Icom UK is the official two way radio communications supplier for the Race2Recovery 2013 Dakar Rally race team. Race2Recovery are a UK team of volunteers, racing to inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity, by being the first team of predominantly injured servicemen to complete the 9,000km Dakar Rally in South America, January 2013.
Icom is providing its IC-F3002 VHF commercial two way radios and accessories. Ian Lockyer, marketing manager of Icom UK, said: ‘We chose the IC-F3002 for its simplicity in use in combination with its ruggedness, waterproofing level and battery life. The easy to use controls are intuitive for those that are not used to operating two way radios. Their performance in terms of audio and range for a model of this size is ideal for the project’s needs.’
The radios will be used during convoy road moves (line of sight comms) allowing the team manager to speak to all team assistance cars and trucks. The six radio units will be divided between the team’s three Land Rover Discovery vehicles and two T5 support lorries.
They will also be used during overnight stops in between racing stages. More than 200 race teams and 2,500 people will occupy the 1km x1.5km square encampment, so the same VHF handsets will be used for communications between key individuals as they move about.
Race2Recovery driver and co-founder Captain Tony Harris said: ‘We are incredibly proud that Icom has chosen to support our Dakar Rally campaign. To have the endorsement of such a renowned communications brand is invaluable to us, as we work towards next year’s event and will be pivotal in coordinating the logistics and support team throughout the race.’
Race2Recovery is directing all the funds its raises to the charity Help for Heroes, which will in turn send the funds to the Tedworth House Personnel Recuperation and Assessment Centre located in the UK garrison town of Tidworth in Wiltshire.
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You can find out more about Race2Recovery here.