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
2021 Calendar Calendar
||Bridges of the NYS Thruway
||Tuesday & Wednesday
||October 30 & 31
|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 &
| Friday to Sunday
to the 30th
|The RMSC Holiday Science and Technology Days are held in December at the Rochester Museum and
Science Center. This program is provided jointly with 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.
||Formal Plans Have Not Been
Announced Due To COVID-19
Last revised: 12/23/20 01:08 PM