Groton Road Race Requests Amateur Radio Support, April 28, 2019

Ralph Swick, KD1SM writes in the March, 2019 issue of NVARC “Signal”:

Sunday, April 28 will be the 28th running of the Groton Road race. The Groton Police Department and the Race Committee are again formally requesting support from the Amateur Radio community for logistics and safety communications for this high-profile event. The Groton Road Race has been a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts. [The Nashoba Valley Amateur Radio Club] has been coordinating the ham participation since the second year of the event. Many NVARC members are 26-year (soon to be 27-year) veterans. Those of you who have joined us in past years know that the runners sincerely appreciate our presence. Many say so as they run past. This event is so large that Police Departments from several other communities come to assist the Groton PD. Part of our role is to provide the communications from the Groton Police to these out-of-town officers who come to help with the event. 

Contributing to the public good is one of the reasons Amateur Radio exists. Our public service events are a key opportunity for us to show our colors, volunteer our skills and equipment, and demonstrate why it is in the public’s interest to continue to allocate precious RF spectrum to our the Amateur Radio service. The Groton Road Race is a low-stress event and a great way to gain more experience with the public service aspect of Amateur Radio. Please consider joining us on the 28th. If you are interested in helping at events like this but are unsure of what is expected of you or what equipment you may need, please do not hesitate to ask Ralph KD1SM, Stan KD1LE, or John, KK1X. You can also find detailed information about the operations in previous years at <>.

One Comment on “Groton Road Race Requests Amateur Radio Support, April 28, 2019”

  1. Kayla Creamer, W2IRY, writes on the Billerica ARS mailing list on April 21, 2019 at 3:14 PM:

    For those who are not aware, there’s an annual road race in the town of a Groton every year. I received word from some friends in NVARC that they’re still still looking for 3 or 4 volunteers to help crew this year’s race next Sunday, 4/28.

    Jim Wilbur, AB1WQ, tells me that he has a few HT’s programmed and ready to go if anyone would like to volunteer but needs to borrow gear. He believes that start time on the course is 9:30 am. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Ralph Swick, KD1SM, at ASAP to let him know and for details.

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