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Pony Express 2016 Re-Ride

2016 Pony Express Re-ride Logo courtesy of Tom Crews of
2016 Pony Express Re-ride Route Map courtesy of Tom Crews of
The National Pony Express Association will once again conduct a Re-Ride of the Pony Express Trail from Sacramento, California to St. Joseph, Missouri.

As has been done since 1989, SIERA provides communications services to the Pony Express as it makes its annual Re-Ride, carrying U.S. Mail across Nevada along pretty much the same route as it did 156 years ago. Since the ride takes several days through much undeveloped and uninhabited territory, around the clock communications are needed to help coordinate the riders so that mail transfers can be made in a timely fashion and contacts can be made in case of an emergency.

The 2016 Pony Express Re-Ride will proceed from West to East. The mail will be traveling east-bound, leaving Sacramento, California on the 15th of June, and arriving in St. Joseph, Missouri on June 25th. The Pony will enter Nevada around 9:00am Thursday, June 16th at Woodford's and traverse the Pony Express Trail to the Nevada/Utah border leaving Nevada on Saturday, June 18th around 8:00pm PT.

This Re-Ride is a 10-day, 24-hour a day, non-stop event by over 500 riders and horses. The 1,966 mile route will be over the Pony Express National Historic Trail from California through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas to Missouri. It is the longest event held annually on a historical trail in the nation. The event commemorates the Pony Express of 1860-1861. The Central Overland and California Pikes Peak Express Company carried letters and telegrams for 19 months to prove the Central Route through Salt Lake passable year round. The owners hoped to win a federal mail contract on that route. Pony Express history is preserved in the federally designated Historic Trail, administered by the National Park Service, in museums, Pony Rider monuments, books, and the annual re-creations by the NPEA. Riders will carry Commemorative Letters in a Mochila, pony express style. The cachets, honoring Pony Express history, will be available for purchase by NPEA members, historians, and philatelists. The envelopes will show they were carried by the Pony Express and the first class postage will have a special US Postal service cancellation. Only the number of letters purchased will carried.

Communications between Riders and Ride Captains will be provided by amateur radio operators in the states of California, Nevada, Utah, eastern Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas.

Ham Radio is a very important part of this Re-Ride because there are many parts of the trail that communication by other means is not available. When Riders are in an area where the hams are unable to follow, stationary ham operators are placed at various checkpoints/exchanges (where the Mochila is passed from one horse to another) and communicate to net control the position and time of arrival and departure. This gives those personnel responsible for that part of the Re-Ride information as to where the rider is and if the mail is on time.

The general 2016 Re-Ride Schedule through Nevada is shown below
(NOTE: This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change.)
Section Ride Section
Day Date Start Time Miles Total Nevada Miles Hours Total Hours Avg Speed/Section/MPH Ride Captain Comment
1 Woodfords/Carson City Thursday June 16 0900 31.5 31.5 5.0 5.0 6.30 Mike Ryan Enter Nevada from California
2 Carson City/Ft Churchill     1330 32.0 63.5 4.75 9.75 6.74 Vicky Moya  
3 Ft Churchill/Top Gun Raceway (Schurz Highway)     1800 31.5 95.0 4.25 14.00 7.41 Jill Andrews  
4 Top Gun Raceway (Schurz Highway)/Sand Springs     2230 26.0 121.0 3.50 17.50 7.43 Grant Bell  
5 Sand Springs/Cold Springs Friday June 17 0230 33.5 154.5 5.00 22.50 6.70 Nancy Upham  
6 Cold Springs/Railroad Pass     0700 36.0 190.5 5.00 27.50 7.20 Doug Jares  
7 Railroad Pass/Grubbs Well     1200 59.0 249.5 8.00 35.50 7.38 Arthur Johnson  
8 Grubbs Well/Overland Pass     2000 48.0 297.5 6.25 41.75 7.68 Steve Notterman  
9 Overland Pass West/Hwy 93 at Schellbourne Saturday June 18 0230 73.5 371.0 10.25 51.5 7.17 Gene Ockert  
10 Hwy 93 at Schellbourne/Ibapah Saturday June 18 1230 53.0 424.0 8.0 60.00 7.13 Gene Ockert Leave Nevada at 2030
Click here to view a detailed time-line version of the 2016 Re-Ride.

Base Station Operators - Time Block Assignment
«REVISED: June 2, 2016»
Day Date Time block Call Name Note
Thursday 06/16/2016 0700 - 1100 AD7CD JD Fowler Pony arrives in Nevada at Woodfords at 0900
    1101 - 1500 K7BXB Jere Schultz  
    1501 - 1900 KE7JIO Brian Freitag  
    1901 - 2300 KE7JIO Brian Freitag  
    2301 - 2400 KE7JIO Brian Freitag  
Friday 6/17/2016 0001 - 0300 KE7JIO Brian Freitag  
    0301 - 0700 AD7CD JD Fowler  
    0701 - 1100 KE7JIO Brian Freitag  
    1101 - 1500 KE7JIO Brian Freitag  
    1501 - 1900 KA7AJQ Sheila clement  
    1901 - 2300 KA7AJQ Sheila clement  
    2301 - 2400 AD7CD JD Fowler  
Saturday 6/18/2016 0001 - 0300 AD7CD JD Fowler  
    0301 - 0700 AD7CD JD Fowler  
    0701 - 1100 K7BXB Jere Schultz  
    1101 - 1500 K7VOC Bob Williams  
    1501 - 1900 KA7UIS Le Roy clement  
    1901 - 2300 KA7AJQ Sheila clement Pony leaves Nevada at 2030
Radio Operator's - Please refer to your Communicator's Handbook for further details.

To those who have not yet participated in the Re-Ride support, give it some thought! We need your help. If you have a desire to have some fun and watch a bit of history reenacted, and practice emergency communications, this would be an excellent opportunity for you. Watch this website for information regarding support of the 2016 Pony Express Re-Ride. All amateur radio operators are welcome and encouraged to support this historical and fun event. We will take you out to see the route of the trail, and will assure that you know the condition of the trail and what kind of vehicle will be needed for each of the Sections.
Visit the Official Pony Express Re-Ride website for further information.
The links to it and other tracking information websites are as follows:

A GPS unit will be carried in the mochila along with the letter and personal mail. The unit will transmit the location of the mail all the way to St. Joseph, pinging every 20 minutes. The device is the size of a small cell phone. You can follow the progress of the mail on the trail by clicking on the following link:

2016 Pony Express Re-Ride Live Satellite Tracking
Additional miscellaneous PEX information links:

NOTE: The above links will open a new browser window so you can view them full-page.