Let’s be honest… having a group of amateur radio enthusiasts running around Sydney Ferries for the day could spook a few people.
To minimise impact to the general public and transport services, please take note and follow these three important points:
1. NSW Police
NSW Police have been informed of the event and have been given a brief of activities taking place on the day. This has been sent to local area command, Police Radio, the NSW Police advice line and operations control centres. NSW Police Media are also aware.
NSW Police have been very supportive of this contest and wished us good luck for the day. In the event of an issue arising, please temporarily cease activities and ask the officer(s) concerned to check the validity of our contest with local command.
Contestants who need to escalate issues to the contest organisers, please call on the Paddington 2m or 70cm repeater. If you are unable to use your radio, use the telephone contacts listed below or have the officer(s) contact the contest organisers directly.
2. Sydney Ferries and Transport for NSW
Both organisations have given permission for the contest to take place. Details of the contest have been made available to Sydney Ferries staff throughout the network.
They have been very supportive of this event and wished us good luck. However, in the event of an issue arising, please temporarily cease activities and ask the staff member(s) concerned to check the validity of our contest with Sydney Ferries Control Centre.
Contestants who need to escalate issues to the contest organisers, please call on the Paddington 2m or 70cm repeater. If you are unable to use your radio, use the telephone contacts listed below or have the staff member contact the contest organisers directly.
3. General Conduct
Your conduct on the day is on view to the general public – both local Sydneysiders and visitors to our great city.
This is our second Sydney Amateur Radio Ferry Contest and our ability to run the event in future years will be determined by our conduct this year.
Please be courteous to your fellow travellers and contestants. If a member of the public shows interest in what you are doing, use it as an opportunity to promote our hobby and educate them on the contest. They could be a future ham.
If an adverse situation with the public escalates, please cease activities and seek out an alternative course of action.
Finally, it is essential that contestants follow all directions from emergency services, security and the master of any ferry on which you are traveling.
We hate to say it but…. Contest organisers will disqualify any contestant who acts inappropriately or brings the contest into disrepute.
Escalation of any issues which arise during the contest can be made as follows:
- On the Paddington 2m or 70cm repeaters.
- In person at the Rose Bay Wharf contest control station.
- By telephone to contest organisers:
Laurie Gordon, VK2GZ, 0412 108 660