Who We Are:
The Foothill Flyers Radio Club is a club within the Foothill Flyers Running Club. This club encourages trail runners to get their FCC Amateur Radio (Ham) licenses, helps them to become familiar with Ham radios and procedures, and to volunteer at trail races and related events. Emergency Communications and runner safety is the primary focus. See Trail Running and Amateur Radio.
Amateur Radio can play a critical part in trail runner safety in remote areas where cell phones do not work. Therefore, it is imperative that trail races use sweeps that are capable trail runners as well as being licensed hams and also have runner/hams at aid stations that are able to run up trail if necessary. Carrying a ham radio with you on training runs in the mountains can make the difference in getting help if you are injured. Ham radio is the first line of communications in times of disasters like earthquakes.
Mt. Wilson Trail Race, May, check points with SAR and announcer runner status
Angeles National Forest 25K/50K/60K, July, sweeps and aid station.
Angeles Crest 100 Mile Trail Race, August, sweeps and trail marking.
Avalon 50K / 50 Mile, January, finish line and timing.
Membership is limited to licensed Radio Amateurs who are current members of the Foothill Flyers Running Club.
There are no dues and members may opt in or out at any time.
Richard Besocke, KI6ZKM, Club Callsign Trustee
Tom O’Hara, W6ORG, President
Maria Vangilder, KG6REG, Vice President
Brian Cravens, KM6PSV, Secretary/Treasurer
Mary Ann O'Hara, WB6YSS, Director
Daiya Cunnane, KN6CSW
Mary Plazony, KN6BPY
Brett Terrell, KM6VQB
Dan Stein, KE6OOF
Lori Stein, KJ6RYD
Mary Knudson, KN6BPK
Dave Hokanson, KM6WBG
Bill Dickey, KC6EQP
Gary Hilliard, KI6OJB
Maria Case, KK6RNK
Jimmy Downs, KJ6KVI
Tom Parkes, KI6DDB
Stephanie Chiasson, KN6LND
Leslie Hallimore, KN6NGS
Club Constitution & Bylaws established June 19, 2019
Trail Race Sweep Notes:
Best to have two runners sweep than one - One needs to be a ham to communicate the situation to get help coming, and the other to stay with and concentrate on the down runner. A ham may need to find a high point to establish communications and leave the down runner. Also 2 runners can leap-frog and take the trail down quicker to stay closer following the last runner.
Check in early at the starting aid station to get info about any runner that volunteers believe may have problems or is on the watch list. Verify communications with the aid station hams and net control before leaving.
Start immediately after the last runner, but at no time ever pass the last runner. Report any runner stalled or having a problem and await instructions.
Carry enough water and energy food for yourself plus any down runner you may come across. Carry first aid kit and salt tablets. Take a Red Cross first aid, CERT or EMT class to better know what to do when you come across a down runner, especially evaluating for dehydration, heat exhaustion or bleeding from a fall. Bring a trash bag if also taking down the trail or you come across trash.