Public Service Events
- Amateur Radio volunteer operators help their communities with support for public safety at community events, through providing radio communications, marshals, and first-aid response. "This focus on public safety covers a wide range of possible sport and recreation events, for example, leisure, sports of all types, cycling, running events, car club hill-climbs, veteran vehicle rallies, and Santa parades, to suggest a few. Firstly, these services generally involve providing effective communication using amateur radio, between the event organisers, the course marshals, and professional emergency service providers. Second, the radio marshals provide course guidance for the public. And, third, the radio marshals look out for crowd safety, and attend to bruises, cuts and scrapes, abrasions, and sprains, that is, those injuries that do not require the attention of professional emergency service providers. The role of marshal also sometimes involves traffic management in particular sports", Dick Greenbank ZL2TGQ Note. These public safety services do not extend to dealing with emergencies. That level of service, including Search and Rescue, is handled by Amateur Radio Emergency Communications.
- The Jamboree-on-the-Air is an annual event in which Scouts and Guides all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur Radio contacts. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared, via the radio waves. "When Scouts want to meet young people from another country they usually think of attending a World Jamboree or another international gathering. But few people realize that each year about half-a-million Scouts and Guides "get together" over the airwaves for the annual Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA). Modern Amateur Radio communication technology offers Scouts the exciting opportunity to make friends in other countries without even leaving home", Marie Smolnicki ZL2THE.
- Members of Wellington VHF Group Inc have initiated “Wellington Wander Search”, a trust that supports Police searching for people with Autism, Dementia or Alzheimers, who wander from their place of residence. The WandaTrak tracking system can significantly reduce the time involved in establishing a missing persons whereabouts, reduce the amount of resources required to locate a missing person, and gives peace of mind to the families.
- Members of Wellington VHF Group Inc have extended the coverage of the Marine Automatic Identification Service as a free service to the maritime public. With the development of the Group’s “Rangituhi - Colonial Knob” site, and a donation of an Icom MXA-5000 two channel AIS receiver, the Group has an opportunity to fill in some key gaps in the publically available AIS coverage around Wellington, at no cost. The marine AIS (Automatic Identification System) is an automatic tracking technology used by ships to send and receive position reports. Vessels send positions derived by GPS to inform others and optionally receive positions from other vessels for local display.
- The following are some examples of public service provided by the Group. Use the "Read More" tab to see each complete story.