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
bill was signed into law by the governor
on May 31, 2012 and now excludes amateur
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
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
to all that helped out with communications
for the Hockanum
River Canoe Race in East Hartford
The Vernon 220 repeater: 224.12 is back
Snow Storm Alfred
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
ensure that PVRA repeaters will be
continue to be top quality. Join
PVRA and ask your friends to
are gratefully accepted.
The Warwick, RI PVRA Repeater at 147.045
has been updated to a D-STAR Repeater
using the call W1HDN
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.
Amateur Radio available at PVRA Vernon
D-STAR Digital Voice Radio system is now
supported at the PVRA Box Mountain site in
Naugatuck Valley Repeater is up and
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.
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
talk on any one of these repeaters you can
talk to hams on 6 repeaters.
you can start a conversation from I-84 on the
New York border and stay in contact all the
way to I-84 on the Massachusetts border.
to all who helped with this project.
When talking on a linked system, pause a
second after pressing the PTT, to give all the
repeaters time to react.
Repeater UP! PVRA has installed a new
repeater in West Warwick, RI on 147.045, PL
is presently running exciter power until the
amplifier is received. Plans are to link
this repeater to 146.79, Vernon
Link is UP!
Torrington and Vernon 145.41 are Linked!!!
Linking Capabilities Coming!
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.