Public Service Events

The public service communications manual is an excellent place to start with Amateur Radio Public Service. It describes in detail the who's, what's, when's and how's for public service communications! This is a must read for anyone who wants to work public service events or be involved with disaster preparedness.

Ride for Roswell

We provide the exclusive communications for the 9, 20, 33, 62.5, and 100-mile bike loops. This event will draw over 7000 entries and utilize 50 Hams to provide communications. The ARES Operations Center will typically use three Repeaters to cover the courses, providing operation, tactical, health, welfare and safety support. An additional simplex frequency is used for start/finish coordination and VIP communication. APRS is also utilized to provide real time location of support vehicles on the bike loops.

Tour de Cure

We provide the exclusive communications for this 100+ mile bike loop.   This event will draw over 2000 entries and utilize over 30 hams to provide communications.  Amateur radio provides the sole means of communication for this event which spans four Western New York counties.

American Diabetes Walk (ADA)

Held in early-October, this 3.5 mile walk in the city of Buffalo out of BlueCross BlueShield Headquarters of WNY benefits the American Diabetes Association and will draw 1000+ people. ARES provides the comunications for this event utilizing 12-14 hams on a single simplex frequency. 

Pumpkin Patrol

Erie County ARES works with the New York State Police to help provide detection and reporting of people throwing objects over bridge overpasses on Halloween. Significant damage can be caused from objects hitting a vehicle moving at 55-65 mph. Amateur radio operators will watch specified bridge overpasses and report any suspicious activity to the New York State Police.


  • NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) said strong (G3) geomagnetic storm conditions occurred overnight. The SWPC issued a G3 alert at 0419 UTC on May 28, due to activity associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME) on May 23.“Although the solar wind speed is relatively slow, the embedded magnetic field had a prolonged period of southward Bz (a magnetic field component) that is causing ...

  • More than 2 dozen QB50 constellation CubeSats have been deployed from the International Space Station (ISS), including three carrying Amateur Radio transponders. Built by student groups from 23 countries, the string-of-pearls QB50 constellation aims to study the lower thermosphere 200-380 kilometers above Earth. The satellites were launched to the ISS onboard an Atlas V rocket in March.In all 2...

Southgate ARC

  • This is Roger Harrison VK2ZRH from the Spectrum Strategy Committee – we’d like your help, please

  • Members of the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be active from 'Her Majesty's Royal Mint' at Llantrisant, South Wales, UK, signing GB4RME (Royal Mint Experience) between July 31st and August 5th

  • The aim of the South African Radio League Digital Contest is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using PSK31 and RTTY

  • A moderately strong G2-class geomagnetic storm is underway on May 27-28 as Earth moves through the wake of a CME that swept past our planet just hours ago

  • This year was the biggest CubeSat Workshop yet, with almost 550 attendees from 19 different countries

  • The YOFF team of SRR (The Romanian Society of Radio-amateurs) and ARER (The Romanian Association of Environmentalists Radio-amateurs) are inviting all the radio amateurs to join them in the Green-Party 2017 event, between 0600-1759z on June 3rd


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