Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc.
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Since 1931
Rochester Hamfest



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!

2018 Calendar

Event name Location Days Dates Sign Up
Holiday Science & Technology Days Rochester Museum &
    Science Center
Saturday December 8th 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 staff the exhibit for one day. 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 your 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: 11/20/18 11:17 PM


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