28th Sea Otter Classic 2018

Volunteers | Schedule

The 28th Sea Otter Classic will be held on April 19-22, 2018. 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 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 4/19 – Radio/Communication Support – Morning to Mid Afternoon

– Saturday 4/21 – Back Country Support – Late Morning to Mid Afternoon

– Saturday 4/21 – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Route Support – All Day

– Sunday 4/22 – Back Country Support – All Day

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 Fort Frields 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 (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 use the form below or go to registration form (Feel free to just reply to w6tst@arrl.net via e-mail if you’d rather not use this form)

Also, please fill out a “2017 Assumption of Risk” form when it is availableand e-mail or mail it to Tim Takeuchi – 1760-F Airline Hwy, Suite 135, Hollister, CA 95023. Thanks!

Frequency – Back Country will be using will be a 2 meter ham frequency with an odd offset, and the Carmel Valley Route has a primary tactical repeater for command operations and WB6ECE as a backup ham option.

There are here for reference and much will be similar to last year


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
MTB Back
MTB Back
Bert KG6MBA     Field  
Bruce KJ6GUB   Rover    
Gary K5CHP   Rover    
Tony KK6ROU   Shadow   Field
Duran KM6EQV     Field Field
Eckhardt WA6DRD     Field  
Travis N6DTE NCS   Field  
Dave KD6LSH NCS   Field Field
Sally KK6AXE   Shadow    
John N6QX Field   NCS Field
Gary W6GMG Field Shadow   Field
Brent KG6KPD   Shadow    
Mary     NCS   Field
Michael KG6UBG     Field Field
Jack W6KRK   Rover    
Dan KJ6LXX     Field Field
Doug KH6KCQ     Field  
John KJ6KQI Field Summit    
Phil KE6UWH     Field  
Pugh KM6GNG     Field Field
Scott K6ASA   Rover    
Ron KD6ZXG   NCS   Field
Woody K6WWS     Field  
Sara KJ6SAS       Field
Tim W6TST Lead Base Lead Lead Lead
Fred AE6QL   Shadow   NCS
Jim WA6DIJ       Field
Ian KW6IAN   Shadow   Field
John KA6HCG     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 – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Route – Road event
  • Rover – Carmel Valley Route – Mobile/SAG Support

2018 Schedule (Still Work in Progress)

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 19, 2018 – 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 21, 2018

  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   Open Road Tour Start
10:30 AM  
12:00 AM MTB Tour End Open Road Tour End
1:30 PM    
2:00 PM Support Ends (Est)
5:00 PM GF CVR End  
5:30 PM Est End  

Sunday April 22, 2018

Time Communications Event
6:45 AM Meet at Staging 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)  

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