(As of 3/26/2017)

[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: Added Cedro Peak Trail Run, April 22.  Added La Luz Trail Run, August 6.

2.  The April and May events (Albuquerque Century, Cedro Peak, Run for the Zoo, Santa Fe Century) are drawing near and planning is underway.  If you are interested in helping with any of these events and have not already signed up, please indicate your interest as soon as possible so you can be included in the plan. 

73, Ed Ricco N5LI

April 9, 2017 – Albuquerque Century Bike Ride.  (Details from 2016 - to be updated.)  This ride sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of NM will consist of a 100-mile loop ride around/through Albuquerque and the environs and will include several shorter-distance rides.  We have been asked to provide comm support, which likely will involve mobile stations on the course and fixed stations at rest stops and the event control point.  This event will be coordinated by Dick Powell AD5CS.

April 22, 2017 – Cedro Peak Trail Run.  This event will consist of 50K, Marathon, and 1/2 Marathon runs. The Start/Finish will be at Oak Flat Campground (34° 59.902'N 106° 19.333'W) off of NM Rt 337, south of Tijeras. There will be 4 other Aid Stations provided with Amateur Radio communications. Three of these are accessible by passenger cars having normal ground clearance. The 4 Corners Aid Station requires high-clearance and, in wet weather, 4-wheel drive.  We need 14 Amateur operators to fully staff the course including 2 shifts at the Start/Finish and the first Aid Station. Our role is to provide safety, logistics, and first/last runner communications from the Aid Stations to the Start/Finish. We will use 2 Meter repeaters and simplex on the course. HTs will work for most situations, but higher power and gain antennas will be more reliable and will be required should one or both of the repeaters fail.  The event website is here:  I am not collecting volunteer names for this event.  If you would like to participate in the Amateur Radio support for this event, you may register here: or contact Ron Reder, NM5AA,

May 7, 2017 – Run for the Zoo.  (Details from 2016 – to be updated.)  This large (thousands of participants – serious runners, families, and kids) run/walk event has been supported by Albuquerque area radio amateurs for many years.  There will be competitive (timed) half marathon, 10K, and 5K races, a 5K fun run/walk, and a one-mile fun run/walk, all occurring around the zoo, Tingley Beach, and the old Albuquerque Country Club area.  We will need handheld or portable/mobile stations to operate from fixed locations along the course, and possibly a bicycle mobile or two.

May 21, 2017 – Santa Fe Century.  (Details from 2016 – to be updated.)  This is mainly a casual 100-mile bike ride that begins in Santa Fe, heads south through Madrid, Golden, and Cedar Grove, then goes east to Stanley, north through Galisteo, El Dorado, and back to the starting point.  There are also timed 100- and 50-mile events as well as shorter rides included in the routes.  It is a large scale event that puts thousands of riders on the road.  We need minimally 20-W portable or mobile stations with external antennas to be positioned at the start/finish area and at rest stops and mobile stations to cruise the course to keep an eye on the riders.  This event will be coordinated by Richard St. John, K5RSJ.

August 6, 2017 – La Luz Trail Run.  Amateurs provide communications support for this annual race up La Luz Trail from positions in the starting area, at the finish, and from trail-side points along the course.  This event will be coordinated by Jay Miller, W5WHN.  Volunteers may contact Jay directly ( or may contact me and I will pass the volunteer information on to him.

August 26-27 – MS 150 Bike Tour.

September 24, 2017 – Tour of the Rio Grande Valley.  This popular bicycle tour consists of a 100-mile ride originating at the Rio Bravo Rail Runner station and running through Isleta and Los Lunas to south of Belen and return.  There are shorter-distance rides included.  Communications support for the event is expected to involve amateurs positioned at rest stops, with event officials, mobile along segments of the course, and possibly in support vehicles. The event is being coordinated by Dick Powell AD5CS.

October 22, 2017 – Duke City Marathon. 

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: