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Spring Poker Run – ARES-DEC

June 5

This is where Amateur Radio Emergency Service comes alive providing radio communications, APRS tracking, and situational awareness to event staff in the purely beautiful Rampart Range foothill setting about 20 miles West of Castle Rock. The event is an exciting off-road motorcycle race where things DO happen. Ambulance as well as Douglas County Search and Rescue (SAR) are typically posted and (unfortunately) dispatched from

the command post.


There is a role for EVERYONE at this event and we’re going to need about 17 volunteers for:

  • Net Control/Alternate in the ARESDEC Trailer
  • ~6 CHECKPOINTS   Some checkpoints may require a telescoping mast antenna and transceiver capable of digi-peating, others may just require an HT.
  • Rover
  • Home-based Check-In, Check-Out Monitor


CHECKPOINT duty is not boring here. You’ll be reporting on emergencies, crashes, disabled bikes as well as First Ride through, Sweeps and all of that. If you are digi-peating with a GO-BOX mobile, this can be a great operational test of your solar or generator power.


Plan on an early departure from your home. Our Mission/Safety Briefing up at the Flat Rock Campground will likely be at 0700 sharp. This is necessary in order for Checkpoint personnel to travel to their assigned location, set up their station, and be operational before the race starts around 0900. Expect a full day with you getting home in the late afternoon.


I guess this is enough for a HEADS-UP. Hit me up with any questions.


Hal Jennings / KE0KFB

Spring Poker Run MC




June 5