Groton (MA) Road Race, May 15, 2022

Ralph Swick, KD1SM, writes:

** Groton Road Race scheduled for Sunday May 15, 2022 **

The Groton Road Race (Groton MA) is back!  May 15 will be the 29th running of this event. The Groton Police Department and the Race Director have again requested our Amateur Radio communication support this year.

We will be supporting the two main races in this event; the 5k and 10k. The communications support that we provide starts around 9am and we should be done shortly after 1pm.

The event committee is not requiring volunteers to be vaccinated or to wear masks.  You are certainly welcome to wear a mask and/or maintain distancing if you wish.

The Groton Road Race continues to be a major event for Amateur Radio in North Central Massachusetts.  Those of you who have joined us in previous years know that the runners sincerely appreciate our presence.  Many say so as they run past.  This event is so large that Police Departments and other public safety organizations from several 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 this 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 15th.

If you are a new Ham or know of another Ham who is interested in helping at these events but unsure of what is expected or what equipment may be needed, please do not hesitate to introduce the to me.

The Race Committee and the Groton Police Department repeatedly praise and express their appreciation for our assistance in providing communications for this event for many years.  if you are interested in joining the communication crew this year, please let me know.

Thanks and 73,



NE-ECAPS Group Meeting, April 14, 2022

Cory Golob, KU1U, writes:

The New England EmComm & Public Service Group will hold an online meeting on April 14, 2022 from 7:30 – 9:00 PM ET. 


NTS Discussion (45 minutes):

  • Formation of “The Future of NTS” Team – Marcia Forde KW1U
  • Opportunity to gather input for the Future of NTS Team
  • Army MARS Traffic Handling update? – Charles Rocheleau, W1CPR & Steve Hansen, KB1TCE? Could either or both of you speak to this topic?

Other EMCOMM/Public Service Related Discussion (45 minutes):

  • Reminder of Working Group Meeting: Training Programs for New Hams in EMCOMM/Public Service – Rob Macedo, KD1CY
  • Discussion on 2022 Simulated Emergency Test plans (Have Sections started planning?) – Open Forum
  • Places for improvement on Public Service Events (do any sections need assistance in any areas for Public Service related events?) – Open Forum


[Contact Cory Golob for Zoom invite details.]

73 DE KU1U
Cory Golob <>
ARRL New England Assistant Director, EMCOMM and Public Service

National Hurricane Conference Virtual Amateur Radio Workshop, April 11, 2022

On Monday 4/11/22, there will be the Virtual Amateur Radio Workshop for the 2022 National Hurricane Conference. The sessions will run between 1030 AM-1200 PM EDT, 130-300 PM EDT, and 330-500 PM EDT. The details on the presenters and presentation topics and Zoom dial-in details can be found here:
We will be recording the session and uploading it to YouTube as well. We look forward to seeing folks who can attend our virtual workshop.
73, Rob, KD1CY
Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator & SKYWARN Coordinator

Rocky Neck Relay Race, Communicators Needed, East Lyme, CT, April 24, 2022

Tim Rodgers, KC1TWR, writes on the Radio Amateur Society of Norwich (CT) mailing list:

Communicators needed! 

The 2022 Rocky Neck Relay Race is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, 2022. This is a new event for us this year. The course is all within Rocky Neck State Park. The race starts at 8 AM and the award ceremony at noon. Report time at the Region 4 Mobile Communications Unit will be 645 AM to 7:30 AM.

Attached are the maps for the trail and road course. The road course is all within Rocky Neck State Park. . I am working on the Comm Plan that will have checkpoint numbers. In the mean t5ime the checkpoint locations are marked on the maps with big yellow stars. 

This is a GREAT opportunity to introduce newly licensed amateurs or persons interested in getting licensed to public service.  Please ask someone to join you!

If you are available, please send an email to: 
Please include your cell and home phone numbers for the COMM Plan even if you have sent them for previous events.  Include your T-Shirt size as well. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Tim Rodgers KC1TWR

Spring 2022 Boston/Norton SKYWARN Training Sessions

SKYWARN logoRob Macedo, KD1CY, writes on

Due to COVID-19 concerns, SKYWARN training classes will again be held virtually. The SKYWARN training sessions will occur on three weeknights and two weekends. The weeknight sessions will be taught by NWS forecasters and the weekend sessions taught by amateur radio operators.

Dates and registration information can be seen at the following link:

NWS Boston/Norton virtual SKYWARN training dates and registration information link:

All are welcome to attend the training sessions. Those that are interested in becoming a SKYWARN Spotter or existing spotters refreshing their SKYWARN training can take an optional quiz and that will get a new individual their SKYWARN spotter number and count as refreshing your training for existing spotters.

We hope many can attend these training sessions. Thanks to all for their continued support of the NWS Boston/Norton SKYWARN program.

Volunteers Sought for Clamdigger Road Race, Westerly, RI, April 24, 2022

Jim Creamer, KB1MAO writes on the RI-ARES mailing list:

Attached is the information for our first event of the year down here in Westerly.  Due to Deaths, moves and job changes it looks like I could use a few more hams.  <…>  It is a short event, so, I understand many not wanting to travel any long distance with the price of gas what it is.

Attached is the information on this year’s Clamdigger Road Race.  Please reserve the date, Sunday 24 April 2022, to help with the event.  Last  year’s turnout left us  wanting for help on the course.

Please let me know your availability at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,

Jim Creamer, KB1MAO
Westerly Amateur Radio Team
Washington County District Emergency Coordinator
Assistant RI Section Emergency Coordinator


Last Call for Boston Marathon Volunteers, Deadline is February 18, 2022


The Boston Marathon Amateur Radio team is still in need of about 50 additional volunteers to fill our nearly 300 assignments.  The BAA volunteer registration deadline is this Friday, February 18 at 5:00 PM EST.  The BAA has told us that this is a firm deadline for this year.

If you are still undecided, we encourage you to register now; you can discuss any questions you may have with us and if you decide this is not for you this year you can withdraw between now and the end of March.

If you have not previously volunteered and want to chat about what we do, what is expected of us, and what equipment you might need, please do not hesitate to drop us an email.

Registration Links:
BAA registration can be accessed via the BAA web site specifically in the “Athletes’ Village” section.

Step by Step Sign Up Guide:

If you have any questions about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2022 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime. Volunteering at the Marathon is a big job and we appreciate the time and effort everyone puts into it. We’re happy to do what we can to make your work fun, comfortable, and effective.

We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you, and 73,

Boston Marathon Communications Committee

Please make sure to whitelist and to make sure you receive BAA and ARO committee communications.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Wanted for Hartford Marathon Foundation O’Niantic 5k Race, March 19, 2022

Tim Rodgers, KC1TWR, writes on the RASON and TriCity ARC mailing lists:
Connecticut ARES Region 4 and local amateur radio operators have been requested once again to assist with the 2022 Hartford Marathon Foundation O’Niantic 5K Race on Saturday March 19, 2022. 
Report time will be between 8:15 and 8:30 AM at the East Lyme Town Hall Parking Lot.  Most checkpoints are released by 11 AM. 
The Kids Wee Mile races start at 9:00 AM, and the 5K starts at approximately 9:45 AM. 
This is a great low-key event for new amateur radio operators, or new to volunteering at checkpoints!  Feel free to recruit!  
Please let me know if you are available to volunteer for this event. 
Thanks and 73,

Tim Rodgers KC1TWR

Cell/Text:  860-460-7360

Ham Radio Comms Requested for Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races, Aroostook County, Maine, March 5-6, 2022

Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races logoMaine Section Manager Phil Duggan, N1EP, writes:

I would like to ask for your help in providing ham radio communications to the CanAm Crown Sled Dog Races in Aroostook County Mar 5 – 6.  If you are up to a challenge to head “North to Aroostook” and partake in an awesome public service event, then contact Maine Assistant Section Manager Derrick Ouelette, KW1A email and he can provide the details.


Thanks & 73,

Phil Duggan, N1EP, Maine SM

Boston Marathon Amateur Radio Volunteers Needed on Marathon Monday, April 18, 2022

Eastern MA Section Emergency Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, writes on NEDivisionSEC:

We are currently recruiting for the 2022 Boston Marathon on Monday 4/18/22. We have about half of the volunteers required for race day right now and volunteer registration closes on Friday February 18th, 2022 is a hard volunteer registration closure deadline and the volunteer sign-ups for the last couple of weeks have slowed significantly. We could use help from around the region. Below is a short release suitable for email and web site postings:
Hello to all…

Planning is well underway for the 2022 Boston Marathon!  The BAA opened volunteer registration today and it will close on Friday, February 18, 2022.  Returning volunteers should have received an email from the BAA with details about how to register.

New volunteers can sign up via

We have also provided a step by step guide on how to select Amateur Radio volunteer positions during the registration process:

If you have any questions about the upcoming volunteer registration period, or the 2022 Marathon generally, please get in touch anytime via the email address
Thank you, and 73,

Boston Marathon Communications Committee