On October 5th, 2013 the Harlan County Amateur Radio Club was involved in providing communication for the Cumberland Tourism, which held the 1st Ride to the Summit Bicycle Ride in which over 30 riders from other, more level, areas of the state and some from Knoxville, TN came with their bicycles to ride. The event started at 8 am in Cumberland and went to Loyall, then back through Cumberland and on to the top of Big Black Mountain then back down the steep mountain grade to Cumberland which was approximately a 70 mile trip. There were members of the Harlan Club stationed along the route to call in as bikes arrived and departed from SAG (Support and Gear) Stations along the route, which had water, snacks, and restrooms available. All bikes and Amateur Operators concluded around 3:30 pm and the sponsors had dinner for everyone and a debriefing was held. There were no incidents and everyone including Hams had a great time.
Communications were handled as training for ARES with a Command Post established. Communication was done via the Harlan and Black Mountain Repeaters.
ARES Members working the event were:
AF4YJ Wayne Hensley EC Harlan County
KC4FNV Steve Tolliver
KK4NBU Will Christman IV
KJ4FVY Mike Kelly
KK4MKG Terri Kelly
KK4AJB Joe Takacs
K4AVX John Farler Region 4 ASEC
KY4JLB Johnnie Brashear DEC Dist 10