US West San Diego County - Anza Borrego October Trip

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hopkillin

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Also I know it won’t be for this class but we have had some talk about coms and stuff. And I’m kinda hoping @MTN RNR will give some talk about ham radio for some studying point.

***HAM CLASS HAM CLASS***
On 12/7 in la Mesa there is a HAM CRAM CLASS. You have to have an FRN from the faa. You can get one for free Here

Then email your FRN with the subject line 12/07 la Mesa class to k6rjf.rob@gmail.com

Just ask to be added to the class an send only your number. They fill up fast so GO DO IT.

Side note I will be attending this class.
 

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For those coming Friday afternoon/evening, here is the turn off, the highway to camping spot (work your way northwest around the quarry following the trail about 1/3 mile). I will tie some yellow caution tape to a post at the turn off (to go North) and at the left turn on the trail. Once you start heading towards the base of the Mountain we will be on the right side.
Ocotillo Camp Spot turn off.
Dropped pin Near Imperial County, CA 32°46'06.6"N 116°01'25.3"W
 

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Hey sorry guys might be a stupid question but, is it possible for a 2wd vehicle to make it to the campsite and most of the common area? As I’m out of luck and won’t be able to take my vehicle this outing, needs a clutch.
 

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You can make it to the camp site in Ocotillo in 2WD, it s a sandy wash but if you keep up your speed you can make it, but there are places going from where we are camping to get to Fish Creek where it is soft sand and 2WD might struggle. You could always just go around and take the S2 up to the 78 and go around then head to the Fish Creek Camp site, its about 70 or so miles going around, but you could make it to both sites at least.
 

SpaceGhost

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Also I know it won’t be for this class but we have had some talk about coms and stuff. And I’m kinda hoping @MTN RNR will give some talk about ham radio for some studying point.

***HAM CLASS HAM CLASS***
On 12/7 in la Mesa there is a HAM CRAM CLASS. You have to have an FRN from the faa. You can get one for free Here

Then email your FRN with the subject line 12/07 la Mesa class to k6rjf.rob@gmail.com

Just ask to be added to the class an send only your number. They fill up fast so GO DO IT.

Side note I will be attending this class.
How often are these classes offered? Does the FRN from the faa expire if not used for this class?
 

SpaceGhost

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You can make it to the camp site in Ocotillo in 2WD, it s a sandy wash but if you keep up your speed you can make it, but there are places going from where we are camping to get to Fish Creek where it is soft sand and 2WD might struggle. You could always just go around and take the S2 up to the 78 and go around then head to the Fish Creek Camp site, its about 70 or so miles going around, but you could make it to both sites at least.
Thanks sounds good. I’ll look into both of these options and check it out hoping to make it out there Saturday!
 

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I take it the new camping spot near Ocotillo has no infrastructure at all. Just want to see if I need to bring the toilet
 
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Hey just asking we don’t need a license to talk on the gmrs channel correct?
No as long as you stay on the FRS 2 watt limit. As I understand it correctly... but I'm a total newb when it comes to the whole topic. I went ahead and got the GMRS license because I wanted a more powerful handset and detachable antenna capability. And use it legally :grimacing:
 

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I take it the new camping spot near Ocotillo has no infrastructure at all. Just want to see if I need to bring the toilet
Yeah, it is dispersed camping at its finest! No water or toilets, there are pleanty of hills around so you can find space to make one (or #2) with Mother Nature. Fish Creek has Vault toilets but no running water, so plan on bringing 1 - 2 gallons of water per person per day, plus drinking water.
 
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So far it looks like we have 5 - 6 rigs coming out Friday and a couple more showing up Saturday. For those just planning on meeting at Fish Creek Saturday, try getting the spots furthest south (near the restrooms) just makes the walk that much shorter!
 

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I’m confirming for SAT arrival, hopefully by 7pm. This is my first time in Anza-Borrego, and sadly it’ll be dark by the time we show up. Any logistics details are greatly appreciated. I’m assuming I’ll see Fish Creek signs once I’m in the general area. If somebody can send me a text with group whereabouts it would be great 949-466-5452. Thanks, Wally
 

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I’m confirming for SAT arrival, hopefully by 7pm. This is my first time in Anza-Borrego, and sadly it’ll be dark by the time we show up. Any logistics details are greatly appreciated. I’m assuming I’ll see Fish Creek signs once I’m in the general area. If somebody can send me a text with group whereabouts it would be great 949-466-5452. Thanks, Wally
@hopkillin will we have the OB flag hoisted at Fish Creek Saturday to help everyone find us?
 

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Wally, Here is the GPS location of the camp entrance at Fish Creek. There aren't many signs, but as you come down Split Mountain Rd. you will hit the wash and go right (South). Just follow your GPS to the location below and you should run into us. The entrance to the camp sight isn't super easy to find and you can drive right by it especially at night. If you work you way down the wash about 1/2 a mile there is a small trail road on the left that will enter up into the camp site. If you go too far you will enter the canyons and know you've gone to far, the camp site is at the entrance to the canyons. Its up about 15 ft out of the wash so hopefully you can see some lights from the group to be your beacon.