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Old 08-02-2012, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Trail Communication is Key

Most of you now understand the power of ham radio in the Rubicon.

The rescue of an Auburn Jeep Club member back in July 2007 near the Buck Island bypass got one man hellbent on having a ham license. That man was DENNIS MAYER (W2DWM, silent key). He got us started on the ham classes that have now resulted in more than 400 licenses of users of the Rubicon and High Lakes.

Though John and I offer ham classes twice a year (Spring and Fall) it is NOT necessary to take a class from us in order to get a license. You can take practice tests online (the best place to go is eham.net and go to the "tests" link) but it's best to purchase the most current Technician Manual and study it.

In any case, there have been now 5 successful rescues of OHV people in the Rubicon thanks to ham radio since Dennis got us started in 2007 (not to mention so many more from EDSO SAR members using ham). The most recent rescue, Rachel Gray, has a fighting chance thanks to quick action, ham radio and the complete professionalism of the Jeepers Jamboree personnel. Ham was also used to notify 100s of people (via autopatch) that their family and friends would be leaving the Jamboree later than expected.

I will be teaching another class in October 2012. Space is limited so if you are interested in taking the class, email John Arenz at [email protected]. John has started a list. At Jamboree this past week I was approached by several people wanting this class after Rachel's rescue.

Oh and on a final note: Prayers to Rachel.
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Thanks Barb....

I've said it before..I'll say it again......Dennis, you, John and Frank (805) have turned the Rubicon/Sacramento area into one of, if not the best Ham ecosystems around.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ken, you mentioned Frank Yost and truly, without Frank's amazing knowledge, his powerful repeater system, and his link to EDSO and EMS, none of this would be possible. So, Frank is the real hero because he supports ham in the Rubicon and he's always monitoring his 805.

Thank you Frank Yost, you're a most humble hero.
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Thanks for doing yet another class Barb! Dennis got the program rolling but you and John have done great work carrying the torch. My daughter, her BF and friends were up at the Jambo last weekend and one of their group was in the Jeep that rolled. Luckily, he had only minor injuries but she couldn't call out to let everyone back home know they'd be a day late. She's sending John an email today to sign up!

Thanks again for the great service you've provided so many of us!
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Blessings to Rachael and family in this difficult time. Remain positive.

Last w/e we camped at Gold Lake, CA and while not a medical emergency, we had a busted distributor on buddy's CJ6. No cell service. Was able to reach out on the Mt. Rose repeater (1 S bar, but it worked 147.150 pl 123) and via land line relay arranged to have new parts delivered to Portola. Some of the CB guys were awestruck and are now committed to getting their ticket.

Dennis is smiling-- what a legacy!
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Thanks for doing this yet again, Barb! I had Rachel convinced to take the class if you offered it in the fall. The HAM is the most important tool in my rig. Please, everyone, get your license!! It saves lifes!!!

Thanks again!!
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Was on the trail with a broken heim and with Johns help did an autopatch looking for someone to do a parts run, ended up with a spare in the rig but it was nice to have that option.

The bag with my radio is the first thing I grab when packing my rig, I do nee to upgrade to a mobile as well as having my handheld.
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I've been interested in pursuing this for a while... thanks for bringing this up.

I just bought the book off of Amazon for $20 w/ the CD. I found some good info here:

http://www.arrl.org
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I used to love the fact that being on the trail was an escape from the connection with the real world. Like the Chevy commercial where the perfect camp spot is no bars on the cell phone. For me I realized that radio was a necessary tool during an accident many years ago in the sluice...many know the one I speak of where a women drove off a cliff mistaking the gas for the brake. Life flight was landed within 15 minutes all thanks to the magic box ham radio.

I highly recommend this to all trail users!

Thank You Dennis ,Frank, John ,and Barb!

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Old 08-02-2012, 04:12 PM   #11 (permalink)
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None of my customers have their Ham ticket and the cell service has yet to reach out to the Rubicon.....whoot

But on a serious note. Recent events are just yet another display of this great resource. You combine that with the awesome folks we have in and around the trail on a regular basis and you have a lot of areas and situations covered.

Talking with a friend about this just this morning. We spend quite a bit of mid week time up on the trail and just a simple trip could lead to a broken leg or something relatively minor which without contact and no folks out on the trail could turn in to a bad situation very quickly, this goes for all of us. I have my hand held with me at all times. I don't really turn it on that often and have been accused of "Sucking at radio" but it is sure nice to know it is there when we need it.

This is a fantastic tool and resource and I highly recommend taking the time to get the license. As everyone else has said, there are many folks who should be highly commended for their combined radio efforts.

John, Barb, Frank, Ray, Dennis, the list goes on and on.
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Where is this October's class being offered? I was at Jambo last weekend and clearly saw the benefits of a ham radio. Guilty, I am interested in getting my license now. Been considering it for the last couple years. Bought the book a year or two ago, just haven't gotten any further with it yet.
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Where is this October's class being offered? I was at Jambo last weekend and clearly saw the benefits of a ham radio. Guilty, I am interested in getting my license now. Been considering it for the last couple years. Bought the book a year or two ago, just haven't gotten any further with it yet.
it has been held @ Barb's school in the Sacramento Valley area, in El Dorado Hills prolly will be held their again
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Where is this October's class being offered? I was at Jambo last weekend and clearly saw the benefits of a ham radio. Guilty, I am interested in getting my license now. Been considering it for the last couple years. Bought the book a year or two ago, just haven't gotten any further with it yet.
While Barb and John's class and team are the best, there are a multitude of frequent local offerings. Study the book and take practice tests here:
http://www.qrz.com/ht/

Put in your ZIP Code here and get a list of sessions. Looks like they have some in Petaluma in September at the Senior Center.
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This is a fantastic tool and resource and I highly recommend taking the time to get the license. As everyone else has said, there are many folks who should be highly commended for their combined radio efforts.
It is of huge value for medical evacuation, and getting fire response to the scene quickly was a big deal as well... it is also handy for ordering sparkly, pink replacements for broken brown Jeeps.

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I took Barb's class in 2009 and finally got my first radio in June if this year as we use HAM for our rally races. I was surely appreciative of that class and my license as I could help out at Main Time Control with my new radio.

Marni (Mrs. SeanP) will be signing up for Barb's class in Oct.

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I took the class last time and it is great. Also used QRZ a lot for the practice tests. Made it easy to pass the test.
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We have had conflicts with scheduling for the last few classes. Sent the email and hope we can get in on this one.

Thanks for the amazing service your generosity is providing.
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It is of huge value for medical evacuation, and getting fire response to the scene quickly was a big deal as well... it is also handy for ordering sparkly, pink replacements for broken brown Jeeps.

Randii

Yeap that was yet another example of the usefulness of the radio. Not only did I break and was able to get parts in. We had another rig break on the way out and were able to enjoy the "Rubicon Tow Service" and treated to a wonderful meal after many hours strong arming the rig out from Big Sluice.

Not sure the Pink Sparkles and perfume were necessary.....lmao
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I took Barb's class in 2009 and finally got my first radio in June if this year as we use HAM for our rally races. I was surely appreciative of that class and my license as I could help out at Main Time Control with my new radio.

Marni (Mrs. SeanP) will be signing up for Barb's class in Oct.

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It's always sounded like a good thing to have. It was just proven again by yall. Guess it's time to step it up!
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It's always sounded like a good thing to have. It was just proven again by yall. Guess it's time to step it up!
Yes it is! Also a great tool for making new friends and knowing where the neighbors are hanging out. Just ask Disco, this is how we met.....lol
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It's always sounded like a good thing to have. It was just proven again by yall. Guess it's time to step it up!
I'm going to shoot for the September class in Petaluma if you want to roll over there with me. Sept 20th.
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I'm going to shoot for the September class in Petaluma if you want to roll over there with me. Sept 20th.
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