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Action Needed on Side-by-Side Standards

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:02

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed mandatory standards for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles; also known as "side-by-sides".

Regardless of what type of off-highway vehicle you most enjoy, it is important that you contact all of your federal legislators and the Senate Committee Members listed below. As an OHV community, we can pull together and speak with one, very loud voice.

Please read the information below, then send an Email now to the Relevant Senate Committees Opposing CPSC’s Proposed Mandatory Standards for ROVs (Side-by-Sides)


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Categories: Legislation

Helping Give Veterans a Lift

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:02

Hi-Lift® Jack Company Introduces PATRIOT EDITION Hi-Lift® Jack and its “Helping Give Veterans a Lift” Campaign

As an American manufacturer, Hi-Lift Jack Company wants to provide support for those service members that have served and made tremendous sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis.  Hi-Lift® Jack Company will donate a portion of its proceeds for every PATRIOT EDITION Hi-Lift® Jack sold to Hope for the Warriors®.
 
The mission of Hope for the Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.  Hope for the Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.


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Categories: Legislation

First phase of Mississippi’s Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails reopens

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:29

OHV trails had been closed for 11 years

About 25 riders and supporters celebrated the reopening of phase one of the Rattlesnake Bay OHV Trails in Mississippi’s DeSoto National Forest in September, the American Motorcyclist Association announced.

The Friends of Rattlesnake Bay off-highway-vehicle group joined U.S. Forest Service officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 9.5 miles of trails in an area that has remained “temporarily” closed for more than 11 years.


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Categories: Legislation

Giveaway: Mammoth Jeep Upgrade Giveaway

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:36

ExtremeTerrain has partnered with Mammoth 4x4 for our next big giveaway!

ExtremeTerrain and Mammoth 4x4 are very excited to work together to give one lucky winner a complete Jeep upgrade. The winner can be either a Jeep TJ or Jeep JK owner and will receive a lift kit and a wheel and tire kit including control arms and lug nuts; everything you need to upgrade your Wrangler. In total that is around $2,500 in parts!

In order to enter, participants should fill out the entry form on ExtremeTerrain.com. Contest ends October 31, 2014.

Click here for Entry Form.


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Categories: Legislation

Top 10 Fears of New 4WD Owners

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 21:00

Results of Stuck forever.
(Click picture for a larger image.) Driving off road presents a host of challenges for any driver. Four wheeling can be especially intimidating for new drivers. Those initial concerns are understandable. It takes off-road experience to build skillset and confidence.

If you’ve considered going off road but are reluctant to do so, relax. The following information should convince you take up the hobby. While you are reading this remember: in town, you can be in a pile-up as the result of other driver’s errors and actions. Off-road in almost every instance the driver made the decision and judgment that lead to his predicament.

After years of talking with new 4-wheel drive owners, here is my perception of the Top 10 Fears of newer drivers, and what to do about them.
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Categories: Legislation

But, it followed me home...

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:38

After the mandated California 10-day waiting period, I am still in the market for .22 LR lever action rifle.  My criteria is for a small, light-weight lever action that is easy to stash anywhere.  Well, my local gun store had no lever action rifles meeting my criteria. 

But, they did have a Ruger 10/22 - Take Down semi-auto version with stainless barrel and synthetic stock.  Best of all, being the Take Down version, the barrel separates from the stock and both pieces fit into a padded carrying case. Well, it isn't the lever action that was on my wish list; but, it is small, compact, light weight and easy to stash just about anywhere.  And, it had an appeal that I couldn't turn down.  Ten days later it followed me home.


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Shell priming made easy

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:28

Reloading is a series of steps, some easier than others.  After you shells are cleaned and sized, the next step is to add a new primer.  The most popular method of priming shell cases is by hand using primer tools provided by RCBS, Hornaday, Lee and Lyman.  They all make a quality tool that does the intended job.  But, they are manual tools requiring a squeeze of the hand to seat the primer.  That can become a workout with large batches.

Or, you could use a progressive and speed the process of priming, powder charge, bullet seating and crimping.  Well, I don’t have a progressive press and using my single stage RCBS Rock Chucker was over complicated and slow.


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Categories: Legislation

2015 Public Lands Fee-Free Days Announced

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 13:41

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife  Service (USFWS), the Forest Service (USFS) and the National Park Service (NPS) have announced Fee-Free days for 2015.  The fee-free program is in cooperation with federal land management agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

Fees are an important part of managing public lands, as many recreation opportunities, including OHV recreation opportunities, may be lost without funding provided by the collection of fees. The Fee-Free program is a way to thank the millions of public lands visitors and to encourage more people to experience  the great outdoors.  Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.


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Categories: Legislation

BLM Planning Changes

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:07

Bureau of Land Management has announced an effort they are calling BLM Planning 2.0.  And, they are hosting (or did host) two listening sessions, one in Denver, CO and the other in Sacramento, CA.  I did attend the listening session in Sacramento.

For background, land management agencies are required to develop Resource Management Plans that provide the guidance for how the public lands under their care are "managed".  Typically, an RMP defines open areas, closed areas, and other special management conditions.  In recent years these management plans have become cumbersome to develop and subject to litigation.  Faced with outdated plans, BLM is seeking to change the rules of the game and make life easier for the agency and public.


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Categories: Legislation

RECREATION GROUPS SETTLE ILLEGAL WILDERNESS LAWSUIT

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:50

BOISE, ID (October 6, 2014) -- A newly-filed settlement agreement would withdraw restrictions on motorized and mechanized access to "Recommended Wilderness" Areas (RWA) in Idaho's Clearwater National Forest. The settlement comes in a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and the BlueRibbon Coalition, which alleged that the Northern Region of the Forest Service (FS) created an internal "recommended wilderness policy" that illegally limited management options. In the settlement, the Forest Service "dispute Plaintiffs' claims" but acknowledges "that regional issuance of documents described as guidance for forest planning, including planning for RWA management, has led to confusion and misperception regarding the role that such documents serve with respect to FS planning, including motorized travel planning..."


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Categories: Legislation

Live with it!

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 14:48

September 7, 2014, we lost another member of the off-road community.  Jason Swigart from Camp Verde, Arizona was another wheeler, a racer with a family and a full life ahead of him.  At age 30, he lost that life and that future to a freak accident in a four-wheel drive buggy, simply because he wasn’t fully belted in and helmeted.


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Categories: Legislation

PROPOSITION 1, THE 2014 WATER BOND: Another failure in the making?

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 14:13

Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond, is on California's November 2014 ballot. Proposition 1 contains a mixed bag of provisions for California; benefiting the environment and communities along with major changes in state water policy.


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TPAC SAYS DON'T LET OBSTACLES STOP YOU FROM ELECTING PRO-TRAIL CANDIDATES IN 2014

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 19:05

Dear Off-road Voter:  Here is our 2st update on TPAC's SHOW PRIDE IN YOUR RIDE and NATIONAL CHALLENGE 3-Day Fundraiser. So far, motorcyclists appear to be kicking some serious trail election butt. 

There are 4 OHV vehicle type classes in this event.  Those categories are motorcycles, ATVs, SxS, and 4WDs. Off-roaders will be able to show pride in their favorite ride and, more importantly, show support for our effort to elect a pro-trail majority in the U.S. Senate and support pro-trail candidates running for the U.S House of Representatives.

This is also a "challenge" fundraiser where TPAC is asking riders to donate and then challenge their club members or riding network to do the same.  Each day, TPAC will update the donor list.


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Categories: Legislation

Renewable Fuel Standard and Ethanol

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:17

Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must stick to its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard for 2014, protecting motorcyclists from the detrimental effects of fuel blends with ethanol content above 10 percent, Wayne Allard, vice president of government relations for the American Motorcyclist Association told the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sept. 22, 2014.


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Categories: Legislation

Important information regarding road closures in southeastern Arizona

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:54

(Sept. 30, 2014) - Hunters and others engaging in outdoor recreation in southeastern Arizona are advised to be aware of (1) a road closure in Game Management Unit 32 in the Klondyke area, and (2) temporary storm-related closures of some roads and recreation sites in the Chiricahua Mountains (Game Management Unit 29).


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Categories: Legislation

Rules? Who needs rules?

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 17:18

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed restrictive rules requiring media to get special permits to shoot photos or videos in wilderness areas.


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Categories: Legislation

The Changing Face of Today’s Target Shooter

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:29

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A new infographic issued by the National Shooting Sports Foundation tells the story, at a glance, of the growing number of new target shooting enthusiasts and how they’re surprisingly different from established shooters.


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Categories: Legislation

King Fire and Rubicon Trail

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 21:33

The King Fire is currently located in the canyon of the South Fork of the American River north of the community of Pollock Pines. This fire is in the vicinity of the Rubicon Trail.

This is an update from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office regarding the MANDATORY EVACUATION of the following areas.


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Categories: Legislation

Barricade Bumpers

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:11

Aftermarket bumpers are a great way to customize the look of your Jeep and Barricade produces high quality bumpers for an affordable price. Where you’re looking for a full width winch bumper with integrated D-ring mounts or a stainless steel tube bumper to make your Jeep stand out from the rest, Barricade has you covered.


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Categories: Legislation

This Week's Net topic


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OAUSA 2014 Calendar & Ham Radio Test Dates


OAUSA will host 4 events for 2015.  At each event we conduct Amateur Radio testing for all levels.  When highlighted, you can click on the title below for specific information concerning both the event and the testing.

  • Spring Meet and Greet - Ruby's Diner, Redondo Beach CA 3/28/15
  • Summer Fest / Field Day - Los Padres National Forest, CA 6/26-28/15
  • Summer Event TBA - August 1, 2015
  • Borrego Fest - Anza Borrego Desert, CA  October 9-11, 2015

OAUSA Ham Radio Net


Our weekly Amateur Radio Net is held every Thursday evening at 7:30 PDT (we observe Daylight Saving Time).  You may access the Net as follows:

  • Anywhere in the US via the Western Reflector at IRLP node 9251
  • In the Southern California area via the Keller Peak Repeater (KE6TZG) at 146.385, (+), 146.2
  • In the San Diego, CA area via the W6ZN Repeater at 449.300, 100.0, (-)
  • In the Portlad OR area via the W7RAT repeater at 440.400, 123.0 (-)
  • In the Orange County, CA area via the BARN System Repeater at 447.540, 100.0, (-)
  • In the Santa Rosa, CA area via the W6SON Repeater at 441.375, 123.0, (+)
  • In Las Vegas, NV via the N7ARR Repeater at 447.000 123, (-)
  • In Pahrump, NV via the N7ARR Repeater at 449.750, 123, (-)
  • In the Denver CO area via the N0PQV Repeater at 145.340, 103.5, (-)
  • In Phoenix, AZ area via KC7GHT Repeater ar 447.575, 151.4, (-)
  • Via Echolink - connect to *World* (Ref: IRLP 9251)

All Amateurs are welcome.  If you would like your local repeater linked to the Nets, just drop us a line by using the contact us button at the top of this page.

 

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