Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

Here is where we'll plan our annual Borrego Fest event, including Amateur Radio testing, wheeling, camping, and gourmet eating in the desert.
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Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by DaveK » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:40 am

Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11/14

Lead: TomS KI6FHA
Tail Gunner: TBD
Comms Designee: TomS
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Meeting Time: 8:00 am
Meeting Place: Butterfield Ranch Resort Group Campsite
Departure Time: 8:30 am
FRS/GMRS Channel: 4 (PL: 4 i.e. 77.0)
2M Simplex: 146.460
2M Repeater: Monument 147.240+ (PL: 103.5)

There will be 12 rig maximum for this run.

Format for sign up
Name, Vehicle (FJ, JK, TJ, Land Cruiser …), Tire size, OAUSA Screen Name, Ham ID

Signed Up:
1. Tom; Land Cruiser; 35”, TomS, KI6FHA
2. Andy; 273; Wintermute, KK6ANO
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The sand has taken over the old Naval Sea Base and creaded some nice sized dunes.

"The Navy's first Salton Sea seaplane base was established in 1939 and located in the northeast corner of the sea.

The facility was later moved to this location in 1942. The base was initially equipped with PBY Catalina twin-engine seaplanes, and was used for seaplane training & as a seaplane ferry stop. In order to support the new mission of air-to-ground rocket training for carrier-based aircraft, a landplane airfield was built in 1944 one mile to the south of the seaplane base.

Tests were also conducted of Jet Assisted Takeoff rockets (JATO) in 1944. In that same year, the 509th Composite Squadron from Wendover AAF, UT made over 150 drops of prototype atomic bomb shapes at Salton Sea.

NAAS Salton Sea was disestablished in 1946. However, it was maintained & manned at a lower level as a emergency seaplane facility until 1967, when seaplanes left the naval inventory.

After WW2, most of the facilities of the seaplane base were taken over by the Atomic Energy Commission, which renamed the facility the Salton Sea Test Base. They used it to conduct test drops of inert nuclear weapons from 1946-1961.

The Salton Sea facility was later taken over by NAF El Centro, which conducted parachute drop tests for the manned space program & other military systems until 1979. In the postwar period, the continuing rise of the waters of the Salton Sea were a perpetual problem, and a series of dikes were built to prevent the Test Base from being flooded. As the water level of the Salton Sea has risen, the shoreline has moved about a thousand feet toward the west from 1944-1992. As a result, much of the eastern portion of the former seaplane base (including the 2,100' parking apron) has been submerged.

The Marines & Navy SEALs have also used the isolated location for exercises. Contractors have demolished what little was left."
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About 54 miles from camp to the Sand dunes and plan 10 miles off-road in the dunes. We can drive to the AM/PM about 5 miles away and gas up for the return trip.
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We did this run a few years ago. This link will take you to a few pictures.
viewtopic.php?f=172&t=3326#p28189
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by Wintermute » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:13 am

I'm in if you don't mind 2-wheeled company!

Andy, WR450F, 80/100/21 front 120/90/18 rear, Wintermute, KK6ANO
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by toms » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:13 pm

Andy - I am not equipped to deal with your mode of transportation. However, if you want, you can follow us over to the dunes and then do your own thing. We will be in the area if you need us.
See you on the Trail!
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by Wintermute » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:51 pm

toms wrote:Andy - I am not equipped to deal with your mode of transportation. However, if you want, you can follow us over to the dunes and then do your own thing. We will be in the area if you need us.
I'm a little unclear on what you're not equipped to deal with; I carry tools and tubes and am wired for radio in my helmet. I'm fairly competent in dunes (I've ridden Superstition a number of times and just rode Oceano Dunes the weekend before last) but in the event of getting well and truly stuck recovering a 273 lb bike isn't too different from a truck. That said if you'd prefer I do my own thing I will absolutely respect your decision, thanks!
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by toms » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:28 am

Andy - you are welcome to join us. I assume you will not be able to maintain balance at our speed and will need to go faster.
See you on the Trail!
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by Wintermute » Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:28 pm

Hi Tom,
Per our PMs I'll be joining the sculpture tour, hope you're still able to do this run as it looks like a lot of fun!
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by DaveK » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:41 pm

Tom

You have one interested party, Len, that has contacted me and is interested in this run. He should be posting soon.
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Re: Sand Dunes Run – Saturday 10-11-14

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Post by DaveK » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:30 am

We had a great weekend. For those who would like to post comments, suggestions, run and event reports and pictures, we've opened up a new location where everyone can offer their input: viewtopic.php?f=193&t=3791&start=0 . Thanks to everybody for making this a terrific event!!!
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