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hr-1301
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

morse code day april 27

Ford even got in on the celebration:

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!”

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