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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

    • 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

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Poway Fire Station #3, 14322 Pomerado Rd., Poway, CA
    • Pow Wow in Poway (Level 1)
      by Land Ops A.R.C.

      Orientation Session (Classroom meetup)
      Poway Fire Station #3
      14322 Pomerado Rd. Poway, California
      Coordinate Location: 32.975116° x -117.063275°

      no fee - free to attend - please RSVP in advance


      Saturday January 27th Launch Meeting and Pow Wow

      Land Ops A.R.C. is coming to San Diego and we’re hosting an orientation (a.k.a “pow wow”) at the Poway Fire Station #3 Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 9:00 AM

      Yup! Donuts and coffee will be provided!

    • Topics: OFF ROAD VEHICLES -
      Off Road Equipped Vehicles and Vehicle Recovery NAVIGATION -
      On Board and handheld GPS systems COMMUNICATIONS –
      VHF and HF Mobile Communications and Net Control Stations



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