BEARS Event Calendar 2019

Combined Calendar listings

This is a list of events of interest to Amateur Radio operators, mostly in the north central part of Connecticut. For convenience in planning, they are listed in chronological order. BEARS events in RED, non-BEARS events in BLUE. To have an item listed, email info to the webmaster at AB1GL@arrl.net


  • April 10 - MEETING, 7 pm at the EOC, 321 Olcott St, Manchester 06040
  • April 13 - "Emergency" Pizza Party, 5 pm, Pepe's, 300 W. Middle Tpke, Manchester CT. RSVP required to VP@w1brs.com
  • April 20 - BREAKFAST 8 am, Hot Cakes, 238 S. Main St (Rt 5), East Windsor. RSVP to VP@w1brs.com
  • May 19th - Lucy Welles Library 5K, Newington. The NARL club requests assistance providing radio communications for this public event. Contact KB1QQI, messimeris@sbcglobal.net
  • June 9 Annual Picnic at Northwest Park, Manchester. Contact Eileen, N1TUJ, for food assignments.
  • June 22-23 - ARRL BEARS Field Day. Details to be announced.

Send future calendar items to AB1GL@arrl.net

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So far in 2019, the BEARS did...

  • Jan 1, 2019 - FOX HUNT began at 1 pm.

  • Jan 5 2019 - BREAKFAST at Our Place Restaurant, 180 West St, (Rt. 85), Bolton, 8 am. 

  • Jan 9 - Monthly BEARS meeting, 7 pm, Manchester EOC

  • Jan 19 - BEARS BREAKFAST, The Red Cabin, 976 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor, CT.
  • Feb 2 - Pastrami on Wry, Manchester
  • Wed Feb 13 - 7pm - BEARS General Membership meeting, 321 Olcott Street, 2nd Floor, Manchester EOC
  • Sat. Feb 16 - BEARS BREAKFAST - Stir the Pot, 142 North Road, Rt 140, East Windsor, CT. 
  • March 2 - BEARS BREAKFAST at Chuck Wagon, 8 am, Church Street, Ellington.  
  • Five Fridays March 2019 - General Class taught by K1SW at the Manchester EOC
  • March 13 - BEARS General Membership meeting,
  • March 16 - BEARS Breakfast, 8 am, Chez Ben, Center Street, Manchester. 
  • April 6 - BREAKFAST 8 am The Gathering, 471 Hartford Road, Manchester. RSVP by Friday to vp@W1BRS.com
  • April 7 - SUNDAY - Hockanum River Canoe Race, radio communications and timing by The BEARS. 39 boats, 31 ham observers.  Registration began at 9 am, race started 11 am, finished before 2 pm, all boats accounted for.

Last year, the BEARS did this...

  • Jan 1 2018 - MONDAY - FOXHUNT 1 PM - see the "Fox Hunts" page on this web site for details. The "fox" was found hiding at Churchill Park in Newington.  Thanks to Paul Gibson, N1TUP, for the delicious hot chicken noodle soup and corn chowder, and to KB1JKA for the cornbread.  10 cars participated, and a lot of new hunters.

  • Jan 6 2018 - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST - 8 am - Chuckwagon, Ellington.

  • Jan 10 - WEDNESDAY - Monthly general membership meeting

  • Jan. 20 - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST - 8 am - Chez Ben, Manchester
  • Feb 3 - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -7:45 am - Stir the Pot, East Windsor
  • Feb 14 - Monthly BEARS General Meeting, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, 2nd Floor.
  • Feb 17  - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Country Diner, Enfield
  • March 3  - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Vernon Diner, Vernon
  • March 14 - Monthly BEARS General Meeting, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, 2nd Floor.
  • March 17  - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Pastrami on Wry, Manchester
  • April 7 - BREAKFAST at IHOP, Manchester
  • April 21 - BREAKFAST at The Gathering, 471 Hartford  Road, Manchester
  • May 5 - BREAKFAST at Hotcakes, Rt 5 in East Windsor
  • May 9 - General Membership MEETING - BEARS at the Manchester EOC, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, Manchester, CT
  • May 19 - BREAKFAST at Cosmic Omelet, 469 Hartford Rd, Manchester
  • June 2 - BREAKFAST at the Country Diner, 111 Hazard Ave, Enfield, 8 am
  • June 16 - BREAKFAST at OUR PLACE, 180 West St, Bolto
  • June 23 & 24- ARRL Field Day at many sites across the US and Canada. BEARS site is the NIKE site off Keeney Road in Manchester.
  • July 7 - BREAKFAST at the Chuck Wagon, Ellington
  • July 21 - BREAKFAST at Maddie's, 395 Main St., E. Hartford
  • August 4 - BREAKFAST at Red Cabin, 976 Sullivan Ave, S. Windsor
  • Sept 12 - Monthly General Meeting, 7 pm, 321 Olcott Road, Manchester, CT, EOC on 2nd Floor
  • Sept 15 - BREAKFAST at Stir the Pot, 132 North Rd, East Windsor
  • Oct. 6 - BREAKFAST at the Vernon Diner, 453 Hartford Tpke, Vernon
  • Oct. 20 - BREAKFAST at the Gathering, 471 Hartford Rd, Manchester - 8 am
  • Nov. 3 - BREAKFAST at Hotcakes, 238 S. Main St (Rt. 5), East Windsor
  • Nov 10 - SIZE-UP TRAINING for the MRR, 8:30 am
  • Nov. 22 - Manchester Road Race, Thanksgiving Day
  •  Dec. 1 - BREAKFAST at the Cosmic Omelet, 469 Hartford Rd, Manchester, 8 am
  • Dec. 12 ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER 6 pm Beni's Restaurant in Vernon. Click HERE for flyer with details.
The BEARS Traffic Net -- the club repeater is used for an NTS-sanctioned Traffic Net held every weekday evening at 9:15 pm except Saturday.  If you don't hear the net on a particular evening, there probably is no volunteer net control for that night.  Contact the Net Manager, Rusty Hack, NM1K of Enfield, to volunteer. 


The Traffic Net passes formal messages from and to the regional and transcontinental nets and delivers them to local hams by telephone, in person or mail.  This is our "When All Else Fails" basis, the reason hams are there for the public when all other means of communication have failed.  We practice by sending greetings to new hams and reminders to long time hams to renew their licenses all year long.  This ensures that our radios and antennas are always in working order and our operators are trained and ready. The BEARS net is new-user friendly.  If you are new to the hobby, please feel free to listen until you are comfortable and then check in to the net.  We'll never ask you to do something you don't want to do and we love answering questions.