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 Amazon.com. 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 John.Arenz@RubiconTrailFoundation.org  .

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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 http://madhatters4x4.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Madhatters-July-2014-Meeting.mp3

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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Madhatters gear!

I am taking orders now for Madhatters t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Would like to have done for Trek. Email me at rockcrawlncj5@comcast.net. Thanks, F*Bomber

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Two bent connecting rods…

Well I was almost set for this weekends trip. I had checked fluids and greased fittings. I decided its better to track down a noise that developed after changing my oil and Im glad I did. I dropped the pan and found my front to connecting rods are bent. So glad I found before I drove 4 hours to Gold Lake! Needless to say, I wont be making the trip after all.

I’ll be researching if I can replace rods and bearings, or … motor swap. I think it may be fine with replacing all four rods and bearings… Its driven fine, no oil leak, held pressure, no metal in oil.  Any suggestions?

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Rubicon Adopt -a- Trail

Hi Gang,
We had a wonderful time camping @Loon Lake campgrounds. I caught around 4 dozen crayfish, they were tasty. I promise to do better at Gold Lake. We had 13 people at camp and that’s what we set out with to work on the trail. We hit the Granite bowl and lost our 4 friends from Oregon. The 2 13 year olds didn’t enjoy the trail during the day as much as they did the night before. So the rest of us carried on. We the Eillis tie in and turned left onto AAT. Everything was going great until we got to the spot that in Feb.I hung a tire off a rock cliff. I backed out of it. Jerry Reffner’s son Sean not so lucky. That is the picture of the Toyota on it’s side. At that point the crew was down to Stephanie, Wild Bill, Scott and myself. Despite it being 90 degrees we soldiered on. We cleaned out 6 disapaters .35 5 gal. buckets. At that temp. it almost killed 3 old guys so we called Jerry to bring my trailer to Wentworth to pick me up , which he did. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate my friends that helped me and hopefully you guys can help me in the fall.
Thanks Craig

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Gold Lake Run (July 11-13) Saturday Potluck Sign-up

Saturday night lets gather for some good food and good company.

Please post what you will bring to the potluck ( so we can avoid having 10 potato salids ).

If anyone else wants to sign up to do the meat, that would be great – otherwise, I will do some Tri-Tip.


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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 changes to the club membership in the past year.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, phones, rig picture, rig mods, etc).  Find the roster in the site’s Members section.
  • Calendar.  Added August 30-31 dates for Cantina On The Con.
  • Photo Album.  Pictures from the June 6-8 Rubicon club run are uploaded to our Flickr site.  A link is available from the Photo Album page.  Thanks to Larry for providing pictures of the event.
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