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

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 - August 17 - 8 am - note change
AAA Diner
1209 Main Street
East Hartford, CT

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Silent Key Memorial notice - 8/13/19

Russell T. Hack, Jr., 64, of Enfield CT, passed away unexpectedly on May 17, 2019. Born March 2, 1955 to the late Russell T. Hack, Sr. and Edith (Kilmer) Hack. Russell was an Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) known as NM1K and very proud of the fact that he achieved Amateur Extra status. He was known by many simply as “Rusty” on both local and national traffic nets. Many evenings he could be found as the Net Control station on the Bears of Manchester, a local repeater club to which he belonged. He was also a proud member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). One of Rusty’s passions was working for Handi-Hams an organization that provided study resources for people with disabilities and special needs. He leaves behind an Aunt, Doris Feingenbaum and her husband John, Uncle, Richard Hack Sr. and many cousins. A graveside service and burial will be held Tuesday August 13, 2019 at 11am at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, King St. Enfield CT.

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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 8/13/2019

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