UtahSAG

$975 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 22 months
UtahSAG is an informal association of Amateur Radio volunteers who provide support services for charity events such as The Tour de Cure (American Diabetes Association), Cycle for Life (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), The Summit Challenge (The National Ability Center), Ride 4 Education/Ride 4 Respect (Utah School Employees Association), Ride with the Angels (Angel Hands), Scouting for Food (Utah Food Bank) as well as public century bicycle rides that make donations to charity organizations such as all of the rides (Gran Fondo Salt Lake, Giro Donna, Bear Lake Monster etc.) put on by Extra Mile Racing (Team Kid Courage), Front Runner Century (Chron's and Colitis Foundation as well as Air Force and Navy charities), The Wildflower Pedalfest (Utah Bicycle Collective), The Huntsman 140 (Huntsman Cancer Institute), Little Red Riding Hood (Huntsman Cancer Institute) and other public events such as marathons, parades and community holiday ceremonies.

In addition, UtahSAG makes it's volunteers and equipment available to local public service and community organizations such as police and fire departments, when requested, in the event of public emergencies as well as the National Weather Service of Utah to provide weather information from around the state during emergency weather conditions.

UtahSAG will use the funds raised to provide for regular maintenance of existing equipment, acquisition of new equipment and to offset the costs incurred by volunteers, such as gas, food and lodging, to allow them to be able to provide more volunteer services for events outside their local neighborhood.

In the coming year UtahSAG would like to be able to acquire a portable repeater and antenna system, one or two quality name brand dual band/dual receive VHF/UHF trancievers, noise canceling headsets, a portable/collapsible antenna tower and a new computer for the mobile command center. Additionally, we are working with the Weather Service to acquire a replacement multi-band HF antenna to replace their broken one, as well as a couple of new dual band/dual receive VHF/UHF transcievers, an APRS texting station and a digital mode (PSK31, MFSK and JT6M) station with antenna.

In addition to the equipment needs we would like to be able to reimburse our volunteers for expenses incurred while providing their volunteer services to these events and organizations as not all of these organizations have the ability to provide reimbursement to their volunteers.

We could use the funds immediately as our new year of event support starts not long after the first of the year.

By donating to UtahSAG you will be allowing more volunteers to be able to support all of the existing events that we work with as well as provide volunteer support for the new events that we are approached to work with each year. By supporting these events UtahSAG provides services to around 10,000 event participants each year providing SAG service, transportation and general care services so that they can enjoy the event they are participating in.
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Here we are, suddently in the middle of the cycling season. We've been busy so far this year supporting the following rides:

Front Runner Century
Ride With The Angels
USEA Wangsgaard Memorial Ride4Education
Little Red
American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure
Huntsman 140
BikeMS
TOSH Giro Donna

Along with the Salt Flats 100 UltraMarathon. And we've held a couple of HAM radio classes and test sessions.

We are still a long way from our goal, which means we still can't afford to get the new equipment we need, or to fix the existing equipment that can be fixed or pay to get a grant writer. We still need your help.

Please consider making a donation today.... or if you have already made a donation, pass the word to everyone you know and ask them to make a donation. We could meet our goal if just a few folks make a $25 or $50 donation.

Thanks
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UtahSAG is a loose association of Amateur Radio volunteers who provide support services for charity events such as The Tour de Cure (American Diabetes Association), Cycle for Life (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation), The Summit Challenge (The National Ability Center), Ride 4 Education/Ride 4 Respect (Utah School Employees Association), Ride with the Angels (Angel Hands), Scouting for Food (Utah Food Bank) as well as public century bicycle rides that make donations to charity organizations such as all of the rides (Gran Fondo Salt Lake, Giro Donna, Bear Lake Monster etc.) put on by Extra Mile Racing (Team Kid Courage), Front Runner Century (Chron's and Colitis Foundation as well as Air Force and Navy charities), The Wildflower Pedalfest (Utah Bicycle Collective), and other public events such as marathons, parades and community holiday ceremonies.

In addition, UtahSAG makes it's volunteers and equipment available to local public service and community organizations such as police and fire departments, when requested, in the event of public emergencies, as well as the National Weather Service of Utah to provide weather information from around the state during emergency weather conditions.

By donating to UtahSAG you will be allowing more volunteers to be able to support all of the existing events that we work with as well as provide volunteer support for the new events that we are approached to work with each year. By supporting these events UtahSAG provides services to around 4,000 event participants each year providing SAG service, transportation and general care services so that they can enjoy the event they are participating in.

Those of us associated with the UtahSAG group of HAM radio operators appreciate all the folks that are coming to look at this link and the UtahSAG Facebook page and like it.. But liking it doesn't get us closer to our goal.

I met with the folks at the Weather Service in Salt Lake on Thursday... The HF antenna that they had was stolen off their property a little over a year ago. Three of their four radios are not working properly. They are being told by the national folks that there is an HF radio requirement coming down the pike but that their funding is being cut by the current Congress/White House and there's no money to pay for any of that equipment. And, since the Weather Service is a Federal Agency they can't go out fundraising on their own. They are stuck with the budget Congress gives them.

We are looking at needing between $3k and $4k just to get everything the Weather Service could use for the next 5 years...

In the coming year UtahSAG would like to be able to acquire a equipment to be able to set up one to two additional command centers for events. This will allow us to be able to support multiple events that occur on the same date, something we are unable to do with only a single command cetner. The type of equipment we would need includes things like a portable repeater and antenna system, one or two quality name brand dual band/dual receive VHF/UHF trancievers, noise canceling headsets, a portable/collapsible antenna tower and computers for the command centers.

In addition to the equipment needs we would like to be able to reimburse our volunteers for expenses incurred while providing their volunteer services to these events and organizations as not all of these organizations have the ability to provide reimbursement to their volunteers.

And then there's thelocal club equipment needs to support local events throughout the state.. There are repeater systems that need repair and/or replacement.. For every event we support we must rely on the in-place hardware that the local radio clubs have installed and maintain. It would be of significant benefit if we could provide some funding to these local clubs to hep maintain their equipment so that it's available for us to use in coming years for these events.


There are legal and accountant fees and corporation filing fees... We'd love to be able to compensate someone to do grant writing...

So, if you like what we do to support the events you participate in or if we've been there when you were in need on an event, please do two things for us..

Go to the GoFundMe page and actually make a donation. $10, $50 whatever.. http://www.gofundme.com/utahsag

Second, SHARE this with everyone you know.. Especially if you and the people you know participate in marathons, or century bicycle rides, or parades or any of the other events that the HAM radio operators in Utah help support. We love helping out but we can't keep doing it if we can't pay for the equipment and services needed to do so.

And if you have an interest in becoming a HAM radio operator so you can help out with some of these events, just send me a message.
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Please consider helping UtahSAG provide the highest level of support for all the events we work with in the coming year.
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$975 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 22 months
Created December 4, 2016
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$100
Stan Sadowski
14 months ago

Thanks for the great service you provide in protecting riders on the road!

$25
Anonymous
14 months ago
$25
Melani Tankel
14 months ago

Dear Dan and Mary Fullerton, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and help in the most compromising of conditions yesterday. Your presence at the Cache Gran Fondo 100 was undoubtably at the perfect time. Without you, I'm not sure what we would have done as my injured friend was at her wits end and couldn't continue. In the heat of 100+ temps, Dan quickly got out of his car to assist three women. His lovely wife Mary kept us all sane and as my word, I promised to donate after asking what can I do. Immediately, Mary said if you'd like to donate, please do! Out of the kindness of their hearts and generosity, providing water and electrolytes drinks - air conditioned SUV, bike rack.... We were on our way to recovery after 6.5 hours on our bikes through the mountains and unrelenting heat index. Thank you!!!!

MS
$100
Michael Stout
14 months ago

Keep up the great work!

TH
$25
Troy H.
16 months ago

Thanks for all you do.

$100
Anonymous
16 months ago
TO
$25
Tosha O'Grady
17 months ago

Thank you for all of the support you have provided all of these years!!! Hope you reach your goal!

MS
$100
Michael Stout
18 months ago

Just learning and have a long way to go. Appreciate your efforts.....

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