A sled dog race known as UP 200 has been termed as the most isolated and coldest race in the region of the Midwest.
The event involves dogs, men, and a distance of 238 miles of wilderness from Marquette, MI to Grand Marais, MI. The mushers are not allowed cell phones, and while being in the wild, the ham operators are the mushers’ only hope if they get in trouble or face any problem.
The job of the ham radio operators is to provide communications during the event because the race is supposed to happen in a remote area that goes across the upper peninsula. The radio communications provided are critical in the race as they help in ensuring the safety of the contestants while they are out in the wilderness.
Paul Racin is one of the fifty people who have volunteered to be a ham radio operator during the sled dog race. Paul told reporters that if a ham radio operator notices that a particular team has failed to show up on a certain check-point, then it is his job to send rescue teams to look for the missing contestants.
Ham operators get the opportunity to work with experimental communication technologies because the kind of work that they do is quite critical.
Paul told reporters that the nature of his work had taken him literally out of the boundaries of this world as he has talked to people not only in China, Africa, and Europe but also at the International Space Station.
The UP 200 is all set to begin on the Fourteenth of February, and the winner of the competition is estimated to take home a total sum of $8000 and qualify for the Iditarod.
The competition is anticipated to be pretty competitive. While contestants are gearing up to do good in the race, ham operators from Green Bay.WI are also getting ready to play their part.
The winner can learn a lesson from Musher Nicolus Petit in what not to do on the Iditarod.
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