NVARC Public Service Event

2019 Groton Road Race - Sunday April 28, 2019

This is the 28th year of the Groton Road Race. NVARC has been providing radio communications support to this event since the beginning of the event.

Race Director Chris Russell extends his thanks to the Amateur Radio operators for once again providing vital communications support for this event.

Preliminary radio operator assignments (also by callsign) are now posted.

Ham operators should read the Amateur Radio Operator Briefing Sheets prior to race day. Printed copies will be available at NCS on race day.

All operators will wear an orange or lime safety vest for identification purposes. The ideal vest will say "Radio" or "Radio Communications". If you have an orange cap please bring it. We will have orange vests for anyone who does not have their own.

Assignment Times

see briefing document for additional details

06:30 NCS arrives to set up
08:00 Parking crew starts
08:00 Shadows for Race Officials start
09:00 Police Briefing
09:30 Parking communications secure and relocate to course positions
09:45 All course operators on-station for 5k and 10k
12:00 Race operations end (time is approximate)


There are three NETs for the event:

Organizational net F1: 147.500 Mhz simplex
Course health and safety net   F2: 147.345 MHz, + offset, PL 100 (N1MNX, Pepperell)
Parking net F3: 145.550 MHz simplex
Course fallback F4: 147.345 MHz simplex, PL 100
Course health and safety net alternate F5: 442.900 MHz, + offset, PL 100 (N1MNX, Pepperell)

Jim AB1WQ has created a Chirp programming file and Chirp programming instructions for those of you who use Chirp to program your radios.

Other materials you should review:

Additional information about the race is available from the Groton Road Race site.

You may also wish to browse photos from previous races: 2003, 2006, and 2007.

R. Swick, KD1SM
Updated: 2019-04-25T15:53:57Z