|Pony Express 2016 Re-Ride|
|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.)
Base Station Operators - Time Block Assignment
«REVISED: June 2, 2016»
|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:
Pony Express Re-Ride home page
2016 Pony Express Re-Ride Information
SIERA Participation in Pony express Re-Ride Since 1989
NOTE: The above links will open a new browser window so you can view them full-page.