Wed. Feb. 18th
Meeting Starts at 7:00
Food at 6:00 meeting
starts at 7:00
Topic: DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)
33 Mitchell Rd.
Manchester, CT 06040
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Your dues support over 15 reliable repeaters including IRLP & Echolink
The linked repeaters provide continuous coverage on I-84 from the New York border to the Massachusetts border.
PVRA is at the leading edge of Digital Voice with D-STAR repeaters and a gateway.
You should have received a renewal notice, if not please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You can renew on-line or by mail.
Important Bill for Radio Amateurs - PASSED!
State Senator Tony Guglielmo introduced a bill about Hams having the legal right to use our mobile HAM radios while driving in CT. As it was, there was no clear ruling and police departments could more or less enforce as they see fit based on the cell phone regulations - hams could be included in these regulations and be cited.
The bill was signed into law by the governor on May 31, 2012 and now excludes amateur radio licensees.
Senate Bill 61: AN ACT EXEMPTING AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS USING HAND-HELD RADIOS FROM THE PROHIBITION ON USING HAND-HELD MOBILE TELEPHONES AND MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHILE DRIVING.
Connecticut General Assembly Bill Info
Just a suggestion, we should always carry a license or copy with us in the vehicle. A lot of hard work went into this by a lot of people. Many thanks to Senator Guglielmo, his staff, Bruce Marcus N1XG and his staff, Steve Dube KA1RLA and all other folks we don't know about who were involved.
Due to pressure from the Fed's the law was subsequently
revised to read "only in case of emergencies".
More info click here.
Bit of PVRA History:
Halloween Snow Storm Alfred
Notice that during the recent storm, when power was out for much of the state and cell phone coverage was spotty or non-existent, the PVRA repeater system worked as expected.
PVRA is fortunate to have our repeaters located at top quality sites with battery and generator backup. Box Mountain is the home of 146.79 &145.41 repeaters and it is the hub for the linked repeaters and the DSTAR system. The cost for propane just for Box Mountain was about $3000 both for storm Alfred and storm Irene. While our landlord (Marcus Communcations), does not charge PVRA for these costs, we must still maintain our equipment.
The Warwick, RI PVRA Repeater at 147.045 has been updated to a D-STAR Repeater using the call W1HDN
PVRA Gets YOU on the Air!!!
Program for new Hams
PVRA will Loan a VHF or UHF mobile transceiver to members that are new Hams. If you are a new Ham that has not been on the air yet due to lack of equipment, PVRA will have some surplus mobile radios available to be loaned out. All that will be needed is an antenna.
Digital Amateur Radio available at PVRA Vernon Site
The D-STAR Digital Voice Radio system is now supported at the PVRA Box Mountain site in Vernon.
The NEW Naugatuck Valley Repeater is up and running.
Due to problems with the former Naugatuck repeater site, the repeater was shut down and removed last month. The repeater has found a new home in Prospect with a similar coverage pattern. Unlike the old site, the new site is easily accessible for maintenance. So once again 147.18 is back on the Western Connecticut link with Torrington, Danbury, and Vernon.
The Vernon & Torrington Sites now have Packet Digipeaters on 144.39 MHz that will relay APRS information to the internet:
Northern Connecticut Weather Net
Spring/Summer Schedule: Will meet weekly Thursdays on the Vernon 146.79 repeater - offset PL 82.5 , except for Second Thursday when Net will be on the alternate repeater: Soapstone 147.00 + offset, PL 127.3
New Repeater UP! PVRA has installed a new repeater in West Warwick, RI on 147.045, PL 141.3
Torrington Link is UP!
Naugatuck, Torrington and Vernon 145.41 are Linked!!!
New Linking Capabilities Coming!
The Club will be using 900 Mhz equipment to provide the capability to link all of the repeater sites in various configurations. A temporary 440Mhz link has been added to the Naugatuck 147.18, Vernon 145.41 repeaters and the Torrington site will be available for the nightly net and at various times during the day.
New Club Call!
The new call will be used on all PVRA repeaters.
W1HDN stands for: Homeland Defense Network
PVRA is the Amateur Auxiliary of the Homeland Defense Network
The Club is using IRLP (Internet
Radio Linking Project) to link our repeaters with
other repeaters throughout the world.
Status: PVRA IRLP node 4159 is up and running on 146.79 and is available to all members.
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