Sam’s Radio Hams Whitney Classic Campout September 22-27, 2017 By Sue Craft
One of the service projects Sam‟s Radio Hams (SRH) is involved with is to provide communications support for the Summit Adventure (Christian Out-door Ministry) Whitney Classic Bicycle Rally fundraiser. SRH has been sup-porting the event for at least 25 years! Frank and Jan Clements are among the original, and still active supporters.
The event used to run from Badwater, Death Valley (-266 ft. below sea level) to the highest point in California, Mt. Whitney at 14,505 ft. Now it is based out of Lone Pine, and SRH provides communications support and tracking of the riders from Lone Pine (3,727 ft.) to the top of Horseshoe Meadows (10,000 ft.), out to Darwin CA (4,790 ft.), and then to Whitney Portal (8,374 ft.). The riders cover 135 miles and 14,937 feet of elevation change. Radio stations were strung from Lone Pine, half way to Horseshow Meadow, to the top at Horseshow Meadow, down to Keeler, to Darwin, halfway to Whit-ney Portal, and up to Whitney Portal. We had communications support at 10 different locations, which included Net Control at Lone Pine, to the farthest and most remote point out at Darwin, and to the highest point at ending location at Whitney Portal. Sam‟s support and gear (SAG) stops were sup-ported by 26 SRH members: Mike & Lynne Smith, Bret & Michelle Minor, Ed & Glenda Schnelbach, Dick & Lynne Miller, Paul & Sue Craft, Lou & Darla Figueroa, Bob & Norma Grimes, Bruce Klaw-son, Les & Matthew Cobb, Tom & Carol Gleaton, Frank & Jan Clements, Phil & Amy MacBride, and Mary Holzang. Radio support was provided by Sam‟s “Hammers” and the gear (food) part was pro-vided by Sam‟s Outhousers group.
Supporting the Whitney Classic has been the main focus of this outing, but some members gather be-fore for dry camping at Tuttle Creek (rustic conditions with a glorious view of the High Sierra and Mt. Whitney), and all met up after the rally at Boulder Creek RV Park for 4 nights of “luxury camping” with full hookups. The Sunday Whitney Classic free pizza party for riders and volunteers was held at the Lone Pine City Park. A few of our SRH members were recognized for their many years of volunteer efforts toward the event. Organizer Ed Schnelbach presented Phil & Amy MacBride and Mary Holzang the perpetual “Dick & Marcia Bruno Award” award for their many years of dedication to the event. Tom Gleaton was recognized as well. He had heart surgery a few weeks before the ride, but still offered to help with the ride with no conditions except elevation.
While camped at Boulder Creek, we enjoyed meeting new friends from the Big Bear Sam‟s Club. We look forward to future campouts together with this group. Members enjoyed relaxing, exploring places such as Cerro Gordo Mine, the Bristlecone Pines, Owens Lake, Manzanar Na-tional Historic Site, the nearby museums, spotting migrating American White Pelicans overhead, as well as viewing some fall color.
We enjoyed the Mexican dinner at the Boulder Creek clubhouse. The healthy kale salad a special treat enjoyed by most of us! The apple pie and ice cream was a hit!
The morning Barnyard Net was hosted by Ed Schnelbach and he asked a fun question… “What was your most memorable camping experience weather-wise?” Many members answered “Death Valley in the wind!”
The nightly campfires at Dick and Lynne‟s campsite were fun, and attendees shared stories and had fun ex-ploring the possibilities of another way to keep in touch… Zello!
Thanks again to our hosts… Ed and Glenda and Dick and Lynne!
Camping Corner Campout at Clio – August 2017
Tuesday, August 8th, was arrival day, but we were happy to welcome Ed & Glenda Schnelbach four days early and most of the rest a day early. All attendees were in place for Happy Hour.
On Wednesday after the Host’s Coffee Bar, most of the group made their way to Quincy for the Plumas County Fair. The Fair opens with Senior Day, and all of us “old timers” get in for a small donation. A very nice free lunch was provided for us oldsters with entertainment energeti-cally performed by a children’s dance company.
Thursday brought the Host’s Break-fast where Carole and Glenda flipped pancakes, and Lynne Smith served up sau-sages: “two, three or four?”
The Chapter meeting was ably chaired by VP Lou Figueroa, and was a model of member decorum. For the most part, we gave him a break.
Dinner for nearly everyone was at Neighbor’s BBQ in Cromberg. I didn’t hear any com-plaints, and there were lots of satisfied belches heard and BBQ stained fingers visible.
Friday, after the Host’s Coffee Bar, three carloads of intrepid travellers followed the host’s Jeep to Spring Garden where we turned off on Squirrel Creek Road (24N46) and made our way over lots of dirt road through pine forest to lovely Genessee Valley. Gratefully transitioning to pavement, we proceeded to Taylorsville and lunched at their congenial campgrounds. We then took the dirt China Grade Road up to Mt Hough and visited Wayne, the fire lookout, who showed us great National Forest hospitality and answered all of our questions. Mt Hough was like “old home week” for Jim Herd and Jennifer Ware, who, in their young and foolish days, used to travel from Silicon Valley to jump off the mountain strapped into hang gliders. We followed the China Grade Road down to blessed pavement near Quincy, and returned to Clio where we enjoyed our last Happy Hour to-gether. Carole and I enjoyed hosting the campout and our only regret was seeing everyone leave. Thanks to all of our willing volunteers who pitched in to help. Sam’s Radio Hams are the greatest!
Roger, Carole & Roxie
Camping Corner Dana Point Yacht Club – July 21, 2017
As most of you know we forego campouts mid-summer due to the unavailability of RV camp sites, and the hot temperatures. So, like last year, we met for an ad hoc campout in Dana Point, this time at the Dana Point Yacht Club. 18 people were in attendance in a dining room over-looking the Dana Point Harbor. In attendance were past members that no longer have an RV so it was nice to see and visit with them.
Columbia California — June 6-12, 2017 by Sue Craft
Columbia 49er RV Park refers to themselves as a quiet, friendly, rustic haven, and it’s true! This was the location of our chapter’s June trip. We had unlimited access to the ―Stock Barn‖ where we had use of the club room, with kitchen facilities, BBQ, etc… which worked out well for gatherings such as breakfast, dinner, Happy Hour, and the SRH meeting.
Organizer Bill Williford was pleasantly surprised with the turnout, and was very appreciative of his co-hosts (Mike & Lynne Smith, and Steve & Lindsay Eddy) for jumping in to provide coordination assistance to make this event greatly successful. Attendees included: Bill Williford, Marilyn Hooton, Mike & Lynne Smith, Steve & Lindsay Eddy, Les and Matthew Cobb, Lou and Darla Figueroa, Roger & Carol Kep- ner, Dick & Lynne Miller, Ed & Glenda Schnelbach, Paul & Sue Craft, Bill & Alma DeSmith, Phil & Amy McBride, Jim & Linda Preston, and guests Michael & Betsy Clark, and Mel and Marla Savery.
Here is a timeline of activities, some of which were done as a group and others individually, as well as activities in general.
Monday – Our hosts greeted everyone as they arrived and hosted Happy Hour/Dinner to the tired travelers and provided veggies, cheese n crackers, followed by grilled hot dogs, baked beans, and fruit salad. Members who were familiar with the area offered suggestions on places to visit.
Tuesday Happy Hour–Everyone showed up with their favorite beverage, and A-K brought light appetizers to share. The Stock Barn erupted in chatter, with everyone sharing their adventures of the day.
Wednesday Morning – We walked into the Stock Barn as the aroma of fresh cooked sausage and French toast filled the air. Mike & Lynne Smith, and Steve & Lindsay Eddy were cooking up a scrumptious breakfast for everyone. The room was festive as each table sported a couple of flags, all mounted on wooden dowels and anchored in wood bases handcrafted by Mike Smith, all in honor of Flag Day. Each camper group got to take one home. Thanks Mike!
Breakfast was followed by the SRH Meeting.
Wednesday Evening – Our big group went to El Jardin, a Mexican restaurant for dinner, and dined outside on the patio. Laughs were had as a large rooster flew into the bush and started crowing, followed by him flying high into the pine tree! Who knew Roosters could fly? Perhaps he was protesting against those of us who had chicken for dinner. It also happened to be Lynne Miller’s birthday! She got to celebrate with her wonderful SRH friends and had yummy birthday cake!
Thursday Happy Hour – Not only did people share their adventures of the day, they also had fun talking about past trips, future trips, craft projects, and as always – amateur radio. Members L-Z provided the goodies.
Columbia State Historic Park –Just down the road from the RV Park one could step back into time, Gold Rush time! Highlights included the park museum, candy store, ice cream parlor, stagecoach ride, and exhibits of the old-fashioned pharmacy, and the scary dental office. Not to be missed, were the old schoolhouse, and cemetery.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – This park houses 4 steam locomotives, and one of the last remaining round- houses in America. The site has been in continuous operation since 1897, when the short-line railroad brought lumber and ore out of the foothills, and brought passengers and goods in. The site is sometimes called The Movie Rail- road as many shows were filmed here, including Petticoat Junction.
Calavaras Big Trees State Park – Sequoia groves are
scattered through the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. A large grove of these colossal sized trees, up to 325 feet high, 33 feet in diameter, and up to 2, 000 years old can be found at this park.
Ironstone Vineyards – The vineyard was located in the little gold rush town of Murphys. A gourmet deli lunch was available and a free tour, which consisted of visiting the Heritage Museum (where a 40-pound gold nugget was on display), touring the wine making facilities (including the underground caves where the barrels of wines are stored), visiting the beautiful gardens where weddings are often held, viewing the enormous outdoor amphitheater, enjoying listening to the pipe organ in a room designed just for it, and of course, wine tasting.
Geocaching – Several in the group were into hunting for Geocaches. What is that? It’s modern day treasure hunting! Wherever you may go, chances are there are geocaches to be found. You only need a GPS radio receiver (typically built into modern day cell phones), and an account on geocaching.com.
Friday – Most everyone headed home. Roger & Carol Kepner headed to Clio where they will stay for the next 4 months and host the August campout.
Thank you to our hosts, Bill Williford & Marilyn Hooton, and co- hosts Mike & Lynne Smith, and Steve & Lindsay Eddy. It was a great trip!
Santee CA, May 2017 by Sue Craft
Santee Lakes… FUN! Who knew that one could have so much fun camping at an RV Park inside a city with over 50,000 people and feel like you’re camping in a remote place? The park consists of 7 lakes and is great for fishing, kay- aking, birding, biking, and walking. It’s a place of beauty and solitude — at least midweek in May! I’m pretty sure the place fills up on weekends and holidays.
Thank you to our wonderful hosts, Jim & Linda Preston, Phil & Amy McBride, and Mary Holzgang for organizing such a fun outing! They arrived a day ahead in the midst of a huge rainstorm, where little rivers flowed and campsites flooded. Fortunately, drainage was good and for the rest of us that arrived on Monday, all was dry. Attendees for this trip included: Jim & Linda Preston, Phil & Amy MacBride, Mary Holzgang, Lou & Darla Figueroa, Ed & Glenda Schnelbach, Dick & Lynne Miller, Larry & Linda Johnston, Tom & Carol Gleaton, Paul & Sue Craft, Max & Doris Smith, Mort & Carol Eriksen, Bill & Alma DeSmith, and Glenn & Charlotte Smith.
Tuesday – The net control operator for the Barnyard Wake Up was Mary Holzgang and her question was “How did you get inter- ested in ham radio and where did you get your license?” In the morning, Darla Figueroa led the ladies in a fleece blanket making project while the men hung around the campsite and had technical discussions and solved the problems of the world.
Wednesday – Net control operator Jim Preston’s morning question was “Have you played a musical instrument and what is your favorite kind of music?” It was discovered than many ham radio operators have musical talent and instruments played included trombone, flute, oboe, clarinet, drums, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, organ, and piano, and singing included opera, choir, and singing to the dog. An 8:30 AM potluck breakfast occurred before the 9:30 AM SRH meeting. Later activities included men vs. women in Bean Bag Baseball (the men won). Paul and Sue Craft went hiking at nearby Mission Trails Regional Park. Dick & Lynne Miller went to the Model Trail Museum at Balboa Park. Larry and Linda Johnston enjoyed a walk around Santee Lakes. Debby Gaarde returned at Happy Hour with embroidered SRH caps and her husband Bill. Debby (KM6GZZ) recently earned her ham license. She had her very first QSO this evening with Jim Preston and was very excited when Jim presented her with her first QSL card, and quizzed her on some of the lingo… QSO, QSL, 73, and 88’s. Many attended the Campground Potluck for dinner.
Thursday – The Barnyard Wake Up was conducted by Mary Holzang and her question of the day was “If you have a ham radio li- cense, how do you use it outside of campouts?” Answers included DXing, special projects such as Raspberry Pie, and the humorous one, backing up the RV! Afterwards, the Figueroas, Millers, and Crafts took the trolley from Santee to the Seaport Village station and had a short walk to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier. A self-guided audio tour was included in the admis- sion fee. While a docent led tour for a group of 9 or less is $300, our Lou Figueroa, a Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer retiree, gave us an awesome tour for free!
At Happy Hour, we were joined by KS6L Forrest, Dolores and PC. Forrest encouraged the Prestons to join SRH in the late 80’s. We learned that Forrest was Elmer to another visitor, Floyd AF6BC. Now Floyd assists Forrest with net operations.
Friday – Most everyone headed home. Santee Lakes is a wonderful campground with activities for all ages and is close to many San Diego attractions, as well as protected open spaces. I’m looking forward to returning. Thanks again to our hosts for introducing us to this camping paradise.
Hemet CA, April 2017
Our April camping adventure was a Red, White and Blue extravaganza at the So. Cal. Good Sam Samboree in Hemet. There were only 7 of us but we were there and en-joyed!!! The Millers, MacBrides, Holzgang and of course the Schnelbachs (who are on Staff) participated in all the activities we could and helped where we could. Driving the golf cart shuttle was a wonderful way to meet other Sams and spread the word about Ham Radio. The weather was warm and there was time to enjoy swimming and a little golf ball pushing. The staff had games, vendors, food and music all planned for our pleasure. Mary and Lynne watched the Dog Show and decided Lynne should enter Fiona next year.
We were awarded a flag for being the state‟s highest contributor for Dogs for the Deaf. We also were able to have a long chat with Wanda, the new DFD spokesperson, and hear about the plans to train dogs for Autistic and Assistance needs.
Written by Mary Holzgang
Quartzsite AZ, January 2017
What a great turnout! What fun!! Did you know this was the 20th Annual Quartzfest Event? The event continues to grow every year and this was one of the best! While the “official SRH campout was sched-uled for the 22nd – 26th, campers arrived and left at various times but most everyone was there for “Grill It Night”, the SRH meeting, and “Hobo Packet Night.”
SRH campers consisted of Dick & Lynne Miller, Lou & Darla Figueroa, Ed &Glenda Schnelbach, Larry & Linda Johnson, Steve & Lindsay Eddy, Mike &Lynne Smith, Don & Barbara Schleuse, Don & Linda Mankin, Carl & Beverly Ferree, Dan & Adrienne Sherwood, Frank & Jan Clements, Paul & Sue Craft and guests of Dick & Lynne Miller, Cathy Hyland and Bob Robin-son. Cathy is studying for her license and she and Bob will soon be members of the SRH family.
The weather was a bit cooler and windier than last year, but it was fun as usual. Some of our members took advantage of the events offered at Quartzfest, such as: Pass that Ham Test, Rough Rider Jeep Run, Cast Iron Cooking, Jewelry Making, as well as the annual Hobo Stew Fest.
Besides all the activities that Quartzfest had to offer, many campers went into town for all the crazy fun such as the Big Tent RV Show, Swap Meets, Ice Cream and Rocks, as well as other nearby places to ex-plore such as the Kofa& Cibola National Wildlife Refuge.
While Quartzfest had an “official” Drone Show on Friday, some of our SRH folks (Dick Miller, Paul Craft, Dan Sherwood, and Lou Figueroa) brought their drones of various sizes and gave us all a great demo. Paul had a camera on his drone and took videos.
Food is always part of SRH campouts! For Grill it Night, everyone brought something to toss on the grill, as well as a side dish to share. Of course, there were yummy appetizers too! Hobo Packet Night was fun, and I think every Hobo Packet was different, and all looked delicious!
Some of us that planned to head North towards home on Friday decided to leave Thursday afternoon since the weather forecast for Banning on Friday was for 35-45 MPH winds with gusts to 70 MPH! Just a reminder… pay attention to weather forecasts and always be flexible with your plans.
I hope everyone had fun! We look forward to seeing everyone at the next SRH campout in Banning CA.
Written by Sue Craft
Lake Elsinore, CA December 2016
The December campout in Lake Elsinore was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Attending were about 25 members, and 10 rigs. The park accommodated us nicely in their group area, and provided an excellent club room. Sadly, the lake was very low, and mostly unreachable from the campground. Tuesday morning Darla Figueroa taught all the ladies how to make Christmas ornaments. On Wednesday we all enjoyed an excellent catered banquet, featuring turkey and all the trimmings, prepared by a caterer in Hemet. Following the banquet, the 2017 officers were sworn in by our outgoing presi-dent, Roger Kepner. Earlier that same day the new officers went to the Lake Elsinore branch of the Bank of America to sign a new signature card for the chapter checking account.
Both Dan Rowan and Dick Miller celebrated December 6 birthdays and were honored with a beautiful birthday cake.
Thursday evening everyone participated in a Dogs for the Deaf charity raffle. The members provided lots of goodies that netted $2465 in ticket sales for the raffle. All together, including other contributions during the year, the total contribution for the chapter in 2016 was over $2500. The contribution is lower than previous years, due, at least in part, to the diminishing membership.
At recent meetings we have discussed the need for recruitment of new members. Each one of us should make a commitment to recruit at least one new member family. The old tri-fold brochures can still be used, and new brochures should be available before Quartzsite. To continue our 30+ year tradition of long-time friendships and service, new members and renewed enthusiasm is the only way to accomplish this as our current members age. Dick Bruno is currently in charge of recruitment, but he can’t do this alone, so I’m designating all mem-bers as recruiters.
(Reported by Dick Miller, KJ6W)
Joshua Tree California, October 31 – November 3
The Sam’s Radio Hams November campout was held at the Sportsman’s Club of Joshua Tree, 6225 Sunburst Avenue, Joshua Tree, CA October 31st through November 3rd. It was a good turnout of 14 rigs and 5 hoteliers.
5 early bird rigs arrived on Sunday Oct. 30th to get set up and visit with each other.
Monday Oct. 31st we celebrated Halloween Happy Hour outside the Sportsman’s Club. Several of the treats had Halloween themes. No tricks, only treats.
Tuesday Nov. 1st we were up early for a 7am caravan to 29 Palms Marine Base. We boarded the bus, had a security clearance, safety briefing and were ready to start the tour. At each of the 3 stops we were met by subject matter experts. The IED lab presenter encouraged us to be aware of our surroundings and demonstrated how an innocent everyday item could be a deadly explosive trigger. The simulator stop gave us the chance to experience a vehicle roll-over and a virtual convoy drive through the desert. The final stop showed us a training village. This simulates desert living conditions for troops before they deploy.
We returned to the campground for a 4pm Happy Hour inside the Club. November birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated with a chocolate cake.
Wednesday Nov. 2nd started with 8am coffee and donuts. The chapter meeting followed at 9am. We welcomed new members Don (KF6OPE) and Linda from Lake Havasu. After the meeting members were free to explore the Joshua Tree area or kick back and enjoy the weather. A lite Happy Hour was provided by the hosts. At 5:30 the Sportsman’s Club prepared a salad, lasagna and garlic bread dinner. The World Series played in the background.
Thursday Nov. 3rd the winds were calmer as we left the campground for the drive home.
Special thanks to our hosts Frank and Jan Clements and co-hosts Ed & Glenda Schnelbach for their hospitality.
HUGS, Linda WA6HGA
Whitney Classic Bike Ride & Boulder Creek Campout (September 23 – 28)
High winds on Thursday the 22nd contributed to the problems some of us had in getting to the Lone Pine area for the bike ride and campout. After the winds finally died down on Thursday evening we enjoyed very nice weather. It was quite a bit warmer than normal Saturday night, which was much appreciated by folks who were watching the later SAG stops. We ended up short several radio teams but the ride was properly covered because of some logistic magic by our ride planning team headed up by Roger W6SQQ and Ed K6EAS — thanks guys.
There was a Whitney rider who was injured this year in a accident with a parked car. The latest information on this is the rider is back home, in good shape and expected to make a full recovery. Other than the accident, the ride and communications were a complete success. Thanks to everyone who worked this event!!
Sunday after the ride we enjoyed a pizza feast with salads and soft drinks at the Lone Pine City Park. (Thank you Summit Adventures!) This year the Huddy Award was awarded to Dan Rowlan. The Boulder Creek Campout started Sunday afternoon with a well earned Happy Hour. Monday we had a fun Barnyard net followed by a Whitney Classic debriefing. The rest of Monday was free time and the Campers scattered to take naps, read, and explore Bishop Creek, Whitney Portal, Horse Shoe Meadows and other attractions in the Lone Pine Area. Tuesday morning we had another Barnyard net followed by a Chapter Meeting. The rest of Tuesday was free time followed by a delicious enchilada dinner in the club house (prepared by Boulder Creek Staff — thanks). Wednesday morning many of us left. Those who stayed had a restful day to relax and/or explore.
Thanks for coming.
Submitted by Dan Rowlan
Clio CA Campout – August 16-18 – Clio’s Rivers Edge RV Resort
Dana Point Summer Picnic – July 28th
Camping Corner Report – Samboree – Hemet April 14-16
The Samboree in Hemet was a whirl of fun and constant activity. Your hosts, Amy, Phil and Mary arrived on Wednesday, registered and started planning the week. There were many activities and events to choose from and also opportunities to volunteer to help with. Wednesday was Chili night, hosted by the State Committee and we indulged with the works, cheese, onion and crackers, sharing our table with some folks from Sequoia Sams.
Thursday brought the rest of our small group. Carole and Roger Kepner (they came on Wed.), Doris and Max Smith plus Doris’s sister Earla from Florida and Jan and Frank Clements. Char and Glen Schmitt drove down on Thursday to spend the day. We all went to lunch at Farmer Brothers. Jan and Carole ordered the biggest fried zucchini sticks we had ever seen. Delicious!! Some attended a seminar on RV tours by Fantasy. This one was on ―Autumn in New England. Later in the evening, at the Open-ing Ceremonies, we were awarded a flag for being “Top Dog” in giving to Dogs for the Deaf. We were top in CALIFORNIA and 2nd in the nation. Congratulations to Chairman Roger and all Sam’s Radio Hams.
Friday’s weather turned into a cold windy day causing a stampede to get awnings rolled up. It was, how-ever, nothing like the wind in Lancaster where the gusts were 50 to 60 miles per hour. So glad to be in Hemet‖ was heard from everyone. Phil took his turn driving the shuttle taking people to and from the club house. We all enjoyed a potluck lunch following a swap meet where Amy sold her bike, and had the new owner make the check to Dogs for the Deaf and promptly turned it over to DOF Chairman Roger. That night we all went to Los Vaquero’s for a Mexican dinner and Margarita’s.
Saturday dawned clear and warm and beautiful. Amy and Mary took their volunteer turn driving the shuttle carts for 2 hours zooming up and down collecting those who did not want to walk and then cooled off in the pool. There was always so much to do: checking out the venders, playing games, going to the gym, watching the pet show and just relaxing. We had HH at the MacBride’s rig, heard about the State Committee meeting and the announcement that the Samboree would be in Hemet again next year. We all headed to the ballroom for the dinner and music.
Sunday brought the closing ceremonies when we remember our lost members and saluted our military he-roes both past and present. It was very moving and brought Samboree to an end.
Many thanks to the State Committee for planning a great Samboree. They work so hard to make this a success and they succeeded big time.
Amy MacBride and Mary Holzgang
Quartzsite 2016 Campout (January 18, 19, 20)
Quartzsite here we come…Sunday morning the Eddys, Smiths, and Mankins (soon to be new members) arrived at Mile Marker 99. As we were setting up camp the Kirshs and Schleuses arrived to help define our camping circle. The Herd/Wares were next. A little bit later in the afternoon Dick Miller and Lynne Rayner arrived with Sue and Paul Craft (Dick’s daughter and son-in-law) in tow. Gary and Debra Meyers (visiting guests) arrived and just behind them were Margie Hoffman and the Sherwoods. The Johnstons and the Clements completed the folks that were arriving on Sunday. The weather was excellent and a beautiful sunset was enjoyed.
Monday brought the rest of the campers. Terry and Eloth Bunres (guest of the Herd/Wares) arrived early, while Don Duncan, the Rowlans and the Schnelbachs caravanned arriving together. The Bruno’s along with (Larry and Susan Bruno), the Ferrees, Dusty Oess and Loretta Snelson, and the Gleatons completed our group at MM99. Others camping in town or at other locations were Bob Dahl, the Kepners, and the Eriksens. Altogether there were 21 rigs at MM99. We had a great Happy Hour with another beautiful sunset. The colors were gorgeous. Later in the evening while enjoying the campfire we saw a huge ring around the moon. “Ice crystals”, someone said. Could this mean rain?
On Tuesday morning we had great weather for our Chapter Meeting along with morning coffee, Irish cream, scones and biscotti. It was announced that Sue and Paul Craft were now new members of Sam’s Radio Hams. After that some folks took advantage of the Quartzfest/hamfest events nearby, others went into town or to the big white tent, and still others went geo caching, exploring the desert on their quads, or just hung out and relaxed at camp. For Happy Hour we enjoyed Wahdingers which were a fun treat for all. A Special Shout Out and Thank You to Don and Barbara Schleuse and Marcia Bruno for showing us novices how it’s done and all their hard work. It was Mexican style with all the fixings and they were delicious. Another beautiful sunset and evening camp fire were enjoyed. We even had a short spell of a few rain drops sprinkled in here and there but not enough to ruin the beautiful night.
Wednesday morning had some folks making breakfast Wahdingers made with eggs, sausage, potatoes, cheese and all the fixings. The usual morning coffee, along with Irish cream, biscotti and cranberry bread, were enjoyed. Some members participated in Quartzfest events, some went on the Quartzfest Off Road Trip, while others went into town, shopped at the big white tent, went RV shopping, bike riding, geo caching or just relaxed. The evening Happy Hour was enjoyed with great food, fantastic weather and yet another beautiful sunset. An evening campfire topped off the night.
On Thursday morning a few of the campers left early in the morning to head home, as others left later in the day. Many folks stayed into the weekend enjoying Quartzsite and all the activities it has to offer. Overall, it was a great campout and it was great to see folks coming in from all different directions. Thank you to all that attended!
Lindsay Eddy, KD7ROX
Midland Campout- 2015 November 2-6 or so
The Midland campout was fun but smaller this year compared to past years. We had a total of 7 rigs, all coming and going at different times. The weather started out nice, then got windy and then calmed down a bit. We even had a little bit of rain on Wednesday! There were camp fires and happy hours as we watched the sun cast beautiful shadows and colors on the mountains! There were jeep rides and quad rides on what use to be the old train tracks. Some went to the old mine to see what all the earth moving was about. Word has it that the Burkarts stopped in to see Frank and Jan. As usual, Midland is a place like no other. We always enjoy our time there!
KD7ROX and KD7ROY
Lone Pine Camp-out September 21 to 30, 2015
The new Summit Adventure bike ride route was great for both the Sammers and Hammers, communications between sites went well with only minor problems. Net control could hear all SAG stops. It started Friday with our assignment meeting Dick Bruno was well prepared and set up for testing.
Saturday morning woke up bright and early for a great breakfast at the VFW Hall; those nice ladies started at 4:00 am preparing our meal. Then onto our locations (SAG’s) for set up. The weather cooperated this year, no rain, snow or high winds.
Sunday the pizza party at noon with awards went well. The Riders raised approx. $60,000 for Summit Adventure and for their programs. The 2015 Huddy Award for this Year went to Bob & Kristi Bailes for the Sammers and Ed & Glenda Schnelbach for the Hammers.
At Boulder Creek RV all our RV’s were in there sites before noon, so when we returned from the pizza party we could relax until the happy hour.
Monday morning coffee and then the debriefing. Afterwards Dick Miller took us on a tour to the MT. Whitney Fish Hatchery the home of the Golden Trout and then a picnic on the grounds.
Tuesday morning Sam’s Radio Hams Business meeting all is well with our Chapter. In the evening we had our dinner. Thank You to all who helped Glenda preparing the food and to Dan & Beverly for the banana splits.
Wednesday a day to relax, some went to the museums others stayed to relaxed.
Thank you to all that were able to help with the bike ride and the camp out this year.
Coo-dos to Dick Bruno for filling in at the last minute as ride coordinator.
Thank you from Host’s and Co-host’s
Ed & Glenda Schnelbach
CLIO CAMPOUT August 11,12,13, 2015
Write-up with photos by Mike Smith
Golden Shore RV Park Campout Long Beach May 4, 5, 6, 2015
The campout started out like many others, 8 rigs, 16 people, 1 dog and 1 cat but that quickly changed so get out your score cards and read all about it.
Sunday was an early day and the MacBrides, Schmitts and Prestons arrived amid blue skies and a light breeze.
Monday the rest of the group arrived (Smiths, Duncan, Schnelbachs, Gleatons) but scratch the Eriksons rig (minus 1 rig) which was still in the repair shop. They came via the Hyatt Hotel. We all enjoyed a Pollo Loco dinner and were glad to have Madolyn Lacy drive in from Seal Beach to join us. Charlotte Schmitt left after dinner to take care of remodeling issues at home (7 rigs, 15 people)
Tuesday’s meeting was held in the club house as the weather was overcast and cool. The Bruno’s, the Kepner’s, the Malanoskys , and Madolyn Lacy were drive-ins. A new couple, Alga and Mel Forrest came to the meeting to see what we were all about and possibly joining. We had our meeting in the club house with all attending except for Don Duncan and Mazie who had to leave for a doctor appointment (scratch one rig, 1 person and 1 dog) followed by a picnic lunch out on the grass. The afternoon brought the sunshine and we indulged in walks, bike riding, geo caching, riding the free Passport bus, and a ladies craft. Happy Hour was on the grass with dinner on our own.
Wednesday found us enjoying a delicious pot luck breakfast followed by a day visiting the Long Beach attractions. A few went to the Queen Mary, some to the Aquarium and some into the downtown area. The Ericksons headed back home (scratch 2 people) and Charlotte Schmitt returned (add 1 person). Happy Hour was again out on the grass with the clouds telling us there could be rain. Tom and Becky, friends of the MacBrides, joined the Happy Hour. The Gleatons left early due to the possible rain and a leaky roof (scratch 1 rig and 2 people) it was a smart decision because we did get rain Wed. night.
Thurs. had us all packed up and ready to head home. (5 rigs and 11people) It was a fun filled relaxed 3 days and everyone had a great time.
ACTON March 16, 17, 18, 19, 2015 ACTON CAMPOUT REPORT
In spite of the LA traffic hazards and maneuvering through numerous freeway exchanges the Bruno’s and Roger Kepner made the trip from home to the Acton KOA in less than 2 hours. On arrival we found that one of the sites assigned to us was occupied. When we inquired about the status we were told that the occupant was a couple from Pennsylvania and the husband had a stroke and was in UCLA hospital. Camp management then added an additional site to our reservation. Later in the day early arrivers were our hosts Dan and Beverly K6PQA, Dick Miller KJ6W. Max and Doris Smith KG6KDF drifted in from baseball spring training camp in Goodyear Arizona later in the day. Day campers Dan and Adrian joined us from Lancaster for the day.
On Monday arrival day the remaining campers arrived at various times during the day and everyone just relaxed and prepared for Happy Hour which again was held outdoors. In addition to the usual tall tales and shared memories, the philosophical question posed to the campers was, “why is happy only an hour?” to which there was a lot of opinions but no logical explanation. The conversation drifted to younger years which revealed that Dick Miller KJ6W had spent his teen years in the same area of Los Angeles that Dan K6PQA and Marcia N6ISW had lived and he attended John Marshall High School which was a rival to Franklin and Eagle Rock High Schools where Dan and Marcia had attended. In later years Dick had lived in the same area of Orange County where Roger and Carole lived. More tall tales were exchanged and adult beverages were enjoyed until the evening breeze got cool enough to drive everyone indoors.
Tuesday morning brought comfortable cool breezes and bright sunshine. Topic for the Barnyard net was; if you could be a member of an exploring expedition; which would you choose? The choices were Lewis and Clark, Apollo Moon missions or Christopher Columbus. Overwhelmingly Lewis and Clark were chosen except for 2 brave souls who would like to go to the moon with the Astronauts. Pancake and sausage breakfast was served by the hosts followed by the chapter meeting.
After the Chapter meeting the campers enjoyed free time sitting around, reading, visiting with each other or walking around the park. Roger and Roxy discovered; while exploring the northern extreme of the park that the Pacific Crest Trail went right through that end of the RV Park. They also found a structure and a developed area that appeared to be a rest stop along the trail. Some campers explored the area around Acton looking for restaurants and markets (why is it always about food?)
At happy hour in the clubhouse the campers enjoyed green beer, peanuts & pretzels provided by the hosts. Everyone wore green in observance of St. Pat’s special day including a lady with green hair who claimed to be Irish but we had our doubts. Tall tales were shared along with recollections of when Irish eyes smiled and Irish mouths blinked. Dinner was a gastronomical delicatessen of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage and green beer followed by Killian Red ale and some Irish brown beers, ales and Miller Genuine Draft. Following dinner we were served ice cream with cookies topped with green sugar sprinkles. By 8PM, after everyone pitched in cleaning up the clubhouse we were ready to head back to the rigs to rest up and reminisce about the day’s activities.
On Wednesday morning 20 campers drove to the Lance Camper factory in Lancaster where we were treated to an excellent tour and detailed explanation of their manufacturing processes. Some of us were surprised that Lance also manufactures travel trailers and toy haulers. We followed the trailer assembly line from the assembly of the chassis to the delivery point. Lance also owns the trucking company that delivers the product to the dealers. We were impressed with the quality of materials and workmanship that goes into their manufacturing process and some remarked that; if they were in the market for a travel trailer, they would certainly consider Lance as a choice. Pictures of the tour are posted on the web.
Happy hour in the clubhouse included more Irish beers and lots of good conversation mixed with tall tales. Carole K6PUP arrived just in time for Happy hour after driving all the way from Temecula with one hand because of her broken wing. Marcia and Dick’s daughter Kelly came up from the San Fernando Valley and shared a game with the ladies; much to the consternation of the men who were relegated to the clubhouse. The men were left wondering what they were missing that was so funny. It was rumored that some men were worried that it was a sales presentation so they hid their wallets and claimed that they forgot to bring it. Just about dusk a big thunderstorm was brewing north of us and we saw several beautiful lightning displays and heard the roaring thunder. The men who claimed that the forgot their wallets were quick to take shelter for fear of a lightning strike. While we braced for a rainstorm it didn’t amount to much and by morning there was just a little dampness on the ground.
Thursday morning Barnyard net subject was “What is your most memorable RV experience and early rig”. Lots of great experiences were shared ranging from tent camping to Luxury RV’s camping. The rest of the day; when the campers weren’t at the Verizon “can you hear me now” hotspot next to the trash can trying to make cell phone calls, they were resting or exploring the area.
Several campers traveled to Sylmar on Thursday morning to visit the Nethercutt Collection of Classic Cars and musical instruments. This was the same venue that we visited at the campout in 2014 at Acton. Everyone enjoyed that visit and they were home in time for Happy Hour. At one point in that day everyone with a cell phone decided to make a call and rushed over to the “Can you hear me now” spot and Jim got a good picture (check it out on the web). At Happy Hour more Irish Beer was consumed along with MGD, Bud Light and some good wine. Immediately following Happy Hour the campers enjoyed a great pot luck dinner provided by everyone. What a spread we had; even some veggie items for the non-carnivores.
On Friday the campers left one by one to their respective shacks with many memories of a great campout and all were looking forward to a good night’s sleep uninterrupted by train horns, bells, whistles and the clickity-clack of the wheels.
Footnote: The Acton KOA is under new ownership and there are plans to make some much needed improvements, maintenance and maybe even some cabins.
DECEMBER HOLIDAY CAMPOUT Camping Corner December 2014
The Holiday/Christmas campout was again at Golden Village Palms. Most all of us arrived Sunday and were hooked up and ready to party by the afternoon. Dinner at El Vaquero’s was delicious as always and an easy way to start the week.
Monday morn was free to finish up shopping, visiting with friends in the area, and just relax. Happy hour was in the B room which is kind of small and was the site for the rest of our events.
Tuesday morning the officers served a bountiful breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and assorted juices and coffee. Each member was given a Christmas coffee mug to use for the remainder of the campout. Our chapter meeting followed. The rest of the afternoon was free for shopping, playing cards, geo caching or just kicking back and listening to the rain on the roof tops of our rigs. We went back to the B room for our gourmet Happy Hour and the Dogs for the Deaf Raffle. There were several gorgeous handmade quilts, dozens of poinsettias, gift certificates, gift baskets and many many other items. Everyone went away with smiles on their faces and the trunks of their cars loaded.
Wednesday morning after the net we had a pot luck breakfast and again went away with very full tummies. A bit of free time before our catered dinner and the installation of new officers. We were able to get back to our rigs before the rains came… And rain it did. So thankful to be warm and dry during the deluge. By morning the rain had stopped and we had a safe and easy drive home. Many many thanks all the officers who were the Hosts for this campout and especially to Ed and Glenda for all their planning and effort .
K6ALM — Amy