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. 18 to Sunday Jan. 20,  2019
  • 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)
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Neil Townsend VE7NIL
  • Public Service Contact Form: Contact Form
 Times-Colonist 10 k Run 30 years
  • When: Sunday April 28, 2019
  • Coordinator: Alan Mallett VA7AWM
  • Assistant Coordinator Trevor Peirce VE7AV
  • 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
 Swiftsure International Yacht Race
  • When: Thursday May 23 to Monday May 27, 2019
  • Coordinator: Don MacCleod VA7KOC and Larry Parkinson VE7YYM
  • 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 
GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – 39 years
  • When: Sunday October 6, 2019
  • Coordinator: Alan Mallett VA7AWM
  • 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 provided to volunteers