Baker to Vegas Communications Team March 10, 2009

2009 Baker to Vegas Communication Team

2009 Baker to Vegas Communication Team

Huntington Beach RACES Baker to Vegas Communication Team will provide mobile communications support to the Huntington Beach Police Department Running Team’s participation in the 25th Annual Baker to Vegas Relay Race.

HB RACES looks forward each year to providing the best communications resource for the Huntington Beach Running Team. We use this event as an opportunity to practice implementing a reliable communications net in a difficult environment and fostering our working relationships with the Huntington Beach Police Department. This year 15 RACES communicators will provide radio communication support to the running team.

HB RACES provides live tracking of the runner’s position via APRS ham radio equipment during the race. The position reports are available via any Internet connected PC at Huntington Beach Runner Position Report Huntington Beach has a 5pm (PDT) start time on Saturday, March 14th.

HB RACES communicators follow the Huntington Beach runner and are available at the upcoming stages to provide updated position reports and assistance to runners waiting for their leg to start. The stage communicator will have the unofficial leg times for the running team and any special instructions relayed from the team captain.

HB RACES Communicators are available at the Hunting Beach Running Team’s Staging Suite at the Hilton – Las Vegas. Runner status information and unofficial leg times are available. Call the room and ask for the RACES communicator. We can assist you in getting messages to the racecourse runners. Cell phone coverage is spotty along the course, but our ham radio resources provide 100% coverage of the racecourse allowing voice communication to all participants and the follow van.

n6ras March 12th, 2009

Thanks to Susan and Bill (K6WGW) for arraigning for some additional communications resources for the weekend. Susan’s contacts allowed for the courtesy use of several cell phones. The phones are used for backup communications to Las Vegas from the race venue and are courtesy of Working Wardrobes. Bill coordinated the use of a Cactus Intertie System remote base.

HB RACES sends sincere thanks to both Working Wardrobes and Cactus Intertie System for their support of our ‘must not fail’ communications plan this year.

Working Wardrobes, an independent, nonprofit organization, empowers men, women and young adults in life crises to confidently enter the workforce with career development and wardrobe services.

The Cactus Intertie System is a private amateur radio system consisting of a large number of remotely controlled base stations, that are interconnected utilizing full duplex links. This linked system covers large portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas.

wd6awp March 14th, 2009

You all have a fun and safe trip.


KG6ZDP March 23rd, 2009

Huntington Beach RACES would like to say “thanks” to all members who participated in the support of the HBPD. HBPD participates in the “300” catagory. Of the 19 teams, HBPD came in fifth.

Further information on the race results can be found at

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