(As of 10/28/2017)

[Ed Ricco, N5LI, has taken on coordination of amateur radio public service events for many years.  For this and other services he provides to the amateur radio community, we are deeply indebted.]

These are community events that require radio communications along their routes for logistic support, scoring and first aid.  In the finest tradition of amateur radio, local amateurs have stepped up to provide this public service.  These events also serve as a way for each ham to test his or her radio equipment under emergency conditions...and to have some fun and fellowship.

Again this year, Ed is seeking help for the following events (and more).  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ed Ricco, N5LI unless otherwise indicated in the description of the particular event.  Contact:

These are the events presently known to me.  There will be others; stay tuned.


Notes and comments: 

1.  Changes from last list: Completed events deleted.

2.  This is probably the last list of events that I will circulate until we crank up again for the events season in 2018.  Thanks to all who have volunteered for events this year and those who have helped spread the word through their clubs, etc.

3.  My mailing list includes quite a few people who, on the basis of consistent non-responses, I suspect do not have a continuing interest in receiving these messages.  Probably they are not reading this because this message is in their spam folder.  But if you are one of them and no longer wish to receive events lists from me, please let me know by return e-mail.

73, Ed Ricco N5LI

November 4, 2017 – Deadman Peaks UltraMarathon.  Info from Sandoval County ARES.  This event consists of 3 running events; a 53 mile UltraMarathon, a 26.5 mile Marathon, and an 18 mile run. The participants will run on the Continental Divide Trail southwest of Cuba, NM. Proceeds will benefit the Nacimiento Community Foundation in helping youths pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. Our role will be to provide logistical and safety communications along the course. We will track the last runners in each event as well as the sweep runners. Communications will primarily be on the SCARES Pajarito Peak UHF repeater (443.1 MHz, +, 100.0 tone). We may use simplex as well. A communications plan and event maps will be provided.  You can sign up to help with the event on the SCARES web site. The URL is: . Alternatively you can email directly to Ron Reder NM5AA,

SEARCH and RESCUE volunteers are needed!

Use your Ham Radio license and Communication Skills to provide Search and Rescue “Dispatch" capability from the comfort of your home.  Membership is open to any ham (Technician or higher) within 40 miles of Albuquerque. When activated, you'll be performing the following functions:

  • Calling out search teams
  • Coordinating resources responding to the mission
  • Relaying messages for SAR personnel
  • Monitoring the radio for emergency traffic
  • Gathering information vital to the mission         

You can operate from home and help save lives. 

Requirements: 2 meter / 440 base station capable of working local repeaters; telephone near the radio; Windows capable Computer with internet access; and Willingness to participate in a rotating on-call schedule. Contact: Terry Breitenfeldt Email: