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Land Ops - The Off Road, Navigation and Amateur Radio Search Club

Land Ops ARC
 Expedition communications, overland navigation, teamwork challenges

Upcoming Operations

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Whiskey Falls NE of Modesto

    Northern California and Southern California Teams. 
    Joint Operation / Nav-Comm / Night Op 
    Saturday / Camp out /

    Drive, Navigate, Communicate and Camp Out with Land Ops.

    This will be a Joint Operation between Northern California and Southern California Land Ops groups. Also known as a MegaOp 2017. Teams will begin arriving Thursday July 27 and will include the Special Comms Unit, Land Ops Net Control Center, and other advanced teams.

    Day Ops will be Intermediate Level. Night Op will be Advanced Level.

    Thursday - Advanced Setup Team Arrives / net control station setup.

    Friday - Set up team members, final trail recon and cache deployment. Arrive early as possible if you are helping setup.

    Saturday - Morning Orientation and Team Assignments, GPS instructions as needed for new members.

    Saturday - Afternoon Nav-Comm Op and Special Comms activities. Net control station. 

    Saturday - Sunset to Night Op/Recon / with net control station.

    Camp in the Sierra Mountains

    Comms and other op details to follow.

    Special Communications 

    Night Op

    Night Op


    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • N34.724532° x W118.864941° , Gorman, CA

    Pow Wow / Mini Op / 4x4 Training 
    Saturday August 26th 10:00 AM 
    $5 park entrance fee

    Perfect opportunity to get to know Land Ops and your 4x4 vehicle. 

    Vehicle Recovery Practice (4x4 training) 
    Steep uphill recovery practice 
    Vehicle Recovery Points 
    Plugging Tires

    Mini Op 
    A mini op is a scaled down version of the club's standard  "nav-comm" exercise where teams work together to find hidden instruction caches that provide basic challenges in driving, navigation and radio communications.

    Pow Wow 
    Get the up-to-date announcements about up coming events. Perfect for new members to get familiar with all the different aspects of Land Ops.

    more details as this op approaches.

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Exact rendezvous location to be announced

    OPAL MOUNTAIN, CA - Full Desert Recon 
    Saturday Oct 7th, 2017 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
    optional camping overnight on Saturday 

    Net Control Station planned for reporting route conditions, open and closed route info.

    Join the teams of Land Ops as we navigate the entire area around Opal Mountain, Black Mountain, Inscription Canyon all the way to Fremont Peak and Cuddeback dry lake. There is a chance we will be scouting all the way north to Red Mountain.

    watch video of previous recon (2015) in this area. 

    We will be covering more ground and mapping new routes this time on Saturday Oct 7th, 2017

    Teams will be assigned to check trail conditions, open routes, and terrain conditions that are favorable for up coming nav-comm and night ops. 

    Saturday Morning - Orientation/Briefing and Assignments

    Saturday Afternoon - Team trail assignments. Drive, navigate and report trails and conditions to net control. 

    More details to be posted as this recon date approaches.

    Cuddeback Dry Lake, location of our imfamous vehicle flip and recovery video.

    Red Mountain in background. Possible final area of recon.

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • to be announced before event

    GRIFFITH PARK - Pow Wow & Exercise 
    Saturday Oct. 28th 10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

    Great Opportunity to meet some of the organizers and members of the club. There will be an information meeting and question and answer session.

    Mineral Wells Picnic Area.  
    Bring your 4x4 Rig if you want to share your setup after the Pow Wow.

    GPS handheld devices. If you have handheld GPS devices we will be discussing how to use the during the ops and how to set them up so they function properly.

    Navigation systems. Other GPS and navigation systems both onboard and handheld will be topic for discussion.

    more info to post as pow wow date approaches.

    • 01 Dec 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 5:00 PM

    Meteorite Expedition | Night Op | Nav-Comm 
    Friday Dec 1 – Saturday Dec 2, 2017


    Arrive at Land Ops Basecamp:   3:00 PM (coordinates to be posted)

        (near Old Woman Mountain)

    Op Starts Friday Afternoon:   4:00 PM - Orientation for the Friday “Night Op” 

    Friday Night Late Arrivals:   If you cannot make the night op please plan on arriving  Friday evening. The meteorite expedition will start early 
       on Saturday morning. 

      8:00 PM Special briefing for late arrivals (go to net control) 

    Saturday Morning:   7:00 AM - Meteorite Expedition Op begins 
       5:00 PM – Approximate op completion time

    Op Overview

    This is a very special event. The op officially starts on Friday afternoon with an orientation at 4:00 PM (exact location to be posted prior to op). We will be conducting a unique night operation with two off road teams, a special communications team, overwatch and a net control station. The night op will start this event with hidden caches that present the mystery behind the second largest meteorite to be found in North America.

    We will be exploring, navigating, solving puzzles and working in teams as the story unfolds in the darkness surrounding Old Woman Mountain.

    Off Road Support Alpha Team - On Saturday morning an off road support team will be tasked to carry a specially equipped and hand picked “Site Team” to their departure point.

    Hiker's Apply - Special Hand Picked “Summit Team” hikers encouraged to apply (email Fernando on meetup site) On Saturday morning a specially selected “Summit Team” will depart for a three mile flat hike to the ascension point. A short range hike support team 3-4 hikers will accompany them up to this point only by bringing, food, water, and radio repeater. The support team will also film the ascension from below.

    Hiker's Apply - The “Summit Team” (4-6 members) - will continue on and ascend a few thousand feet to ground zero, the exact site where the meteorite was airlifted out by a U.S. Marine Corp helicopter in 1975. Land Ops special expeditions will be filming this meteorite site and surrounding area.

    Off Road Nav-Comm and Special Tasks.

    Off Road Special Task Teams  
    During the hike to the ascension point and the summit the off road support teams (Alpha and Bravo) will be conducting special tasks (to be announced at the op and within the caches) around Old Woman Mountain.

    If you are a hiker we encourage you to RSVP and let us know in the comments area that you’d like to participate and be considered for hiking teams.

    If you are NOT a hiker or do not feel you have the strength to make this hike RSVP and indicate “vehicles” or “special task teams” in comments area.

    Setup Team – some members will be arriving early Thursday to setup net control. If you are able to assist in setup by coming early we can give members tasks that will help get this special op properly set up. Please RSVP and indicate if you can arrive on Thursday.

    What is a night op? Watch video below

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