Sea Otter Radio Volunteer

Thank you 2021 Volunteers!

NOTE: Much of the information on this page is made with a presumption that 2022 will be just like 2019 & 2021. That will not be the case – there are various routes and events that will change in 2022 and this page will be updated as we know more.

Most everything that involves the amateur radio team for Sea Otter Classic this year is the same as the past few years (at least so far). This year it will be October 7-10, 2021 with most volunteers needed Saturday October 9th and Sunday October 10th. A small crew we’ll also need on Thursday October 7th.

With the reschedule, we’re still working out details and updating websites and the like, so please be patient while we work these out.

Help from amateur radio operators has been a vital resource for communication in the Fort Ord National Monument back country and the Gran Fondo (“Great Endurance”) Carmel Valley Route. Thank you to those of you who have volunteered in the past.

The Sea Otter Classic attracts thousands of athletes and spectators and is now regarded as the world’s premiere cycling festival. The areas where we assist have little or no cellular or repeater coverage. It is an excellent opportunity for demonstration and practice of emergency communications and help build readiness for a real disaster.

This year help will be needed for the following times:

Thursday 10/7 – Radio/Communication Support – Morning through early afternoon (limited support)

Saturday 10/9 – Gran Fondo Carmel Valley Route Support – Very Early Morning to Early Evening

Saturday 10/9 – Back Country Support – Early Morning to Mid Afternoon

Sunday 10/10 – Back Country Support – Very Early Morning to Mid Afternoon

Camping is available directly from the event or we have the option of camping for no charge in the Laguna Seca paddock. If you’re interested in camping in the paddock, please email me directly.

Ham radio operators will be primarily working radios including ham radios and/or commercial/public safety radios (i.e. You may be asked to coordinate on a public safety frequency to guide in an ambulance while the medic provides care). We’ll always try to pair experienced hams with new hams as needed. First aid and course marshal support will be provided by National Ski Patrol as in the past.

Volunteers receive a volunteer T-Shirt, a pass to the Sea Otter Classic Festival (a $50 value), and a lunch. There may be some other surprise items for the volunteers.

Please note that the times and details are subject to change, but we will keep you updated if you volunteer. Please keep in mind that end times are estimates. In most cases the event will end earlier, but if we have a significant incident, demobilization may go much later and especially in the back country, exit routes are closed to vehicle traffic during the event.

Somethings have changed this year for process. The event has paperless registration for volunteers that should make things easier – if all goes according to plan, I won’t have to get release forms for everyone, it will all be on-line.

Please go to, in the password field, enter the word “Radio” (without quotes) do not enter anything else on the page and click on “Submit”. The page will update with the Amateur Radio shifts. Click on the check box to click on if you’re available and interested in that volunteer activity. All the events are for the backcountry at Fort Ord except for the one called “Gran Fondo Road Event Radio, SBCARA” for the Carmel Valley Road Event. For “Group – Organization Name” please select “San Benito Amateur Radio Association”. You can fill out your information. Under “Is anyone volunteering with you” please enter “None”. We need a separate submission for each volunteer. Sign the disclaimer by clicking the check box and entering your name and submit. You’ll receive an email from Jeff Lindenthal to confirm your registration.  This process needs to be done for each volunteer.

Like many ham radio groups, we’re migrating to for our email system. In the past, we used Google groups and it was fairly difficult to manage. If you’re volunteering this year, please go to and sign up for our email system so you can get updates. The nice thing about this is that this year, you can see emails, even those before your sign up, and don’t have to store them on your own email system. I send out the information about on-line volunteer registration as soon as it is available.

If you can’t volunteer this year and want to stay connected, please go to and sign up to receive email for future events.


10/3 – 0930 – CTCSS(PL) for Carmelo – Ch3 CHEWD – Chews Ridge Repeater Direct should be 94.8 Hz
Added W6PDQ and removed KN6JOI on the volunteer list.
Fix the GPX link for Cat 1-3 Events
Added Gravel Race information

10/8 2339 – Removed Thursday Information – Updated Saturday Information – Updated IAP

10/14 – Starting to move this page to prepare for 2020

Volunteer List

Caldeira, RobertW6PDQField
Cameron, BruceKJ6GUBRover
Cameron, GaryK5CHPLead
Campbell, RichKE6GLRField
Canavarro, TonyKK6ROUShadowField
Dean, DavidN6DTAFieldField
Dzek, RayN6DZK Field Field
Fears, DaveKD6LSHRoverField
Gerhardt, JohnN6QXFieldField
Harry, AdamKE6IZUField
Hostrop, LiamW6RAHFieldField
Hunt, GeorgeN6GWHNCS
Kienitz, JohnNS6KShadowField
Kirk, Jack W6KRK NCS
Krakowiak, MichaelKN6PTGField
Kristian, JohnW6JMKShadowField
McNeill, JimKD6USCField
Meek, LyleW6WFFieldField
Pugh, DanKM6GNGFieldField
Roberts, RobertaAJ6KNRoverField
Ruh, RichardKJ6KEW Shadow Field
Takeuchi, TimothyW6TSTLeadLead
Webb, BradWD6BW Field Field Field
Opt – Volunteer noted available for either and needs determined volunteer will be used for the other activity as much as that could change as conditions change


IMPORTANT! Ending times are estimates only. Events may run longer. If there is an incident, we will need to stay on duty for that event until we are clear of incidents we’re involved with.

Sat Oct 9 – Carmelo (Road Event)

TimeCommunications TeamEvent
0700Meet @ Paddock
0730Support StartsEvent Starts
1700Support EndsEvent Ends

Sat Oct 9 – Back Country

TimeCommunications TeamEvents
0630Meet @ Paddock
0700Deploy to Back Country
0720On Station
0750MTB Tour Starts
0755Gravel Grinder Starts
1200MTB Tour End
Gravel Grinder Ends
1400Support Ends

Sun Oct 10 – Back Country

TimeCommunications TeamEvent
0645Meet @ Paddock
0700Proceed to Back Gountry
0720Radio Support Starts
0730XC Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/
Tandem/Juniors Start
~1330XC Cat1/Cat2/Cat3/
Tandem/Juniors End
~1400Radio Support Ends


Maps are from 2019, but expected to be similar for 2021

Sat Oct 9 – Carmelo (Road Event)

Sat Oct 9 – Back Country


Gravel Grinder File: GPXKML

Sun Oct 10 – Back Country

Cross Country – Cat 1,2, 3 – File: GPXKML

Gravel Race – File: GPXKML