(As of 4/25/2018)

[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.  Added Jemez Mountain Trail Runs, May 19.

2.  I am taking signups for the Run for the Zoo and the Santa Fe Century in May.  The Century, in particular, could use additional help.  Please consider volunteering.  The Jemez Mountain Trail Run needs more operators than in past years due to changes in the event.  See the entry below for information on signing up for that event.

3.  We need someone to take over as the communications coordinator for the Tour of the Rio Grande Valley, to occur in September, replacing silent key AD5CS.  There is an established comm plan that can be used as a basis for this year’s plan, and the connections to the event organizers are in place.  This event almost runs itself but we are going to need someone to pull it together.  Please, someone, volunteer so we can keep up our years of assistance to the TORGV.


73, Ed Ricco N5LI


May 6, 2018 – Run for the Zoo.  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.  The event is being coordinated by Terry Breitenfeldt N7EXB.  Please sign up by contacting me or by contacting Terry directly


May 19, 2018 – Jemez Mountain Trail Runs.  This event consists of three long-distance runs (50 mile, 50 k, 15 mile) in rugged country.  Information from John Zoltai KF5REI, the event coordinator:  This year we will need more operators than usual.  The 50 mile race is going to be longer, more difficult, and slower due to some changes that had to be made in the trail system.  As a result, several aid stations will be closing late enough that it really makes the most sense to operate two shifts at those stations.  Please visit the site for current information.  Note that the runner’s manual has not been updated from last year, so it’s got old information.  There will be more information as well as aid station schedules in the coming weeks.  We can always use new hams on events like these and it’s a chance to get real world field experience for those that are new to amateur radio.  If you would like to volunteer, please let John know. ( Also let John know if you have a preferred aid station.  Here’s the map for this year’s event.


May 20, 2018 – Santa Fe Century.  This is mainly a casual 100-mile bike ride that begins in Santa Fe, heads south through Madrid and Golden, turns around, eventually heads east to Galisteo, loops through El Dorado and returns to the starting point.  There are several major changes this year, some temporary and some permanent.  This year only, the route has a turnaround point near Cedar Grove returning to Madrid and then County Road 42 to Galisteo.  A permanent change has the start/finish point now at the Santa Fe Community College and the addition of a "Rail Trail" mountain-bike route.  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.  More details to follow.  This event will be coordinated by Richard St. John, K5RSJ.  Please contact me to volunteer.


August 5, 2018 – La Luz Trail Run. 


August 25-26, 2018 – MS 150 Bike Tour. 


September 23, 2018 – Tour of the Rio Grande Valley. 


October 21, 2018 – 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: