TOUR du TECHE VII CANOE RACE - 2016
PORT BARRE, LA TO BERWICK, LA - a 135 mile three day event.
The Acadiana Amateur Radio Association, Inc. (AARA) of Lafayette, Louisiana and the B.E.A.R.S. (Bayou Emergency Amateur Radio Service) Club of Morgan City, Louisiana will supply communication support for this event during thee three days beginning October 7th, 8th,& 9th, 2016. The AARA will also operate a Special Event Station during this event using the callsign W5DDL from 1300 UTC - 2300 UTC, beginning on Friday October 7th and ending on Sunday October 9th. Frequencies are: 7.260 - 7.265, 14.260 - 14.265 MHz plus or minus QRM along the different checkpoints along the 135 mile Teche River in South Louisiana.
QSL Information: To receive QSL
card, send a SASE to our W5DDL QSL manager:
Roland Guidry NA5Q
701 S. Arenas St.
Rayne, LA 70578
Tour du Teche 135 is an annual race for canoes, kayaks, pirogues (the traditional Cajun canoe), and SUPís 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. Itís 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 raceís 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 itís reputation as moveable party as well as a tough series of paddle marathons.
Cíest pas juste une course!
|Race 1: Tour du Teche 135 - Friday thru Sunday
Port Barre, LA to Berwick, LA ∑ 135 miles
|Race 2: Crawfish - Friday
Port Barre, LA to Pocheís, Breaux Bridge, LA ∑ 30 miles
|Race 3: Acadian - Friday
Port Barre, LA to St. Martinville, LA ∑ 49 miles
|Race 4: Hot Sauce - Saturday
St. Martinville, LA to New Iberia, LA ∑ 24 miles
|Race 5: Sugar - Saturday
St. Martinville, LA to Franklin, LA ∑ 59 miles
|Race 6: Black Bear - Saturday
New Iberia, LA to Franklin, LA ∑ 35 miles
|Race 7: Oil & Gas - Sunday
Franklin, LA to Berwick, LA ∑ 27 miles
|Maps with locations, mileage, and coordinates.||Tour du Teche Website The Teche Project|
Tour du Teche Communication Van Group photo of Tour du Teche V1 2015 volunteers
The Communication Van will be located at checkpoints 4 - 9 - 11.
|Check Pt.||Location||Operator Name||Call Sign|
|1||Arnaudville, LA||Glenn Thibodeaux||KF5FNP|
|1023 Neblett St.|
|30 23 42 N. 91 55 50 W|
|2||Poche's Market & Restaurant||Tom Dischler||W5OHJ|
|3015 Main Hwy||Paula Romero||KF5CNS|
|Poche Bridge, LA|
|30 18 43 N. 91 54 09 W|
|3||Parks, LA - Rest Stop Only|
|*** 4||St. Martinville, LA||Nick Pugh||K5QXJ|
|Evangeline Oak Gazebo||JoAnn Pugh||KE5RPL|
|near 121 New Market St|
|5||New Iberia, LA||Bob Cooley||K5IVR|
|New Ibera City Park||Priscilla Cooley||K5PCL|
|30 0 14N . 91 48 42W|
|6||Jeanerette, LA - Rest Stop Only|
|7||Charenton, LA||Galen Wilson||KF5BET|
|Chitimacha Boat Launch||Abbi Wilson||KF5BEW|
|3548 Chitimacha Trail||Kendra Wilson||KF5FYS|
|29 52 59N . 91 31 44W||Danny Daigle||KD5JSM|
|8||Baldwin, LA - Rest Stop Only|
|*** 9||Franklin, LA||Jess Gillion||KF5LUL|
|Parc Sur la Teche|
|29 47 32N . 91 29 58W|
|10||Calumet, LA||Tommy Wells||W5TGK|
|East Gate, Calumet Cut Atchafalaya Levee||Sam Rock||K5MOB|
|29.702256N . 91.368989W|
|*** 11||Berwick, LA||B.E.A.R.S. Club|
|Southwest Reef Lighthouse||Jackie Price||KA5LMZ|
|Atchafalaya River||Rudy Duchan||WA5QNH|
|29 41 38N . 91 12 58W||Deborah Price||N5FMI|
|Extra||Special Event Stations - W5DDL||Tom Dischler||W5OHJ|
Meter Radio frequencies used
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:
|147.040||+||103.5||Duson||W5EXI||Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc.|
|146.820||-||103.5||Lafayette||W5DDL||Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc.||EchoLink Node: 370324|
|443.000||+||103.5||Lafayette||W5DDL||Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc.|
|145.410||-||103.5||New Iberia||W5DDL||Acadiana Amateur Radio Assoc.|
|146.680||-||103.5||New Iberia||K5ARA||Iberia Parish OEP|
|147.120||+||103.5||Franklin||W5BMC||ST Mary Parish|
|146.910||-||None||Morgan City||W5BMC||ST Mary Parish||EchoLink Node: 507010|
will start using the W5DDL repeater in Lafayette on 146.820 MHz; EchoLink Node:
370324 for the first part of the race (Port Barre to St. Martinville) - 48
Miles. The backup repeater will be
the 147.040 in Duson.
On Saturday the W5DDL repeater will be linked via EchoLink to the Morgan City repeater on 146.910 MHz EchoLink Node: 507010. During that time, people should be able to report in on either repeater (St. Martinville to Franklin) (60 Miles). Optionally, the New Iberia repeater 146.680 (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 Simplex on UHF. 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 result, you can call or text results to 337-254 1061 (Sandyís cellphone). Text 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.
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