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Land Ops ARC
 Expedition communications, overland navigation, teamwork challenges

Upcoming Operations

    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • follow link to QuartzFest website
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    Land Ops QuartzFest
    January 20th, 2019 - January 26th
    Quartzsite, Arizona (Sonoran Desert) 

    FREE ADMISSION

    Land Ops has been invited to conduct an introductory presentation at the 22nd annual QuartzFest near Quartzsite, Arizona.

    Level 1 – Quartzfest Mini Op by Land Ops


    Schedule - Tentative

    Monday 1/21 - 10:30-11:30 LandOps Presentation in Event Area 3

    Tuesday 1/22 - 1:00pm to 2:00 pm LandOps Presentation in Main Fire Ring Area

    Wednesday 1/23 - Land Ops Mini-Ops during the day...probably demonstration mini ops.

    What is QuartzFest? 
    QuartzFest is a week-long ham radio, camping, learning and living event. QuartzFest 2019, celebrating its 22nd anniversary, is an ARRL Specialty Convention being held January 20 to 26, 2019 near Quartzsite, Arizona. No other hamfest in the world brings together in one gathering so much innovation in mobile antenna systems, mobile ham shacks, recreation vehicles, portable and mobile EMCOMM systems, off-the-grid living, alternative energy and radio education.

    More QuartzFest Info, Location, Weather, Calendar of Events and more 
    http://quartzfest.org/index.html

    A previous Quartzfest 
    WATCH VIDEO BELOW
     to get a feel for the size of this event and what to expect.

    Stay apprised on this site for more details as QuartzFest 2019 approaches!



    • 26 Jan 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 600 Park Center Dr., Santa Ana, CA 92705 - Room #208

    ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Services

    Members of Land Ops who are also members of the ARRL probably know that we reside in the Orange Section of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.  For those who don't know, ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Services arm of the ARRL.

    ARES provides volunteer emergency radio services to local agencies and groups, including special events, such as bike and running races, community fireworks events, and for emergencies that occur.  For example, the local ARES groups all mobilized for the recent fires and flooding that occurred across the state.

    One of the privileges of being a license ham operator is that we can provide our services as needed.  However to do so, some training and understanding of the protocols used for efficient communication is needed.  We at Land Ops utilizes some of these such as Net Controls during our Ops activities.  However there is a lot of training available for those Ham operators who wish to get involved with ARES and the other volunteer radio service groups.

    On Saturday, January 26, 2019, there is a Basics Camp Training which will take place at the American Red Cross facility in Santa Ana from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

    If you have an interest in attending, please contact Jeff Mikoleit with the Red Cross at jeff.mikoleit@redcross.org.  Seating is limited so you should sign up right away if interested.  Here is the Flier for the training event Orange-Section-ARES-BASICS-CAMP-Flyer-2019.01.26-v1.pdf

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hungry Valley Group Site 34.763740°,-118.876613°, Gorman, CA
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    HUNGRY VALLEY, CA 
    Meet & Greet / Mini Op / 4x4 Training 
    Saturday February 9th 10:00 AM

     UPDATED INFORMATION!
    Enter Park through North Gate at 5301 Ralphs Ranch Rd, Gorman, CA 93243  (Take Gorman Exit). Tell them at the gate you are with Land Ops Group and pay the $5 entrance fee.  Previously Land Ops collected the fee, however Hungry Valley requires the $5 entrance fee per vehicle paid at the gate

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

    Vehicle Recovery Practice (4x4 training)

    4x4 Practice Area -  34.724014 x -118.864970

    Mini Op and other activities to be added

    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.

    Meet & Greet 
    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.


    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • To be announced
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    March 30, 2019

    Death Valley Op - Level 2

    Special Nav-Comm Event
    This op is being conducted near the Coso Range where the F4 Phantom crash video was filmed by Land Ops. Watch video here: https://youtu.be/FWog2QA4lX0


    Join the Land Ops adventure teams as we explore the remote regions west of Death Valley with the most advanced technologies in radio and navigation texhnologies.


    Locations to be announced. Plan to arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning. Coordinates and radio frequencies to be announced prior to op.

    General area is California Hwy 190 between Death Valley and Owens Lake.

    POSSIBLE PANAMINT SPRINGS AREA HF base camp.

    If you haven't experienced the desert, this will be a fresh new exploration experience for new members and experienced members alike.


     Camp overnight Friday or show up Saturday morning and adventure throughout the afternoon.

    Don't miss this one.

    Complete Nav-Comm exercise.

     


      
     

     


     

     

     

     

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Old City Creek Road Coordinates 34.176591,-117.154534
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    Meet & Greet / Mini Op / Poker Run
    Saturday June 1, 2019 10:00 AM

    We are going to mix it up this trip with a Meet & Greet to welcome visitors to the club and to hold a Poker Run to explore the Old City Creek Road along the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.  The meetup location is off of Hwy 330 on the way to Running Springs, with the turn off about 2.5 miles past the Forest Service Fire Station.  We will have a Meet & Greet meeting and then depart on the trail to have some fun and explore a trail that many have never explored.

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


    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.

    Meet & Greet 
    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.


    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rendezvous Location 37.368093, -118.392945
    • 13
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    OVERLAND OP - We Are Going Back Again!

    Overland Op to the Coyote Flat area southwest of Bishop, CA

    Rendezvous Location at Bishop Community Pool and Park

    700 N. Main Street, Bishop, CA   37.368093, -118.392945

    Plan to arrive at the rendezvous before 1:00 pm as we will be departing promptly by 1:30 to head up the mountain as a group.


    Land Ops is going on a 5 day overland trip to Coyote Flat to explore the rich beauty and history of Coyote Flat southwest of Bishop, CA.  Coyote Flat is a beautiful alpine plateau at an average altitude of 10,000 feet, to escape the heat of the nearby Bishop area.  Several small lakes are hikeable or driveable for fishing or camping. 

    • We will take five days to complete this trip.  Coyote Flat is primitive camping, so you will need to pack food and gear accordingly.
    • Wednesday, Sept 19th is a travel day to Bishop and then on to Coyote Flat to set up camp.  From the Rendezvous, it is about a two hour drive to the camp area.  The exact location will be updated soon.
    • Thursday we will begin exploration of this area, rich in mining history.  We might take a drive up above Green Lake, to an area approximately 11,500 feet.
    • Friday will be another day to explore, or for the fishermen, to either hike to Baker Lake to fish or drive to Funnel Lake to fish.
    • Saturday will be another day of exploration.
    • Sunday will be travel day to drive down the mountain and home.
    Bishop is approximately 5 hours driving time from South Orange County so plan accordingly.  Temperatures drop at night at 10,000 feet, so bring appropriate gear.  There is always a chance of summer showers in the Eastern Sierras.  Here is a link to a preview video of the trail route Coyote Flat Trail Route Preview

    We hope to make HF radio contact on this trip, and will probably make contact with the Bishop Radio Club as well on their repeater.  The Comm Plan will be published prior to the trip, as well as coordinates for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Camp Sites.



    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 AM
    • 17 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • Big Bear Lake, CA
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    Kodiak 100 UltraMarathon
    RACE COMM SUPPORT
    August 16-17 , 2019

    What is the Kodiak 100? Watch video below.


    DEVELOP RADIO SKILLS
    Ham radio operators may volunteer to support this race at various stages. If you haven't done this yet it is a great way to learn and develop your radio skills no matter what level you are.  Many of the locations require 4x4 or high clearance vehicles.

    EVENT ORGANIZER
    Please check with John Emig W6CYS, event organizer, in this forum to coordinate your participation.  For the latest, check the Events Discussion

    At some stations you can set up, take a chair and report to net control to maintain safety and control of the race event. 


    If you don't have all the gear like you see in the photo above..no problem. You will be assigned to help a station where you may be using a setup like this or simply a handy talkie.

    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • N 34.24571, W 116.70058 Near the Base of Tip Top Mountain
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    Big Bear Mountain Op (Level 2)

    Land Ops is returning to the Tip Top Mountain area east of Big Bear Lake area.  This is a perfect Op for first time Land Ops Members!

    We will be disbursed camping near the Rose Mine Area at the approximate coordinates 34.24571,-116.70058 which is just off Forest Service Road 2N02.

    Entrance to the area is off Hwy 38, using 2N01 which starts at the turnoff coordinates 34.20768,-116.737697 and Base Camp is about a 4 mile drive offroad from there.  Two Wheel drive vehicles can make the base camp on 2N01 and we will have a variety of trails for the Ops.  Land Ops hasn't been back here since 2015, so come on out and hit the trails with us.

    Net Control frequency 145.555 simplex for primary communications. Net Control will monitor Big Bear Repeater 147.330Mhz, +600Khz, PL 131.8 as well.

    Our regular Saturday evening 80 meter net will be conducted from this op. Tune in to 3.905 LSB at 8pm. As always if that frequency is busy, look for us slightly above 3.905.

    More details on this trip to follow.  We may have a nite op for this event!


    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Irvine Regional Park
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    Land Ops Meet & Greet / Club Meeting 
    Irvine Regional Park, CA. 
    Saturday OCTOBER 5, 2019 10:00 AM -1:00 PM 
    $5 park entrance fee

    be sure to attend this outing

    New members come out to the park and meet the club organizers. 

    Ask questions about Land Ops. Get all the info on upcoming Ops 
    Bring friends to check out Land Ops. HF Radio Net.

    Meet & Greet at 10:00 AM with briefing about up coming events.


    Handheld GPS exercises, how to use GPS devices.

    We’re planning to cook some hot dogs. 




    Bring your 4x4 Rigs for show and tell if you have one.

    Net Control Communications for this meeting 
    FRS 1 (no privacy code) 
    Primary 145.555 MHz simplex. 
    Secondary 145.525 MHz simplex.

    HF COMMUNICATION organized by Rick Bean W8KO


    more info to follow. Return to this page prior to the event for any updates.



    • 26 Oct 2019
    • Location TBD but probably desert oriented op
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Past events

01 Dec 2018 Land Ops Holiday Pot Luck and Raffle
10 Nov 2018 Dual Base Op
27 Oct 2018 Land Ops Meet & Greet / Club Meeting
29 Sep 2018 Lucas Oil Offroad Expo
19 Sep 2018 Coyote Flat Overland Op - Level 3
17 Aug 2018 Kodiak 100 Race Comms
11 Aug 2018 Big Bear Mountain Op (Level 2)
04 Aug 2018 Hungry Valley, CA. Meet & Greet / Mini Op / 4X4 Training
23 Jun 2018 Big Bear Mountain Op / Field Day
09 Jun 2018 Return to Monache Meadow - Level 2 & 3 -LAND OPS ARC members
04 Jun 2018 Land Ops Presentation at Em Comm (RACES)
05 May 2018 Nav-Comm Op at Fremont Peak/Cuddeback
14 Apr 2018 Land Ops Meet & Greet / Club Meeting
24 Mar 2018 Desert Nav Comm [Level 2]
06 Mar 2018 Land Ops & Mountain Top Amateur Radio Association
09 Feb 2018 Overland Trip (Level 3) - LAND OPS ARC members
27 Jan 2018 MEET & GREET IN POWAY (San Diego)
23 Jan 2018 Land Ops QuartzFest Op
13 Jan 2018 Hungry Valley, CA. Meet & Greet / Mini Op / 4X4 Training
01 Dec 2017 SPECIAL EVENT / SUPER OP
28 Oct 2017 POW WOW - GRIFFITH PARK, CA (location may change)
07 Oct 2017 OPAL MOUNTAIN RECON
26 Aug 2017 Hungry Valley, CA. Pow Wow / Mini Op / 4X4 Training
29 Jul 2017 SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS / Joint Operation
24 Jun 2017 Land Ops Field Day / Pow Wow / Club Meeting
01 Jan 2016 Upcoming Events
13 Jun 2015 [Level-0] RECON Central Sierra
17 Jan 2015 [Level - 1] Cuddeback Dry Lake Desert Nav-Comm
22 Nov 2014 [Level - 2] Death Valley Search & Rescue
08 Nov 2014 [Level - 1] DOUBLE RECON - Death Valley and Cuddeback Dry Lake
18 Oct 2014 [Level - 0] Pow Wow
20 Sep 2014 [Level - 1] Five Cache Training Op
16 Aug 2014 [Level - 2] Monache Meadows Advanced
19 Jul 2014 [Level - 1] Lake Davis / Grizzly Valley Op
28 Jun 2014 [Level - 0] Pow Wow in the Park
21 Jun 2014 [Level - 2] Big Bear Night Op (Advanced)
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