2012 Baker-to-Vegas Race PIX  Portfolio - Part 1

W6ZE - Orange County Amateur Radio Club

2012 Baker to Vegas Race (B2V-2012)


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The combined efforts of Orange County Amateur Radio Club and COAR (City of Orange Amateur Radio) and volunteer hams from the City of Cypress provided 28 hams to help plan, prepare, and provide the communications for the Police Department team of the City of Orange compete in the 120-mile-long running relay race.  Over 275 different law-enforcement teams participated in 2012 for this yearly event.

Shown is 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), then goes over the mountain at Mountain Springs and ends at the LVH Hotel (was Hilton) in Las Vegas. The red circles on the map locate the five COAR Communications Centers.

Annotated Image by Dieter N6ZKD

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The COAR RACES efforts to provide communications always begins with planning. This Diagram illustrates the B2V Communications Plan used by COAR RACES. The OPD runner's Follow-Vehicle was always in contact with one of the five COAR Communications Centers.


Diagram by Ken W6HHC

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Ken W6HHC (far right) set up a test bench for the radios that were going to be used at the Pahrump Comm Center at his QTH two weeks before the B2V race.  Helping are (L-R) Bob-AF6C, Nicholas AF6CF, and Jay KI6WZU.


Photo by Ken W6HHC

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Les KM6SQ and Dick N6ISY teamed up to set up a testing of the cross-band repeater at QTH of N6ISY in Fountain Valley. The small trailer holds the radios. The Large trailer will be "living quarters" at Sandy Valley Rd. Note that the home HF beam was not used.

Photo by Les KM6SQ

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The evening before the radio equipment checks, Rich KE6WWK helps set-up antennas on his motorhome at his RV park in Orange to test the radios that were going to be used at the Las Vegas Comm Center during the race.

Photo by Sam W6RDS

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This group photo taken at a meeting at the Baker H.S. before the race and shows some of OPD runners (Team #51), some of their support team, and some of the COAR RACES hams (in the yellow shirts).

Photo by Bobbie KG6MIF

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The Follow-Vehicle for the  Orange PD runners is being fitted up with radio equip- ment before the race starts. Taking a break in the heat are (L-R) COAR chief radio officer David KF6RWU and Bill W6VKO.


Photo by Bobbie KG6MIF

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The Orange PD Follow-Vehicle gets loaded with runner supplies by Officer Phil McMullin (in black T-shirt) and now has four antennas installed (APRS, GPS, and two for voice). The yellow-shirted COAR members are (L-R) Bill W6VKO, Cliff KG6MIG, and Kathleen K6IBH.

Photo by Bobbie KG6MIF

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An Orange PD (Team #51) runner, Officer  Dave Pasino, finishes Stage 4 in the heat and has a bottle of water poured over him..


Photo by Quent W6RI

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Two Orange PD runners exchange the baton in a lonely stretch of the desert. The OPD Follow- Vehicle can be seen on the right edge of the photo.

Photo by Quent W6RI

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