(As of 6/09/2019)

[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.  Details added (tentative) for MS 150 and Duke City Marathon. 

2.         An earlier version of the events listing for June went out to only a subset of the usual recipients as a result of problems with my email address book.  This current version is being sent to everyone now on my reconstructed mailing list to receive monthly public service event listings.

3.         I am taking volunteer signups for any listed event.


August 4, 2019 –  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 Ralph Meyerhein W5EEI.  Volunteers may contact Ralph directly ( or may contact me and I will pass the volunteer information on to him.


August 24-25, 2019 – MS 150 Bike Ride.  This is a two-day, 150-mile bicycle ride to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis.  The event organizers count on radio amateurs for essential medical, safety, and logistics communications support year after year.  There will be two rides starting and ending at the Santa Claran hotel and casino in Espanola, traversing several pueblos and beautiful country in northern New Mexico.  See  We will need volunteers for one or both days to operate mobile along course segments with the riders as “eyes and ears” for the event organizers or as sag vehicles, to accompany tour officials and supply trucks or medical personnel, and to operate from fixed locations at the rest stops.


October 20, 2019 – Duke City Marathon.  Albuquerque area amateurs have supported this event for more than 20 years.  As in recent past years, the marathon will follow an out-and-back course from downtown Albuquerque north along the bosque bike path to Paseo del Norte and east to a turnaround point near Edith Blvd., then return.  A half marathon and 10K and 5K runs are included in the event, as well as several walks of varying distances.  We will need a substantial number of volunteers to cover rest stops along the course, to provide medical communications, and to shadow race officials as well as a few bicycle mobile stations and sag vehicles.


73, Ed Ricco N5LI

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: