2016 Waco Wild West 100 Bike Tour

Official Course Maps & Turn-by-Turn Instructions

HOTARC provided radio communications in support of this annual event sponsored by the Waco Bicycle Club that involves several hundred participants and volunteers. This year's WWW100 was held Saturday, October 8, 2016 near Indian Springs Park in downtown Waco, starting at 8:00 am. This day-long event accommodates riders of many abilities with courses of varied lengths: 9 miles, 27 miles, 53 miles, 68 miles, and 103 miles—all of which are supported by rest stops, SAG vehicles, and—radio communications.

Riders ready!

This event requires many volunteers in the pace cars and at the many rest stops around the course. Amateur radio operators at the rest stops permit relaying of timely progress information as well as break-downs and injuries, need for supplies, and so forth. APRS trackers sending GPS data back to the trailer allows us to see the movements and current location of significant vehicles, such as the various pace cars and SAG vehicles. In past years—and this year there is some interest—we have included SSTV and even fast-scan TV (honestly, just for the fun of it!). We sometimes include some Mesh applications.

Although this event is well "planned," there are still plenty of surprises for us every year, and it is an excellent training opportunity for a real disaster that would require radio communications from remote locations—all reporting vital information back to and coordinating with a Net Control. Clint Anderson AE5CA was the coordinator this year.

Click here to see a listing of the station assignments (XLS spreadhseet  or  PDF). And for those interested in how we use APRS tracking, here are the course map files for APRSIS32.

See our Special Events Archive for past runnings of the WWW100 (aka WWWC).

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