TOUR du TECHE CANOE RACE - 2018
PORT BARRE, LA to BERWICK, LA (135 mile - three day event)
The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA) of Lafayette, Louisiana and the B.E.A.R.S. (Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service) club of Morgan City, Louisiana will supply communication support for this event during the three day period of October 5 - 7, 2018.
SPECIAL EVENT STATION
The AARA will also operate a Special Event Station from 1300Z - 2300Z each day of this event using the call sign W5DDL. Planned frequencies are 7.260 - 7.265 MHz and 14.260 - 14.265 MHz (plus or minus QRM) for the different checkpoints along the 135 mile Bayou Teche in South Louisiana.
To receive a QSL card please send a SASE to our W5DDL QSL manager:
Chris Ancelet N5MCY
About the Races
Tour du Teche 135 - Races 1 - 7
Tour du Teche 135 is an annual race for canoes, kayaks, pirogues (the traditional Cajun canoe), and SUP’s along the entire length of Bayou Teche in southwestern Louisiana, a total of 135 miles including small sections of Bayou Courtableau and the Atchafalaya River. It’s a three-day staged race beginning the first Friday in October.
There are two classes of Tour du Teche 135: Pro Race, in which some of the fastest boats and paddlers from around the world vie for cash prizes; and Voyageur Race, or recreational, where the participants challenge themselves as well as each other for trophies, bragging rights and adventure. Voyageurs may opt for shorter races held in conjunction with Tour du Teche 135.
Tour du Teche 135 was begun in 2010 with the dual purpose of introducing the beautiful Teche Country to paddlers and other eco-tourists from beyond and to illustrate for its residents the recreational, aesthetic, cultural and economic value of Bayou Teche. Since the race’s inception, these two groups, visitors and local folk, have met and mingled in happy expositions of music and cuisine that give Tour du Teche 135 it’s reputation as a moveable party as well as a tough series of paddle marathons.
C’est pas juste une course!
Tour du Teche communication van Group photo of Tour du Teche V1 2015 volunteers
meter radio frequencies
for the Tour de
Teche canoe race
The communications for the event will be handled on the two meter repeaters along the bayou route. You may need to be prepared to switch between repeaters and select the best one at your site. These are the repeaters we can use:
We will start using the W5DDL repeater in Lafayette (146.820 MHz - , 103.5, EchoLink Node: 370324) for the first part of the race (Port Barre to St. Martinville - 48 miles). The backup repeater will be the W5EXI repeater in Duson (147.040 MHz +, 103.5).
On Saturday the W5DDL repeater will be linked via EchoLink to the Morgan City
repeater on 146.910 MHz EchoLink Node: 507010.
that time, people should be able to report in on either repeater (St.
Martinville to Franklin) (60 Miles).
the New Iberia repeater (146.680 MHz , pl tone 103.5) can be used if unable to contact
Franklin or Lafayette.
On Sunday, the Morgan City repeater will be used to call in the results, still linked to the Lafayette repeater. The Command Center will communicate by radio link to the Morgan City repeater.
For the last finish results from Berwick, we will connect directly to the Morgan City repeater (W5BMC-R, 146.910 MHz, no tone) where Rudy and perhaps others from the BEARS club will report results from handheld units. The EchoLink node is 507010. I understand that some BEARS members may be at the Point to warn of approaching boats in the final leg of the race.
The Mobile Command Center, may lose communications with some of the repeaters. However, we do have a very good antenna on the command center, so we may be able to communicate directly with some of the checkpoints. If that becomes necessary, we will transmit and monitor the national calling frequencies of 146.520 VHF simplex or 446 MHz UHF simplex. We may then shift our frequency as required after making contact.
Be aware that the EchoLink exists and the repeaters may be used for normal amateur use so keep communications short. You can batch results in 15 minute intervals if that works better for you. As a last resort, you can call or text results to 337-254-1061 (Sandy’s cellphone). Text the boat number and official time.
If you have an external
antenna, or even a ladder line J-POLE, you may want to bring it alone with enough coax to get it up in the
air in case you have trouble contacting a repeater.