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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

    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hungry Valley Group Site 34.763740°,-118.876613°, Gorman, CA

    Meet & Greet / Mini Op / 4x4 Training 
    Saturday August 4th 10:00 AM

    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 you will receive an entrance pass.  YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY AT THE NORTH GATE AS ENTRANCE FEE IS PAID BY LAND OPS.  The $5 park entrance fee will be paid directly to Land Ops when you arrive at the Group facility for the meeting.

    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.

    • 11 Aug 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • N 34.24571, W 116.70058 Near the Base of Tip Top Mountain

    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,-116737697 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.

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

    • 17 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 AM
    • 18 Aug 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Big Bear Lake

    Kodiak 100 UltraMarathon
    August 17-18 , 2018

    What is the Kodiak 100? Watch video below.

    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. 

    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.

    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 23 Sep 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rendezvous Location 37.368093, -118.392945
    • 6


    Overland Op to the Coyote Flat area south east 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 south east 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.

    • 29 Sep 2018
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • Pomona Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

    Event Announcement only!


    The 2018 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered by General Tire is truly the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, action and experts ever assembled in America. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles and ATV’s, to camping and adventure travel, fans have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the most knowledgeable people in the off-road industry. Fans can experience the dynamic world of off-road thru ride alongs, racing demos, celebrity appearances, live music, industry media events and product giveaways all weekend.  

    Connect with other Land Ops Members!  

    Buy Tickets in Advance here : Buy Expo Tickets

    • 06 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Irvine Regional Park

    Land Ops Meet & Greet / Club Meeting 
    Irvine Regional Park, CA. 
    Saturday OCTOBER 6, 2018 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 snacks, potato salad and refreshments 

    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.

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Two locations Cuddeback Lake and Broadwell Lake

    Dual-Base Operation (twice the fun)
    Broadwell / Cuddeback
    Saturday November 10th, 2018

    Op Overview: This is a unique Land Ops exercise that involves two separate teams in two separate regions with two separate net control stations performing a synchronized nav-comm op. The two basecamps will be established approximately 60-80 miles apart. Each participant will be preassigned to a team and location prior to the op.

    BASE #1 -The Broadwell Base – a basecamp will be setup near Broadwell dry lake or perhaps slightly north of Broadwell. Either way the base will be known as the “Broadwell Base”

    BASE #2 -The Cuddeback Base – a second basecamp will be setup near Cuddeback dry lake or perhaps closer to Fremont Peak. Either way the base will be known as the “Cuddeback Base”

    Basecamp Notice: Both basecamps are rough camping. Please provide your own toiletry plans.

    Attendance Goal
    Ideal team size is 5-9 operators per team (3-5 vehicles per team) and 2-3 members at net control.

    • Broadwell total operators       =            7-12 participants ideal
    • Cuddeback total operators     =            7-12 participants ideal
    • Total Operators                       =            14-24 participants

    Op Schedule:

    • THURSDAY: Early arrivals - designated operator or setup team will determine exact basecamp location for each camp. Camp overnight.
    • FRIDAY: Designated setup team deploys instruction caches according to dual-base deployment procedure. Camp overnight.
    • 9:00 AM – Announced HF net check-ins to two stations.
    • 10:00 AM - All participants arrive for Op Orientation
    • 11:30 AM – Off road nav-comm teams launch simultaneously from both camps.
    • 12:30 PM – Lunch break (on the course 20 minute break – all stations)
    • 3:00 PM  - Target time for ending op (w/one hour 4pm buffer)
    • 4:00 PM – Op review at net control
    • 5:00 PM – Dinner at camps
      Dinner time is a great time to visit other members at their camps
      Prepare your own dinners
    • 7:00 PM – camp fire (weather permitting) & overnight camping
    • 10:00 PM – Quiet camp (whatever you are doing at 10PM be quiet)

    Who Should Attend (all experience levels)
    This is an excellent opportunity for members of all experience levels (new and veteran) to join together for a unique adventure. This is a level 2 nav-comm exercise with a level 3 communication team project.

    Vehicle Communications
    Vehicle to vehicle comms will be 2 meter for hams and/or FRS for non-hams.
    2 meter primary frequency = 145.555 MHz
    FRS = channel 1 (no privacy code)

    Net Control Communications

    • VHF/UHF - Vehicles will communicate with net control on 2 meter and/or UHF depending upon crossband repeater setups.
    • HF – net control stations are intentionally positioned to create a condition requiring NVIS. The two bases will communicate either by HF voice and/or data.
    • APRS – if operator and equipment available.

    Communication Overview

    • Teams will conduct their own 3 cache op in their respective regions
    • Instruction caches will require team to team communication via:
    • RELAY: Broadwell team VHF to BASE #1 to BASE #2 to Cuddeback team VHF
    • If mobile HF operators are present then mobile HF testing will be attempted.

    Communication Objectives (unique to this op)

    • Avoid VHF and/or HF ground wave conditions between two camps.
    • Create NVIS conditions between two net control stations.
    • Conduct two concurrent/synchronized ops in preparation for state to state dual operation procedure planning.

    • 01 Dec 2018
    • TBD

    Join Land Ops for our first holiday Pot Luck and Raffle.

    Save the Date.  You will not want to miss this event!  We are still planning this event, so more details will follow.

    Stay Tuned!

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