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!
2022 Calendar Calendar
(updated Sept 4, 2022)
|Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta
NYS Barge Canal
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. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Click Here" link to the right.
||Bridges of the NYS Thruway
||October 30 & 31
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. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Click" link to the right.
|Holiday Science & Technology Days
||Rochester Museum &
|Tuesday to Friday
|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. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Click Here" link to the right.
Last revised: 09/05/22 01:32 PM