About the Motorsport Radio Group
The Motorsport Radio Group (MRG) provides a high quality communications service on rallies to improve the safety of competitors, officials and spectators.
Probably the easiest way to describe us is that we are marshals with a means of communication.
MRG members provide safety communications on rounds of the MSA Scottish Rally Championship, Scottish Tarmack Championship, off road events and other rallies throughout the UK, including Wales Rally GB. We are also regularly asked to assist with test and promotional days. Members have also provided safety cover on charity events where the public pay for a ride in a rally car.
If the Club is asked to co-ordinate radio crews for an event, we circulate our members looking for crews to assist and work closely with the organisers to decide where to position radio marshals on the day. We might also be asked to provide radio cover for media / shakedown days ahead of the actual event.
How communications work in motorsport
As a Group we licence and use the Tartan call sign for use on the Motorsport UK Safety and Medical frequencies. Several of our members are also members of other motor clubs and use the call sign licensed to the other club or Group. These call signs include Border, Granite, Kingdom, Lanark, Lion, Mull, Nevis, Scot, Silk, Teviot, Thistle and Tob.
Radio marshals are located at the start, finish and at certain mid-stage locations agreed with event organisers. It is a Motorsport UK requirement that there be no more than 5km between radios on stages.
Stages radios report to a Radio Controller, who may be responsible for one or more stages depending on the area and reception (radio waves don’t like hills and glens).
How to get involved
We are always keen to attract new members and provide them with the training necessary to enhance the safety services on events.
If you think rally radio is for you, or just have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Co-ordinator of the MRG. Alternatively look out for one of our members on a rally near you.
Don’t worry if you are a new to rally radio, training will be provided. The Club encourages all our members, no matter what type of marshalling they are interested in, to register as an Accredited Marshal with Motorsport UK. This provides you with some basic knowledge and skills. It will also mean that you would be allowed to take on radio duties on your own without having to be 'buddied' by a more experienced operator.
- Motorsport UK: Online rally marshals' training
- Motorsport UK: Marshals' Resource Centre
- Motorsport UK: Volunteering in motorsport
The Club wants members to be comfortable in their role so we arrange additional training to develop your experience. Initially we will place you with a buddy (even if you are an Accredited Marshal) so you can see first-hand what is involved as a radio marshal, the records you need to keep and the type of messages being passed.
As your experience grows we will arrange for you to be placed on a non-mandatory post to build up your knowledge and confidence. Only then will we allocate you a mandatory mid-stage post or a start or finish.
We recognise that the financial commitment required to buy your own radio and antenna may prevent individuals getting involved. To encourage new members, the Club has a number of radios that are available to members for use. This allows new members to come along to a few rallies and try your hand at being a radio marshal before you have to think about buying your own radio.