ARRL East Bay Section

Public Event Sponsors

Calendar of Public Service Events
2017-2018

Here is a calendar of public events in the ARRL East Bay Section for which volunteer Amateur Radio Service communications support has been requested.

Public Event Sponsors

Athletic events and fundraisers like ultra, marathon, and fun runs, bicycle and equestrian rides, and community walks; celebrations like parades; fairs and rodeos; major exhibits at malls and museums — these are large, preplanned, non-emergency public activities. Amateur Radio provides voluntary noncommercial communication services to the community at events like these.

We are called “amateurs” because we are not paid; we provide our services at no charge. Like amateurs in sports, we do it for the love of it! Though we are amateurs, our communications services — data as well as voice — are of professional quality. We find ways to communicate where there may be no WiFi or cellular service and where even public safety radios may not function.

We can provide communications among an event’s units and facilities:

  • starting line
  • water/aid stations
  • checkpoints
  • route junctions
  • hazardous route crossings
  • “shadows” for key personnel
  • medical units
  • SAG vehicles
  • search and rescue units
  • parade floats and other units
  • grandstands
  • parking areas
  • officials’ areas
  • finish line
  • reunion area

Amateur Radio … Serving the Community. Learn more about how Amateur Radio works with event sponsors and public safety officials.

Please contact the Section Emergency Coordinator, ARRL East Bay Section, as shown on the EB Section Leadership page if you would like to arrange volunteer Amateur Radio communications support for your upcoming public event wholly or partially in the ARRL East Bay Section (Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano Counties). The Section Emergency Coordinator will put you in touch with a local Amateur Radio public-event team coordinator who will assist.

Note: the Federal regulations governing Amateur Radio generally prohibit “…communications in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer …” Employees of any entity associated with a public event should therefore not transmit on Amateur Radio frequencies.