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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 PublicService@RochesterHam.org.

 

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

The Winter months are an excellent time to review our communications tools for public service events. We have a mix of events where our service area extends over a large area and where we operate over a small area. A mobile radio and vehicle-mounted antenna using a single or group of repeaters is most appropriate for the large area event. For small-area events, a handheld radio works well. Our first large area event is the Tour de Cure on June 8, so there is time to add a dual-band mobile radio to your car. If you don’t want a permanently mounted setup, a cigar lighter power cord and mag-mount antenna for the roof will work. Many hams seem to have a handheld for the small area events.

APRS stations mounted in a vehicle are handy to allow net control to see your location. If that is out of your budget range, there are smartphone Apps for Android (aprsdroid) and iPhone (aprs.fi). These are not the only choices for these devices. For more information, consult the App Store for your phone or view the article at

https://w8rp.org/how-to-guides/aprs-on-android-and-ios/

Two of our public service events are scheduled for the same day in September. There are also two events that have been brought forward by club members that are scheduled for the same day as existing events. I have listed these all in our schedule shown following. We will need to plan what the needs are for the served organizations and how we can meet these needs.

2024 Calendar Coming Events

(Page Last Revised: 06/19/24 01:12 PM)

Name Location Day(s) Date Sign Up
MS ROC Great Lakes Adventure Lakeside Beach State Park
    Waterport, NY
Saturday August 10 Sign Up

Because this event is held in Orleans County, we will work
with OCARC leading this activity.

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.Because this event is held in Orleans County we will work with OCARC leading this activity. 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 "Sign Up" link to the right.

     
Mammoth March Upstate NY Letchwork Park Saturday August 10 Sign Up
We will provide safety comms for a 20 mile, 8 hour hike around Letchworth Park. Because of the topography, we may need to be creative with multiple repeaters, cross band and maybe even 6 meters or HF. It may also be physically demanding if we have to shadow event officials and sweep teams on the trails, but there are also opportunities to work at a nice rest stop and enjoy the event. This is a perfect way to practice our skills in a challenging environment like we might encounter in a possible disaster situation. We will need radios at:
    HQ,start/finish
    4 aid/water stations
    Sweep crew
    Shuttle (low priority)
7AM to 7PM - can break into two shifts
     
ILLW Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Saturday and Sunday August 17-18 TBA
Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta (canceled) NYS Barge Canal Fairport Saturday September 21 Canceled
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 "Sign Up" link to the right.      
Wilmot Breakaway Ride UR Central Lab,
Bailey Road, West Henrietta
Saturday September 21 Sign Up
The Wilmot Breakaway Challenge is part of the Wilmot Warrior Weekend fundraiser for UR Cancer Center. This daylong event is made up of bike rides of 65, 40, and 25 miles. Individual and teams of riders raise donations from friends and family for completion of the rides. RaRa provides communications on the ride course in support of the riders using mobile radios, repeaters, APRS, and cell phones where needed. We operate the communications command center, coordinating the delivery of services, and updating the event managers. Wilmot Breakaway Challenge is a big operation and involves hams from Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne counties. The course location has not been set. Please consider volunteering to help with this event using the "Sign Up" link to the right.      
JOTA / Ham Radio Demonstration Camp Cutler, Naples, NY Saturday October 19 TBA
Pumpkin Patrol Bridges of the NYS Thruway Monday, Tuesday October 30 & 31 Sign Up
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 "Sign Up" link to the right.      

 

Last revised: 06/19/24 01:12 PM

   

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