2024 Public Service Events

(Be sure to check back for updates
and additions)

Beginning in early spring each year and continuing into early winter many ham radio operators from the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club become involved in doing radio team communications to support various public service events that occur nearby. The events include long distance bike rides, bike races, running races, walkathons, a March for Babies, a half marathon, a Mt Diablo Trail Ride, and local city parades.

The locations include beautiful scenic areas such as nearby regional and wilderness areas, Mt. Diablo State Park, and municipal trails and parks. Some of the agencies and causes that we have helped are: Children's Hospital of Oakland, the MS Society, the March of Dimes, and Save Mt. Diablo.

Contact the MDARC Public Service Coordinator, Larry Loomer, KI6LNB to sign up for events.

Email  laryloomer@yahoo.com


Public Service Events - 2024

MARS - Dipsea

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Running race in Marin

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://www.dipsea.org


Field Day

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23, 2024

Annual event, many locations

https://www.mdarc.org/activities/field-day


MARS - MCBC Dirt Fondo

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Bicycle race in Marin

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://marinbike.org/event/2024-dirt-fondo


MARS - San Francisco Marathon

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Running race in San Francisco

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://www.thesfmarathon.com

MARS - Marin Century

Saturday, August 3, 2024

Bicycle race in Marin

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://www.marincyclists.com


Skyline 50k

Sunday, August 4, 2024

Running race in the Oakland Hills

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Scena Performance <adam.ray@scenaperformance.com>

https://scenaperformance.com/events/skyline-50k


MARS - Double Dipsea

Saturday, August 24, 2024

Running race in Marin

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://brazenracing.com/doubledipsea

Participating in these events is a thrilling experience for many different reasons. These include:

Radio operators are assigned to check points, or to support (SAG) vehicles, or are on bikes, or sometimes in boats. Radio communications in some of these areas can be a challenge, but very gratifying and a whole lot of fun! For most events all you need is a 2 meter hand-held radio with an extra battery. When you participate, consider bringing a family member or friend to show them the excitement of the ham radio hobby.

This is a fun way to get out and use your radio, help a worthwhile cause and gain valuable experience that will come in handy in the event of a major emergency or disaster. It's also great PR for the club and amateur radio in general.

Public Service Events - 2024 Past

Race to the Flagpole - Running Race

Sunday, January 27, 2024

Running race from-to Independence Park in Livermore

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>

https://livermoregranadaboosters.org/events/


Kaiser Half Marathon - Running Race

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Running Race in San Francisco

Radio Coordinator: <antonis@aa6pp.org>

https://www.sfarc.org/2024-kaiser-half-marathon.html


Revel Half Marathon on Mt. Diablo - Running Race

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Running Race Down Mt Diablo

Radio Coordinator: <stevedono18@gmail.com>

https://www.runrevel.com/rmd


Livermore Half Marathon - Running Race

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Running Race from-to Downtown Livermore

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>

https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Livermore/LivermoreValleyHalf

https://livermorevalleyhalf.com


Oakland Running Festival - Running Race

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Running Race in Downtown Oakland

Radio Coordinator: Mike Pompa, KB6MP <mpompa@gmail.com>

https://www.ww6or.com/oakland-marathon-signup


Diablo Trails Challenge - Running Race

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Running Race from Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek 

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

Brazen Racing   https://brazenracing.com/diablotrailschallenge


Cinderella Bike Ride - in Livermore

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Ladies' Bike Ride around Livermore

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>

https://www.valleyspokesmen.org


MARS - Ridge to Bridge Bike Ride

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Bike Ride in Marin County

See: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://ridgetrail.org/ridge-to-bridge-2024/


Primavera Ride - Rios Lovell Winery

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Bike Ride in Livermore Valley

See: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://ffbc.org/primavera/

MS Walk

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Walk in Walnut Creek

See: Pete Harris, KE6ZIW <pharris125@comcast.net>

https://events.nationalmssociety.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1858


Berkeley Hills Road Race

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Bike ride in the East Bay Hills

Radio Coordinator: Mark Walsh, KM6XU <mark@km6xu.com>

https://www.berkeleybike.org/?page_id=474


MARS - MCBC Jane Fondo - Bike Ride

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Bike ride in Marin County

See: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://marinbike.org/janefondo/


MARS - Miwok 100k

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Running race in Marin

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://miwok100k.com


Hope Walk

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Walk at Heather Farms, WC, map

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

https://cancersupport.net/event/hope-walk/ 


Devil Mountain Run

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Running race in Danville

Radio Coordinator: George Moorhead, KG6GEM <kg6wiu1@comcast.net>

https://devilmtnrun.com


Boy Scout Hike Berkeley Hills

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Scouts Hike 20 miles in Tilden Park

Radio Coordinator: Dave Shaw, WB6WTM <wb6wtm@arrl.net>


Lake Chabot Trail Challenge - Running Race

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Running race, 5k, and 1/2 Marathon in Castro Valley

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>

Race Director: Rachel Lunt

https://www.castrovalleysportsfoundation.org/trail-challenge

Public Service Events - 2023 Past

Moonlight on the Mountain Confirmed

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Fund Raising catered dinner at Mt. Diablo's China Wall

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
https://savemountdiablo.org 925-947-3535


Walnut Festival Twilight Parade Event Canceled for 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Parade in downtown Walnut Creek

Radio Coordinator:  Pete Harris, KE6ZIW <pharris125@comcast.net>
Walnut Festival Person: Tami Lagamarcino

http://www.thewalnutfestival.org/


Firetrails 50M Confirmed

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Running race in the Oakland Hills

Radio Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Scena Performance <adam.ray@scenaperformance.com>

https://scenaperformance.com/events/dick-collins-firetrails/


Mt Diablo Challenge Bike Ride Confirmed
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Bike ride up Mount Diablo, Alamo, CA
Race Coordinator:  Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club, Raghu Venkata, event lead https://www.valleyspokesmen.org/

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Walk Confirmed

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Walk From and To Civic Park, Walnut Creek, CA

Walk coordinator: Steve Donovan, WB6SAI <stevedono18@gmail.com>

MADD Natasha Thomas <natasha.thomas@madd.org>

https://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=1382

Diablo Summit Stomp Confirmed
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Running Race from Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek, CA
Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB <laryloomer@yahoo.com>
Brazen Racing https://brazenracing.com/summitstomp


Pacificon

Fri, Sat & Sun, Oct 20 - 22, 2023

ARRL Pacific Division Convention, San Ramon, CA

https://www.pacificon.org