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29th Sea Otter Classic 2019 – Amateur Radio Support

Volunteers | Documents | Maps & Routes | Schedule

The 29th Sea Otter Classic will be held on April 11-14, 2019. Help from amateur radio operators has been a vital resource for communication in the Fort Ord National Monument back country and Carmelo (AKA the Gran Fondo (“Great Endurance”) Carmel Valley Route).

The Sea Otter Classic attracts thousands of athletes and spectators and is now 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:

– Thursday 4/11 – Radio/Communication Support – Morning to Mid Afternoon

– Saturday 4/13 – Back Country Support – Early Morning to Mid Afternoon

– Saturday 4/13 – Carmelo – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Route Support – Early Morning to Early Evening

– Sunday 4/14 – Back Country Support – 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.

We’re continuing a process that integrates us with the other teams providing support and let everyone focus on their specialties. 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 and National Ski Patrol and others.

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 (about a $50 value), and a lunch if your shift spans lunch time.

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.

To sign up please follow these four steps:

    • Please fill out a “2019 Assumption of Risk” form and sign it. 
      Release Form 2019
    • Please fill out a USA Cycling release form (Please initial the first page, fill out and sign the second page)

      US Cycling Release Form 2019 FrontUS Cycling Release Form 2019 Back

  • E-mail or mail it to Tim Takeuchi – 1760-F Airline Hwy, Suite 135, Hollister, CA 95023.


Frequency – Back Country will be using will be a 2 meter ham frequency with an odd offset, and Carmelo (the Carmel Valley Route) has a primary tactical repeater for command operations, and WB6ECE and KI6PAU as a alternate ham command communications options. Please see the IAP (Incident/Event Action Plan) for details.


Incident/Event Action Plan 2019
Updated 4/12/2019

Ham Radio Operations Guide

Note – the IAP (Incident/Event Action Plan) contains frequencies and operational details for the event and gets updated frequently. The Ham Radio Operations Guide is pretty static


Fort Ord Back Country

Saturday 4/13

Sunday 4/14

Carmel Valley

Gran Fondo Carmelo – (Carmel Valley Route)



Below is the volunteer assignments based on your preference and the current plans.


  • Your assignment may change before the event based on conditions. We’ve already had last minute changes in volunteers. Please be flexible in case we have to change your assignment.
  • Assignments are for the full period. If you’re late we can’t let you in and there is no way to allow you to leave early unless it is an emergency.
  • In most cases, you’ll be teamed up and your car may be left behind during the event. Please prepare your vehicle so it may be parked and secured during the event.

Name Callsign Thursday Enduro Saturday CVR Road Saturday Bk Cntry Sunday Bk Cntry
Bert B. KG6MBA Field
Tom B. KK6UCD Field Field
Bruce C. KJ6GUB Field
Gary C. K5CHP Lead
Tony C. KK6ROU Field Field
Ray D. N6DZK   Field ← ← ← Field
Dave F. KD6LSH Field Field ← ← ← Field
John G. N6QX Field Field
Eric G. KM6OKO Field
Gary G. W6GMG Field Field ← ← ← Field
Cathy K. K6CSK Field
Jack K. W6KRK Field
John K. W6JMK Field Field Field
Dawn M. KM6RME   Field Field Field
Garett M. KJ6ZTD   → → → Field  
Phil P. KE6UWH Field
Liz P. KM6KNM Field
Terry P. N6NRQ Field
Dan P. KM6GNG Field Field
Matt R. KF6SXW     Field  
Ron R. KD6ZXG NCS Field
Woody S. K6WWS → → → Field
Sara S. KJ6SAS Field ← ← ← Field
Tim T. W6TST Lead Lead Lead Lead
Wayne KM7WDT Field Field
Jim T. WA6DIJ Field Field
Ian W. KW6IAN Field
Gary W. K6PDL Field Field Field
  • BkC – Back Country – Fort Ord Public Lands (FOPL)
  • Base – Remote base location on the Carmel Valley Route
  • Field – Field location in the Fort Ord Public Lands
  • NCS – Net Control Station
  • Road – Carmelo – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Route – Road event
  • Rover – Carmelo – Carmel Valley Route – Mobile/SAG Support
  • + – Option to Support this as an alternate assignment

2019 Schedule (Subject to change)

IMPORTANT! Ending times are estimates only and some conflicts in the documentation we’re working on! The event may run longer for many reasons and if there is an incident, we will need to stay on duty until we’re clear of the incident.

Thursday April 11, 2019 – Enduro

Time Communications Event
7:50 AM Meet at Staging Paddock
8:00 AM Radio Check Out @ Paddock
8:00 AM Staging @ Paddock
9:00 AM Enduro Start
9:00 AM Ham Operations Start
2:00 PM? Radio Check In Starts @ Paddock
3:00 PM? Ham Operations End
3:00 PM Enduro End
4:00 PM Enduro Radio Check In Ends @ Paddock

Saturday April 13, 2019

Carmelo aka Carmel Valley Road Support Back Country Support
Time Communications Event Communications Events
6:45 AM Meet @ Paddock
6:55 AM Meet @ Paddock
7:00 AM to Back Country
7:20 AM On Station
7:30 AM Support Starts
7:30 AM GF CVR Start
7:50 AM MTB Tour Start
7:55 AM Gravel Grinder Tour Start
10:30 AM
12:00 AM MTB Tour End Gravel Grinder Tour End
1:30 PM
2:00 PM Support Ends (Est)
5:00 PM GF CVR End
5:30 PM Est End

Sunday April 14, 2019

Time Communications Event
6:45 AM Meet at Paddock
7:00 AM Proceed to Back Country
7:20 AM Radio Support Starts
7:30 AM XC CAT 1/ CAT 2/CAT 3/Tandems/Juniors Starts
1:30 PM XC CAT 1/ CAT 2/CAT 3/Tandems/Juniors Ends (Est)
2:00 PM Radio Support Ends (Est)

Future years

  • April 16-19, 2020
  • April 15-18, 2021
  • April 7-10, 2022
  • April 20-23, 2023
  • April 18-21, 2024
  • April 10-13, 2025
  • April 16-19, 2026

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