Looking for Amateur Radio Operators to help with the Sea Otter Classic

The 27th Sea Otter Classic will be held on April 20-23, 2017. 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 9,000 athletes and over 70,000 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 help will be needed for the following times:

Saturday 4/22 – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Route Support – Very Early Morning to Early Evening

Saturday 4/22 – Back Country Support – Early Morning to Mid Afternoon

Sunday 4/23 – Back Country Support – Very 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.

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, but we will still pair experienced hams with new hams as needed. First aid and course marshal support will be provided by Fort Friends 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 and we will have more details available closer to the event.

Volunteers receive a volunteer T-Shirt, a pass to the Sea Otter Classic Festival (a $50 value), and a lunch.

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 and especially in the back country, exit routes are closed to vehicle traffic during the event. Updates will be available at http://sbcares.org/otter .

To sign up please go to http://sbcares.org/otter or if this doesn’t work for you. Feel free to just reply to takeuchi@sbcares.org via e-mail.
San Benito Co. COM-L – W6TST
Chief ACS/RACES Officer / ARES DEC: District Emergency Coordinator / ARRL PIO
Sea Otter Classic Volunteer Communications Leader
takeuchi@sbcares.org — http://sbcares.org