Marion County 
Amateur Radio Emergency Services

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Marion County Amateur Radio
Public Service Communications

Amateur Radio operators in and around Central Indiana volunteer their time and equipment to provide communications support to public events such as marathons, bike rides, and parades.  Public service events are a great opportunity for new and old hams alike to use their skills to give back to the community.  If you are interested in volunteering at any one of the events listed, please contact the coordinator listed for the event.

2019 Events


500 Festival Mini Marathon

Saturday - May 4, 2019

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


2019 marks the 43rd running of the 500 Festival Mini Marathon.  This is the largest half-marathon in the U.S. and the 7th overall largest running event.  It has sold out for the past 13 years with 35,000 registrants and an additional 4,000 participants int he 5K run.  To volunteer as a Amateur Radio communicator, contact Mike Palmer N9FEB by email at N9FEB@comcast.net or by phone at (317) 753-8691.



500 Festival Parade

Saturday - May 25, 2019

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The 2019 Parade marks its 63rd year.  More than 300,000 spectators will watch the 1.75 mile parade as it goes through the downtown streets.  Amateur Radio operators provide vital communications for medical transport carts and medical tents.   To volunteer as a Amateur Radio communicator, contact Mike Palmer N9FEB by email at N9FEB@comcast.net or by phone at (317) 753-8691.



Bike MS Ride

Saturday August 17, 2019

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The MS Society annual Bike MS Ride will start and stop at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.  Radio operators will be needed to man water stops or provide APRS tracking in Boone, Hamilton, and Tipton counties.   To volunteer as a Amateur Radio communicator, contact Brent Walls N9BA by email at bwalls@arrl.net . 


Indianapolis Half Marathon at Fort Ben

Saturday October 5, 2019

7:00 AM - 1:00 PM


The marathon will be held at the Historic Fort Benjamin Harrison in Lawrence.  Radio operators will be stationed at aid stations along the route.   To volunteer as a Amateur Radio communicator, contact Brent Walls N9BA by email at bwalls@arrl.net . 


ADA Tour de Cure Bike Ride

TO BE DETERMINED

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM


The bike ride will start and stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Radio operators will be stationed along the route in Northwest Marion County and Southern Boone County.  APRS tracking may be needed for this event.   To volunteer as a Amateur Radio communicator, contact Brent Walls N9BA by email at bwalls@arrl.net . 


Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Saturday November 9, 2019

7:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Description:

The marathon will start and stop in downtown Indianapolis.  Radio operators will be stationed at water stops along the route.   To volunteer as a Amateur Radio communicator, contact Brent Walls N9BA by email at bwalls@arrl.net .