Public Service Radio Communications Events

WARA fulfills a public service function by providing radio communications volunteers for events in and around the Victoria area. Radio Team members provide communication services linking net control, various course locations (first aid and water stations), supply vehicles, ambulance dispatch and some individuals. Our responsibilities include facilitating communication of runner assistance and race emergency situations, and to deliver safety and administrative message traffic. New volunteers are welcome and will be coached as required. Contact Public Service Coordinator for info: Contact Form


Radio traffic is a combination of informal requiring little experience for most radio operators and more formal for the dispatch functions. RADIO OPERATORS send the scores for the games from the arenas to headquarters and also relay messages for the organizing committee and officials.

  • When: Friday Jan. 20 to Sunday Jan. 22,  2017
  • Where: 10 (2015) rinks in the Greater Victoria area are used. (Max rinks 12 rinks in prev.years)
  • 73 (2015) volunteer radio operator shifts to be filled. (Max shifts 80 in prev. years)
  • To Volunteer contact Coordinator: Neil Townsend VE7NIL (250) 888-6407  e-mail: ntowns at shaw dot ca
  • Link for All CARHA Radio Operator Schedules and Rink Info Sheets
 Times-Colonist 10 k Run 27 years
  • When: Sunday April 30, 2017
  • Coordinator: Alan Mallett VA7AWM email va7awm at shaw dot ca
  • Assistant Coordinator Andy Woodsworth VE7VAW email andy at woodsworth dot ca
  • 50 radio operator volunteers required for checkpoints, dispatch, runner pick-up
  • 10K Run single direction clockwise route around Victoria neighbourhoods, start and finish at BC Legislature
  • Link for Radio Operator Roster, Docs, and Maps>>>>>TC10k Radio Operator Folder
  • TC10k Official Website Link – for maps and other info
 Swiftsure International Yacht Race
  • When: Friday May 25 to Monday May 29, 2017
  • Coordinator: Don MacCleod VA7KOC and Larry Parkinson VE7YYM email va7swi at shaw dot ca
  • Coordinated directly by the Swiftsure Race Committee with support from the local Amateur Radio community
  • Where: Victoria and Juan de Fuca to Swiftsure Bank
  • 60+ radio operator volunteers required for a variety of duties in Victoria, on various official vessels and at shore stations as far as Sombrio
  • For more info or to volunteer, contact Don or visit 
Ride for the Disabled – this info is out of date, sorry
  • Sunday 31 May 2015, 0845-1300 Hrs.
  • Where: Starts at Beaver Lake, and area trails in vicinity.
  • Up to 10 radio volunteers required. Several checkpoints require walking a distance, some checkpoints are drive and park..
  • Coordinators: John Walls VE7SDJ rockey555 at telus dot net 
GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – 38 years
  • When: Sunday October 8, 2017
  • Communications Coordinator: Alan Mallett VA7AWM email va7awm at shaw dot ca
  • Where: Start and Finish at BC Legislature, route around the water front into Oak Bay past the Yacht Club
  • 45 radio volunteers required for checkpoints, dispatch and runner pick-up
  • Updates to current roster and other documents will be posted or emailed directly to volunteers
  • Click Here>>>>Marathon 2016 Radio Operations Info
  • Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon Official Website