Boston Marathon Seeks Amateur Radio Volunteers
Preparations are under way for the 120th running of the Boston Athletic Association’s Boston Marathon, which takes place on Patriots’ Day, April 18, 2016. Nearly 300 trained Amateur Radio volunteers staff the event each spring, providing vital communication services over the entire 26 mile course. Volunteers are recruited, selected, and managed by the BAA’s Communications Committee, now in its second year.
“A major initiative of the Committee this year is to bolster the technology we use on Marathon Monday,” said Communications Committee member Matthew Forman, K6MCF. “To do so, we’re forming a Technical Infrastructure Subcommittee (TIS) and seeking amateurs who can offer current skills in analog and/or digital modes (UHF/VHF), repeaters, and infrastructure. We’d like to have the TIS consist of one technically seasoned member from Amateur Radio clubs in Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and the northern parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island.”
Committee member Mark Richards, K1MGY, will assist in representing the TIS to clubs and other interests. Contact Richards for more information.