Snake River Amateur Radio Club  

                 Canyon County, Idaho      Grid: DN13

      Fandango Endurance Ride - 2014

   This year the ride had a smaller number of riders but was still fun for both riders and volunteers. We had a total of 12 Amateurs helping with communications. They were Mike, KC5KKX, Terry, KC5KKY, Marv, KD7PAD, Scotty, W5RWS, Steve, WB7VEQ, Jason, KD7LWR, Bob, W7RLS, John, NO6Z, Craig, KD5ODQ, Nancy, KD5WQJ, Deb, KE7TMF, and John, KD7HGS. Thanks to all that helped. And again, we were asked to help out next year.

^^^ Sometimes you can end up at someplace very remote feeling. Here, we are out on the middle of a flat plain at a water tank, waiting for riders to show up. When they do, you can see them coming for miles. Places like this are where the orange "radio guy" vests come into their own. The riders can pick them out of the desert background from 2-3 miles away and be reassured that where they see the orange, there will be water, company, and help if needed.

^^^  The cloud of dust can be seen for miles as it comes screaming across the desert. After all these years we just know what causes it. Steph Teeter, ride director, hostess and owner of the Teeter ranch is running out ahead of the competitors and making sure the trails are all marked and there are no hazards. "Thuh fastest ATV in Da west, pardner!"

^^^ Another remote water tank, located next to an Idaho Power substation perched on the edge of a cliff, 600 feet above the Snake River. Jayson, KD7LWR, is sitting in the lawn chair next to the truck. At this point he has already recorded the rider's numbers and relayed them back to base so that everybody knows where they are and that they are safe. This is also the site where we set up the club's new cross-band repeater to act as a relay from the remote vetcheck at a ranch near the bottom of the canyon back to base. The repeater worked perfectly. The little generator that we were powering it with, on the other hand, had a couple of issues, but were easily fixed.

^^^ Every year something happens to make us glad we come out here and put up with the heat, dust, rain, cold, wind, sunburn, long hours, etc. Something that we can look at and say "this is what makes it worthwhile."  Meet Sarah Holloway, 11(?) years old. She rode 50 miles on Saturday, and 60 miles again on Sunday, in 90 degree heat and dust and was always happy to see us wherever we were. She finished both days as the First Place junior rider. Great job Sarah!

That's the reason we are here: to support the riders. We are at the major road crossings, the vetchecks, and the remote water tanks recording crossing times and sending the information back to the base station. We also make sure the road is clear of vehicles. Every year the riders ask us to come back, and we will continue to do so as long as they want us. Please join us next year and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. Until than, 73!

"The Radio Guys (and Gals)"

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