NVARC Public Service Event

2024 Groton Road Race - Sunday May 5, 2024

This is the 31st year of the Groton Road Race. NVARC has been providing radio communications support to this event since the beginning of the event.

The Race committee extend their thanks to the Amateur Radio operators for once again providing vital communications support for this event.

Radio operator assignments:

Checkpoint Callsign Name Call Notes
4 W1MWS Tim Checkpoint 4 Old Ayer and Smith
6 N1QDZ Joseph Checkpoint 6 Culver and Farmers Row (Clock 2)
7 AB1WQ Jim Checkpoint 7 Farmers Row and General Field
7a W0TJP Tim Checkpoint 7 Alpha General Field and Shirley Road
7c N1RKO Mary Checkpoint 7 Charlie Shirley Road and Joy Lane (Clock 3.1)
9 KB1HFT George Checkpoint 9 Farmers Row and Peabody
11 KC1DKY Nick Checkpoint 11 Farmers Row and Broadmeadow
13 W1YTT Patrick Checkpoint 13 Playground and Main
14 KC1RKH Libby Checkpoint 14 Main and Old Ayer
Race Director KB1KTP Carsten Race Director Frank Lombardo
Course Marshall AB1PM Rick Course Rick Coveno
Police Command N8VIM Jim Police Sergeant Gemos
Start AA1SE Ray Start Groton Hill Music Center
Rail Trail South K1BG & N1ATE Bruce & Nate Rail Trail South Rail Trail & Smith St
Rail Trail North K1NKR Skip Rail Trail North Rail Trail & Broadmeadow (Clock 5)
NCS KK1X & KD1SM John & Ralph NCS Behind Groton Library

Radio operators should read the Amateur Radio Operator Briefing Sheets prior to 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 at Net Control (near the playground behind the Groton Library) for anyone who does not have their own.

Assignment Times

07:30 NCS arrives to set up
08:00 Shadows for Race Officials start
09:00 Police Briefing
09:45 All course operators on-station for 5k and 10k
12:00 Race operations end (time is approximate)


This year we will use just one NET for the event:

Race Officials, Course health and safety net   F2: 147.345 MHz, + offset, PL 100 (N1MNX, Pepperell)
fallback F3: 147.345 MHz simplex, PL 100

Note that the fallback frequency is simply the output of the repeater; if the repeater malfunctions everyone will still be listening to that frequency.

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: 2024-05-04T13:33Z