TAGAMAN TRIATHLON - Saipan, CNMI May 16, 1998. Hams from the Amateur Radio Club of Saipan and from MIDXA provided communications support for this event. The event had been held annually for a number of years, but the 1998 Tagaman was the first in three years.


Hams who participated in the event included (from Saipan) KH0AC, WH0AAV, KH0AO, KH0GV, WH0ABA, KH0DR, AH0AM, KJ7BP, KH0AS, KH0CE, KH0BE, KH0FO, KH0AO, KH0AF, KH0ED, AH0AQ, and (from Guam) KH2D. Some of the participating hams are members of both clubs.


Members from both clubs were in place at 5:00 am to provide communications between the race officials, medical personnel, the Saipan Police Department, DPS, ice/water truck, and fifteen aid stations along the course. Eighty three participants started the triathlon at 5:30 am and the last runner finished approximately five hours and forty five minutes later. We are happy to report that there were no major medical problems, only one minor medical emergency, and all communications and coordination went very smoothly. Both ARCS and MIDXA are looking forward to another hot day along Beach Road next year.


Members of MIDXA were instrumental in gathering and relaying information to the American Red Cross headquarters after Super Typhoon Paka struck the island of Guam. Relayed information was used by the Red Cross to make decisions on personnel deployment to Guam.

MIDXA members participate in regular emergency communications practice drills.