What is the ICRC?

Welcome to the Insurance City Repeater Club website. The ICRC is a club established by amateur radio operators for the purpose of scientific exploration, and maintaining communications in times of emergency. We currently meet monthly at the American Red Cross in Farmington Connecticut on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7:30PM. The public is welcome to attend.

Prior to those monthly meetings, beginning at 6pm, the ICRC sponsors amateur radio exam sessions. Walk-ins are welcomed. Examination fee is $15 cash or check made payable to ARRL VEC. For details on what to bring to the exam session visit this link: http://www.arrl.org/what-to-bring-to-an-exam-session. More information is available by emailing our Volunteer Examiner (VE) Liaison Jim, AB1NH at AB1NH@mindspring.com . Good luck! All are welcomed to attend the monthly club meeting after taking their exam.


Conventional lines of communication can be impacted after a disaster. This we know. Phone lines can go down, cell service can be overrun with calls, texts, and emails and it can be difficult for survivors as well as first responders to get in touch. This isn’t a far-fetched scenario or intellectual exercise. It’s a reality we’ve seen happen over and over during disasters small and large.

Enter Amateur Radio—or what those involved in the hobby refer to as “ham radio.”

New Ham band in space!

klondike 2016

On February 13th, 2016, the coldest day of this winter season yet, the Mark Twain district held their Klondike Derby event at the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, CT. Roughly 100 scouts showed up and participated. Due to the sub-zero temperatures forecast for the evening the Saturday night overnight camping portion of the event was cancelled. This event is comprised of “villages” that the scouts need to navigate to. They do this by referring to a map they plotted their course on, using a compass and bearings provided to them. At each village they have to perform a skill such as cook a meal, get a fire going, review how to best perform a rescue operation, etc. The 5 day villages took on the workload of the canceled overnight camper village locations. 20 patrols made their way from location to location and at the end of their allotted time of 3:30pm all attendees were accounted for and the scouts were safely back in the dining hall.

The ICRC Bristol Radio Club took care of communications. They checked in each patrol’s time and performance as they reached each village. They also kept organizers informed by shadowing them with a radio too. Having an amateur radio network set up helped keep everyone involved both informed and safe on this very cold day where day time temperatures hovered below 10 degrees.

Participating from the ICRC/BRC were: Rick – N1JGR and Dan – W1ZFG at Net Control. Colin – KB1YYG at the Dining Hall. Peter – KB1KZC shadowed the scout leaders. Nick – KB1SNL manned the Start/Finsh line. Staffing each of the “towns” were: Chris – KA1NDE, Kurt – KC1EJE, Chris – KB1YNE, Chris – KC1AFT, Ed – WA1LEI, and Ron – KC1CWN. Steve – KB1RRR was our floater. Also assisting with the course set-up on Saturday, January 30th were: Rick – N1JGR, Nick – KB1SNL, Ron – KC1CWN, Chris – KA1NDE, and Barb – KB1RRS.

The ICRC was asked to assist with communications with the parade this year. On September 27th, 2015 the parade went off without a hitch. The weather was great, the parade went well, and the parade officials had positive feedback on the assistance received. Participating this year for the ICRC were: Net Control: Dan – W1ZFG, Chairman Shadow: Steve – KB1RRR, Division 1: Jim – AB1NH, Division 2: Ron – KC1CWN, Division 3: Bill – N1CHU, Division 4: Rick – N1JGR, Reviewing Stand: Peter – KB1KZC & Chris – KA1NDE, and Medical Cart: Sue – KC1CLK

icrc 147.150

The Insurance City Repeater Club spun up a new net this week on Sunday August 23, 2015. The net will take place every Sunday at 7:30pm. For now the net is running on the club’s 147.150 2m repeater located in Burlington and the 442.850 70cm repeater located in Bristol. The two repeaters are linked during this net. Repeater information, along with their tones, are on the www.icrcweb.org‘s website, on the left hand side of the homepage.

The purpose of the net is to allow hams an opportunity to get on the radio, swap equipment, announce ICRC events, and take any “Elmering” questions where someone is looking for some radio advice.

Club members as well as non-members are welcome to check in.

In some cases amateur radio operators are prevented from putting up an antenna. This is often due to homeowner association rules, mobile home park agreements, condo association bylaws, or even town covenant agreements. HR-1301 is in congress right now and if passed will exempt licensed hams from such rules. Get involved, contact congress. Even if such restrictions don’t effect you, help your fellow hams out that are stuck with such restrictions. Review the following links:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/1301 – Proposed bill presented to Congress
http://www.arrl.org/ccr-story …one guy’s 4 year story to put up a 35′ antenna most neighbors couldn’t even see.
http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301# …how to get involved

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