Two Events need Help…

Two Events need Help…

Big Sur International Marathon

Hello all, this is Jeff – KG6UYZ i will be organizing the amateur side of the marathon again this year:

The 31st presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon is quickly approaching, 4-24-16 about 82 days away.  I would like to invite all of you getting this email back for this years marathon.  If you are interested in volunteering to operate this years marathon please respond back,
If you guys have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me in a new email your questions, comments or concerns.
If you know of anybody else that would be interested in volunteering please forward this onto them and have them email me.
Jeff Ackerman

The Sea Otter Classic

To Past SOC Volunteers, SBCARA Members, and Ham Radio Leaders (please pass this along to your groups),

The 26th Sea Otter Classic will be held on April 14-17, 2016.  Help from amateur radio operators has been a vital resource for communication in the Fort Ord National Monument back country and the Gran Fondo (“Great Endurance”) Carmel Valley Route.

The Sea Otter Classic attracts over 10,000 athletes and over 65,000 spectators and is now universally regarded as the world?s premiere cycling festival.  The areas where we assist have little or no cellular or repeater coverage.  It is an excellent opportunity for demonstration and practice of emergency communications and help build readiness for a real disaster.  This year, the back country course will be different than the last few years, potentially presenting new challenges.

This year help will be needed for the following times (the schedule is still in being finalized – so this may change in the next few weeks):

Thursday 4/14 – Back Country Support – All Day – only one or two volunteers needed
Saturday 4/16 – Back Country Support – Early Morning to Mid Afternoon
Saturday 4/16 – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Road Support – All Day
Sunday 4/17 – Back Country Support – Early Morning to Mid Afternoon
Camping is available directly from the event or we have the option of camping for no charge in the Laguna Seca paddock.
We’re continuing our new process that better integrates us with the other teams providing support and lets everyone focus on their specialties.  Ham radio operators will be primarily working radios including ham radios and/or commercial/public safety radios  (i.e. You may be asked to coordinate on a public safety frequency to guide in an ambulance while the medic provides care).  This will give us the advantage of not having to double up just to make sure we don’t have a ham out there alone, and we will still pair experienced hams with new hams as needed.  First aid and course marshal support will be provided by BETA (Bicycle Equestrian Trails Assistance) and National Ski Patrol as in the past.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you’re interested in volunteering.  We’ll need a volunteer wavier signed.  More details will be available closer to the event.

Typically volunteers receive a volunteer T-Shirt, a pass to the Sea Otter Classic Festival (a $40 value), and a lunch if your shift spans lunch time.

Please note that the times and details are subject to change, but we will keep you updated if you volunteer.  Please keep in mind that end times are estimates.  In most cases the event will end earlier, but if we have a significant incident, demobilization may go much later.

To sign up please go to (Feel free to just reply to via e-mail if the form doesn’t work for you.)

Thanks & 73,
– Tim Takeuchi
San Benito County (XBE) COM-L: Communication Unit Leader – W6TST
ARRL Public Information Officer
Chief ACS/RACES Officer /ARES DEC: District Emergency Coordinator
Sea Otter Classic & Hollister Airshow Volunteer Communications Leader —