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Event Information: Amateur Radio Operators

Radio Communications

Amateur Radio Operators must visit the Marathon Amateur Radio Operators home page http://www.mmra.org/marc before registering.

HAM RADIOS - HOPKINTON

Meeting Location: Information Kiosk (Hopkinton Town Common)
Expected Duration: Instructions to follow
Captain: Kevin Paetzold

Radio Team members provide communication services linking the Hopkinton-based team captains, information booths, Athletes’ Village and spectator parking areas. The radio team’s role is to facilitate communications throughout Hopkinton and help resolve any last minute problems or questions. The team is also responsible for communicating safety conditions for the Hopkinton portion of the race course immediately prior to the start. Volunteers must be licensed Amateur Radio Operators with a 2m/VHF portable radio. A radio that covers the 70cm amateur band is desirable but not necessary.

HAM RADIOS - COURSE

Meeting Location: Instructions to follow
Expected Duration: Instructions to follow
Captain: Steve Schwarm

Amateur Radio operators (Hams) provide communication services linking network control, various course locations (first aid and water stations, miscellaneous observation points), supply vehicles, MEMA, sweep buses, and some individuals. Hams’ responsibility is to facilitate communication of emergency situations, and to deliver safety and administrative message traffic between start, course and finish areas. Extensive instructions will be mailed to each volunteer prior to the race. Volunteers must be licensed Amateur Radio Operators with a 2m/VHF portable radio. A radio that covers the 70cm amateur band is desirable but not necessary.

HAM RADIOS - FINISH

Meeting Location: Patriot Room, John Hancock Hall
Expected Duration: Instructions to follow
Captain: Paul Topolski

Finish Area Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) are responsible for providing logistical communications for medical operations and tactical communications for medical sweeps. Hams in the medical tents and massage area will locate supplies and relay information for medical officials, and they will be available to call for wheelchair and medical assistance for runners in the finish line area. Hams have direct access to Boston Fire, Police and EMS. Hams are requested to wear their identification badge with name and call sign on it. Volunteers must be licensed Amateur Radio Operators with a 2m/VHF portable radio. A radio that covers the 70cm amateur band is desirable but not necessary. For an overview of the Marathon amateur radio communications system and minimum communications equipment requirements please visit http://www.youtube.com and search w1sex.

B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race.  Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.