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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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British Rally Marshals Club (BRMC) North East
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio
Geographic Area:
Primary Association:
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 of the club is active in Rally Radio via the JUPITER callsign (s)
Contact:
John Jones
email:
secretary@brmc.org.uk
Website:
www.brmc.org.uk/re2%20NE.htm
Buccaneer MSC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio
Geographic Area: North East England
Primary Association: ANCC
Buccaneer Motor Sports Club (BMSC) is a small but active club. Whilst predominantly rallying orientated, we organise many other events like karting, trips to motor racing meetings and motorsport shows. We also organise family events like treasure hunts and barbeques. MSA Club callsign = BUCCANEER
Contact:
Jon Binns
email:
jon.binns@bmsc.org.uk
Website:
www.bmsc.org.uk
Burnham-on-Sea MC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Sprints, Hillclimbs, Radio
Geographic Area: South West England
Primary Association: ASWMC
The club was formed by a group of motoring enthusiasts in February 1953. MSA Club callsign = Burnham
Contact:
John Turner
email:
email@bos.motorclub.org.uk
Website:
bos.motorclub.org.uk/wordpress/
Buxton & District LRC
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Main Disciplines:Cross Country, Radio, Marque
Geographic Area: North West England
Primary Association: ANWCC
The club was started some time in the late 1980's as a group of like minded people interested in Land Rover's. Later the club started green laning and trialing, the club has since gone from strength to strength and has grown and developed a lot over the years. The club has now become MSA affliated, the govening body for motor sport in the UK. The club runs all its events under a MSA permit and plans to venture out into many aspects of off road motorsport. We regularly hold events in and around the Peak District.
Contact:
Matt Thompson
email:
Matt01@ntlworld.com
Website:
www.badlrc.co.uk
Carlton DMC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Sprints, Radio
Geographic Area: East Midlands
Primary Association: EMAMC
Club Nights are on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, held at the Commercial Inn, Wollaton Road, Beeston, Nottingham. Club callsign = CARLTON
Contact:
Vincent Orme
email:
vince.o-cdmc@virgin.net
Website:
www.carltondmc.co.uk
Cat Control
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Controller
Geographic Area: North East England
Primary Association: ANCC

Contact:
Bob Fisher
email:
bob.fisher@ephoras.karoo.co.uk
Website:
silkrallyradio.biz/cat_control.htm
Clip Control
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Controller
Geographic Area: West Midlands, East Midlands
Primary Association: AWMMC

Contact:
Harold Hicken
email:
hhicken@aol.com
Website:
silkrallyradio.biz/clip_control.htm
Coltness CC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio
Geographic Area: Scotland
Primary Association: SACC
Club callsign = COLTNESS The club is based in the Lanark area although its members come from all over Britain, from the Highlands to the Channel Islands. The club meets every 2nd Monday at 8.30pm in the Tillie Hotel, Crossford.
Contact:
Alex Lindsay
email:
alex@mcraestages.co.uk
Website:
www.coltnesscarclub.com
Craven Control
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Main Disciplines:Radio, Radio Controller
Geographic Area: South East England, Central Southern
Primary Association: ACSMC

Contact:
Pete Henness
email:
peterhenness2@btinternet.com
Website:
www.craven-motor-club.co.uk/
Craven MC
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Main Disciplines:Rally, Radio
Geographic Area: South East England, Central Southern
Primary Association: ACSMC
We meet every Wednesday at the Old Readingensian's Rugby and Cricket Club which is situated on the Old Bath Road on the A4 east of Reading. MSA Club callsign = CRAVEN
Contact:
A Rolfe
email:
craven@subaru555.plus.com
Website:
www.craven-motor-club.co.uk/
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