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Fish Rock Bicycle Adventure Race - POSTPONED UFN

Event Chair: Fred AE6SF


    THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE, AS OF March 16, 2020. This event will NOT be held on April 4, 2020. It might be rescheduled for later in the year. Sorry about that, but COVID-19 threatened to crash the party...
      This is a UHF event. Your single-band 2-meter radio won't cut it.
        April 4th is the Fish Rock bicycle event, SCRA's first public service event of 2020. Three hundred cyclists will depart Boonville, traverse to and down the coast, and return to Boonville. Find more info here: . This is an all-day event with riders starting from Boonville at 10:00 am and stragglers returning at 5:30 pm. Operators will close aid stations progressively and may depart for home when they do.
          Travel times are long, ranging from 1.5 to 2.25 hours from Santa Rosa, depending on location, due to distance and winding roads:
          • Santa Rosa to Boonville about 90 miles
          • Santa Rosa to Pt. Arena via coast about 85 miles
          • Event course (a loop) 72.4 miles
          This is a UHF event. Your single-band 2-meter radio won't cut it. (Oh, I guess I said that already... How about this? UHF = 70 cm = 440 MHz band...) Weather (fog, rain, clouds) can impact UHF reception significantly ("Scotty, I need more power!") so bring a UHF mobile radio (or HT with UHF amp, say 40W) and a good antenna. During clear weather, most sites can get by with a UHF HT, but be prepared for changing weather. SAGs will need a mobile radio on the more radio-difficult portions of Fish Rock Road. We especially like APRS-equipped SAGs although APRS is not a requirement. Note to SAGs: Portions of Fish Rock Road between Tenmile road and Aid Station 3 aren't paved, but sport well-graded dirt with minor-to-moderate washboards and a few potholes. Low-rider cars (under which you can't roll a beer can) need not apply. (The Aid Station 3 operator can approach from Highway 128 via all-paved roads.)
            Where are these places, you ask? Here's where they were last year. The aid stations might move by a couple of miles. Stay tuned. I recommend copying the following coordinates into to get turn-by-turn driving directions and a time estimate.
            • START Anderson Valley Jr-Sr H.S. (39.0117,-123.3748) In Boonville. Mountain View Rd. ONE HAM COULD WORK THIS AND AID 3 BOTH. OpenStreetMap | Bing | Google
            • Aid Station 1 Mountain View Road (38.9453,-123.5455) Go North to Boonville, turn left on Mountain View Road. Coordinates are approximate. OpenStreetMap | Bing | Google
            • Cemetery Hwy 1 & Mtn View Rd (38.9511,-123.6901) Go North on Hwy 1, turn right and right into cemetery at corner with Mountain View Rd. OpenStreetMap | Bing | Google
            • Aid Station 2 Iverson Rd at Timberwood Wy (38.8412,-123.5704) Go North on Hwy 1 to Gualala, turn right on Old Stage Coach Rd, continue on Iverson Rd. Site is at intersection with Timberwood Way. OpenStreetMap | Bing | Google
            • Aid Station 3 Fish Rock Road (38.88709,-123.38899) North on 128 past Yorkville, left on Fish Rock Road about 8 miles. OpenStreetMap | Bing | Google
            • Net Control / FINISH Anderson Valley Brewing Co. (39.0007,-123.3563) In Boonville. Boonville Ukiah Road (Hwy 253) OpenStreetMap | Bing | Google
            If you are new to public service and want a no-pressure way to try it out, sign up as a Shadow and we'll pair you up with an experienced ham.
              If you have a question, contact Fred AE6SF at .

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              April 4, 2020

              Task/Item Start Time End Time Available Spots
              SAG1 9:15 AM 5:30 PM#1: K6DBP
              SAG2 9:15 AM 5:30 PM#1: Sign up »
              SAG3 9:15 AM 5:30 PM#1: Sign up »
              Aid Station 1 10:25 AM 11:45 AM#1: Sign up »
              Shadow for AS1 10:25 AM 11:45 PM#1: Sign up »
              Cemetery 10:45 AM 12:45 PM#1: Sign up »
              Shadow for Cemetery 10:45 AM 12:45 PM#1: Sign up »
              Aid Station 2 11:40 AM 2:15 PM#1: K6WRP
              Shadow for AS2 11:40 AM 2:15 PM#1: Sign up »
              Aid Station 3 12:30 PM 3:45 PM#1: KI6MSP
              Shadow for AS3 12:30 PM 3:45 PM#1: KF6GNH
              START 9:15 AM 10:15 AM#1: Sign up »
              Net Control 9:00 AM 5:30 PM#1: Sign up »
              #2: Sign up »
              Shadow for NC 9:00 AM 5:30 PM#1: W6GOL
              #2: Sign up »