Each year my club's AUXCOMM group provides communications for an endurance horse ride that crosses three counties a covers a lot of challenging mountain terrain. Due to the pandemic most of our public service events were canceled last year, but luckily this year we were able to get out and practice our radio skills.
In the area the ride takes place cellphone coverage is sparse. So if there were an emergency, the quickest way to inform staff and get help would be through the use of ham radio. We are able to access our local 2 meter repeater system and use that for this event. Most checkpoints we setup can work the repeater quite easily, while a couple outlying stations require better antenna systems and more power to work reliably. Just so happens I was stationed at one such checkpoint.
|Checkpoint setup from back of my truck.
|Riders stopping by my checkpoint.