2016 calendar posted to website

I’ve updated the website event calendar to include all the events for 2016 so far (http://madhatters4x4.com/calendar.html). We still need trail bosses for a few runs. We will get ‘volunteers’ in the upcoming monthly meeting.

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For sale: transfer case and driveshafts

Cort is selling the original transfer case and driveshafts from his 2008 Rubicon:

http://madhatters4x4.com/ClassifiedPage-ForSale1.html

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Winter Fun Jan 15-17 2016

Merry Christmas – just a reminder, I have emailed out the committee reg form for Winter Fun. If you still need to send it in and need another copy, please let me know.

Rene

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Thorough ham training and exams in 2016

Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) is now taking sign-ups for all 2016 ham radio license training.  All training sessions, seminars, and exams are in Concord, CA on Thursday evenings for 2 hours except for the first class and exams which run 1/2 hour longer.  The training classes are spread over multiple weeks and are not the “ham cram” variety.

Sign up by emailing HamRadioClass@gmail.com.  You will receive an auto response that is the registration form.  Use Reply, complete the form, and return it to HamRadioClass@gmail.com.

There is no cost for the training sessions but you must pre-register.  Do not show up without registering because you will need to download the class lesson to attend.  The correct ARRL text book may be available at the first training session for about $27 (price subject to change).

Complete ham class schedules and times can be found at http://www.saternconcord.org/calendar.php.

  • Training for Technician class license, the first ham license level, starts Jan 14 for 7 weeks.
  • Exam for all license classes on Mar 3. There is a cost for this.
  • Amateur Radio “Getting On The Air” skills seminar starts Mar 10 for 2 weeks.
  • Training for General class license starts Mar 31 for 8 weeks.
  • Exam for all license classes on May 26.  There is a cost for this.
  • Amateur Radio “Getting On The Air HF” follow-up for the General class on Jun 2.
  • Training for Amateur Extra class license starts Aug 11 for 10 weeks.
  • Exam for all license classes on Oct 20.  There is a cost for this.

 

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November club roster posted

The Madhatters club roster has been updated with our new members and latest changes.  The roster is available in both PDF and XLS formats.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, email, phones, rig picture, ham info, rig mods, etc).

Find the updated roster in the Madhatters web site’s Members section.  Sign in using your Madhatter web site credentials.  If you don’t remember your credentials then send Art or Darrel an email and one of us will get you setup.

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Preliminary run/event list for 2016

At the October meeting, we made a quick pass thru some proposals for 2016. Please review and suggest other runs for stuff not already nailed down, as well as volunteering for trail boss/asst. trail boss. 2016 will be a fun year and a good time for new folks to be assistant trail bosses (hint hint):

  • Jan 15-17   Cal4Wheel Winter Fun Fest – Madhatters will run the Saturday raffle and lead the Sunday snow run – Trail boss: <needed>
  • Jan 29-Feb 6 – King of the Hammers (Johnson Valley) – Trail boss: Art
  • Feb 19-20 Convention (Sacramento) – Madhatters will enter the car show (John to coordinate). Possible day run to Prairie City OHV?
  • Mar 19-27 Easter Jeep Safari (Moab, UT) – Trail bosses: John & Rene
  • Mar ? – Snow run (- Trail boss: <needed>
  • April 15-17 – Rye Patch (NV)– Trail boss: Dale
  • May 13-15 – Cal4Wheel Molina Ghost Run (Hollister Hills SVRA)
  • May 20-22 – Ladies Run to Bear Valley Loop Trail – Trail boss: Rene
  • May 27-30 – Cal4Wheel High Desert Roundup (Stoddard Valley near Barstow)
  • June 3-5 – Rubicon Trail – Trail boss: Craig
  • June 11 – Livermore Rodeo Parade – Coordinator: Rene
  • July 15-17 – Swamp Lake – Trail boss: Dennis
  • Aug 4-7 – Sierra Trek – Trail boss: Dave Jones?
  • Sept 2-5 – Cal4Wheel High Sierra Poker Run (Swamp Lake)
  • Sept 3-5 – Cantina for the Con (Loon Lake)
  • Sept 9-11 – Club picnic – Deer Valley or Gold Lake – Trail boss: <needed>
  • Sept 30-Oct 2 – Barrett Lake – Trail boss: John
  • Oct ?? – Slick Rock? – Trail boss: <needed>
  • Oct 13-14 – Cal4Wheel Operation Desert Fun (Superstition Mtns)
  • Nov 11-13 – Cal4Wheel Panamint Valley Days
  • Nov <thanksgiving week> – suggestions needed + trail boss
  • Dec 3 – Christmas party – need host
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October 2015 meeting audio now available

October 2015 meeting audio now available here:

http://madhatters4x4.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/October-2015-Meeting.mp3

Meeting highlights:

  • Great trips to Barrett Lake and Slick Rock
    •  Bill & Jenni jointly got the bone, for multiple non-fixed maintenance issues and bailing on Slick Rock enroute due to failures (including AC?!?)
  •  We celebrated George turning 80 with a surprise cake!
  •   Club Xmas party to be held at John & Rene’s – details to come
  •   Winter Fun – we will be doing the raffle and trail boss of Sunday run. Rene will email out committee registration form to everybody
  •  Club was asked by Amy to do raffle for Convention in February. Vote was taken and we voted to not run the raffle for Convention, due largely to the short time period between WFF and convention, as well as its a good opportunity for another club to do a raffle.
    • We will be participating in a club hospitality suite. Person in charge TBD. John will take charge of club participation in vehicle show. Rene will coordinate for the dinner.
  •  Nominations requested for 2015 recognition awards. None were brought up at the meeting, but send Rene/John email up to November 18 so we have time to prepare awards for the Xmas party.
  •  Upcoming runs:
    • Nov 7th Chris & Dustin will trail boss a day to Hollister;
    • Thanksgiving week (Nov 22-29) Calico trip – Art as trail boss
  • Budget voted for xmas party: $700 to John & Rene for table/chair rentals and Rene will get gifts for kids attending; everybody donate something for the raffle and we will cut Dale’s budget to $400 for bigger gifts. (Last year the raffle took way too long.)
  • Voted in new member, Jack Hardy
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Thanksgiving week at Calico

As previously noted, the November trip is planned for Thanksgiving week (Nov 22-28) to base camp at Calico Ghost Town campground in Yermo (just outside of Barstow) and do day trips around Calico, Stoddard Valley/Wells OHV area, and maybe venture as far south as Cougar Buttes outside of Lucerne Valley. There’s also areas to do old mine exploration, fossil deposits and target shooting if folks are interested. There are trails for all levels of drivers, including for motorcycles and side-by-sides. Some of the more extreme trails have bypasses, others don’t. We can evaluate which runs to do depending on who shows up and what they’re interested in. Info on camping at Calico can be found at: http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/parks/calicoghosttown.aspx

For hotels, there is a good place near Calico: http://oaktreeinn.com/hotels/yermo-california/

John & Rene are planning to show up Nov 21 (camped in C-13) and Lisa & I will be there on the 22nd (in C-15 and C-16).

If you want more info, let me know.

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October club roster posted

The Madhatters club roster has been updated with the August meeting’s new member, Scott.  The roster is available in both PDF and XLS formats.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, email, phones, rig picture, ham info, rig mods, etc).

Find the updated roster in the Madhatters web site’s Members section.  Sign in using your Madhatter web site credentials.  If you don’t remember your credentials then send Art or Darrel an email and one of us will get you setup.

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Slick Rock update

Due to some unavoidable circumstances yesterday (can explain later), I will not be able to make the 7 am departure today. My jeep is unfortunately/fortunately having new tires installed first thing this morning. At best I’ll be leaving Tracy by noon today. I apologize for any inconveniences.

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