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Public Service

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


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

2022 Calendar Calendar
(updated April 13, 2021)

Name Location Day(s) Date Sign Up
2022 MS ROC Great Lakes Experience Lakeside Beach State Park
    Waterport, NY
Saturday August 13 Click

Because this event is held in Orleans County we have contacted OCARC about leading this activity. That discussion is pending. This public service event benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Bike MS is the largest fundraising cycling series in the world. Each year, nearly 75,000 cyclists and more than 6,000 teams ride together to change the world for people with MS. RaRa are asked to provide communications for the Support and Gear (SAG) and rider sweep functions. Rides of 62.5, 25, and 15 miles will begin and end at Lakeside Beach State Park extending west toward Olcott.

We plan to gather a team at 7:00 am with vehicles leaving then from the park. There are 3 rest stops on the ride courses. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Click Here" link to the right.

Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta

NYS Barge Canal


Saturday September 24 Click

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. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Click Here" link to the right.

Pumpkin Patrol Bridges of the NYS Thruway Sunday, Monday October 30 & 31 Click

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. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Click" link to the right.

Holiday Science & Technology Days Rochester Museum &
    Science Center
Tuesday to Friday December 27-30 Click
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: 06/15/22 07:05 PM


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