Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Baker2Vegas 2014

Q: What information will I be receiving prior to race day?

A: An email has been sent out to each volunteer with their stage sign in sheet in which shows the frequencies to be used at that stage. Since it is impossible to forecast propagation conditions during the race, each stage is provided with all the Operations communications paths and left to pick the one which works best for them on their stage and be allowed to change as conditions change.

Each stage will receive 3 Stage frequencies. One 2 meter; one 70/440; and one 220. You can use any or all at your stage and not be limited to just one of those bands.

Documents have just been updated on this website for volunteers to review and print out whichever forms apply to the jobs and tasks for race day. Make sure you review all the forms. If you have any questions, please contact either Margie or Joy. Contact info is listed on the left side of this website page.

A: Q: Should I get a room at a hotel?

A: It is up to you if you need a room depending on what day you plan to arrive in order to prepare for the race. If you are volunteering at one of the lower stages, a room in Pahrump might be closer for you. There are several motels in Pahrump, but it would be best to call right away as they are filling up. If you prefer to stay in Las Vegas, make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive at your assigned stage.

Q: Are there going to be shuttles taking us from the hotel to the Stage?

A: No shuttles. It is up to you to drive or carpool to your assigned stage.

Q: Will we be using our own radios? And Will I need extra batteries?

A: You will be using your own radio. The frequencies are 2mtr, 220, and 440. Look at the sign in sheet I sent to you and it has all the info on it.

5. Extra batteries are a must if using an ht. Make sure it is charged and maybe add a battery pack in your go kit so you can use non-rechargeable batteries in case your chargeable radio runs out of gas. Another good idea is to bring an extra hand held microphone for your mobile rig in case you have any radio issues. It is always a good idea to check your radio ahead of race day to make sure it is in working order.

Q: What time should I arrive at my Stage?

A: As an example, if your stage opens up at 4pm, that is when it has to be all set up and to be ready to go in order to accept your first runner. You should try to get there at least several hours earlier to pitch in and help set up the stage with your leader. It is a good idea to make contact with your stage leader the sooner the better and he or she can guide you on what to bring and when to be at the stage. It would also be good to stay and help everyone tear down the stage after your stage closes and make sure the area is clean of debris.

Q: What else should I bring with me or be aware of when I volunteer?

A: Read the documents under the webpage and especially read the one about hydration and dehydration. It applies both to hot and cold weather. Dress accordingly, prepare for hot or cold weather and bring along and take plenty of water. Do not rely on others to bring this for you. If you have any medical conditions, bring a list and stash it in your wallet in case of emergency. That way, someone would be able to find it if you are unable to answer for yourself. That would also include an emergency contact person for you.

Q: Where does the Timing Paperwork come from? Is somebody going to be driving by and giving it to the Stage Lead, or is it going to be with the Good Sam's people? Also, when we are done at the end of the race who exactly will get the paper work?

A: The timing sheets, EW logs, and a final stage sign-in sheet will be dropped off to you along with the clothes prior to your stage opening time.

The filled out sheets go to the lead RV Support person, so that they can be included into the courier packet that is picked up from the stage as it is closing. If for any reason, this is not done, call net control and we will get a courier to come back out for it.