Sept 2014 meeting audio

Audio from the meeting can be downloaded/streamed from here:

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Sierra Trek 2014 trip report (long)

The trip report from Trek 2014 is available here

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Rubicon Adopt A Trail

Hey Gang,
As you may already know the Sept. 20 won’t be necessary due to the great help I had on Labor Day. I just wanted to thank everyone that helped in July and Sept. also the ones that were going to help on the 20th. This wasn’t that hard and it makes the club look great. El Dorado county very happy with our work. I hope you guys will have time to help again next year.
Thanks again,

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US Marines accepting comments through September 15 on Johnson Valley training plans

Access Alert from the California Association of 4WD Clubs and its partners

By John Stewart, CA4WDC Natural Resources Consultant

On September 6, the BLM and US Marines Corp conducted field visits to three sites that the USMC has proposed as company objective sites in the Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley. Two of the three proposed sites will be used for training two months each year during times that the Shared Use Area of Johnson Valley is under exclusive use by the USMC for training exercises. Each proposed site is approximately 22 acres. The proposed sites will have berms of earth constructed approximately 150 meters end-to-end.
Comments have been requested on the preferred proposed “company objective” areas. CA4WDC endorses the use of Objective Areas #1 and #2 as defined on the map. CA4WDC has submitted comments on behalf of its members; however, we are encouraging all concerned users to submit comments of their own.
We have crafted a letter that you can use to submit your comments. It will be automatically sent to Katrina Symons, the Field Manager at the Barstow BLM Field Office, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office. To write your letter, click the Take Action button below.
For specific information about the proposed plans, please visit this website:

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Updated club roster and other web site changes

The Madhatters web site has new updates.

  • Club Roster.  The club roster has been updated for the new members we’ve added in the past couple months.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, phones, rig picture, rig mods, etc).  Find the updated roster in the site’s Members section.  The roster is available in both PDF and XLS formats.
  • Calendar.  Removed the Fall Rubicon Adopt-A-Trail work date.  The Madhatters and guests who performed Rubicon maintenance over Labor Day weekend completed the remaining trail work for the rest of the year.  If there is heavy rain in the next couple weeks there is the unlikely chance the dissipaters may need further attention.  El Dorado County will keep Craig informed who will let us know if this is needed.
  • Photo Album.  Pictures from the July 11-13 Gold Lake and Aug 7-10 Sierra Trek club runs are uploaded to our Flickr site.  Links are available from the web site’s Photo Album page.  Thanks to Larry and Darrel for providing pictures of the events.
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Ham Radio class coming up

Ham Radio is the very best way to communicate on the Rubicon and other trails. It is literally a lifesaver!!! The class makes it easy.

This class, sponsored by Rubicon Trail Foundation, is designed to take you from zero to HAM radio operator in no time at all. It will be held in the Sacramento Valley area, in El Dorado Hills.

The dates are:

Class: October 25th, 2014, 9:00AM until 5:00PM, with a 1 hour lunch break – in this session, Barb will give you everything you need to know to pass the test…help you through the hard stuff, show you how to study the easy stuff, and where to look for info between classes. You should expect to be in class all day and you’ll learn a ton of stuff! She’ll also give you info on how to study for the test the easy way.

Test: November 8th, 2014, 9:00AM until about 2:00PM – in this session, an examiner team will meet you when you arrive. They’ll administer the test, and after you have passed, John will teach you stuff about using your radio in the practical world and give you a bunch of info about getting emergency help, setting up your radio, and using it in the Rubicon as well as general info for other areas. You’ll leave the session with all the tools you need to get started, including a radio, if you want one.

Radios: Once again we will offer a “group buy” price on the Yaesu FT-60 portable radio and/or Yaesu FT-8800 mobile radio. We don’t make any money on this, we’re just trying to get radios into the hands of OHV users. After you sign up, more info will be made available on that. These are the same radios we have offered in the past, and have proven to be durable, practical, easy to program and understand, and work very well.

Cost: The cost for the class is the $15.00 charge for your FCC license due on test day…that’s it! I will get prices for the radios as the date gets closer and will put that out via email to those that have signed up.

Book: The book you need is the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 3rd edition. It MUST be the most current book (question pool good through June 30, 2018, as identified on page viii). I believe they are cheapest at and fastest from Ham Radio Outlet. You MUST have the new (June 30, 2018 question pool) version of the book as you won’t be able to follow the class without it AND the questions on the test are different! ISBN: 978-1-62595-013-0

Sign up for the class by emailing me with your name, address, phone number, and preferred email address at  .

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Audio from August 2014 meeting now online

The audio recording from the meeting is here for download or streaming. Right click, and select “Save As…” or “Download linked file” to copy the MP3 audio to your computer. Or click the link to just listen to it directly.


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July MUDSLINGER posted

The MUDSLINGER minutes from the July 22 club meeting have been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters web site.

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July 2014 meeting audio

You can access the audio from the July 2014 meeting here

Meeting minutes to follow…

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Jeepers Jam. Vendor show

This year the J. J. Vendor show was on Main St. Georgetown. It was the whole length of town. Both sides of the street and down the middle. We were looking for a deal on tires from 4WParts , the best they would do was $100 off a set, not good enough! So we moved on. ARB wanted $788 for a 50qt. Fridge and they took us to Rebel Off road which was the vendor selling there products from Laguna Hills. Carol offered them $750 tax included done deal. When we got home Carol called them and offered them a $100 for the cooler cover which listed for around $180 they sold it to her for $125 tax and shipping included. If you’re looking for a deal this seems to be a great place. We asked if they are going to Trek and they said no. I asked Carol to call them tomorrow and ask them for something for the Trek raffle. See you guys at Trek.

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