Public Service Events

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

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ARESFieldResourcesManual.pdf

Ride for Roswell

We provide the exclusive communications for the 10, 20, 26, 30, and 44-mile bike loops. This event will draw over 7000 entries and utilize 30 Hams to provide communications. The ARES Operations Center will typically use two 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 the 12, 30, 60, and 100 mile bike loops and a 5K walk. This event will draw over 500 entries and utilize over 30 hams to provide communications.  APRS is also utilized to provide real time location of support vehicles on the bike loops. Amateur radio provides the sole means of communication for this event which spans four Western New York counties.

 

Bike MS

Held in early-August, the 15, 30, 50 and 62 mile Bike MS is the fundraising cycling series of the National MS Society. ARES provides the communications for this event utilizing ___ hams on a repeater 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