ARRL SACRAMENTO VALLEY SECTION NEWS July 2015
The NEXT BIG THING! From Western Placer Amateur Radio Club:
THE WPARC Hamfest is our big event for the year. It will be Saturday September 19th which is a little later this year due to the scheduling of Labor Day and a major contest on the 12th. We will be at McBean Park (in Lincoln off hiway 193) again this year. We will have VE sessions for all classes at an off-site location. Email Dennis KI6HHA at email@example.com to register. You must register in advance for the test. We have some good prizes lined up for the drawing including a grand prize of a SuperAntennas YP3 HF yagi antenna. We also have some ARRL gift certificates and some other prizes. We will start selling drawing tickets at the September club meeting. Also, please mention the hamfest on any area nets you check into or if you attend a meeting of another club.
Thanks to Michael Buck, K6BUK.
And for those of you with a 2016 calendar, North Hills Radio Club announces: The Hamfest Committee has set the next Hamfest date as Sunday, May 16, 2016. * * *
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Scott R. Gothard, W6SRG, SK.
Sad news: John, K6JFG, Scott's father, reports that Scott (W6SRG) has passed away after a long illness. Many of you will remember Scott's entertaining talks on military radios. Most recently, Scott gave a talk on the Russian Woodpecker.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Scott's parents, John (K6JFG) and Joyce (K6LUV), who have been frequent attendees of our meetings and past Field Day events.
News courtesy of Bob Hess, W1RH, at El Dorado County ARC.
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More sad news: Bud Dunham, K6ZSV, SK.
Bud Dunham passed away peacefully in Roseville, CA on 7/15/2015 with his family at his bedside after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a devoted and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 65 years Shirley, devoted sons Rick (Tina) and Dan, and grandchildren Eliana Susan and Christian. He was also Lolo to Patrick, Raenalynn, Brandon, Jared, Mikey, and Devon.
Originally from Durant, Oklahoma, he moved with his family to California at age 15. Bud served his country through both World War II in the Maritime services, and in the US Army in Korea, then he worked for PG&E for 46 years until his retirement. Bud was an avid HAM Radio operator (K6ZSV) throughout his adult life, competed in Rodeo events in his younger years, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spent several years after retirement shooting in national level competitive Trap and Skeet events throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Ben Ali Shriner. Bud, was a member of River City ARCS until (through) 2010.
Memorial, Military Honors and Interment will be held 8-14-2015, 10:00 AM, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd., Dixon, CA 95620. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
And still more sad news. From Terry Cobb, K6ME, in Lassen County:
"Sorry to pass on bad news but our LARC group has lost another local Ham.
“KI6IFM” Rodney M. Jones of Janesville California passed away after a long hard health battle.
Rodney came to several of the club meetings but not in the past year. Rodney had his General License and we chatted many times on 40 and 10 Meters. Even though Rodney had a full VHF Set up he listened to the local 146.880 and several Reno area repeaters but was seldom active after becoming aware of serious health problems several years back."
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Gary, WA6TQJ, reports from Yolo County, “Emergency Coordinator Rick Littlefield, N6KLB, hosted a Root Beer Float party for the members of the Yolo County ARES at the July ARES Meeting. It was a thank you for the public service provided by the club's members at the recent Western States Endurance Run (Tahoe/Auburn 100 mile), Field Day at the UC Davis Airport, and the Davis Double Century. The picture shows Rick serving Ken Wilson, K6WLS. Ken provide hours of service for each of these events.”
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From the W6SFM SFM ARC:
The W6SFM Samuel F. Morse ARC welcomed 12 members and 1 guest to this months SFMARC in-person monthly meeting. Thank you to all who have helped support the club and the preservation of CW on the bands! All members of the SFM ARC receive a W6SFM.COM email addresses and personal Member webpage where they can proudly display their bios to the public. We encourage our members to post news, photos and other information about themselves as well as their hobbies. Feel free to visit our new members page found in the members section of the W6SFM website (www.w6sfm.com).
Reports of our July in-person meeting:
SFM ARC President Michael, N6MQL read the months budget report and announced the final funds available, Including $100, $40 and $20 donations made to the club by both members and non members. These donations will be used for the purpose of organizing PR booths such as the Kids Day in the Park event, Ranch Cordova and other events where the SFM ARC introduces Ham Radio and Morse Code to Children and the general public. If you would like to contribute to this cause please feel free to visit our home page for a PayPal link to donate.
Topics of Discussion included the tally of our W6SFM Field Day operations. The SFM ARC began it’s ARRL Field Day setup at 9:15AM and completed final setup at 11AM just in time for the start of on-air operations. This year the SFM ARC had a total of 33 people take part in our 2A SV setup. Visitors included section leader Ron W6KJ and his wife, along with members of the Sacramento Fire battalion 109. The club operated using it’s new Balun on our 80 meter inverted Vee along with the clubs new Coax and donated Hustler 4BTV ground mounted Vertical antenna. W6SFM operated an all CW, low power 2 radio setup on all bands making over 520 contacts in the 24 hour period. In addition to the 500 plus contacts the club copied the ARRL bulletin, supported a public information booth with ARRL materials, had instructional materials for visitors to understand and transmit CW (Morse Code). Those items and other qualifications totaled the club a 980 bonus point score. For more photos and a video of this event please visit the clubs Photo and Video Gallery.
Member Michael, K6LQ discussed his Field Day visit to Hawaii’s oldest Ham Radio club this year. Mike had the honors of visiting KH6RS formed 1936. While visiting the island of Maui with his family Mike was graciously offered an opportunity to operate along side their Hawaiian club members. For the full report, pictures and more information on KH6RS ARC please see the story “Tropical Field Day 2015” on our home page, or click on Mike, K6LQ’s personal member page.
Chris, AI6U reported on this months On-Air Net check-ins. The net is held each Tuesday evening on 80 meters. Chris reported on over 27 check ins in the month of July. Please feel free to join us every Tuesday evening on-air.
For our tech portion of the July meeting member John, WB6UBK’s showed off his new find from a local ham swap meet. John displayed a very interesting Straight key mounted atop a wood box that contained connected Capacitors. The group discussed the purpose of the Caps and where and when this interesting find was made. Other discussions on Antennas and the ARRL highlights including the recap on HR1301 and the new senate version SB1685 we had.
Our next SFM ARC in-person meeting will be held at it’s normal time and address found below. Our next upcoming in-person meeting will be held Aug. 6th in the Howard Crowley room upstairs. Pre-planning of the October CA QSO Party contest event, Current events, News regarding Amateur radio and other ARRL items will be discussed. As always we will have our Tech portion where members and visitors are asked to share Ham Radio related items they find of interest. Feel free to visit our In-Person meeting with items that you purchased or were given that you would like to share with the group.
Each Tuesday of the week 8:00 PM on 3.545 MHz the SFM ARC enjoys getting on the air with CW for our weekly Nets. You do NOT need to be a member of the SFM ARC to check into our nets. Although our nets usually run around 13 wpm code, we are all happy to accommodate those that are slower and need us to oblige. If you are unable to copy Morse Code or need some code practice please feel free to visit our on-line LIVE streaming broadcast of both the Audio and a CW to Text decoding of the meeting. That link can be found on our home page of the website.
Those visiting the on-line site are welcome to make themselves known by using the ‘contact us’ link to let the net op (NCS) know you are there. This of course is not mandatory, it just lets everyone feel more involved in our on-air nets.
Do you or someone you know need a Ham Club to call home? For those that want to learn Morse Code, are interested in CW or already know and use it, the SFM ARC would love to be your new Club home. Our in-person meetings are held each 1st Thursday of the month at 7PM. The SFM ARC meets in the "Howard Crowley" room of the Carmichael Presbyterian Church in Carmichael, CA. The church is Located at 5645 Marconi Ave. For directions to the meeting visit our clubs home webpage www.w6sfm.com. Please use the rear parking lot and entry for best access to the meeting. A map and directions can also be found on our website.
We hope to see you at our next meeting! 73, Michael, N6MQL
W6SFM Club President
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From Modoc County, we hear from David, WO6M.
The Modoc Emergency Radio Club, K6MER, helped out on July 25 with three aid stations and a SAG wagon for the Great Historic Hotel Bike Ride that ran from the Fort Bidwell Hotel in Fort Bidwell to the Niles Hotel in Alturas. Traveling south from the top of Surprise Valley, the bicyclists enjoyed views of the Hayes Mountain range to the east and the Warner Mountains to the west. Riders then climbed 1650 feet in order to bike over Cedar Pass at 6300 feet and on to complete either the 100 kilometer (62 mile) or the 150 kilometer (93 mile) ride. Members of Modoc county’s ARES club met the challenge of providing continuous communication regarding the status of the riders through use of the Payne Peak repeater, the Barnes repeater, and a relay station.
Dan Stossmeister, KJ6ZUW, Jim Linden, N7JIL, and Marie Linden, N6REE, assisted as net control operators at the Niles Hotel with Dan operating as primary net control operator. David Schulz, WO6M, and Maya Schulz, KK6TBY, met riders at Aid 1 in the town of Cedarville. Monty Hinze KK6FBY kept track of riders passing through Aid 2. Ron Sharpless, N7ERC, operated Aid 3. Jim Hertel, N6KMR, served as a relay with a portable repeater early in the day when communication with the main repeater was not working. Jason Keen, KJ6PZR, drove the primary SAG wagon. Later in the event, two secondary SAG wagons were operated by N7JIL and KK6FBY.
The Great Historic Hotel Bike ride was sponsored by Modoc Parks and Recreation District and the Modoc District Fair. The historic ride is expected to be the the first annual reboot of a ride that used to be popular in the 1990s. Special thanks to all of those who provided water, snacks, pastries, electrolytes, and portable facilities at each of the aid stations.
Of the 14 riders that started in Fort Bidwell, 13 of them completed the adventure. Cell phone communication is unavailable for considerable portions of the route making Amateur Radio the most reliable means of communication for the event.
The attached photograph (see the gallery at the bottom of Section News) shows four riders, a couple spectators (the one with the SV hat is a future ham radio operator), and three ham radio operators at Aid 1 in Cedarville, California. David, WO6M wears the cowboy hat, Maya, KK6TBY wears the camouflage cap, and Jim, N6KMR stands at the far right.
Submitted by David, WO6M
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On July 11, Yuba Sutter ARC's VE team examined five candidates for the Technician License. All five passed and you may hear them on the air. Three also took the General test but did not pass. They had not studied the more advanced material.
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The Redding ARRL VE Team had another successful exam session in July. We had 4 candidates pass their Technician class license exam. One of those candidates, who happened to be a former Advanced class ham, was thrilled when he learned that he would receive a General class license by passing his Technician class exam. He also provided proof that he had been licensed previously. He was the first candidate to benefit from the new licensing rules for former hams to come through one of our sessions. Information about this Exam Element Credit for Expired Licenses can be found at http://www.arrl.org/exam-element-credit Our next exam is scheduled for Saturday September 19th. For more information, go to www.reddingve.com or contact Steve K6KS at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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Are you a volunteer examiner? The term of a VE expires with the license. If you have not been active as a VE, you may want to attend a exam session before your license expires so you can remain on the accredited list. You can check your ARRL VE status at: http://www.arrl.org/ve-session-counts then select the state or region and scroll down to your call sign. I have done 113 and just helped out at the above session, so when my license renews next year, I can ask for another sticker from ARRL/VE.
If you are not a VE, please consider this noble activity. It is essential to our service and fun to see a successful applicant.
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There are other ways to pay back and pay forward when it comes to ham radio. If you have been a ham for a while, how about becoming an Elmer? Elmering, or mentoring, is a great way to get others going and you may even learn something along the way.
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The above link tells the story! 1900-2000 kHz will be a primary allocation for Amateur Radio!
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If you don't already have one, a current frequency chart of our Amateur Radio allocations is available from ARRL at: http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations
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At last we have a U.S. Senate bill complementing the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. US Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015” in the Senate, had said the bill he introduced, with original cosponsor Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would allow for transparency and equality in the regulatory process. S. 1685 and its identically worded US House version H.R. 1301 direct the FCC to provide “regulatory parity” for Amateur radio operators. Wicker said in a June 29 media release that the legislation would ensure that Amateur Radio operators are able to continue to provide “critical communications support at no cost to taxpayers.” We need to write letters to our two US Senators to ask them to become cosponsors of this bill.
Read more at: http://www.arrl.org/news/senate-sponsor-of-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-said-bill-promotes-regulatory-transparency-equali
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Looking for our list of nets? Thanks to Les, W6TEE, the list is now at
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ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Technical Coordinator, VHF Award Manager, HF Award Manager and DXCC Award Manager Bob, WB6VYH reminds us he can count cards and check applications for VUCC and WAS and DXCC............... Bob will be at some of the Ham Swaps this year and most likely Ham Club meetings throughout Northern California. If you can't travel let Bob know and he can work something out.
Please contact Bob ahead of time at email@example.com for information and appointment.
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Oroville Amateur Radio Society, OARS, (http://w6af.org) held its July regular meeting on the 10th with seventeen in attendance. Field Day results and the operation were discussed; letters of appreciation to the EAA chapter, for use of their site, and Table Mountain Golf Course, for their assistance in the club's effort, were proposed and approved by the membership; a summary with a claimed score of 558 was subsequently submitted ARRL HQ. The club plans a Public Information presence with a booth at the annual Berry Festival in Berry Creek, to be held 15 August. The program, by Erik, AF6EF, was a photo and video presentation about the Maritime Radio Historical Society (KPH, KSM and K6KPH, Point Reyes). Vice President Joe, WA6CAL, also did a short presentation and demonstration of his 70cm radio micronode on IRLP.
There were 15 present at the OARS Monthly Breakfast on the 25th at The Waffle Shop.
OARS will hold its next monthly meeting on 14 August 2015 (second Friday of the month), 7 pm, at St. Paul's Parish Hall in Oroville. Agenda and program are to be determined at the time of this writing.
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The Amateur Radio vanity call sign regulatory fee is set to disappear in the next few weeks. According to the best-available information from FCC sources, the first day that applicants will be able to file a vanity application without having to pay a fee is Thursday, September 3. In deciding earlier this year to drop the regulatory fee components for Amateur Radio vanity call signs and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) applications, the FCC said it was doing so to save money and personnel resources. The Commission asserted that it costs more of both to process the regulatory fees and issue refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment.
“Our costs have increased over time, and now that the costs exceed the amount of the regulatory fee, the increased relative administrative cost supports eliminating this regulatory fee category,” the FCC said in its Report and Order, which appeared on July 21 in The Federal Register. “Once [it’s] eliminated, these licensees will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments.”
The FCC raised the Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee from $16.10 to its current $21.40 for the 10-year license term in 2014. The $5.30 increase was the largest such fee hike in many years. In a typical fiscal year, the FCC collected on the order of $250,000 in vanity call sign regulatory fees.
The FCC said the revenue it would otherwise collect from such regulatory fees “will be proportionally assessed on other wireless fee categories.” Congress has mandated that the FCC collect nearly $340 million in regulatory fees from all services in fiscal year 2015.
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After Action report from Butte County, Ca, EC ARES Scott Petersen, Butte County ARES was requested by Pam Deditch of the Red Cross at 1600 hrs on 7-29-15. The request of "Ham" Amateur Radio Operators to work at the Red Cross Shelter for the Swedes Fire, located at Chruch of the Nazarene in Oroville, Ca. was made from this Red Cross Shelter # Ca 0715-2. Several ARES operators were called via the newly developed telephone tree, where each leader of their group, a maximun of five groups, calls the Radio Operators in their respective group, a maximun of five, and forward this availability information back the the Emergency Coordinator.
The W6SCR repeater was used, at first as a net for logistics and then as the needs for our services were reduced the Net became an OPEN net with point to point contacts.
The initial Call out was made via the BCARES callout email via the web site, and telephone calls were followed up and a list of available operators was created and put into Deployment status or Net Control or Stand-by status.
The Operator's were released from their respective locations as per the order below:
Net Control operated from 4 pm to 7 pm, the AEC, Dale Anderson, KK6EVX, was onsite in Oroville within the hour of callout, 5pm, and he had to travel a bit to get their, Great job Dale! Yours truely KE6VUS, arrived at 645 pm and the facility was manned until 930 pm, as which time the comms section was released from service, broken down and packed away in our respective vehicles.
The BC ARES Comms van was not utilitzed during this event.
Thanks to the follow for their services:
EC; Ke6vus; Scott Petersen
A.E.C.; KK6EVX, Dale Anderson
K6QXC, Evelyn Weir, for our Net Control,
KG6ZOA, Anna Horn, Stand-by
WA6ZRT, Gene Wright, Stand-by
KF6HSS, Stephen Wolske, driver for the NVADG comms semi truck, and one of their Hams,
and to Dave Bequette, KJ6QLB, the leader of the Communications Group for North Valley Animal Disaster Group.
These two remain in our group and have become a liaison between ARES and NVADG, Thank you as well.
To a few of the others who emailed me back and let me know when they could be available, and
special thanks to Chico Councilman, Randal Stone, K6RCS, who as a member of our group, and recently passing ICS Training modules, made himself available if needed.
BC ARES needs your continued support in the future and many of our ranks have been reduced due to medical issues, family issues, moved away, time scheduling issues, and other misc issues. Bottom line, we need to keep our group growing with new recrutiment, being well trained, active on the nets and available for events and incidents.
If you know of any Amateur Radio Operators who could love to give back to the community by using their varied skills and amateur radio, please contact me directly via the BCARES.net web site or call me.
Thanks to all in our group for their service.
Scott Petersen, KE6VUS
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From the North Hills Radio Club:
The North Hills Radio Club of Sacramento held their first Family Ham Picnic in several years at Depot Park in Rio Linda on Saturday, July 25. The picnic and accompanying Fox Hunt were well organized by Chris, KJ6LZR, his family, and friends. The club provided hamburgers and hot dogs, while the participants brought side dishes or deserts, based on their call suffix. Talk-in was on the K6IS club repeater on 2 m and 220. About 31 people attended with a good percentage taking in the 2 m Fox Hunt thanks to a portable Yagi construction project at previous meetings. The first place winner was Joel, AI6DG. In Second place was Charles, N6EYD. In third place was Diane, KK6LOE. Everyone is eager for the next picnic and hunt.
Depot Park gets its name from the former Sacramento
Northern RR depot which is now the picnic shed. The
adjacent tracks are now an asphalt bike trail which
eventually connects with the American River Bike Trail
in Sacramento. Cyclists
rode through our tasty BBQ smoke.
Les W6TEE, ASM
The Mt. Vaca Radio Club (Sacramento) and the Yolo Amateur
Radio Society (Davis)
are now one club as of July 1. Both names and both web
address work, but only one web page. The merger was because
MVRC membership had been falling since the
primary member repeater on 440 was shut down for Pave Paws,
while YARS, a strong active club, was the primary user of the
MVRC 2 meter repeater for nets and public service. The combined
membership is looking forward to even more Ham activity.
The open YARS Net is Monday at 8:30 PM local on the K6MVR
repeater, 147.00 minus 136.5 PL The open Mt. Vaca nets are on
Saturday, 7:45 PM on K6MVR, and 8:00 PM on 3918.5 kHz LSB.
Thanks to ARRL for advice on how to do this.
Les W6TEE, ASM
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ALPINE COUNTY EMERGENCY COORDINATOR, Sheila Clements, KA7AJQ, reports:
Alpine County Tour of the California Alps also known as the Death Ride cycling event did take place July 11th. The Alpine County organizers and agencies considered all the conditions and challenges present from the Washington Fire and made a final go decision. Tahoe Amateur Radio Association (TARA) was the lead coordinating group to organize ham radio communications support for this event. Hams from all over as well as some DCART members volunteered for this event. Alpine County had done a superb job of repairing the damage from that Washington Fire in order to welcome some 3,000 riders to the event. KV7S, Dale, had provided his 2 meter mag mount to go on top of the Sheriff's Office for the dedicated radio in the Dispatcher's Office. KA7UIS and KA7AJQ then supported ham operations next to the Dispatcher the day of the event. It really was the way to go to have the Dispatcher hear emergency traffic reports in order to send the resources needed.
Sheila Clement, KA7AJQ
ARES Emergency Coordinator
Douglas, NV and Alpine, CA
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I wish fire season was over, but it is likely to keep going into October. Greg, KG6SJT, our District 3 DEC, forwarded this from Joe, N3CKF, member of Amador County ARC. It may help you keep up with the fire danger.
From Joe Pistritto N3CKF emailed the Amador Radio group: “I've been following wildfires for a few years via Google Earth. “You can add large fires in California to your Google Earth by using the link found here: http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/googleearth.php under "Current" in "Large INcidents" “You want to add that link to GE by right-clicking on "My Places", and click "Add" and "Network link" “You will then get a set of pins on the map of California for active large fire incidents. “The pins will be red for fires that are active and not contained, and blue for incidents that are contained (eventually they disappear when the incident is closed) and if you mouse over one you'll see a description of the fire.”
* * * KG6SJT also sent along this link. If you visit Lake County as often as I do, you will not like these images. https://www.facebook.com/onfirephotos
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The Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve has been asked to aid with and provide communications for a 200 mile relay marathon. The relay starts in Butte Meadows east of Chico and travels over forest roads to Rocky Point Campground at Lake Almanor in Plumas County and then back to Butte Meadows.
Ham radio operators are being requested to help out by staffing checkpoints, aiding with statistics, passing traffic, and emergency communications as needed. This would be a great event for ARES Groups in the area to get out in the field and use you equipment.
The event starts at 5:00AM on Friday September 11, 2015 and can go as late as 2400 on Saturday September 12, 2015. Obviously we would love to have volunteers with us the full 43 hours but we would welcome anyone that could help us for an 8 hour assignment. Due to the terrain and location we are requesting volunteers have mobile VHF or Dual Band radios with gain antennas. Anyone interested in volunteering for this event or for more detailed information, please contact Gary McElroy, N6BLU, Operations Lieutenant, Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary McElroy N6BLU
Butte County Sheriff's Communication Reserve.
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I have the following public service event opportunity.
"We are looking for amateur radio communication volunteers
to help support Ann Trason’s (Overlook Endurance Runs)
50K and 30K running event on October 18th, 2015.
This event covers areas of the historic Western States
Trail, Tevis Cup Trail and the American River Canyon. The
50K distance starts in Stone's Brew in Foresthill, CA. The
30K distance starts at Driver's Flat and Foresthill Road.
Both distances finish at the American Canyon Park Overlook
(Auburn Dam Overlook) in Auburn, CA.
If you are interested in volunteering please send email
to email@example.com indicating your interest, availability
and contact information and I will contact you directly
to confirm. A couple of the aid stations are on fire
roads and so high clearance vehicles or 4WD is ideal.
More information about the Overlook Endurance Runs and
this event can be found here:
Thank you for your interest.
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