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Next Board Meeting
September 16, 2015 at 6:30PM
Ham Radio Class
October 24/November 7 - Contact John Arenz

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Fall Ham Radio Class!!
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 24th, 2015, 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 7th, 2015, 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.  Because you are on the email list DOES NOT mean you are signed up!!!  You MUST sign up in order to be in the class and receive further emails.
Cantina For The Con 2015 Photos

Please CLICK HERE to visit our Event photos and Video page to see all the photos taken at Cantina For the Con 2015. Thanks to Crystal McIntyre photography for taking amazing photographs of the stars of Cantina....You.

Cantina Winners!
Are you a winner? Click HERE for a PDF of the Winners of the 2015 Cantina For The Con raffle.
RTF Property Access Agreement Announcement

The Rubicon Trail Foundation (RTF) is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Rubicon Trail Partnership (RTP) with regards to accessing the RTF Property. We would like to thank RTP for working with us through this process. We would also like to thank the public; everyone has been very patient as we work toward access. We look forward to working with RTP and all landowners on the Rubicon, FOTR, and all the Adopt a Trail clubs maintaining access and the health of the Rubicon for everyone to enjoy. More work needs to be done to get the property opened up for everyone to use. Our first task will be working with RTP and El Dorado County to secure a boundary line adjustment (BLA). There will be plans forthcoming to work on the access route while the BLA is in progress.

RTF is planning to open the property for public access during the summer of 2016 if all goes well.

Again, the foundation would like to thank everyone for their patience in achieving this long term goal.

Rusty Folena
Property Chair

Click Here to read full release

Cantina For The Con 2015
Cantina Pre-Sale Event!!

Please note new location!!!

Annual Cantina Pre-Sale Barbecue

3290 Monier Circle, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Tuesday August 18, 2015
5:50 - 9:00

Facebook Event


Roadwork to begin on Ice House Road

As most are aware, Ice House Rd in need of some maintenance. This will begin in June and continue until October. Expect delays of up to 30 minutes.

Click HERE to read the official press release from El Dorado.

2015 Rubicon Trail Foundation Directors

L-R: Dan DeWolf, John Arenz, Vicki Sanders, Dave Thomas, Lori Warden, Aaron Nunley, Chris Cowan, Sean Russell, Rusty Folena,Troy McClintock, Jeff Nilluka, Ken Hower and Dave Gross.(Dave Beam not pictured)
Jeff Nilluka

Today brings great sadness to Directors of the Rubicon Trail Foundation. Wheeling friends both near and far have lost one of their own. We lost Jeff Nilluka last Thursday and he is now resting with God and his family.

Jeff was active as a Director of The Rubicon Trail Foundation. He was also active with other groups like Friends of the Rubicon, Toys on The Rocks, Westside Wheelers, The Mountain Transit Authority, TLCA and CORVA. For the last 5 years Jeff has stepped up as the Chairman for Cantina for the Con. His incredible efforts made Jeff a standout at the Foundation. Jeff was the owner of Cambrian Construction, a Little League Coach and even a G6 Radio Control racer. He was a HAM operator, call sign KJ6IYN. Most of all Jeff was a great husband, dad and a friend. He was always willing to help with a project, but rarely asked for help himself. Jeff was passionate about the quality of his work, and it was important to him that people use licensed contractors.

Jeff leaves behind his wife Jenelle, sons Jamis & Jered and we must not forget the dog Jules. Jeff’s eyes would light up when you asked him about the family and his two sons. Jeff has been a great friend to many of us and he will be greatly be missed but not forgotten.

RTF does not know details for a celebration of Jeff’s life, but will pass on any information as it becomes available. We all ask for prayers to be sent to Jenelle and the Family.

R.I.P. Jeff.

The Directors of the Rubicon Trail Foundation.

Clean Up and Abatement Order Rescinded!

On April 23, 2009, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board voted to issue a Cleanup and Abatement Order (CAO) for the Rubicon Trail. The extensive order required El Dorado County and the Eldorado Nation Forest to construct bridges, construct erosion features on the trail, count users, define trail boundaries, provide sanitation and oil spill solutions, do extensive analysis, and develop water quality protection and managment plans as well as other requirements.

On Friday, October 10, 2014, after five years of hard work by the County, the Forest, the State Historic Preservation Office, Friends Of The Rubicon, the Rubicon Trail Foundation and countless users of the trail, the CAO was rescinded by unanimous vote of the Water Board. This is cause for celebration and congratulations for a job well done.

When asked about the action, Rusty Folena, president of RTF said, "I couldn't be more proud of this organization and collaborative efforts of all of these groups have undertaken. This is a great day for the Rubicon Trail!"

Does it mean it's over? No, not really. It means that the Rubicon is no longer under threat of closure from this source. It also means the governmental agencies that oversee the Trail (the County and the Forest) will no longer be forced to make endless reports, and can concentrate their efforts instead on working on the Rubicon and other trails.

Our job is to insure that the trail continues to be sustainable, continues to be clean and continues to be open to the public year-round.

Cantina For The Con Story

The Driving Line did an awesome story on RTF and TDO. Click here to read about it.

Rubicon Trail - Public Service 98 Rock

Pat Martin at 98 Rock hosts the pubic service show, and in December, John Arenz (RTF) and Tim Green and Steve Hersh of FOTR came in to discuss the Rubicon and winter travel.

Click HERE to enjoy!!

Auburn Jeep Club Makes Large Donation!

At the most recent meeting of the foundation directors, two guests from the Auburn Jeep Club showed up unannounced, Sean Minor and Dan Hitchman. In their hand was a donation check for $5011.61 made out to the Rubicon Trail Foundation.

The story goes like this: recently the club was asked to run a beer booth at the Auburn Fair. Before the fair, they decided to donate the proceeds to RTF, assuming they would make a few hundred dollars or maybe $1000. At the end of the event they were surprised to see that they had made five times that much and followed through on their decision to donate the entire amount.

The foundation relies on donations for all the work it does, and is humbled and excited to have such a vote of confidence from a partner like AJC.

Thanks AJC and President Dave Davidson for your support!

Cantina For The Con - 2014 Winner List

Thank you to all who participated. The 10th Annual Cantina For The Con was a huge success. Without further delay, here is the 2014 winner list.

CLICK HERE to view

Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to thank Dan at RUFF STUFF Specialties. Dan volunteers his staff to send out all the unclaimed prizes.

Mark A. Smith - The loss Of An Icon

On the morning of June 9, 2014 we lost a legend of the Rubicon with the passing of Mark A. Smith. Please click here to read the official RTF Press Release on the passing of Mark Smith. In addition, read more about him HERE or read about his life in the Mountain Democrat.

Tim Green FOTR and John Arenz RTF on 98 Rock!
Thanks to Tim Green and John Arenz on 98 Rock with Pat Martin, talking about the Rubicon!! Download it or stream the Mp3 by CLICKING HERE!
RTF Votes on Soup Bowl
The Rubicon Trail foundation has voted on a position to save Soup Bowl, on the Rubicon Trail. Please CLICK HERE to read the press release.
The List - The Rubicon Trail!

Our friend, Jessi Combs and co-host Patrick McIntyre have a show called "The List-1001 Car things to do before you die". This episode, the two tackle the Rubicon Trail!


RTF Toilet Service in Action!

Read about the latest RTF Project! Our Unimog Toilet Pumper in action!

Spider Repeater Project 2012

When the ham radio repeater vault was placed in the Rubicon in 2007, one of the promises RTF made to the property owners was that we would make it blend as much as possible, specifically that we would put rock on the outside of the block building.  This year, thanks to Peninsula Building Materials Co., Drummond Masonry, and some Rubicon enthusiasts from the south bay, that came to fruition, and boy, what a job they did.  After ten trips carrying rock and mortar in the RTF trailers, and several days of hard work, the result is nothing short of amazing. Click here to view a slideshow.

Coincidentally, the new repeater package was ready that same weekend and Ray Pledger brought it up and with the help of John Arenz and remote control from Frank Yost, placed the new repeater, changed antenna configurations, and got it going.  For those that have used it since then, it is working substantially better!

Many thanks to the following for their part in this effort:

Peninsula Building Materials Co. of Sunnyvale, California
Drummond Masonry of Soquel, California
Clarke Schiller
Laura Schiller
Aaron Bortolazzo
Matt Bortolazzo
Jeff Arabia
John Gillio
Zack Merrill
Derek Armes
Mark Smith
Alvaro Gonzales
Carlos Hernandez
Ivan Lopez
Alex Hernandez
Patrick Morey
Juan Gutierrez
Dave Gross
John Arenz
Barbara Arenz
Ray Pledger
Frank Yost

Rubicon Trail Foundation - 2011 Financial Summary

RTF brings their tax information to all their events. However, users have said reading that is too complicated and they would like just a summary. So for 2011 tax returns, we have created an easy to read pie-chart that shows where RTF spends their donations and Grant money from the State OHV Trust fund.

It is key to note, that 79% of our managed funds, go directly to the trail and only 2% are spent on administrative costs.

Please click on the image to see a larger version




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