Who: YOU

What: Join us at the Bountiful Handcart Day Grand Parade.

When: Saturday, July 15,2023. Staging begins at 7AM, the parade starts at 9AM.

Where:  It begins at 1500 South Main Street and proceeds North on Main Street to 400 North.

Why: This year’s theme is “A Pioneering Spirit” As a member of both the local community and our ham radio community, we need you to pull together and help. This parade is a sizable event with over 95 entries sponsored by churches, civic groups, businesses, and others organizations and is enjoyed by over 14,000 spectators! Over 200 volunteers make it happen on parade day, and we need you!

How: As a volunteer, you will be assigned to one of the following roles:  Shadow: A Shadow has a very important job; He or She will be assigned to a Parade official. Their job will be to communicate the information, to and from this person. In most cases you are on your feet for the complete parade. If you are lucky enough to get the parade chairperson, or a staging official, you will be asked to make some very important decisions. You will be asked to pass the exact info that you are told.  Wear comfortable shoes!

Assembly: Bikes: These people are responsible to make sure that all entries in their area are in place and ready to go by 7:00 AM. Each entry will be assigned a number and it will be written on the street. When it is their turn, the start Ham (Mel Parks) will call you on the radio and you are to work with the parade volunteers’ to get them moving. Each assembly Ham will have two to four Church volunteers to complete this task. NOTE: The staging area will be blocked off to “through traffic” after 6:00 a.m. on July 15. “Parade Officials” will be in orange vests and are there to assist you. Church volunteers will report to you when their entries are in place.

Lost and Found:There will be a pop up tent where the announcer scaffolding was in previous years. The only announcements made will be to announce lost and found children etc. The “lost and found” ham will get the information from net control.

Net Controller: This person’s responsibly is to oversee the commutations of the parade, there are three types of net controls: Shadow, Assembly, and Lost and Found. They have the resources to get with the police, fire, ambulance, tow trucks, and other emergency help.  

We try to use the same people at the same positions each year, but if you want to change, please ask. Contact Gary Johnson (cell 801-558-3552) or n7dnd@yahoo.com. It’s fun to try something new! A net will be held on 7/13/2023 (Thursday) at 6:00PM (1800 hrs) on a frequency of 147.42. We will confirm your position prior to the parade. Please make EVERY effort to be on that net.


-All assembly hams, bicycle support, shadows and etc. need to check in at the park bowery, located in the park across the street from the cleaners and Maverick. ( Five points, 1500 so main) Please be there by 0700. Parking is available in the new parking terrace.

Lost and found are to go directly to their assigned location and check in with net control (147.42/449.925). You don’t have to be in place until 0800 (8AM).

-All volunteers please go to  https://handcartdays.org/pages/handcart-days-parade  to get, and print your Parade Day documents!    

-Ham operators are at the parade to communicate and they should have adequate equipment to communicate effectively. In some cases, handy talkies will not be enough. Gain antennas, spare batteries, ear buds, can make the difference, so please bring your accessories. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, and be prepared for anything!

-If rain is in the forecast bring protection for yourself, the radio and for the paperwork you printed from the website. All Hams should bring an orange/yellow high-visibility vest, a name tag (with your call sign), and a clipboard. Lost and found stations need a clip board and sticky notes to write on and hand to the announcers. 


-Entire Parade – 147.42/449.925 REPEATER

-ASSEMBLY AREA – Main Street – 145.57
-ASSEMBLY AREA – 2nd West – 145.75