Welcome

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.

 

Tonight’s meeting (3/20/2015) has been canceled due to inclement weather..aka More Snow!

snow


When it works out well the first time, it is worth doing again!

icrc 2nd repeater


Back in January we reported the Insurance City Repeater Club (ICRC) installed our first digital repeater.

On Feb 28 the ICRC successfully installed another digital repeater, this time replacing the repeater at the 146.88 site.

We are the first club in the state of CT to operate one of these repeater systems. If you have one of the newer digital radios that support the C4FM mode, you will be able to use it on either the 146.88 or 147.15 repeater system.

For everyone else, the traditional analog FM radios will still work as before. The transition between modes is automatic. This is the only digital system that offers this feature.

Oooh, shiny and new, what do we have here?

DR-x1

W1ZFG reports:

“On Sunday, January 25th, the ICRC put the first of our two new Yaesu DR-1X System Fusion Digital Repeaters on the air at the Burlington repeater site. The ICRC is the first radio club in the state of Connecticut to put one of these systems on the air.
The System Fusion repeaters use the C4FM digital mode, as well as conventional analog FM. The major advantage of this system over the other digital systems is that people can still access it with their conventional analog FM radios. There is no need to buy expensive new digital radios at this time. People who do have C4FM compatible radios can begin using them now. The system automatically switches between modes, depending on the type of signal it receives at the input.
Currently, this system is operational on the 147.15 Burlington repeater. The second system is being programmed and will be installed at the 146.88 site in Bristol in the near future.
Due to a technical issue, the .15 repeater is no longer linked to the 146.88/442.850 machine, but it is fully functional as a stand-alone repeater. The ICRC Tech Committee is working directly with the technical staff at Yaesu to resolve this problem. The systems will be re-linked as soon as possible. Once again, the ICRC is out in front on the cutting edge of technology!”

2015-01-16 21.22.37 We had a good turnout at our monthly meeting this month. After the meeting Rick/N1GJR did an overview of what volunteers could expect while helping out at the Klondike Derby the weekend of Feb 7-8. A few people brought in various configurations of APRS devices, which will get attached to the sleds. Some people are helping out both days, some just one day, some camping out at the various stations and some sleeping inside where it will be nice and warm. If interested, send n1jgr@icrcweb.org an email.

 

The ICRC’s assistance has again been requested by the Boy Scouts of America to lend a hand at this year’s Klondike Derby being held the weekend of February 7th and 8th at the J. Norcross Boy Scout Camp in Ashford. Some members of the club will be heading up there on the 7th to set up the antennas and radio room. If anyone wants to help with this setup or tag along to see how things are put into place, please contact us at N1JGR@icrcweb.org and we’ll send you details.

We are still looking for radio operators to help keep track of the scouts as they move between the various points on their course. If you are interested in helping out, let us know. Our monthly membership meetings are held the 3rd Friday of the month, which happens to be this Friday, January 16th. Rick, N1JGR, will be giving a presentation at this month’s meeting on the Klondike Derby and that will include the gear you’ll want to bring to this event. Options are to come either day, both days, and you can sleep over if you’d like. The food is always awesome and tracking the sleds via APRS is neat too!

We also have set aside a set-up/planning day on January 31st at 8am where some of us are meeting at the diner at the corner of Rt 74 and Rt 44. Email N1JGR@icrcweb.org if you or someone you know are interested. Thanks!

Klondike Derby Sled

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