Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2017 Boston Marathon

Nearly 280 Amateur Radio Volunteers Support 2017 Boston Marathoncomplete story , as reported in the ARRL ARES E-Letter, May 17, 2017. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) members/volunteers helped with on-site radio communications to coordinate medical services, logistics, and security for this years Marathon which was held on Monday, April 17th -on Patriot’s Day… just weeks ago. The 121st Boston Marathon!  [Note –Patriot’s Day (or Patriots’ Day) commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April. It should not be confused with Patriot Day, held on September 11 to mark the anniversary of terrorist attacks in the USA in 2001.]


2017 Boston Marathon

2017 Boston Marathon


We can all remember the terror event of April 15, 2013, when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and wounding more than 260 other people. Four days later, after an intense manhunt that shut down the Boston area, police captured one of the bombing terrorists, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died following a shootout with law enforcement earlier that same day. Investigators concluded that the Tsarnaevs, who spent part of their childhoods in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan but lived in the United States for about a decade prior to the bombings, planned and carried out the attack on their own and were not formally connected to any terrorist organizations.( I guess they were ‘unaffiliated’ terrorists, aka just plain old ass holes, and they demonstrate why the Second Amendment is so important.

I think it’s safe to say that the Boston Marathon, and thousands of similar events held across our country every year are no longer the soft targets that they were four years ago. ARES volunteer Matt Knowles, KC1AEI, was among those helping out. “I feel like Amateur Radio plays an important role in the safety and security of the Boston Marathon,” said Knowles. “Our net operators were succinct, clear, and very patient, as we took care of our individual responsibilities on the course. All of the communications volunteers put forth a unified effort on Monday, which made for another successful race.”


2017 Boston Marathon, Edna Kiplagat

2017 Boston Marathon -Edna Kiplagat, of Kenya


While there are no guarantees regarding security at these and other such events, it’s nice to know we can all play a role even if only providing added eyes-on-the-ground/roof-tops, even on streets and sidewalks, or enhanced communications capability. We do what we can do. Don’t just say something, do something if you can! It’s our responsibility!


Jose Sanchez, 2017 Boston Marathon

Retired Marine Sgt. Jose Sanchez, of San Antonio, injured in Afganistan, carries the United States flag, signed by his patrol unit, across the finish line, after carrying it 26.2 miles. 2017 Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Another Wounded Warrior crosses the winners line! 😉

73 de Mike, KEØGZT



About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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