Foothill Flyers Radio Club - W6FHF
Last update November 1, 2019

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Who We Are:
The Foothill Flyers Radio Club is a club within the Foothill Flyers Running Club. This club encourages trail runners to get their FCC Amateur Radio (Ham) licenses, helps them to become familiar with Ham radios and procedures, and to volunteer at trail races and related events. Emergency Communications and runner safety is the primary focus.

Purpose:
Amateur Radio can play a critical part in trail runner safety in remote areas where cell phones do not work. Therefore, it is imperative that trail races use sweeps that are capable trail runners as well as being licensed hams and also have runner/hams at aid stations that are able to run up trail if necessary. Carrying a ham radio with you on training runs in the mountains can make the difference in getting help if you are injured. Ham radio is the first line of communications in times of disasters like earthquakes.

Events:
Mt. Wilson Trail Race, May, check points with SAR and announcer runner status
Angeles National Forest 25K/50K/60K, July, sweeps and aid station.
Angeles Crest 100 Mile Trail Race, August, sweeps and trail marking.
Avalon 50K / 50 Mile, January, finish line and timing.

Membership:
Membership is limited to licensed Radio Amateurs who are current members of the Foothill Flyers Running Club.
There are no dues and members may opt in or out at any time.

Club Directors:
Richard Besocke, KI6ZKM, Callsign Trustee
Tom O’Hara, W6ORG, President
Maria Vangilder, KG6REG, Vice President
Brian Cravens, KM6PSV, Secretary/Treasurer
Mary Ann O'Hara, WB6YSS, Director

Members:
Daiya Cunnane, KN6CSW
Mary Plazony, KN6BPY
Brett Terrell, KM6VQB
Dan Stein, KE6OOF
Lori Stein, KJ6RYD
Mary Knudson, KN6BPK
Dave Hokanson, KM6WBG
Bill Dickey, KC6EQP
Gary Hilliard, KI6OJB
Brenda Thomason, KK6VLF
Jim Thomason, KK6VLG
Maria Case, KK6RNK
Jimmy Downs, KJ6KVI
Tom Parkes, KI6DDB

ClubConstitution & Bylaws established June 19, 2019


Rick Besocke, KI6ZKM sweeps trail for injured or lost runners and picks up course ribbons while keeping in contact with the finish line and adjacent aid stations.


Ham radio set up at the Angeles National Forest 50K/60K trail race Clear Creek aid station.
Mary Knudson, KN6BPK exchanges runner status with net control at the Mt. Wilson start finish line. Mary Plazony, KN6BPY verifies on the list that all the runners through the aid station are accounted for. Tom O'Hara, W6ORG talks to the sweeps, and adjacent aid stations.


Useful Ham Links:
So. Calif. coordinated repeater lists - 144 MHz - 220 MHz - 440 MHz
CA Repeater Map - Find the repeaters where ever you are going.
Radio Path Mapping - Do you have true line of sight?
ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Join in with the local Emergency Comm group.
Rick's portable antenna system.


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