• BEARS Event Calendar 2018

  • 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
  • Jan 10 - WEDNESDAY - Monthly general membership meeting, 7 pm, 321 Olcott Street, Manchester, CT
  • Jan. 20 - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST - 8 am - Chez Ben, Manchester
  • Feb 3 - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Stir the Pot, East Windsor
  • Feb 17  - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Country Diner, Enfield
  • March 3  - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Vernon Diner, Vernon
  • March 17  - SATURDAY - BREAKFAST -8 am - Pastrami on Wry, Manchester


So far in 2018, the BEARS did...

  • 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. RSVP to k2kkh@arrl.net

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.