and monitoring of the repeaters.
It is not unusual for an operator to handle more than one location
for the event. With a car rally, start and finish times are very
important and must be relayed back to Main Control on a regular
Sometimes events can take the whole of the weekend and those that
go away for the weekend have a great time together. Other events
can be anything from 1 day to five days. The Classic Adelaide
Rally is one such event.
If you think that you could handle having fun with great people
for between one and five days, doing sometimes challenging work,
then talk to one of our members, e-mail our division for more
information or simply come along to one of our regular monthly