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.