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, medical dispatch, and more. Responsibilities include facilitating communication of runner assistance and any kind of emergency situation, and to deliver safety and administrative message traffic.

New volunteers are very welcome and when possible will be paired with a veteran volunteer.  Plenty of documentation will be sent leading up to each event.  Contact the Public Service Coordinator to volunteer or with any questions.

ROYAL Victoria Marathon

Sunday, October 9, 2022

  • Coordinator: Trevor Peirce VE7TAV
  • Start and Finish near 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
  • NEEDED: Radio Co-Coordinator
    • Get a look behind the scenes of all the planning that goes in to organizing the radio team for this event, and others.  You’ll help write complete documentation on everything needed to fulfill our duties, come to meetings, and updates the orientation presentation and documentation.  This is a collaborative role to introduce you to public service coordination; not a division of duties.

Friday, January 20 – Sunday, January 22, 2023

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.

  • Coordinator: Neil Townsend VE7NIL
  • Where: Most ice rinks in the Greater Victoria area are used.
  • Approx 75 volunteer radio operator shifts to be filled.
Times Colonist 10k RUN

Sunday, April 30, 2023

  • Coordinator: Trevor Peirce VE7TAV
  • 50 radio operator volunteers required for checkpoints, dispatch, runner pick-up, cyclists
  • 10K Run single direction clockwise route around Victoria neighbourhoods, start and finish near BC Legislature
Swiftsure International Yacht Race

Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29, 2023

  • Coordinator: Larry Frisch VE7LEQ
  • Race coordinated 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 Point
  • For more info or to volunteer, write to Larry at or call  250-298-7134 (voice only, no text)
ryder hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria bike ride

Saturday, August 19, 2023

  • Coordinator: Trevor Peirce VE7TAV
  • 160km of course East Sooke Park to Butterfly Gardens to Inner Harbour
  • 40+ radio volunteers required for aid stations, transport vehicles, and chase
  • This was a new event for WARA in 2021 and takes place every August
  • Aid Stations / Checkpoints
    • Bring your hand held VHF radio or semi-mobile kit to an assigned point along the course.  Relay requests for mechanical or medical assistance to the EOC and help to provide an additional set of eyes and ears along the course.
  • Broom Wagons / Mechanics
    • Bring your vehicle with an installed mobile rig, turn on your APRS, and roam the course delivering mechanics to broken down riders or helping riders with a lift back to the hub if they can’t be repaired.
  • Radio Room
    • A full team is needed to manage amateur radio traffic, medial radio traffic, and two very busy phone lines.
  • Send a note to volunteer!