Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is a hobby where operators use radio waves to connect with others across the globe.
Though hams use their radios for a variety of fun pastimes, one of the most popular is volunteering. These volunteer-focused hams use their personal equipment along with their event management skills and experience to ensure events run smoothly, taking the burden of communication off of the organizers and staff. Here are just a few things hams can do for your event:
- Shadow key event staff
- Ensure communications coverage for many locations
- Contact all stations in an emergency
- Provide advice and expertise for managing communications
What's more, hams act purely as volunteers, asking for nothing more than the pride of helping out - and maybe a cool t-shirt, if there are extras.
That's where RVAHams comes in. As a central hub for hams in the Richmond area, we help organizations in Central Virginia connect with local radio clubs and volunteers. So, if you're planning an event and thinks hams could be a great fit, please get in touch! We'd love to tell you more about what we do and help you find enthusiastic volunteers to keep your event running smoothly.
Here are some events we've helped out in the past:
- Special Olympics of VA Summer Games
- Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads
- Powhatan Historic Bike Tour
- Many other bike rides, runs, and other fundraisers
If you're a ham looking to volunteer for any of our events, please let us know! We'd love to have you on our roster.