Public Service Events

YARC encourages its members to assist our community and prepare for emergencies by participating in public service events.  We also encourage you to become a member of the Yavapai County ARES/RACES organization.  You do not have to be a YARC member or an ARES/RACES member to participate in the public service events.

Don’t worry if you are inexperienced, we will pair you up with someone who is experienced.  Also the large majority of assigned locations are easily reachable with an ordinary vehicle on a paved or hardened dirt road.  Don’t worry if you are concerned that you don’t have adequate radio equipment, as that won’t keep you from being a valuable member of the team.

Frank Bender K8FB ( – Public Service Events Chairperson

Upcoming Public Service Event Communications

2020 YARC Event Schedule…………. The 2020 WBTR, the 2020 Whiskey Off Road Bike Event, and the Whiskey Row Marathon have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Chino Grinder has been postponed until September 26th.

  1. Whiskey Basin Trail Run CANCELLED – Contact: Don Sears N7PLL (
  2. Whiskey Off Road Bike EventCANCELLED Contact: Frank Bender K8FB (
  3. Whiskey Row MarathonCANCELLED – Contact: John Broughton WB9VGJ (
  4. Chino GrinderPOSTPONED until September 26th, 2020  – Contact: Bob Thompson KC8BOB  (
  5. Groom Creek Mountain MayhemPOSTPONED UNTIL TBD Contact: Frank Bender K8FB (
  6. Yarnell Memorial Run CANCELLED – Contact: Doug Jarmoth N0DAJ (
  7. Prescott Rodeo Parade – July 4, 2020 – NOTE: The Rodeo Parade is still scheduled to take place, but because of pandemic safety concerns, YARC is not supporting this public service event this year – Contact: Frank Bender K8FB (
  8.  March of Dimes Walk for Babies – September 19, 2020 – Contact: Frank Bender K8FB (
  9. Groom Creek Classic – September 19, 2020 (MARC) – Contact: Frank Bender K8FB (
  10. Skull Valley Loop Challenge – CANCELLED Contact: Terry Schultheiss KG7BAM (
  11. Man/ Horse Race – October 3, 2020 – Contact Frank Bender K8FB (

That is the list as it exists at the moment.  Thank you for participating in YARC Public Service Events

Signing up for Events……

Check your calendars.  Except as noted above, to sign up for any upcoming events you can contact Frank – K8FB at  Signup sheets will also be at the YARC Meetings – they will usually start 2-3 months before the events, so you can see Frank at the meetings.  Also you can go to ARES/RACES, click on “Calendar”, select “Event Application”, and fill out the application for the event you want to sign up for.

Public Service Events: See ARES/RACES Calendar