|Rochester Amateur Radio Association, Inc.|
|PO Box 93333, Rochester NY, 14692||Telephone Hotline: (585) 210-8910|
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.
Stay in good operating condition: Participate in a public service event each year!
A Note from Mike Moore, KC2NM, Public Service Coordinator
Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic have made planning events difficult for the agencies and organizations that we serve. It has been confirmed that our largest event, The American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure will be held as a virtual event this year. Longer term, the ADA is looking at how to restore the Tour de Cure as a regional rather than a local event in Upstate New York. We look forward to working with them to learn how we can be of help on the road course as Command Post, SAG, and Sweep drivers.
We are in contact with the MS Society and Fairport Crew Crew to receive plans for the ROC the Ride and Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta events. These events are typically held in the Fall so there is time to continue with these events when the information is available. ROC the Ride is a bicycle ride fundraising event conducted in Genesee Valley Park and points south, The Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta is a rowing event that is held by the Fairport Crew Club. For both of these events, RaRa will provide course safety and participant tracking communications.
Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in our own community. RaRa, with our partners Drumlins ARC and SIARC have historically operated JOTA as part of the Challenge Trophy Campout which is an encampment of approximately 2000 scouts.
2021 will be the 45th year for The Pumpkin Patrol. RaRa will participate in partnership with the NY State Police and HAM groups to the east and west along the NYS Thruway. We will be stationed at each of the 16 Monroe County bridges of the Thruway. Twice an hour roll call net will operate to keep an eye on the bridges to make sure motorists will not become the victims of any dangerous pranks.
As Rochester’s hub of lifelong science learning, RMSC is the place that we can experience the thrill of invention and innovation. During the week between Christmas and New years, volunteers from RaRa and other area organizations present the Holiday Science & Technology Days. We will have a booth with demonstrations of electricity, magnetism, and technology related to radio. Our partners at RDXA and XARC operate a demonstration Amateur Radio Station.
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming RaRa Public Service Events.
Update as of May 5th, 2021
Tour de Cure 2021 will be a virtual event with no dedicated road course.
We have requested participation in MS ROC the Ride and Lift Bridge Regatta - No Dates Yet
Many organizations have had a turnover in staff and volunteers so we anticipate the need to rebuild.
2021 Calendar Calendar
Last revised: 05/06/21 07:17 PM
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