Volunteer Registration Open – 2018 Boston Marathon

David Wolfe, KG1H has passed along the following to SEMARA:

Volunteer registration is open for the 2018 Boston Marathon! Sign up today on the BAA’s web site.  You don’t need to specify any group name or passcode.  Just make sure you request at least one ham radio assignment in your preferences.  Once you get your application confirmation number, you’re all set.

If you re a returning volunteer, you’ll be asked to provide your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number.  You should’ve received that in a separate e-mail from the BAA today.  There s also a tool to look it up on the BAA volunteer site.  If you still have trouble finding it, e-mail us and we can help you out.

Don’t delay!  Volunteer registration closes in early February.  Help us get the word out by forwarding this e-mail to your club and other hams who might like to volunteer.  Most volunteers first learn about the event through word of mouth.  If you know new amateurs who might like to join us, make sure to let them know about it.  Even just a quick mention at your club meeting can be a big help.

Again, If you have any questions about volunteer registration, or the 2018 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 more comfortable or effective.

Again, we look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Thank you and 73,

Matthew Forman, K6MCF
Boston Marathon Communications Committee

contact [at] hamradioboston [dot] org

2017 Fall Public Service Events

  1. Surftown Half Marathon and 5K, Sunday, Sept. 10, in Westerly, RI
    This event is run along the ocean front streets of Misquamicut Beach and Watch Hill, RI, It draws about 2800 runners each year. If you are interested in participating, contact Jim Creamer, KB1MAO, Westerly Amateur Radio Team – divingdog [at] verizon [dot] net.

  2. Cystic Fibrosis (CF)Ride for Life, Saturday, Sept. 16 in Westport, MA
    This event has used the SEMARA (147.000) Repeater for the past few years. Expect Ride traffic to start around 8 AM and wrap up around 3 PM. If you are interested in participating, contact Henry Brown, K1WCC, CF Communications Coordinator – k1wcc [at] arrl [dot] net.

  3. Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, Sept. 24, Boston Marathon route
    We’d like to build up the team size for this year, especially along the earlier parts of the route. If interested in participating, contact Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club – ab1rl-pubserv [at] brettcsmith [dot] org.

  4. BAA Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 8 in Boston area
    Volunteer registration for this event will be through the BAA’s website. It will open up on Tuesday, August 15. You’ll get an announcement from them, and me, when that happens. Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club – ab1rl-pubserv [at] brettcsmith [dot] org.

Volunteers Needed For CF Bicycle Tour – September 19th

2015-08-26I received the below message from John-WA1ESO that he needs help with the CF bicycle tour on September 19th.  I have helped out with this detail for three years in a row.  It is a fun event and a good way to help the club out as well.  If you can help, send John a email.

Joe K  N1IXC

SEMARA’s own public service event, the CF bicycle tour for September 19th, could use a couple more hams with 2-meter capability. The event is based at Westport Vineyards and will have hams stationed between Westport, Tiverton and Little Compton.

TNX & 73

wa1eso [at] juno [dot] com

Greater Boston Public Service Events – Fall 2015

2015-08-26Brett Smith, AB1RL, Public Service Coordinator for the Boston Amateur Radio Club (BARC) is looking for volunteers for two upcoming public service events.  If interested in helping out for either event, email ab1rl [at] brettcsmith [dot] org or call (859) 466-5915.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your summer. Fall will be here faster than you know it, and with it come more public service opportunities for hams. There are a couple I wanted to let you know about.

The Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, September 27. This is an all-day walk along the Boston Marathon route to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Hams provide communications for each medical tent along the route and the sweep vehicles that serve them.

To help out, please write me back with your call sign, phone number(s), available equipment, and t-shirt size. Please also let me know if you have any constraints on your schedule that day—if you can’t start before, or must finish by, a particular time.

The BAA Half-Marathon on Sunday, October 11. This is the BAA’s annual half-marathon along the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Volunteers will need to park at the Roxbury Community College before 6:00 AM to report to their assignments, and will finish in the early afternoon.

To help out, please register as a volunteer on the BAA site. When asked for an assignment preference, make sure you select Ham Radios. You don’t need to join any group.

If you have questions about either event, please feel free to contact me at ab1rl [at] brettcsmith [dot] org, or phone (859) 466 5915. I look forward to hearing you on the air soon!


Brett Smith, AB1RL
Public Service Coordinator, Boston Amateur Radio Club

Volunteers Needed: Tour de Cure – June 7th

2015-05-08_2Jim Creamer, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Rhode Island, has put out the call for area hams to help support this charity fund raising bicycle ride on June 7th.  I have volunteered for the past 3 years and found that the ham support to this event very valuable.  Meeting other area hams and cyclists always made it a fun day.  All hams and cyclists are treated to a fine buffet lunch.

If you have June 7th free and would like to join in this year please read Jim’s call out below and make contact.  If someone from our area volunteers but prefers not to drive down to the event alone, please give me a call and we can consider riding down together.

TNX & 73


Hello Hams,

As you know the Tour de Cure is one month away.  I am working on putting the finishing touches on the assignments for the Tour de Cure on June 7th.  I am still in need of a few more hams for SAG duty, Navigators and Rest Stops so I can spread out the work.  I am also in need of more information from those that volunteered for SAG duty so I can fine tune those assignment.  I have attached some general guidelines from the ADA for the SAGs.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the skills of the ham community, hone your emergency communication skills and provide much needed support for a worthy cause, research and education for diabetes.  Around 30 million Americans have diabetes and that number increases about 2 million a year.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

If you have not registered as a volunteer on the Tour de Cure web site, please do so.  Not only does this help the ADA and myself for planning purposes, it also makes sure you get your Tour de Cure T-Shirt.  Use the link below.  Please select “Ham” for volunteer opportunities.

Click Here

From the SAG volunteers, I need to know:
• Do you have a bike rack or other way to carry bicycles? (may have access to some loaner racks)
• Do you have a trailer hitch for a bike rack?
• Do you have a navigator or will you need one?
• Do you have APRS capabilities? (we may have the ability to pull from APRS-FI; this is available for most Android smartphones via APRS Droid and may be available for other platforms)

Jim Creamer
Westerly Amateur Ratio Team
ARES Emergency Coordinator
2 David Ave.
Westerly, RI 02891
P: 401-596-2720
C: 401-864-4510

2015 Boston Marathon Communications Team Sign Up

2015-02-03Registration Closes Soon

The race is still months away, but volunteer registration for the Boston Marathon is almost over. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 10. We hope you’re as excited to help out as we are, so don’t delay—register now!

Registration is a simple two-step process:

1. Register with the BAA
If you’ve volunteered at a BAA event before, you’ll sign in with your BAA Volunteer Loyalty Number, which you can look up on the site. Otherwise, you can sign up as a new volunteer. When the system asks you for your assignment preferences, make sure to choose one of the Ham Radio options. You’ll know you’re done with this step when the system shows you a confirmation number.

2. Sign up with MMRA
We use this to collect additional information specific to our volunteers, like what equipment you have.

For more details, refer to the BAA’s information page for amateur radio operator volunteers.

If you have any questions about the sign-up process, feel free to send those to baa-contact [at] kd1sm [dot] net. And as always, thanks for volunteering.

Brett Smith, AB1RL
for the Boston Marathon Communications Committee

Dartmouth 350 Parade – September 7th

The Dartmouth 350 Parade will be held tomorrow, Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM.  The parade starts at Dartmouth Middle School and finishes at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Our 147.000 repeater may be used between noon and 5:00 PM to provide communications for this special event.

SEMARA Vice-President Joe, N1IXC reports:

On Sunday Sept 7th from around 12noon to 5pm, you might hear our repeater being used for the Dartmouth 350th Parade. Hams can still use the repeater for regular use. I just wanted to let hams know if they hear this activity on our repeater. Public safety radios will be used for this event, but we might not have enough to go around. I will be net control for this event at the EOC and if anyone has any questions please let me know. 73 Joe K N1IXC

Boston Marathon Volunteers Needed – April 21st

Marathon Amateur Radio Communications (MARC) is seeking amateur radio volunteers for the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21, 2014.  People are needed at stations along the route.

MARC is a consortium built on the cooperative efforts of Framingham Amateur Radio Association and Minuteman Repeater Association.  These clubs work together to provide radio communications in support of the Marathon from Hopkinton to Boston.

If you are a licensed amateur radio operator and would like more information or to volunteer, please click here.

Important:  Due to security issues, ham radio volunteer registration will promptly end on Friday, March 8th.  MARC will not be able to accept any volunteers after this date.  If you are 80% sure you will be able to help out, you are advised to register now and cancel later if your plans change.

Hams Needed For Public Service Event – 9/28

SEMARA is looking for volunteers to provide communications for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle For Life.  This public service event begins on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM.  Communications will be needed along the cyclist route through the FarmCoast towns of Little Compton, Tiverton and Westport.  John, WA1ESO has more:

Hi OMs and YLs,

All are invited to help a very worthy cause.  Several from SEMARA and one other ham from the Newport group had a great day in Little Compton providing communication support last year.

The bicycle ride fundraiser runs through Little Compton, Tiverton, and Westport.  Anyone with two meter gear to work through the SEMARA repeater would be welcome to help out along the route providing radio communication.  Spouses of hams are also welcome to help out in Little Compton and at the various rest stops.  Folks with first aid training are a big plus.

Please contact me directly if you are free September 28th and think you might like to help out.  Below are the names of hams returning for this second annual CF event:

Anthony Lessa, KB1UAM – SAG WAGON
Brian Cottle, N1TBT – SAG WAGON

TNX & 73
wa1eso [at] juno [dot] com

Walk for Hunger Volunteers Needed – May 6th

The 20-mile Walk for Hunger begins on the Boston Common, and winds through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, and Cambridge before returning to the Boston Common.  Eric, KA1NCF is the Amateur Radio Communications Coordinator for this event.  He is seeking the help of amateur radio operators to provide communications support.  If you are interested in helping, go to the Walk for Hunger 2012 – Amateur Radio Volunteer Signup page to log in and fill out the signup form.