Winnipeg 12 JUN 2014 – Over eighty-five Amateur Radio Operators and supporting personnel will be providing volunteer communications support for the Manitoba Marathon this Sunday. Amateur Radio Operators (also known as “Hams”) have been involved in the Manitoba Marathon for thirty-five (35) years.
The Manitoba Marathon is the largest scheduled annual Amateur Radioactivity in Manitoba. Every Amateur Radio club and organization in theWinnipeg area is involved. This reflects the large public servicecomponent of the hobby which includes providing emergencycommunications in times of natural disasters and in the event of the failureof the regular communication facilities. Amateur Radio operators haveprovided this essential service for everything from municipal disastermanagement exercises, flood operations and severe weather events toearthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis in other countries.
Amateur Radio Operators will be stationed at every full Hospitality Station along the race route as well as staffinga number of course vehicles including those providing mobile medical communications.
To learn more about the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, go towww.winnipegares.ca .