(As of 2/08/2019)

[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: New list for 2019 events season.  We need a good turnout of volunteers for the Run for the Zoo (see below) and we need a volunteer to coordinate the event.  I am also listing the date for the Santa Fe Century, another May event.


May 5, 2019 – 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.  Communications support from radio amateurs is essential to running this event safely and efficiently.  Hams report lead and last runner locations, logistics needs, medical and safety issues, and required emergency responses.  We are the eyes and ears of race officials on the course.  We will need handheld or portable/mobile stations to operate from fixed locations along the course, and possibly a bicycle mobile or two.  Although this event is large, for the most part it is relatively low-key and is a good way for less experienced hams interested in public service communications to get their feet wet.  Experienced volunteers are also welcome.

We are in need of an event coordinator for the zoo run.  Fred N5CJC coordinated this event for many years.  Last year, Terry N7EXB developed a detailed communications plan based on a plan used by Fred.  Terry has moved out of state and we need someone to step in, take over the plan he developed, and run with it.  Because there is an existing, detailed plan, much of the work for the event coordinator has been done.  Coordinating the event will largely mean attending a few planning meetings (one already has occurred) and plugging amateurs who respond to this call for volunteers into positions in the communications plan.  The event organizers already have contacted me for support this year and there is no question that they have come to depend on and need our help.  This is a great opportunity for someone interested in taking on an increased level of volunteer responsibility to step into an important and needed role without having to start from scratch.  Please consider volunteering to coordinate this event.

May 19, 2019 – Santa Fe Century.  I have not been contacted about this event yet this year, but we regularly are contacted so I want to get the date out there for people to note.  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 and 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 with complex logistics 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. 

73, Ed Ricco N5LI

Late breaking - Bob Longoria, N5JH will be the event coordinator for the Run for the Zoo.

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: