banner photo courtesy John Gianopoulos W1JEG | Taken Nov 2014
(BEARS at the pre race breakfast for the Manchester Road Race)

[Webmaster's note:  For Heaven's sake, somebody send me a new group photo of the Bears. This one's four years old!!!]

The BEARS of Manchester, Inc

******Russell "Rusty" T. Hack, Jr, Silent Key*****
"Rusty", NM1K, was the BEARS' Net Manager for many years.  He and his mother Edie used to pass a minimum of 3 NTS messages each night to each other to keep alive the Bears Traffic Net at 9:15pm each evening on the Bears repeater. After her passing in 2015, Rusty continued as Net Manager, but he stopped passing the HandiHams birthday greetings and gradually stopped attending the net. Several club members have been meeting regularly to keep the net alive, but Rusty's net management will be sorely missed. 
Besides the BEARS, Rusty was also active in AMSAT and Enfield CERT.
Godspeed, Rusty. --AB1GL, webmaster

The BEARS do not hold monthly meetings in July and August.  Next Monthly meeting is the 2nd Wednesday in September.

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Next Saturday BREAKFAST - June 15 - 8 am
Cosmic Omelet, 469 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT

RSVP by Friday to

Click HERE for link to Google map for Cosmic Omelet

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This is the official web site of an Amateur Radio repeater club which maintains radio repeaters atop Box Mountain in Vernon.  The club is an affiliated Service Club of the ARRL and meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month except July and August.   Some members hold an informal dinner around 5:00 pm at a local restaurant.   The formal meeting begins at 7 PM on the second floor of the Town of Manchester Emergency Operations Center, 321 Olcott Street, Manchester, CT 06040.

The club also meets for informal breakfasts at restaurants around the area on two Saturdays each month.  Check here for announcements about the next breakfast.  These are pay-your-own way events and we welcome anyone with an interest in amateur radio, you do not need to be a member or even hold an Amateur Radio FCC license.  Please join us at a breakfast and we'll be happy to explain what Amateur Radio is, why you might enjoy it, how to find a free class to learn how to pass the entry-level FCC license exam, when and where the exam is given, what equipment to start with and where to get it, how to operate, and much more.

See the "Calendar" tab at left for the club calendar.  This contains both events sanctioned by the BEARS club, and other events of interest to all Amateur Radio operators and Emergency Communicators.

This site was last updated on 6/12//2019

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