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2002 Baker to 'Vegas Race (B2V-2002)

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The Baker to 'Vegas Race Logo

The combined efforts of Orange County Amateur Radio Club and COAR (City of Orange Amateur Radio) provided 10 members to help provide the communications for the Police Department teams of the City of Orange and the City of Garden Grove competing in the 120-mile-long running relay race.

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A map of the 120-mile-long B2V relay race course. It contains 20 individual relay legs and starts outside of Baker, goes through the cities of Shoshone (Calif) and Pahrump (NV), goes over the mountain at Mountain Springs and ends in Las Vegas

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Just before the race begins, the City of Orange Police running team  (Team # 149) gather at the back of the "follow vehicle"  to review their plans and goals..

 

Photo by Mike Friese - KF6WRM           of COAR

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.Here is a great shot of the loneliness of running across the desert.  It was taken from the OPD "follow vehicle" which is equipped with both APRS and 2M radio operator.  Notice that nobody is in front of the great OPD runner.

 

Photo by Mike Friese - KF6WRM

of COAR

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Here is the communications center in Pahrump, NV.  It was after midnight when the runners came thru.  On the left is Debbie Klein of the OPD who oversees the COAR group.  On the right is Bud - WA6VPP, who assisted communications for both Orange and Garden Grove running teams.

 

Photo by WA6PFA

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Bud-WA6VPP in the Pahrump communications center checks on the location of runners from both Orange and Garden Grove using APRS.  The "follow vehicles" for both running teams were equipped APRS units.

 

Photo by Debbie Klein of COAR

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Here is the antenna farm (strapped to the railing) used by the Pahrump communications center.  APRS, 2M FM and 440 MHz was used to cover all.of the course except Las Vegas (which is hidden by a mountain pass).

 

Photo by WA6PFA

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Meanwhile, up near the mountain pass, Bruce - KC6DLA manned the race communications center in a motorhome at Sandy Valley (between leg 15 and leg 16).

 

Photo by W6HHC

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In his spare time, Bruce - KC6DLA even managed to provide communications for a "shuttle vehicle" taking a new runner into position near Sandy Valley.

 

Photo by W6HHC

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The Las Vegas communications center was located in the Silverton Hotel and Casino..

 

Photo by W6HHC

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Lois - W6MRS and Robbie - KB6CJZ are shown removing antennas on the roof of the Silverton Hotel in Las Vegas after completion of the race.

 

Photo by W6HHC

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