WHAT WE PROVIDE.
Brevard Amateur Radio Society provides communications support to charitable or community events. Volunteer radio operators, from all walks of life, provide their experience and equipment for public service.
There are many advantages for a charitable or community event to use amateur radio.
Radio operators effectively manage the flow of important and emergency information.
Immediate contact and coordination with other event officials and vehicles.
Information can be passed to an individual or to all of the event staff at once.
Communications with agencies that normally cannot communicate with each other such as police or ambulance vehicles.
The event does not have to rent costly equipment, thus being able to turn more of the event funds raised towards the charity.
Amateur radio operators and their equipment are flexible and portable.
Public service events allow an amateur radio operators to practice emergency communications skills, develop proficiency with equipment, provide visibility for amateur radio to the general public, and most importantly, give something back to the community.
Four types of radio operators participate in public service events.
1. Net Control Operators coordinate radio traffic, keep track of resources, and record all incidents and radio traffic. Minimum equipment needed is a 2 meter radio, with its own power source (AC power may be available at some events), portable mast, and base antenna.
2. Rest Stop/Aid Station Operators (SAG) enable constant contact between net control and the rest stop/aid station. Minimum equipment needed are a hand-held radio 2 meter radio with spare battery. Some rest stop/aid stations may require use of a magnetic mount antenna to reach net control or the event repeater.
3. Shadow Operators accompany an event official enabling constant contact. They may be on foot or mobile. Minimum equipment needed is a hand-held 2 meter radio with spare battery. Headphones or an earphone are strongly encouraged. Often the shadow operator has to work in noisy areas. Don't forget, wear good walking shoes!
4. SAG (Support and Gear) Operators accompany a SAG vehicle enabling constant contact between the SAG vehicle and event officials. they typically ride in the vehicle designated to provide transportation or logistics during an event. They may be called upon to assist the drive with map reading, observing road conditions, etc. Minimum equipment needed is a 2 meter hand-held or mobile radio with magnetic mount antenna.
New technology reaches into the public service arena with the increasing use of APRS (Automatic Position reporting System), used for tracking pace cars and SAG vehicles.
For more information regarding amateur radio public service, please contact N6USP.
Join the fun side of amateur radio and participate in a public service event this year.
Hope to see you there!