2017 TCS New York City Marathon Ham Radio Operators

General Event Information

The majority of our ham radio volunteers for our events can expect to be assigned to a mile point or medical tent location.  Some assignments may involve shadowing event officials or riding in event vehicles.


Our primary mission is to provide emergency and supplemental communications to event staff and public safety officials; our volunteers are also well known as the set of "eyes and ears" along the event course, reporting any emergency or unusual situations back to event officials via our net control stations.


Our operators should be prepared for the 'weather-of-the-day', as a majority of the assignments require them to be outdoors, regardless of the weather conditions.


We conduct a majority of our operations on 70-cm (440mhz) repeaters through the generous assistance and support of repeater owners and groups.  Our operators should be equipped with a 440-mhz (70cm) HT, ample spare battery capacity for a day-long event, and a good set of headphones.  While it is not mandatory, many of our operators also utilize UHF/70cm DMR HTs as well.


Since we, the EventHams 'staff' are also volunteers, we recruit for the events far in advance and need that time to create rosters, assignment lists, frequency lists, etc.  We rely on this website to make the information available, so please check back often!