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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.


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Motor Sports Association
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Main Disciplines:Autotests, Cross Country, Hillclimbs, Karting, Race, Rally, Rallycross, Sprints, Trials, Technical Official, Rescue, Recovery, Radio, Radio Coordinator, Marque
Geographic Area: Scotland, North West England, North East England, West Midlands, East Midlands, Wales, Eastern England, South East England, South West England, Central Southern, Northern Ireland, National
Primary Association: MSA

Contact:
Allan Dean-Lewis
email:
allan.dean-lewis@msauk.org
Website:
www.msauk.org/
Motorsport Safety Fund
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Main Disciplines:Autotests, Cross Country, Hillclimbs, Karting, Race, Rally, Rallycross, Sprints, Trials, Technical Official, Rescue, Recovery, Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: Scotland, North West England, North East England, West Midlands, East Midlands, Wales, Eastern England, South East England, South West England, Central Southern, Northern Ireland, National
Primary Association: MSA
The Motorsport Safety Fund is a registered charity formed in 1974 to help improve safety in the sport. After the death of Roger Williamson at Zandvoort in 1973, a fund was set up in his name with the primary aim of educating marshals on fire fighting and rescue techniques. In 1987, it was reconstituted as the Motor Racing Safety Fund and became a registered UK charity (number 296802) with the wider scope to generally aid improvements in safety standards at motorsport events. In 1999, the name was simplified to the Motorsport Safety Fund to reflect the fact that it tries to help all branches of the sport. The Fund has no formal link with the Royal Automobile Club’s Motor Sports Association - the governing body for the sport in the UK - although it does work very closely with the Association.
Contact:
Stuart Turner
email:
enquiries@motorsportsafetyfund.com
Website:
www.motorsportsafetyfund.com/
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (ABSDWGHHW)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: West Midlands, South West England, Central Southern
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Avon, Berkshire, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Worcester
Contact:
Mike Summerfield
email:
mike@routemasters.com
Website:
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (BBDHLNOSW)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: West Midlands, East Midlands, South East England
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
Contact:
Harold Hicken
email:
hhicken@aol.com
Website:
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (CCDN)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: North East England
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham & Northumberland
Contact:
John Telford
email:
john@autotyne.freeserve.co.uk
Website:
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (CGMLMS)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: North West England, Wales
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Salop
Contact:
Bill Wilmer
email:
w.wilmer@btinternet.com
Website:
www.GeminiCommunications.org.uk
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (CLNN)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: East Midlands, Eastern England, South East England
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Cambridgeshire, North Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire
Contact:
Brian Avery
email:
brianaveryeagle1@gmail.com
Website:
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (DC)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: South West England
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Devon, Cornwall
Contact:
Colin Goode
email:
talltrees@tobylane.co.uk
Website:
MSA Radio Co-ordinator (ES)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: South East England
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Essex & Suffolk
Contact:
Alan Emms
email:
alan@lionfield.co.uk
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MSA Radio Co-ordinator (IoM)
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Coordinator
Geographic Area: North West England
Primary Association: MSA
Region = Isle of Man
Contact:
Carola James
email:
carola2222uk@yahoo.co.uk
Website:
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