Public Service

 We normally assemble our list early in the year.

Updated: 06/19/2017
We assist local community-based non-profit organizations by providing volunteer radio communications for their events.
We welcome any interested licensed amateur to volunteer to assist us.
If you would like to request our club’s assistance for your event, please check our schedule below for conflicts, please read the Public Service FAQ, and download and submit the form found there. You may also wish to consult the Calendar of Public Events in the San Francisco Bay Area for dates for which volunteer Amateur Radio Service communication support has been requested.
Some worthy events are not served, either due to conflicting dates with other established commitments or other amateur radio events,  a lack of available volunteer operators, because our small club does not have enough time to recruit volunteers, because our schedule is already full, because an event or the sponsoring organization does not fall within our established guidelines or FCC Rules for radio support; or because the event falls outside our repeaters’ reliable coverage area.  Our Board of Directors reserves the right to decline any request for communications support for any reason.
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In 2015 – We added Location / Station information sub-pages to each MARS event page Please send after-MARS-event comments to: DEBRIEF We will be training new Net Control Operators in 2017. If you are interested, please contact: Michael Fischer, K6MLF, to be scheduled.
NOTE: TICK BLOOM – We were informed of a ‘tick bloom’ on Mt. Tam, in late April, 2016. If your assignment takes anywhere where you might be at risk, TAKE PRECAUTIONS! Ticks in this area carry Lyme Disease.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMITEE Michael Fischer, K6MLF Rob Rowlands, NZ6J Randy Jenkins, KA6BQF

Frequently Asked Questions by Volunteers, Communications Protocols, & Tip Sheet


EVENT DATE MARS Coordinator – Contact Activity Description
PUBLIC SERVICE ORIENTATION (volunteer meeting) COMPLETED Saturday, February 25, 2017 -11:00AM Randy Jenkins  KA6BQF Orientation Meeting- Thank-You lunch and recognition to 2016 volunteers. Orientation meeting for 2017 public service radio volunteers. Public Service Lunch Sign-Ups
NEW VOLUNTEER TRAINING (volunteer meeting) COMPLETED Saturday, February 25, 2017 -11:00AM Michael Fischer, K6MLF and Kris Backenstose Training for new public service volunteers. Tactical net operations, directed net operations, using tactical designators, what to expect.
Ridge to Bridge  {hike, footrace, et al} COMPLETED Saturday, April 22, 2017 Michael Fischer K6MLF Our first public service event of the calendar year; The Ridge to Bridge (hike, run, mountainbike, horseback) event is sponsored by the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and follows the Ridge Trail (of course) from Samuel P. Taylor State Park in central Marin south to the Golden Gate Bridge. The participants gather in the Presidio (the location of net control) and are transported by bus to the various stages of different lengths (the longest starts at Sam Taylor, the shortest from Muir Woods.) There will be 300-500 participants. Be prepared for route changes.
Miwok 100K {footrace} COMPLETED Saturday, May 6, 2017 Rob Rowlands NZ6J The Miwok 100k is a highly competitive footrace around the Mount Tamalpais-Marin Headlands hills of Southern Marin. Net control will be at the Stinson Beach start-finish. There will be seven rest stops with radio operators—a dozen volunteer communicators will be needed. Be prepared for route changes.
The Dipsea Race {footrace} COMPLETED Sunday, June 11, 2017 Randy Jenkins KA6BQF Communications support for The Dipsea Race, an annual 7.4 mile trail run from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, over Mt. Tamalpais. 1,500 runners participate, with staggered starts according to age and gender. First run in 1905, The Dipsea is the oldest trail run in America. MARS has supported this event for decades, it’s a tradition!
Double Dipsea {footrace} COMPLETED Saturday, June 17, 2017   NOTE: 2017 Hours are Changed! Rob Rowlands NZ6J Communications support for The Double Dipsea, an annual trail run event that starts and finishes at Stinson Beach. Around 800 participants run from Stinson Beach over Mt. Tamalpais to Old Mill Park in Mill Valley, and back over the same course to Stinson Beach, about 14 miles of steep terrain. This event has a staggered start according to age and gender.
Tour de MALT [bike event] (NEW EVENT 2016) Saturday, July 22, 2017 Michael Fischer, K6MLF Communications support for the Tour de MALT bike ride, which benefits the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. The event projects 300 cyclists, and has 40 and 60 mile routes.
Marin Century [bike ride] There were some route changes in 2016 due to road closures. Saturday, August 05, 2017 Rob Rowlands NZ6J Communications support and / or sag support for the Marin Double Century bicycle event. The ride courses cover roads in Marin and southern Sonoma Counties. About 2,800 cyclists participate. There are 32 mile, 63 mile, 100 mile, 126 mile and 200 mile routes. The start and finish is in Terra Linda, and routes run as far south as Muir Woods, and as far north as Occidental.
Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Dirt Fondo    [mtn. bike ride] Sunday, August 27, 2017 Michael Ficher, K6MLF Communications support for the Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Dirt Fondo bicycle event. The ride courses cover trails in Marin County.  The start and finish is in the Marin Headlands, and routes run as far north as East Peak.
Zero Breast Cancer’s Dipsea Hike {hike} Saturday, September 23, 2017 Randy Jenkins, KA6BQF Communications support for Dipsea Hike For Zero Breast Cancer , a six mile fundraising trail hike on trails on Mt. Tamalpais. The event begins and ends at Old Mill Park in Mill Valley.
Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin (New Event 2017) [bike ride] Saturday, October 07, 2017 Michael Fischer, K6MLF Communications support for the Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin bike ride.
Breast Cancer Fund’s Peak Hike {hike} Sunday, October 15 , 2017 Rob Rowlands, NZ6J Communications support for Breast Cancer Fund’s Peak Hike, which covers trails on Mt. Tamalpais. There are 7 or 11 mile routes for this fundraising hike.
Dolphin Club’s Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon {triathlon} Saturday, October 28, 2017 Randy Jenkins KA6BQF Communications support for the run portion of Dolphin Club triathlon event.   There are 40 – 60 participants, including relay teams. The event starts with a swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Participants then transition to bicycles to ride to Mill Valley.  The run portion is from Mill Valley over the Dipsea Trail to Stinson Beach and back to the finish in Mill Valley.
2016 THANK YOU LUNCH – DEBRIEF (volunteer meeting) Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 11:00 AM THANKS EVERYONE!Randy Jenkins  KA6BQF Orientation Meeting- Thank-You lunch and recognition to 2016 volunteers. Orientation meeting for public service radio volunteers.
To Sign Up for MARS Events Contact: K6MLF, NZ6J, or KA6BQF
Grey Out Dates – 2017 We normally try to avoid scheduling public service events on the dates listed below,  to avoid conflicting scheduled Amateur Radio Events.
June 3rd & 4th, 2017 Museum Ship Weekend (Operating Event)
June 23 – 25, 2017 ARRL Field Day (Operating Event)
October 7th & 8th, 2017 California QSO Party (Operating Event)
October 20 – 22, 2017 ARRL Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon 2017)
October 21 – 22, 2017 BSA Jamboree-on-the-Air 2017


We will update with 2017 dates as we get them.

We list other Public Service events in this section that are NOT Marin ARS sponsored events, but may be sponsored by adjacent radio clubs or groups, and may be of interest to hams who wish to volunteer. Please check out these events, and their sponsoring organizations, and if they are of interest, we encourage you to volunteer. This is not a definitive list. Only those your Editor knows of or has been asked to list. (Editor)
Lake Somona 50 (Sonoma County) {footrace}  COMPLETED Saturday, April 09, 2016 Contact SCRA
Big Sur Marathon {footrace}  COMPLETED Sunday, April 30, 2017 Contact: Jeff KG6UYZ
(East Bay) Grizzly Peak Century (East Bay ARC)[bike ride]  COMPLETED Sunday, May 7, 2017 Contact: Randy KA6BQF or Ken KO6NO
The Golden Gate Relay {team relay footrace}  COMPLETED Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and May 7, 2017 Contact: Gary Sello KG6JHS
(Santa Rosa) The Human Race (SCRA) {footrace} COMPLETED Saturday, May 06, 2017 Contact: Sutter KI6ZON
Wine Country Century (Sonoma County) [bike ride]  COMPLETED Saturday, May 06, 2017 Contact SCRA
Tour of Novato [bike ride]  COMPLETED Saturday, May 06, 2017 Contact: TBD Grant Pritchard, KK6JJ
(Davis) Davis Double Century (Yolo ARS) [bike ride] COMPLETED Saturday, May 20, 2017 Contact: Dave KC6YFG
 (Sonoma County) Backroad Challenge [bike ride]   COMPLETED Saturday, May 20, 2017 Contact: Harold KD6WYF
(East Bay) FAGES II Boy Scout Hike (EBARC) {hike}  COMPLETED Saturday, June 03, 2017 Contact: Randy KA6BQF or Ken KO6NO
Monte Rio Vineman Triathlon (Sonoma County) [triathlon] COMPLETED Sunday, June 04, 2017 Contact SCRA
Arthritis Bike Classic [bike event] MARS IS NOT SUPPORTING THIS EVENT IN 2017  Saturday, July 15, 2017 Contact TBD
(Sonoma County)Terrible Two (SCRA) [bike ride] Sunday June 16?, 2017 ?? Contact SCRACharlie Sikes
San Francisco Marathon (SFRC) {footrace} Sunday, July 23, 2017 Contact: Nick Powell, NF1P
Tour d’Organics (Sonoma County) [bike ride] Sunday, August 13, 2017 Contact SCRA
(Santa Rosa)Santa Rosa Marathon {footrace} Sunday, August 27, 2017 Contact SCRA
(SF-Santa Rosa) MS Waves to Wine (SCRA) [bike ride] SCRA will be using our simulcast system for the event. Saturday, September 23 & Sunday September 24, 2017 Contact SCRA
(Western Sonoma County) Levi’s Grand Fondo (SCRA) [bike ride] Saturday, September 30, 2017 Contact: Craig K6XLT
(Alameda County) Firetrails 50 (Alameda County Sheriff’s Communications Team) {footrace} Saturday, October TBD, 2017 Contact: Neil Fullagar, K6NCX
(Yolo County) Foxy’s Fall Century (YARS) [bike ride] Saturday, October 21, 2017 Contact: Dave KC6YFG

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