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!

2021 Calendar Calendar
(updated August 4, 2021)

Event name Location Days Dates Sign Up
Fairport Lift Bridge Regatta NYS Barge Canal—Fairport Saturday September 25 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.    
Scouting Ham Radio Demonstration Babcock Hovey in Ovid, NY Saturday October 23 Click

This event would normally be in the Jamboree-on-the-Air, or ‘JOTA’ weekend but the largest gathering of scouts in out area is the Challenge Trophy Camporee falls a week later than JOTA this year. RaRa will set up a ham shack at the Babcock Hovey scout camp in Ovid, NY. The annual Trophy Challenge campout is held that weekend and we will have the opportunity to demonstrate the many facets of Amateur Radio to 2000 youth.

Pumpkin Patrol Bridges of the NYS Thruway Saturday & Sunday 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      
Holiday Science & Technology Days Rochester Museum &
    Science Center
Monday to Wednesday December 27th
to the 29th
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.           

Last revised: 08/23/21 04:57 PM


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