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The Chaves County Search & Rescue has asked for our assistance with the Bottomless Lakes Triathlon this Saturday, July the 13th.  If you are not involved with the VE testing, please consider helping out. If you are able to, be at the Bottomless Lakes overlook by 7:30 and contact Randall or one of the SAR members there for station assignment.  Please contact Jim at (575) 208-9696 if you will be assisting or for more information.

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*BE SAFE - Always park and stage in a manner where you and your vehicle are clear of traffic flow.  Situational awareness is important.  Our primary objectives are our safety and the safety of the runners.

*BE COURTEOUS AND PROFESSIONAL - You not only represent the Pecos Valley Amateur Radio Club, but Amateur Radio as a whole.  Dress neatly in high visibility green colors, preferably a PVARC uniform T or polo shirt or plain HV green shirt.  Always display the PVARC magnetic signs on your vehicle, and make it a point to stand outside of your vehicle and be seen unless physical or medical conditions prohibit.

*EQUIPMENT - Always carry some drinking water with you.  Stay hydrated and be prepared to share a bottle with a runner who may need it.  First aid kits are optional but encouraged.  Binoculars are also helpful for filling visual contact gaps on long stretches.

*RADIOS - Be sure to ops check your radios at least a day prior to the event to assure dependable service.  When possible, have a backup radio on hand, and have a backup battery for handhelds.  Also, be sure you have the backup frequency, (if applicable), easy accessible in the event of primary frequency malfunction.

*TRAFFIC CONTROL - Directing traffic by our club members is discouraged, however, if you are in a position where stopping traffic is necessary, do so with the utmost of care and caution.  Wear high visibility colors and use a whistle, HV colored hand flags and/or high intensity strobe light to gain the attention of motorists.  When possible, always work in pairs at high volume street crossing such as Union and Sycamore.  Always be prepared to get out of the way if it's apparent a driver has no intention of yielding.  Get as many descriptors of the driver and vehicle as possible, including license plate number, and call it in immediately.

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