April Meeting Roundup

The MARC April meeting was held a week early as we have the Tour de Cure: San Diego on our normal day.

The big announcement this month is about our May meeting, this will be our 26th anniversary meeting. It will be held on May 12 at our regular location and time. Photos after the meeting. Let’s have a good turnout with lots of motors. Thanks in advance.

The net had only four check-ins, this was probably due to our moving to a new frequency. What are your thoughts about the frequency change? How did the new repeaters work for you?

Upcoming Events

April is going to be a busy month. We are looking for some additional motors for the TdC: San Diego. If you are available to help, please contact Jim Banks KD6REA to let him know. Please note, the original sign-up sheet was lost. If you weren’t at the April meeting, please contact Jim.

  • ADA Tour de Cure: San Diego – This ride is on Saturday 4/14. The start/finish is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. There are eight people signed up to support this event. Ride Coordinator: Jim Banks KD6REA.
    • event siteNet control will be running at 06:00, first riders leave at 07:00. Motors and SAGs should be no later than 06:30.
    • Parking passes will be required for vehicles entering during the day. Passes will be distributed at net control.
  • Tour de OC – This ride is Saturday 4/21. The start/finish is at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. The routes are similar to last year with a 25 mile and 62 mile (metric century) route. Ride coordinator: Scott Farthing K6IXQevent site
  • Bike MS: Los Angeles – The MSLA will run on Sunday, 6/3 and will be very similar to last year. The start/finish is at the Rose Bowl. Ride coordinator: John Edward KC6ZOZ. event site
  • Other events on the calendar include Bike MS: Bay-to-Bay (MS 150) in October, ADA Tour de Cure: Los Angeles in October.

Please check the event calendar on the web site for access to current dates, times and details about nets, meetings, and events. You can also add these events to your calendar, just click the plus sign at the bottom right. View online at


New Net Frequencies

The monthly net is moving to Burton Brink’s (N6USO) repeater. This repeater is linked to two others. Please program your radios and test your programming before the net.

Primary Frequency: 145.440– 136.5 – Sunset Ridge

Alternate Frequency: 449.880– 146.2 – Sunset Ridge

Alternate Frequency: 445.480– 131.8 – Santa Anita Ridge (above Arcadia)

Please join us for the net!



Honda VTX 1800 Install

Last month I wrote about my “new” VTX 1800.   At that time I was just trying to do the minimum to be able to support the MS-150 coming up later in the month.   To that end I just ran power and antenna to the front of the bike and mounted my old FT-90 (what’a trooper!) on the handlebars and ran a speaker wire to my helmet or a separate headset. I did all that and was ready to go. However…

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