Hams assist public organizations by providing emergency and backup communications.
— Throughout our history, amateurs have established a reputation for public service communications
— When all else fails!!
— When called upon we fulfill one of the most important purposes of amateur radio
— Local, State and Federal Governments
recognize our abilities to assist when needed
Each year we serve many
grateful agencies with well over a dozen events. You can sign-up for events below and at any RaRa
or ARES meeting. Additional events are listed on the Club Calendar.
Check the RaRa Public
Service Page for more information on participating or contact our Public Service Coordinator at PublicService@RochesterHam.org.
Stay in good operating condition: Participate in a public service event each year!
2021 Calendar Calendar
(updated August 4, 2021)
|Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta
||NYS Barge Canal—Fairport
|The Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta is held on the Erie Canal in Fairport. RaRa
provides communications support for rowing shell races and this operation stations hams at various locations along the course
to report race progress and provide information relative to safety on the course. Most of the communications use handheld radios
on simplex frequencies. The regatta participants are mostly high school aged and they are there with their families. It provides
an opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio to the public.
|Scouting Ham Radio Demonstration
||Babcock Hovey in Ovid, NY
This event would normally be in the Jamboree-on-the-Air, or ‘JOTA’
weekend but the largest gathering of scouts in out area is the Challenge Trophy Camporee falls a week
later than JOTA this year. RaRa will set up a ham shack
at the Babcock Hovey scout camp in Ovid, NY. The annual Trophy Challenge campout is held that weekend
and we will have the opportunity to demonstrate the many facets of Amateur Radio to 2000 youth.
||Bridges of the NYS Thruway
||Saturday & Sunday
||October 30 & 31
|Pumpkin Patrol is our longest running public service event. It is a state-wide event and RaRa
in Monroe County is just one part of something which spans the entire NYS Thruway. Each pair of riders in a vehicle equipped
with mobile Amateur Radio is assigned watch on one of the 16 Thruway bridges in Monroe County. A net is run between sundown and midnight
with status reports provided every half hour to report any untoward activity on the bridges. This operation is done in service of
the NYS Troopers where we become their “eyes and ears” on Halloween night and the night before. Our presence prevents
acts of vandalism and frees up law enforcement resources for more valuable use
|Holiday Science & Technology Days
||Rochester Museum &
| Monday to Wednesday
to the 29th
|The RMSC Holiday Science and Technology Days are held in December at the Rochester Museum and Science
Center. This program is provided jointly with XARC and RDXA. RDXA demonstrates an HF phone station and RaRa
members demonstrate STEM experiments. The purpose is to present Amateur Radio to the public and interest young people to pursue
career paths in the STEM Fields.
Last revised: 08/23/21 04:57 PM