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Attention: The Desert Explorers Satellite phone is currently deactivated until further notice. We still own it, we just did not continue to subscribe to the service.

Policy on the use of the Desert Explorers’ satellite telephone

The Desert Explorers’ satellite telephone is primarily for use in emergency situations during Desert Explorers’ trips when conventional telephone or cell-phone service is unavailable.

  • An emergency is defined as a sudden crisis requiring action: an unexpected and sudden event that must be dealt with urgently.
  • A trip is defined as a posted (in the newsletter and/or on the website) event or a pre-run for a posted event.

The Trip Leader has the authority to permit important outgoing calls, such as:

  • Calls to family members or concerned friends, telling them of changes in trip itinerary or changes in the date and/or time of return.
  • Calls which will result in the peace-of-mind of trip participants.

However, the Trip Leader is responsible that the cost of the call, at $1.30 per minute, is reimbursed to the Desert Explorers.

The Trip Leader is responsible for the care and use of the device and for the determination that an emergency exists; the actual possession and operation may, however, be delegated. The Trip Leader will not be held financially responsible for damage to, loss of, theft of, or mysterious disappearance of, the telephone if reasonable care and security are provided.

The coordination and scheduling of the use of the telephone is the responsibility of the Satellite Phone Coordinator (currently Ken Sears) who will keep it during periods of inactivity.

  • Leaders of multi-day trips into remote areas are encouraged, but not required, to take the satellite telephone on the trip.
  • Leaders of one-day trips or trips into areas where cell-phone coverage is adequate are not encouraged to take the satellite telephone on the trip.
  • The telephone will be kept in a container that is suitable for shipping/mailing; a procedure for shipping/mailing the telephone to the next user, or back to the Satellite Phone Coordinator, will be provided with the telephone. The cost of shipping/mailing the telephone will be covered by the Desert Explorers.
  • Trip Leaders who take the telephone on a trip will ship/mail the telephone to the next user or to the Satellite Phone Coordinator within three working days after returning home from the trip.

In Memory of

  • Tom White 
  • Gene Olsen
  • Walt Wheelock
  • Tom Church
  • Bill Ott - passed July 10, 2004
  • Bill "Shortfuse" Mann -Passed August 2006
  • Dwight Stroud - passed January 19, 2007
  • Lorene Crawford - Passed August 2009
  • Alan Romspert - Passed August 19, 2009
  • Don Putnam - November 5, 1916 to August 14, 2012
  • Jim Proffitt - March 21, 1941 to September 1, 2012
  • Reda Anderson - passed October 25, 2012
  • Rick Cords - May 1944 to February 1, 2014
  • "Sir" Bob Rodemeyer - December 1950 to November 11, 2014
  • John Fulton - July 5, 1937 to February 15, 2015
  • Marilyn Martin - November 19, 1929 -  June 20, 2015
  • John Page - passed September 8, 2015
  • Gary Preston - passed February 24, 2016
  • Ted Kalil - passed in 2016
  • Jerry Etchison - passed in December 2016
  • Jerry Harada - passed on August 6, 2017
  • Gene Stoops - passed on Sept 2, 2017
  • Graham "Coop" Cooper - March 31,1944 to November 22, 2017

" Happy Trails To You, Until We Meet Again..."

Coming Up

Fri Feb 23 @12:00AM
Heritage Trail
Sat Mar 03 @11:00AM - 01:30PM
General Meeting & Potluck
Wed Mar 07 @12:00AM
Anza Borrego Overland


January 2018

  • David & Lois Hess - Bakersfield CA
  • Paul & Marlene Vermette - La Mesa CA
  • Beth & Jack Mika - La Verne CA
  • Paul Paulsen - Anaheim CA