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Radio Marshal / Controller / Coordinator - MSA Safety & Medical Frequency

Communications on Motor Sport Rallies in the United Kingdom are operated through the MSA Safety & Medical Frequency of 81.5750 MHz FM.

This is the MAIN frequency that is used for the successful running of various Motor Sports Association events throughout the country almost every weekend.

The chain of users consists of Radio Coordinators, Radio Controllers and the Stage Operators - Start Radio, In Stage Radios and the Finish Radio. All of these people have a very important part to play in the running of events, you too could be a part of these vital roles.

What would I have to do?

As a Start Radio Operator your duties would be to act as a liaison between the Stage Commander (the overall manager of the stage) and the Radio Controller (the person who controls all the radio operators within a stage) about issues concerning that specific stage, reporting on the cars that enter and the time they enter the stage as well as the total number of competitors who have started the stage. This can be a busy location but it is also fun.

As an In- Stage Radio Operator your duties are to monitor the competitors through the various junctions that you have been allocated, and report any incidents or lateness at your junction etc and basic stage safety issues that may occur. You will again communicate these through to the Radio Controller.

As a Finish Radio Operator your duties are to listen to what is in the stage you are on and liaise with the Marshals who are doing the timing etc with anything that may be relevant, i.e. cars who have problems the 1st car out with time, and the last 3 or 5 and time of last car with the total number of competitors who left the stage. This is also be a busy location, but again is fun.

The Radio Controller duties are wide and varied as are the duties of a Radio Coordinator. If you wish to progress from a Stage Radio Operator to a Controller or Coordinator there are a certain criteria that have to be met, but it is a good way to learn.

There are a number of other frequencies and networks that are also used in conjunction with 81MHz, but get familiar with this one first before trying the others.

If you are interested in becoming a Radio Marshal, either contact Volunteers in Motorsport by e-mailing support@volunteersinmotorsport.co.uk, calling us on 08450 94 00 94 (Calls to this number cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge) your Local Motor Club, or one of the Radio Coordinators throughout the Country.


Useful Radio links:-
Further Information:
Clubs involved with Radio:
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Aberdeen DMC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Autotests, Sprints, Hillclimbs, Rallycross, Radio
Geographic Area: Scotland
Primary Association: SACC
ADMC is one of the oldest motor clubs in Scotland, having been formed in 1909. ADMC Marshal's Championship - There is even a specific Marshal's / Organiser's Championship for a Trophy at the end of each year. Marshal's earn points by attending or organising ADMC events or helping out at events organised by other Motor Clubs where ADMC has been asked to assist. MSA Club callsign = "Granite"
Contact:
Janet Dickson
email:
janetdickson244@btinternet.com
Website:
www.admc.org.uk
Airedale & Pennine MCC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Autotests, Sprints, Hillclimbs, Radio, Trials
Geographic Area: North East England
Primary Association: ANCC
The Airedale and Pennine Motor Car Club is based in the Bradford area and has been a prominent local club since 1960. We meet every Monday night at 9 o`clock at the Prune Park Inn, Bradford. MSA Club callsign = AIRE
Contact:
Yvonne Coppin
email:
yvonnecoppin@blueyonder.co.uk
Website:
www.apmcc.co.uk
All Wheel Drive Club
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Main Disciplines:Cross Country, Radio
Geographic Area: National
Primary Association: ACSMC
The club was formed in 1968 to allow people to use their off road vehicles regardless of make or model Today the club has around 2000 members making it the largest all-makes off road club in the UK MSA Club callsign = DIFFLOCK
Contact:
Hesketh Emden
email:
secretary@awdc.co.uk
Website:
www.awdc.co.uk/
Alwoodley MC
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Main Disciplines:Autotests, Rally, Sprints, Trials, Radio
Geographic Area: North East England
Primary Association: ANCC
Alwoodley Motor Club meet at 8:30pm on every second Thursday at The Wharfdale Pub in Arlington. Club callsign = WOOD
Contact:
Janet Wilson
email:
secretary@alwoodleymc.org.uk
Website:
www.alwoodleymc.org.uk
Amber Control
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio, Radio Controller
Geographic Area: Wales, South West England
Primary Association: ASWMC

Contact:
Colin King
email:
colin.king@bigfoot.com
Website:
silkrallyradio.biz/amber_control.htm
Amman DMC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Autotests, Radio
Geographic Area: Wales
Primary Association: WAMC
Amman is a very succesful South Wales Club that enjoys all forms of motorsport but its not just about competing. Come and join us every Wednesday evening from 9 p.m onwards at Pontadawe RFC in the Swansea Valley. Club callsign = AMMAN
Contact:
Hannah Morgan
email:
moggscymru@hotmail.com
Website:
www.ammandmc.co.uk/
Bognor Regis MC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio
Geographic Area: South East England, Central Southern
Primary Association: ASEMC
The Club meets every Thursday evening from 9pm at The George Eartham, (North of A27 between Tangmere and Fontwell). Club callsign = BOGNOR
Contact:
Kevin Lawrence
email:
bognorregismotorclub@hotmail.com
Website:
www.bognor-regis-mc.co.uk
Border Control
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Controller
Geographic Area: Scotland, North West England, North East England
Primary Association: SACC

Contact:
Norman Halcrow
email:
n.halcrow@bcs.org.uk
Website:
silkrallyradio.biz/border_control.htm
Brecon MC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Autotests, Hillclimbs, Radio
Geographic Area: Wales
Primary Association: WAMC
Brecon Motor Club is mainly involved in the organisation of rallies, the Gremlin and Harry Flatters being the most important dates in the year. We have several competing members and rallying connections around the globe. We are planning on introducing a hillclimb to the clubs activities in the future. Club callsign = BRECON
Contact:
Mark Weller
email:
mark@ocsid.net
Website:
www.breconmotorclub.co.uk/
British Rally Marshals Club (BRMC) North
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio
Geographic Area: North West England, Wales
Primary Association: ANWCC
The British Rally Marshals Club was formed in 1980 by a group of people within the British Motorsport Marshals Club who all had a common interest in rally marshalling. Back in 1980 the "mission" of the BRMC was to promote Safer Motor Sport and that remains the club's primary objective to this day. The club is organised into seven regions, each covering a defined area of the country and a dedicated Regional Rally Rep. It offers members the opportunity to marshal at virtually any event they wish, coordinating volunteering and liaising with the organising clubs. The club has its own insurance scheme to provide members with extra cover whilst they are marshalling at or travelling to a recognised event. This region is active in Rally Radio via the SILK callsign (s)
Contact:
John Jones
email:
secretary@brmc.org.uk
Website:
www.brmc.org.uk/re1%20N.htm
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