2022 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 - 2022

Oakland Running Festival Complete

Sunday, March 20,2022

Running race in downtown Oakland

Radio Coordinator: Mike Pompa mpompa@gmail.com


(Oakland Radio Club)


Diablo Trails Challenge - Running Race Complete

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Running race from Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek

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

Brazen Racing http://brazenracing.com/r/diablo.html

Berkeley Hills Road Race Complete

Saturday April 23, 2022

Bike race in the East Bay hills

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


MS Walk Complete

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Walk in Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

Radio Coordinator: Pete Harris KE6ZIW pharris125@comcast.net


Mt Diablo Trail Ride Postponed

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Horse ride on Mt Diablo, Clayton, CA

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

http://www.cmdtra.org Activity Coordinator: Elaine Baker

Ohlone 50k Running Race Cancelled

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Running race through four East Bay Parklands

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


Boy Scout Hike, Tilden Park, Berkeley Complete

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Boy Scout Hike in Tilden Park, Berkeley

Radio Coordinator: Dave Shaw, WB6WTM, <wb6wtm@gmail.com>

Lake Chabot Trail Challenge Complete

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Running race, 5k and ½ Marathon in Castro Valley

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB laryloomer@yahoo.com
Race Director: Rachel Leikela Lunt

Skyline 50k Complete
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Running Race in the Oakland Hills
Race Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB
Scena Performance <adam.ray@scenaperformance.com>

Walnut Festival Twilight Parade Cancelled
Saturday, September 17, 2022 (Tentative)
Parade in downtown Walnut Creek

Radio Coordinator: Pete Harris, KE6ZIW

Firetrails 50Mi Confirmed
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Running Race in the Oakland Hills
Race Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB
Scena Performance <adam.ray@scenaperformance.com>

Round Hill Trail Ride Postponed
Date (TBD)
Radio Coordinator: Elaine Baker

Mt Diablo Challenge Bike Ride Confirmed
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Bike ride up Mount Diablo, Alamo, CA
Race Coordinator: Larry Loomer, KI6LNB
Valley Spokesmen Bicycle Club http://www.valleyspokesmen.org/

Diablo Summit Stomp Confirmed
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Running Race from Castle Rock Park, Walnut Creek, CA

Radio Coordinator: Larry Loomer KI6LNB
Brazen Racing http://brazenracing.com/r/summitstompmain.html

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

  • The magic of radio transmissions

  • The camaraderie of being part of a radio team that helps make things safer for hundreds, sometimes thousands of event participants

  • The chance to do something meaningful for a good cause

  • The fun and satisfaction of using your radio equipment and opportunity to learn its various capabilities in real-life situations

  • The beautiful places and settings that you get to enjoy

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.