BEARS Event Calendar 2017

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


So far in 2017, the BEARS did...

  • New Year's day 2017 - Fox hunt. The Fox, Paul Gibson, N1TUP, was hiding at the Charter Oak Nature Center in Manchester.  Click HERE for link to Google Map. The hunt concluded around 3 pm with two teams still searching, and the location revealed over the repeater. 
  • Jan 7 - Breakfast at The Red Cabin, South Windsor
  • Feb. 4 - Breakfast at Chez Ben, Manchester
  • Feb 8 - BEARS monthly meeting, speaker George Carbonell on MARS, the Military Auxiliary Radio Service
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 - BREAKFAST, 8 am, Stir The Pot, East Windsor
  • Saturday, Mar. 4 - BEARS BREAKFAST, 8 am, The Country Diner, 111 Hazard Ave, Enfield CT
  • Sat. Mar. 18, BEARS BREAKFAST, 8 am, Pastrami on Wry, Manchester CT
  • Sat. April 1, BEARS BREAKFAST, 8 am, The Gathering, Manchester, CT
  • April 2 Sun - Hockanum River Canoe and Kayak Race, comms by BEARS. We successfully tracked 66 canoes and kayaks from Vernon the East Hartford.
  • Sat. April 22 - "Emergency" BEARS Pizza Party - 5 PM The Red Onion, 855 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor, CT. RSVP to
  • Sat. May 6 Breakfast at IHOP, Manchester
  • Wed. May 10 BEARS Monthly meeting at Manchester EOC
  • Sat. May 20 Breakfast at Hot Cakes, East Windsor
  • June 3 - BEARS Breakfast, 8 am, Cosmic Omelette, 460 Hartford Turnpike (at McKee Street), Manchester. 
  • June 4 - BEARS 20-mile fox hunt.  Winner was K1SW/N1TUJ. Fox was N1ZXL.
  • FRIDAY EVENINGS beginning April 21 - Technician class taught by K1SW in Manchester EOC
  • June 17 BEARS Breakfast at the Sky Diner, 4 Prospect Hill Rd, E. Windsor, CT. RSVP to by Friday.
  • June 24-25 Field day at the Nike site
  • July1 - BEARS Breakfast at the Red Cabin, 976 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor
  • July 15 - BEARS Breakfast at Chuck Wagon, Ellington
  • August 5 - BEARS Breakfast at Chez Ben, Center Street, Manchester
  • August 8 - Cruisin on Main, Manchester CERT
  • August 19 - BEARS Breakfast at Stir The Pot, East Windsor
  • Sept 2 - Breakfast at The Country Diner, Enfield
  • Sept 16 - BREAKFAST at Pastrami on Wry, 291 E. Center St, Manchester. RSVP to
  • Sept 23 - CERT retraining at Fire Academy, Windsor Lock
  • October 7 - BREAKFAST at The Gathering, McKee Street and Hartford Road, Manchester. RSVP to
  • October 7 - BSA in Hebron - volunteer Hams needed, contact WA1SFH, Douglas.
  • October 11 - BEARS general meeting, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, Manchester
  • October 14 - CT ARES Simulated Emergency Test. Contact George Lillenstein, to participate
  • October 14 - Hartford Marathon. See Bill Storey, AB1LZ to volunteer. Comms by PVRA.
  • Oct. 21 - Breakfast, IHOP, Deming St, Manchester
  • Nov 4th - Breakfast, Hotcakes, East Windsor
  • Nov. 18th Breakfast, Cosmic Omelet, Hartrord & McKee, Manchester
  • Dec. 2nd - Breakfast, The Red Cabin, Sullivan Ave, S. Windsor

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.