Event Support Group helps provide communications and support vehicle assistance to events in the Greater Cleveland Area that have requested assistance from Amateur Radio Operators. Anyone who is coordinating communications for an event is welcome to have their event posted here along with any registration information. We will then also forward your information to our email list of amateur radio operators who have expressed an interest in volunteering their time, expertise, and equipment.
During 2019, Event Support Group deployed resources to 15 special events. These assistance requests came from charitable organizations, community sporting events, and government agencies. We supplied approximately 181 volunteers to these events who worked just under 3,000 hours!
All amateur radio operators who are interested in working special events are encouraged to join our mailing list and check our calendar. The calendar will be kept up to date with a list of events which include any registration links or contact info you need to volunteer.
Each event has a designated person in charge of it. While some of these events will have ESG as the primary coordination contact, we are also happy to just act as a clearing house for all amateur operators who are interested in getting involved without the hassle of joining groups, attending meetings, checking into nets, or completing tedious online training sessions. While we do encourage members to do all these things, and provide much information on this page with links to these activities, amateur operators should not feel obligated to participate in them. All operators that are interested in volunteering at events are also encouraged to join their local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group for additional volunteer opportunities and training.
It’s worth noting that the Event Support Group should not be confused with ARES which is a program operated by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). This program is completely separate from, and not affiliated with the Event Support Group site. Although many amateur radio operators are members of ARES, it is not a requirement for amateurs to work most of the events listed.
The Event Support Group focuses on events where amateur radio operators are providing the following services:
- Support And Gear (SAG) vehicle support
- Shadowing event organizers for communications purposes
- Staffing water stops for communications purposes
- Medical support
- Traffic control
- General communications and situational awareness
Are you running a charitable event and want amateur radio support? If so, please contact us today! We can help!
There are many events in the Cleveland area that amateur radio operators participate in. Some examples include:
- 2013 National Senior Games
- 2014 Gay Games
- 2016 Republican National Convention
- Bellefaire Biathlon
- Bike for Beck
- Burke Lakefront Airport Disaster Drill
- Cleveland Hopkins Airport Disaster Drill
- Cleveland Marathon
- Cleveland Triathlon
- Convoy of Hope
- Diabetes Walk
- Bike Cleveland Fundo
- MS150 Buckeye Breakaway (formerly Pedal to the Point)
- National Disaster Medical System drills
- Pan Ohio Hope Ride
- Ride for Miles
- Shaker Heights Police Department Ribbon Run
- Susan G Komen Race for the Cure
- Tour De Cure
- and many more