Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
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Rochester Hamfest



Public Service

Hams assist public organizations by providing emergency and backup communications. 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

Stay in good operating condition: Participate in a public service event each year!

Event name Location Days Dates Sign Up
Jamboree on the Air BSA Camp Babcock-Hovey
    Ovid, NY
Friday & Saturday October 20-21 Sign Up


Ten (10) ham operators are needed for this ‘on the air’ demonstration of the many facets of amateur radio to Scouts. The demonstration material, handouts and experience are limited only by the ingenuity and equipment that can be transported and set up effectively at Babcock-Hovey. This is a great way to stimulate youth about the rewards and challenges of amateur radio as an avocation.


Hours of operation should be as long as practical to ensure contact with as many scout troops as possible. However, your availability will be the limiting factor.


HF, VHF, and UHF radios will be used for this event

Pumpkin Patrol Overpasses of the
    New York State Thruway
Monday & Tuesday October 30-31 Sign Up


Eighteen (18) ham operators are needed for this after dark safety patrol. We will provide the eyes and ears for the New York State Police in an effort to keep pranksters from throwing objects off bridges into the path of motorists below. We will cover as many bridges in Monroe County as possible and coordinate with neighboring counties as needed.

Hams will provide safety communications by informing Net Control of any suspicious activity. This type of activity can be, but is not limited to, stopping on overpass, same vehicle passing bridge location repeatedly, pedestrians on bridge, objects thrown from vehicle or by pedestrians. Net Control will communicate with NYSP. Additionally, we will have rovers that will bring refreshments to those watching bridges.


7:00 PM – Midnight


2-meter mobiles using local repeaters

Holiday Science & Technology Days
Rochester Museum &
    Science Center
Tuesday — Saturday December 26-30 Sign Up


Talk with the museum patrons (children and parents) to explain our amateur radio exhibit and our hobby. Emphasize the wide ranging educational value of amateur radio including technology, radio phenomena, science, geography, language arts, hands-on building, public service, self improvement and vocational.

RaRa partners with other ARCs to staff the event. Rochester DX Association typically provides and staffs a HF special event station. RARA provides and staffs 3-4 tables containing hands-on and highly interactive demonstrations of electronics, magnetism and radio communication. The equipment is supplied by the volunteers and usually stays at the exhibit during the term for other volunteers to use.


We typically staff the exhibit for 3-4 days of the five day event. We try to schedule a staff of 2-4 volunteers for the day. RDXA will schedule and staff the special event station. The event typically runs from about 10:00 AM thru 3:00 PM daily.


Radios are not required. However, a HT with related experience using a local repeater and IRLP is useful.


Admission is free to the volunteers. Arrange you break time with other volunteers to enable visiting other exhibits in the museum. Socialize with other ham radio volunteers and witness operation of the HF special event station. Thank you for enlightening the RMSC patrons about amateur radio.


Last revised: 10/12/17 01:45 PM

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