NARL Club 2016 General Meetings:
7:00 pm at the Newington Senior Center
120 Cedar Street, Newington
First Monday of every month except holidays

Board of Directors Meetings: as announced by President.

NARL Club Sanctioned Events for 2016:   

  • NARL INFO NET - Every Thursday, 7:30 PM on 145.450MHz, minus 600 offset, pl 127.3 
  • September 27 - November 15 - NARL EXTRA class, 6pm to 8:30 pm Tuesdays.  Instructors AB1GL and WA1YNE. Please email to reserve a seat; observers and kibitzers welcome!  Class meets in conference room on 2nd floor of Lucy Welles Library.
  • Nov 7 - NARL General member meeting.  Election of 2017 officers.  7 pm, Newington Senior Center, 120 Cedar Street.

2016 Public Service Events, communications provided by NARL

The Newington Amateur Radio League (NARL) is a local non-profit organization that provides as a public service, free of charge, volunteers for communications.  In the recent past, we have provided comms for charity walks and races, river regattas, bike and motorcycle rides, outdoor events and parades. 

Why ask for ham radio operators for your event?

  • If the event venue has poor cell coverage (ham radios have more power and better antennas, don't rely on cell towers)
  • If attendance will be so large that cell subscribers won't get dial tone (if thousands of spectators reach for their phones at the same time, the local cell towers will overload)
  • If your event leaders will be too busy to answer their phones (hams are trained to "shadow" leaders and free them from the burden of working phones and walkie-talkies)
  • If the event covers a large area (normal handi-talkies only work line-of-sight, while hams can use repeaters or skywaves.)
  • If interoperability is necessary (ham radios are open transmissions that everyone can hear)
  • You need volunteers who are trained to interface with Incident Commanders from all the major first responders
  • Our services are absolutely free of charge, as required by law
  • You are helping us by giving us an occasion to test our equipment and practice our skill and art

Please contact several months in advance of your event to allow for proper planning.

Non-NARL but ham related:

Know of an event in 2016 of interest to hams? Email and we'll post it here.

  • Oct 16 - Nutmeg Hamfest, Sheraton Four-Point Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden CT 06450. 8am-2pm, $7.00 admission. VE session, ARRL Section meeting with new SM K1DFS.  Presentations on JT65 and Skywarn.
  • Oct 19 - CHIRP webinar held on the internet by ARRL. 8 PM Wednesday. Register on the ARRL web site.
  • Oct 31 - Nov 1 - DOD COMEX interoperability test between MARS and amateur radio on 60 meters
  • Nov 2 - Governor's EPPI drill, 0800-1400.
  • Nov 5 - Ghost Run, Airline Trail in Hebron - see Doug Knowlton, KA1XG, to volunteer
  • Nov. 19 - the Little Manchester Road Race for kids under 12. Radio Comms by the BEARS of Manchester.
  • Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day - Manchester Road Race, radio comms and shuttle bus coordination by BEARS of MANCHESTER. Contact Dick Phelps, K1SW to volunteer. Over 50 hams have already signed up, but we have lots of positions we can pair up newcomers with an experienced ham. If you've never seen this event, it's BIG - 15,000 registered runners, at least another 10,000 spectators, all crammed into a 4-mile loop along Main Street between Hartford Turnpike and East Center Street. And you get to go home in time to eat Thanksgiving dinner.