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.


  • Average daily sunspot numbers rose this reporting week (June 15-21) from 4.9 to 29.4. The previous week had four days with no sunspots, and this week there were no zero sunspot days, hence the dramatic increase in the average.Average daily solar flux barely budged from 74.4 to 74.6Average daily planetary A index went from 7.3 to 9.4, and mid-latitude A index from 6.9 to 8.1.Predicted solar flux...

  • The ARRL will sponsor a 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Webinar on Monday, July 17, at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on Tuesday, July 18). The approximately 90-minute session will address the role of Amateur Radio during the 2017 Hurricane Season. Anyone interested in hurricane preparedness and response is invited to take part in this online presentation.Topics will include a meteorological overview of the ...

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  • The Hindustan Times reports a team of amateur radio operators is monitoring the radio signals round-the-clock and another team of language experts is helping the officials break the coded language

  • The Swedish National Amateur Radio Society SSA reports a Youth Camp was held the weekend of June 17

  • In this episode, Martin M1MRB / W9ICQ is joined by Leslie Butterfield G0CIB, Edmund Spicer M0MNG and Bill Barnes N3JX to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episode’s feature is Repair and Safety

  • This contest is to encourage Low Band Activity in Australia and New Zealand – The applicable bands are 160, 80 and 40M. The modes are SSB CW and Digital (RTTY and PSK only)

  • July and August is traditionally a slack period for news, so an ideal time to tell your Local Newspaper about amateur radio and get publicity for the hobby

  • For years, and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been using space weather balloons to monitor cosmic rays in the atmosphere above California


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