Boonville Bite Hard road race (cyclists) 6/29

2013/06/16 Leave a comment

The Bite Hard is fast approaching and I could use a few more HAMs to drive a support vehicle behind a group of riders.  This is a short stint compared to slower century rides.  If I recall from last year, we had 5 staggered start groups with the pros in front and every other vehicle carried medical support.  Easy peasy as it’s once around and you stay with your pack (or the majority of your pack if they stretch out).

About Bite Hard Boonville Road Race… (from their website)

The Bite Hard Boonville Road Race is a race encompassing some of the finest tarmac in Mendocino County. The race winds through valley’s of vines, redwood shaded mountains and coastal Highway 1.

The Bite Hard is a fundraiser for Cycked (www.cycked.org), Anderson Valley’s premier bike advocacy group. Cycked is working hard to bring a 30 mile bike path from Boonville to the coast at a cost of over $25,000,000!!!

The Bite Hard is sponsored by Bite Hard Cider, Boonville’s premier cider house. Offering several varieties of cider and pressed right here in Boonville this drink is sure to become a favorite post-ride/race beverage!

The Bite Hard Road Race is promoted by and permitted through AntiGravity Cycling

They hope to get about 200 riders, but it might be a few less.  The course is tricky regarding radio coverage so we used 2 repeaters and Chuck kept an ear open in case we needed relays.

All went very well – no issues (other than 1st year organization quirks), no injuries.

Please contact me if you can help!!

73 ~ m

Volunteer Opportunity – Mendo Rally

2013/06/13 5 comments

Hello All: The 2013 Mendocino Rally will be held on two days on two different courses, July 20-21 at the locations shown in the map links. (The courses are final. There may be some changes in the number and locations of radios.)  If you plan to come please register directly at   http://www.rallydata.com    
        Your old log-in info will get you in. If you are new, you need to register.  Sign up for Saturday, Sunday, or both. Planning is coming together and we need to know who is coming. Please advise in the comments section if you only have a hand-held radio, and also if you have dual band with 440 capabilities because we may be requested to provide radio support for the timing crew.

    Here is an outline of what’s up:

    Saturday, July 20:
        Walker Ridge Road in eastern Lake County. This is about 16 miles long. The course begins immediately off Hiway 20, easy access. It is 66 miles and 1.5 hours from downtown Santa Rosa, CA. It will be run twice in each direction.
Google Map link is     https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205644825606633376501.0004dc87efd866e235221&msa=0

    Sunday, July 21:
        South Mountain OHV area in the mountains east of Ukiah. This is about 15 miles long and will be run twice in each direction. Cars will be starting in Lakeport instead of Ukiah. However, we will have access from the Ukiah side, same as last year, which is much easier for people coming up Hiway 101.  
    Google map link is      https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=216600368620911388418.0004a3bf1dd60612c8771&msa=0&ll=39.053318,-122.98233&spn=0.232484,0.653687

    Sunday, July 7, 2013: Live practice and drill will be held at 10:00 AM at Youth Community Park, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, CA, across from Piner High School. New radio operators are urged to attend, and all are welcome. We will review and practice the procedures that are unique to Rally radio operations.  We will also do event sign-in with wrist bands, the Comm packet, and releases to sign so you do not have that hassle on rally day. We will also have a Comm meeting Friday night at the Headquarters Hotel where you can sign-in, and Saturday morning.

    Headquarters Hotel: Rally HQ will be the Best Western El Grande hotel in Clearlake, CA.  15135 Lakeshore Drive
Clearlake, California, 95422-8106.  Reservations, CALL 1-800-780-7234     Their Website is http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/CA/Clearlake-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-El-Grande-Inn/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=05433

    A Travel Lodge is nearby, at better prices. Travelodge Clearlake, 4775 Old Highway 53, Lakeshore Dr and Old Highwy 53, Clearlake, CA 95422 
Phone: 1-707-994-1499    Website is    http://www.travelodge.com/hotels/california/clearlake/travelodge-clearlake/hotel-overview

    There will be a Friday night welcome party and a Saturday night Awards party.  Already we have car entries from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Colorado, as well as an inquiry from Ireland.

     Attached is the Passage Log procedures sheet. New Hams must know and understand this procedure. Logs for the event will be provided in the Comm packet when you sign in for the event.  Reply to me direct if there are any questions about anything.  I will keep you advised as things progress. A formal Comm plan will be out the week before the event.

    Thank you to all for volunteering. This should be fun.

Mendocino County Ham Radio Nets

If you’re new to ham radio in the Mendocino area, there are several weekly VHF amateur radio networks that are worthwhile. Most (but not all) of the nets are held each Wednesday evening. There are local city-area nets followed by a county-wide linked-repeater net at 7:30PM. That’s followed by a county-wide simplex net, Walking Repeaters, at around 8:00PM.

The up-to-date list of Mendocino area nets can be found at McARCS Net Page.

WARS – Willits Amateur Radio Society – May 2013 Meeting

2013/05/09 1 comment

WARS  (Willits Amateur Radio Society)  will hold a meeting on:

Saturday May 18,  at 1130  am,  at The Old Mission Pizza in south Willits.

The club will buy the pizza. You buy your own drink(s).

We will talk about what we have been doing, and a few of the things we plan to do.  We will take ideas of things to do that members are interested in.

Lake County hams have some upcoming events and we will pass the word about them as soon as we get additional information.
In the meantime, besides this e-mail, check into the local Willits simplex net  146.445  at seven pm on Wednesday nights.  Also the county wide net on 147.390  plus offset with a PL of 103.5.  This is on Wednesday nights also at seven thirty pm.  Also for information, there is the Walking Repeater net, about eight pm Wednesday nights.  This is on 145.555 simplex.

Pass the word to other hams you think might be interested in attending.

TNX   Len  WA6KLK   CEO  WARS 2013

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KI6MJC joins MendoRadio

2013/05/09 1 comment

Marcella, KI6MJC, has joined the MendoRadio team to provide local ham radio announcements and info updates. Welcome aboard Marcella! It’s good to have another local content contributor on the site, and I know you’ll have quite a few postings to add! We look forward to it.

To anyone else: If you have relevant content to contribute, please let us know. Post a reply to any of our articles, and we can add you as an author or contributor.

March 9th – Willits Amateur Radio Society (WARS) Seminar

WARS  Willits Amateur Radio Society  will host a seminar on saturday March 9 at the Mormon Church in south Willits.  It will start at 10:00 and will last about four hours.  This will be for new and not so new hams, or anyone interested in amateur radio.

Tim  WB9NJs will host and moderate.  The subjects will be announced shortly, but an ARRL represenative is scheduled to be there also to talk about ARRL.    Cookies, juicies, and water will be available.  NO tobacco or coffee please.  No charge is made for this but a small donation would be appreciated to help cover costs.  In the fall a seminair will be held that will be for all folks again, but pointed more at the general class.

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Reminder: WARS meeting Nov 24 at Old Mission Pizza

WARS meets this Saturday, 11.24, at 11:30 a.m., Old Mission Pizza, South end of Willits.

Carl, KB6ZST, and George, K7WWA, will present short antenna programs/info.

We need to have elections of new Officers for 2013.

Hope to see you there,

73, Jim

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