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  1. On 2/16/2024 at 7:41 PM, Sreenath G said:

    Hi @Simon D, great info. Permit to aplly for off roading or anything else.. I appreciate the details, how to optain online. 

    The Armature Radio permit can be used for any non commercial activities ( hiking, boating , Off-roading, research, Radio communication testing and exploring ) you can apply for a permit over Emirates Amateur Radio Society https://ears.ae/en/ 

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    image.jpeg.6e52de57f8afac3ca89ee401037e6edf.jpegDRIVE DESCRIPTION

    Welcome to Carnity off road club FB + drive, meeting at Badayer. Please ensure your off-road gear is as per your rank and you bring lots of enthusiasm with you as this will be a drive through great variety of terrain with a few challenges.

    Please note this drive will consist of some mixed high paced long range dunes with challenging technical terrain driving towards the Ghost Town. So get all your gears ready as we might encounter some ghosts👻 along the way .

    This Drive is  only for those who DARE!!!!

    MUST READ AND COMPLY

    DRIVE DETAILS

    Level:  Fewbie Plus and above

    When:  24 Feb 2024, Saturday

    Meeting time:   07:15 - Sharp (Without any exceptions)

    Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/ZPJvvCKqYmfuxvqN9

    Approximate finish time:  11:00

    Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

    What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

    Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit, Tow Rope, 2 Shackles and fire extinguisher.

    LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    • This drive is limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday - 12 PM.
    • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you find you are unable to join, so your spot can be taken by others in the waitlist.
    • If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, if an RSVP attendee removes themselves, you will be moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list as an attendee.
    • A convoy list will be sent out the day prior to the drive.
    • Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month. 

    PLEASE RSVP ON BELOW CALENDAR

     

  3. Dear @Mahesh_, @Ishak, @Alphin Aloor

    it was a great pleasure to drive with you guys , i hope you enjoyed the Technical madness as much as i did. 

    the weather was a bit windy which caused some limited visibility and combined with the moist sand underneath forced me to change some of my plan but at the end i think we practiced a lot of of technical terrains  . 

    @Ishak thank you for being our SL and i hope you figure out the tire leaking issue.

    @Mahesh_ i hope your boy enjoyed the ride , he seemed excited .

    @Alphin Aloor thanks for being our SW for the drive 

    looking forward to see you Soon in the sand . 

    check below the drive statistics and track 

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  4. Dear Friends , 

    @Tareq Al Turq, @Mahesh_, @Ishak, @Alphin Aloor

    within less than 12 hours we will meet in the sand,.

    As always emphasized and required that everyone make sure of your car is in a perfect shape and have all your gear as per your rank.

    Meeting Point:  https://goo.gl/maps/KGF6L8VwXMza3tJz7

    Meeting time is 07:15 AM Sharp

    We will use Carnity Radio Channel 7.

    The convoy order will be as the following :

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  5. In general there is a bit of a confusion when it comes the the general naming  CB radio ( citizen Band Radio ) it is part of armature radio HAM radio. while the CB Radio is 11M band ( around the 27Mhz) technically this band  is an HF Frequency. 

    the Confusion that all the all onboard ( mobile ) radios are CB radio's goes back to the time when most of the cardo trucks in Europe used to have CB radio installed in their trucks to communicate together some still use it but as per my knowledge they have mostly migrated to VHF frequency due to better sound quality and less interference by the weather . 

    Personally i have a radio in 2 of my cars one support VHF and UHF and the other support HF ,VHF and UHF ( You have to be licensed to be able to transmit more than 5 to 10 Watts )  

    the main difference and the usage of each frequency band:

    1. HF can travel long distances across the globe if used at the right time ,right equipment's and location   (it is called also sky waves as they propagate by the Ionosphere) . 

    the disadvantage of HF is the poor sound quality and mostly there is a lot of noise accompanied by the transmission ( squelch function doesn't work ) 

    2.  VHF better sound quality and can be used to transmit and receive over a couple of hundreds of KMs . for example with the unit i have in my car( without using a repeater)  i can easily reach to Abu Dhabi Fujairah and sometime al ain , if the weather conditions are good i could also reach to KSA and Oman.  works very good in open areas like the desert. 

    Disadvantage of using VHF is its prone to direct interference from other electronics and equipment's for example light bars, fans connected to the same power source . Also,  external interference from some generators or high voltage devices that might be around you .

    Also does not really works well in and between the buildings 

    3. UHF has the best sound quality with the least interference ( 446.XXX frequency range , Carnity Frequencies falls in this category  ). it woks well within the buildings and in city compacted areas. 

    Disadvantage of UHF is the short range of transmission usually a couple of buildings range and in open space it could reach between 4 to 30 KM ( if you got the right conditions)

     

    if you would consider installing a mobile radio in your car it is highly recommended to get licensed . 

    Travelling with a Radio ( even the hand held ) to Oman is strictly prohibited even the 2 Watts and it could get you in real trouble ,  even if you have a license for your radio there is quite a lot of paper work to be done and not always you will get the approval . 

    Saudi Arabia its a bit easier but also you will need to get the correct paper work done before you travel ( and you are not allowed to use it within  the city range  

     

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  6. DRIVE DESCRIPTION

    Welcome to Carnity off road club Fewbie+ drive, meeting at Lisalli . Please ensure your off-road gear is as per your rank and you bring lots of enthusiasm with you as this will be a drive through great variety of terrain with a few challenges.

    Please note this drive will consist of some challenging technical terrain, and expected to be a low paced drive mostly . 

    MUST READ AND COMPLY

    DRIVE DETAILS

    Level:  Fewbie Plus and above

    When:  17 Feb 2024, Saturday

    Meeting time:   07:15 - Sharp (Without any exceptions)

    Meeting Point: https://goo.gl/maps/KGF6L8VwXMza3tJz7

     

    Approximate finish time:  11:00

    Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

    What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

    Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit, Tow Rope, 2 Shackles and fire extinguisher.

     

    LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    • This drive is limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday - 12 PM.
    • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you find you are unable to join, so your spot can be taken by others in the waitlist.
    • If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, if an RSVP attendee removes themselves, you will be moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list as an attendee.
    • A convoy list will be sent out the day prior to the drive.
    • Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month.
       

    PLEASE RSVP ON BELOW CALENDAR

     

  7. Dear @Mahesh_, @Gurcharan Mehta, @Alphin Aloor, @Zulfikhar Naiyar, @Tareq Al Turq, @Amir Amiri.

    I hope you all enjoyed our drive yesterday, as promised it was a high paced challenging drive going through some very tight routes . on several occasions i bumped up the level to intermediate and you guys just nailed it. 

    we had a few refusals and and one pop out but with the help of the team we fixed it in no time( please :D share the pictured of the pop out if you have some )

    @Mahesh_ you did very well as a SL on your 2nd FB+ drive , your reaction to my instructions here imminent 💪

    @Gurcharan Mehta it was satisfying to watch you flawlessly driving your V8 jeep Wrangler ... well done ( i think with your driving skills even with a mini cooper 🚗 you will make it through 🤣)

    @Alphin Aloorwell done driving that heavy beast of yours .

    @Zulfikhar Naiyar & @Tareq Al Turq you did great but i know for you intermediate guys you are used to this pace and driving style

    @Amir Amiri thanks for sweeping the convoy 

     

    looking forward to see you on the next drive.

    cheers 

      

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  8. Dear Petrol heads, 

    @Ishak, @Mahesh_, @Gurcharan Mehta, @Alphin Aloor, @Zulfikhar Naiyar, @Tareq Al Turq, @Amir Amiri

    I hope you are excited for our tomorrow's drive. 

    The drive will be a bit challenging and fasted paced like an Italian Job  . we will be entering some tight and challenging terrain so be prepared !!!

    As always emphasized and required that everyone make sure of your car is in a perfect shape and have all your gear as per your rank.

    Meeting Point: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8h8yf4zznDE4jQbJ6

    Meeting time is 07:00 AM Sharp

    We will use Carnity Radio Channel 7.

    The convoy order will be as the following :

    image.png.d4e5c64119713086c30d52dedfce0316.png

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    Welcome to Carnity off road club Fewbie+ drive, meeting at Tawi Nizwa. Please ensure your off-road gear is as per your rank and you bring lots of enthusiasm with you as this will be a drive through great variety of terrain with a few challenges.

    Drive Description:  Welcome to the Italian Job Drive, where we are calling out for the those who are brave , ready and willing  to face all challenges of the technical terrain, soft sand and the fast pace climbs.

    By the end of the Drive we will prove that its all about the driver not the car, so get ready to be put to the ultimate test !!

    So the plan in short as  per the movie GET In. GET Out. GET Even !!!

    "It's a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team. !!!!"

    P.S in Our version of "the Italian Job" we leave no one behind!!

    Note: Be prepared!!!! This drive will need your full attention , as It will be intense , challenging and Taxing your body and mind and your 4X4.   

    MUST READ AND COMPLY

    DRIVE DETAILS

    Level:  Fewbie plus and above

    When:  10 February  2024, Saturday

    Meeting time:   07:00 am - Sharp (Without any exceptions)

    Meeting Point: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8h8yf4zznDE4jQbJ6

    Approximate finish time:  11:00 am

    Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

    What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

    Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit, Tow Rope, 2 Shackles and fire extinguisher.

     LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    • This drive is limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday - 12 PM.
    • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you find you are unable to join, so your spot can be taken by others in the waitlist.
    • If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, if an RSVP attendee removes themselves, you will be moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list as an attendee.
    • A convoy list will be sent out the day prior to the drive.
    • Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month.
       

    PLEASE RSVP ON BELOW CALENDAR

     

     

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  10. Dear Friends , 

    I hope you enjoyed the roller-coaster drive yesterday ,  unfortunately due to the wet sand it was not safe to take all the planned roller-coaster lines. we had a couple of refusals and stuck but nothing major.  everyone drove really well.

    @Hugo you have been a really good 2nd lead

    @Abdullah N congratulations on your 1st FB Drive, you have driven really well and i am glad that my advice helped you get a better control over the fishtailing issue, but with time you will get used to your car dynamics . 

    @Renier Venter you have driven very well and you have a good control over your car, well done!

    @Sunil Mathew you did really well in the CF position supporting the the stuck and refusals . you allowed me to focus creating the smooth and safe lines while you took care of the issues in the back .

    @Mohammad Sayawoush Azad you have done really well , i hope your kids enjoyed it.

    @Robk i am glad that this time we didn't need to use the trunk of your gladiator for anything 🤣, you did really well and i hope your passenger enjoyed the ride .

    @Faraz94 your off-roading skills are getting better every time i see you .

    @Harshal thank you for sweeping the convoy . i have driven behind you last week and i was sure that you are ready for such a role. it is not easy to control such a powerful beast but so far you are doing great   .

     

    thanks again everyone and looking forward to see you again soon,

    I have uploaded some pictures into the drive gallery 

    https://carnity.com/gallery/category/1948-fewbie-pink-rock-big-red-sharjah-03-feb-2024/

    below i have added the drive route and statistics 

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  11. Dear Challenge seeker, 

    I hope you are excited for our tomorrow's drive. 

    Due to the rain rain showers the past few hours , i will kindly ask you to be extra focused on the drive and keep a very good control of our vehicles avoiding even the slightest fishtailing!! as the sand could be unexpected .

    always emphasized and required that everyone make sure of your car is in a perfect shape and have all your gear as per your rank.

    Meeting Point: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8h8yf4zznDE4jQbJ6

    Meeting time is 07:00 AM Sharp

    We will use Carnity Radio Channel 7.

    The convoy order will be as the following :

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  12. On 1/29/2024 at 11:45 AM, Tareq Al Turq said:

    Congratulations, my friend @Simon D You truly earned this recognition. I look forward to joining you for an unconventional off-road adventure on the sandy terrain soon. Let's bring some creativity to our off-road experience.

    Thanks my friend @Tareq Al Turq , much appreciated :D

    On 1/29/2024 at 10:34 AM, JeromeFJ said:

    Sincere congratulations @Simon D, yes it is an all new start, and I'm sure you will do great and enjoy !

    @JeromeFJ Thank you very much and thanks for you valuable advises , tips and tricks you have given me 😁

    On 1/29/2024 at 10:43 AM, PAJERO petelczyc luke said:

    Congrats @Simon D

    Thanks @PAJERO petelczyc luke

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  13. On 1/29/2024 at 1:01 PM, Imteeaz said:

    @Simon D congrats mate - looking forward to our next drive under your lead.

    keep it up mate

    @Imteeaz thanks buddy 

    On 1/29/2024 at 12:45 PM, Benjamin said:

    Congrats @Simon D! Very well deserved I hope to see you soon my friend :) 

    @Benjamin appreciated my friend , its always a pleasure driving with you . see you soon :)

    On 1/29/2024 at 12:43 PM, Looper said:

    Congratulations on your promotion @Simon D. I will undoubtedly be great to see you lead exciting new drives every week. 

    @Looper thank you my friend, i have learned a lot from driving with you . and thanks for your support 

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  14. On 1/29/2024 at 1:24 PM, Ranjan Das said:

    Heartiest congratulations @Simon D; very well deserved.

    Thanks @Ranjan Das🙏

    On 1/29/2024 at 1:21 PM, Shaun J said:

    Congrats Simon, enjoyed the drive with you at the weekend there. Here's to many more 👏

    thanks @Shaun J sure its always a pleasure driving with you buddy, see you soon :D  

    On 1/29/2024 at 1:08 PM, Salim Akhtar said:

    Congratulations brother @Simon D. Well deserved. See you soon in some drive

    Thanks @Salim Akhtar Pajero buddy :D looking forward to see you soon 

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  15. On 1/29/2024 at 2:07 PM, GauravSoni said:

    Congratulations @Simon D! Your journey has been a perfect example of hard-work, determination and an ever learning positive mindset that you now will be imparting to the future leads! Well done and looking forward for your drives!  

    Thanks @GauravSoni you have been a good example , seeing you take that grey Pajero everywhere  let me realize that its is true what they say about " its the Driver not the CAR that really matters " 😁

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  16. On 1/29/2024 at 9:55 AM, Gaurav said:

    Congratulations @Simon D for reaching the Expert Level with Carnity Offroad Club.

    Looking forward to seeing you grow further and helping others to learn the art of offroading in a safe environment.

    Please make sure your Carnity user profile is always updated with all the latest Emergency contact details.

     

    EXPERT

    This level will be the most essential in your off-road development as you will start leading and managing drives independently with the support of other senior advisors. And also you will help in developing new advisors to pass on the knowledge, experience, and skills for managing adventurous yet safer off-road drives.

    The expert level will offer you continuous improvement in your overall development by alternating between the lead and supporting the drive every week. This way, you will still learn and advance your knowledge by supporting other trip leads in different terrain to understand the complexity and challenges involved and practicing independent lead and convoy management.

    Carnity Benefits

    • Full access to Carnity without any paid subscription.
    • Join any drive in the “Manage” tab.
       

    Carnity Contribution

    • Committed to driving with Carnity off-road club only.
    • Lead a minimum of 6 weekend drives per quarter (3 months).
    • Forum contribution to earn Carnity points.
       

    What you'll learn

    • Navigating with or without GPS on the fly.
    • Trip planning, safety exits, and recce skills.
    • Response to vehicle breakdown and accidents.
       

    Skills required

    • A resilient, calculative, and rational thinker.
    • Self-reliance, positive attitude, and forward-thinking.
    • Kind, selfless, and considerate of others’ concerns.
       

    Car Worthiness

    • Capable 4x4 vehicle with a low range gearing.
    • Suitable approach and departure angle.
    • High profile tires.
       

    Off-road gear required

    Safety flag, tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, shovel, fire extinguisher, medical kit, radio (walkie-talkie), air compressor, tool kit, rated recovery rope and 2 rated shackles, GPS, Floor jack and jack board, tire repair kit, toolbox, tie-down straps, fluids.

    Drive teamwork

    • Lead Fewbie, Fewbie Plus, Intermediate, or Extreme drives.
    • Inspect the vehicle for safety before the off-road drive.
    • Support all other level drives, proactively.
       

    Drive Joining

    • All Levels.

    Forum participation

    • Active participation in the forum.
    • Share drive experience + feedback.
    • Share drive pictures in the gallery.
    • Post trip report after the drive.

    Thank you @Carnity for your trust in privileging me with such a big responsibility . This wouldn't be possible without  the support and constant advices and feedback from everyone in the club starting with the Crew, Marshals, experts and all the other carnity members. 

    from every single drive i have learned something new . but to my surprise, i have found that my passion was not off-roading only  but helping others learn how to safely drive in the desert. seeing how other member progress is a huge satisfaction and pleasure . 

    It have been a great journey so far with this amazing Carnity family and looking forward to continue the learning cycle along the way . 

     

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  17. DRIVE DESCRIPTION

    Welcome to Carnity off road club Fewbie drive, meeting at Tawi Nizwa. Please ensure your off-road gear is as per your rank and you bring lots of enthusiasm with you as this will be a drive through great variety of terrain with a few challenges.

    The plan is to create some roller-coaster lines with a constant pace and pattern as much as possible all the way to Big Red . 

    Note: Be prepared!!!! This drive will need your full attention , as It will be intense , challenging and Taxing your body and mind and your 4X4.   

    In Short this Drive is Only for those who Dare!!

    MUST READ AND COMPLY

    DRIVE DETAILS

    Level:  Fewbie and above

    When:  3 February  2024, Saturday

    Meeting time:   07:00 am - Sharp (Without any exceptions)

    Meeting Point: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8h8yf4zznDE4jQbJ6

    Approximate finish time:  11:00 am

    Type of Car: Any proper 4x4 with front and back tow hooks and 8-10 inches of ground clearance.

    What to bring along: Loads of water, snacks (for yourself), smiles, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.

    Mandatory off-road gears: Tire deflator, tire pressure gauge, compressor, walkie-talkie radio, off-road flag, shovel, first-aid kit, Tow Rope, 2 Shackles and fire extinguisher.

     LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE

    • This drive is limited to 10 cars only. RSVP will close on Friday - 12 PM.
    • Please withdraw your RSVP, if you find you are unable to join, so your spot can be taken by others in the waitlist.
    • If the RSVP is full, you can add your name to the waitlist, if an RSVP attendee removes themselves, you will be moved from the waitlist to the RSVP list as an attendee.
    • A convoy list will be sent out the day prior to the drive.
    • Latecomers will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Members without RSVP will be returned back - Without any exceptions.
    • Repeated no-show members after RSVP will have their account suspended for a month.
       

    PLEASE RSVP ON BELOW CALENDAR

     

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