BEARS Quarterly Meeting & VE Session – October 18th

Our first quarterly meeting of the 2018-19 BEARS activity year takes place on October 18th, in the cafeteria multimedia room at 47 West 66th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, in Manhattan.

Our Club meeting will take place from 5p-7p, with our quarterly VE session taking place immediate afterward, from 7p-9p.

Garage parking is available directly across the street, or travel via the #1 subway to the West 66th Street station and walk one block east.

This is an important meeting, as we’ll be discussing the long-range future of our Club and update our many pending projects.

RSVPs are respectfully requested. If you plan to attend this meeting, please contact Howard Price/KA2QPJ, BEARS President, at President@w2abc.org, to put your name on the clearance list. Please use the subject line BEARS RSVP when responding.

When you arrive, please check in at the lobby security desk, and tell them you’re here for the BEARS meeting in the cafeteria.

As promised, we’ve established a conference bridge to allow members who can’t make our meetings in person to participate from

anywhere they have access to a phone.

To join our meetings telephonically, please dial  712-451-0878, and when prompted, enter PIN code 174908, followed by #.

We cannot always guarantee the quality of the audio, but this service is free, and is another Club initiative to better serve our geographically diverse membership, and make participation in the club more convenient.

 

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BEARS & DARI Welcome the New NLI SKYWARN Net!

Skywarn Logo

The Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society, Inc. is pleased and privileged to welcome the New York – Long Island SKYWARN net to the Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect!

The weekly net, run by John Hale/KD2LPM and Matt Berman/K9NYS, will launch on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at 7:00 pm and will repeat every Sunday at the same time on the W2ABC/147.27 repeater, and will be carried on all DARI machines, subject to local operator preferences.

John and Matt also tell us that NWS Skywarn Activation Nets will take place on our repeater system when weather emergencies warrant – a testament to the reliable wide coverage our repeaters provide across the tri-state.

For many years, BEARS has been lobbying the National Weather Service office in Upton, LI for a SKYWARN net on our system — and we’re overjoyed that at long last, it has come to fruition.

The start of the SKYWARN net surely is timely, coming at the start of a 2018 Atlantic hurricane season that could be as active or even more active than last year’s. Nets like this afford a terrific opportunity for you to validate the condition of your amateur radio equipment, and keep up your proficiency as a SKYWARN spotter.

Operators of our DARI-affiliated machines, especially those in the tri-state area,  are asked to check the links on our machines to assure all of them are accessible for this net. (A reminder that at present, our Mt Beacon analog VHF machine is not operating, pending further configuration this summer.)

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2018 BEARS Leadership Nominations & Elections

A reminder that our annual election meeting will be held Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 5pm ET in the Multimedia Room at the rear of the ABC Cafeteria, 47 West 66th Street/Mezzanine, in Manhattan.  That’s between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Garage parking is available across the street (on-street parking is available ONLY for those with NYP license plates), and the facility can also be reached by bus and subway (the 66th Street stop on the #1 line is about one block west of the ABC campus).

The meeting will take place at 5pm, just prior to our quarterly VE testing session.

This general membership meeting is being called to elect new executive officers.

Only BEARS member in good standing are eligible to participate in our nominations and elections. 

To become a dues-free BEARS member in good standing:
  • Complete a BEARS membership application online here if you are a current OR prospective member. Alternatively, you request a hard copy membership form that will be sent to you via e-mail, which you can complete and mail to our Club PO Box listed on the form. The Club must have a complete record on each member before they can participate in our annual elections. Only members in good standing registered with the Club by 5pm ET on May 31st, 2018 may participate in the 2018 election process.
     
  • Our constitution and bylaws specify that only FULL MEMBERS (active or retired employees of The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries, and former Disney employees separated without cause) are eligible to hold executive office, act as a director or repeater trustee or serve as repeater control operators. Committee chairs must also be active or retired TWDC employees, or employees separated without cause. It also goes without saying (we hope) that all executive officers, committee chairs and directors MUST HOLD VALID FCC AMATEUR RADIO LICENSES.
       
  • But committee membership (except for committees established to revise our constitution and bylaws, which are limited to Disney employees or retirees) is open to all members in good standing, and ALL members in good standing, FULL OR ASSOCIATE, can cast votes for prospective officeholders – and for other Club business – in this or any other election.

It is critically important that we have participation from as many ACTIVE employees as can volunteer, as our repeater systems sit on Company-controlled or Company-leased property. Further, a full slate of elected officers is also required to maintain our legal status as a 501c3 charitable organization under IRS and NYS regulations.

Already standing for election/re-election are:
  • PRESIDENT:                                      Howard Price/KA2QPJ
  • VICE-PRESIDENT:                          Joe Nuzzo/N2BEI
  • SECRETARY/TREASURER:        Brad Berson/W2ZZZ
Our standing key committee chairs are:
  • VE Co-Chairs:                                     Mike Siegel/W2RT &
                                                                     Bill Kirkpatrick/WK2O
  • Tech Co-Chairs:                                 Joe Nuzzo/N2BEI
  • Coordination Council Liaison:    Marv Bronstein/K2VHW
  • Trustees:                                              Marv Bronstein/K2VHW
                                                                     Jerry Cudmore/K2JRC 
                                                                     Joe Nuzzo/N2BEI
To NOMINATE any BEARS member for any position they are eligible to hold, please complete a nomination form online here, or request a printed nomination form, which will be sent to you via e-mail. Complete and mail it to:
BEARS, Inc.,
Ansonia Station,
New York, NY 10023-0016
 
ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12 Noon ON JUNE 18th, 2018
TO BE CONSIDERED VALID.
 
If you know of a BEARS member who does NOT have e-mail or web access, and should receive notice of our upcoming meeting and elections, please use the CONTACT link at the foot of our home page to send us their name, call and address, and we will snail-mail them a hard copy of this notice and attachments.
 
Friends, there is no BEARS – and no BEARS repeater system – without you. So please, get on the air on 147.27 Mhz (PL 141.3) or any of our other BEARS or DARI repeaters, step up to take a leadership role in your Club – and  join us for annual election meeting here at ABC on July 18th, 2018 at 5pm.
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BEARS Quarterly Club Mtg/VE Session April 18th; NWS SKYWARN Training May 9th!

Skywarn LogoBEARS is privileged to host National Weather Service SKYWARN training at its quarterly meeting on May 9th, 2018. PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE. Our April 18th meeting will be a regular quarterly Club meeting at 5pm, with a VE session following at 7pm at our regular meeting location, the cafeteria multimedia room at ABC News HQ, 47 West 66th Street, Manhattan.

The SKYWARN meeting will take place at 7pm on May 9th in the same location.

RSVPs will be required to assure sufficient seating for all participants at BOTH meetings.

To register for the April Club Meeting and VE session, please send an e-mail with the subject line BEARS APRIL MTG – VE SESSION (including your name and call in the body) to President@W2ABC.org. If you’d like to register for a VE exam, please send the same e-mail under the same subject line to Bill Kirkpatrick/WK2O at Kirkpatrick@comcast.net.  To register for the SKYWARN session, please send an e-mail with the subject line BEARS SKYWARN SESSION, with your name and call in the body of the e-mail, to President@W2ABC.org.

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Repeater Changes – Mt Beacon NY & Eastern LI

Mt Beacon Antennas and ViewBEARS is pleased to announce big improvements already in place — and still to come — at our Mt Beacon repeater site in Dutchess County, NY – and changes to our repeater partnership on eastern Long Island.

In partnership with the NY-Metro DMR system and Bernie Berger/NY4Z, we’ve activated UHF and VHF DMR repeaters atop Mt Beacon:

Mt. Beacon, NY K2HR 441.450 (+ 5.00 MHz)
Color Code 7
Time Slot
#1 – Group Call TG 347639 Disney – FT
#2 – Group Call TG 444 NY Metro System Wide – FT

Mt. Beacon, NY K2HR 145.39625 (- .600)
Color Code 5
Time Slot
#1 – Group Call TG 347639 Disney – Fulltime
#2 – Group Call TG 444 NY Metro System Wide – Fulltime

The NYC ARES talkgroup is also programmed for Push-to-Talk access on these machines.

We’ve also temporarily disabled our W2ABC/RPT at Mt Beacon to reprogram it for a new pair. As you may know, our operation on 441.05/446.05 MHz has been challenged by a CT-based packet network for some years now. With Bernie’s help, we’ve found a new pair we believe can be coordinated at Mt Beacon…and we hope to have our UHF analog repeater there up again on the new pair, and operating under the K2HR call, in a matter of weeks. Stand by for updates!

Out east, challenges at the WLNG-FM transmitter site forced a move of our eastern Long Island repeater link. Partnering with the Peconic Amateur Radio Club, and longtime BEARS legend Charlie Burnham/K2GLP, we’ve linked to the W2AMC repeater (440.050 +, PL 107.2). The repeater was designed and built by longtime BEARS member Richie Balas/W2RB, and NX2O (SK), and will be overseen by trustee Peter McGreevy/K2HF. The link was proofed by Jerry Cudmore/K2JRC. The new machine is on DARI network between 9a-7p daily. It’s located in an environmentally controlled facility, sits on a government radio tower about 350 feet up, and will provide excellent coverage of the east end from Riverhead to Montauk, and across LI sound to southern CT.

Our thanks to Charlie, Richie, Jerry, Peter and the Peconic ARC group for collaborating with us, and much gratitude to Jon/K1IMD for many years of partnership at Sag Harbor.

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BEARS Quarterly Meeting, Annual Elections & VE Session on July 18th!

Our final quarterly meeting of the 2017 activity year will be held July 18th, 5pm, at ABC News HQ, 47 West 66th Street in Manhattan (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue).

The meeting will take place in the multimedia room at the rear of the cafeteria on the mezzanine level.

Thanks to the incredible talent and effort of our Club secretary, Brad Berson/W2ZZZ, BEARS is pleased to announce that electronic nomination & voting is in place for our 2017 Elections.

Here’s how our nomination and election process will work this year:

  • Only members in good standing registered with the Club by 5pm ET on June 30th, 2017 may participate in the 2017 election process. If you’re receiving the BEARFax newsletter, consider yourself a member in good standing.
  • Our constitution and bylaws specify that only FULL MEMBERS (active or retired employees of The Walt Disney Company, or its subsidiaries) are eligible to hold executive office, act as a director or repeater trustee or serve as repeater control operators.
  • Committee chairs must also be active or retired TWDC employees. It also goes without saying (we hope) that all executive officers, committee chairs and directors MUST HOLD VALID FCC AMATEUR RADIO LICENSES.
  • But…committee membership (except for committees established to revise our constitution and bylaws, which are limited to Disney employees or retirees) is open to all members in good standing.
  • And ALL members in good standing, FULL OR ASSOCIATE, can cast votes for prospective officeholders – and for other Club business – in this or any other election.

It is critically important that we have participation from as many ACTIVE employees as can volunteer, as our repeater systems sit on Company-controlled or Company-leased property. Further, a full slate of elected officers is also required to maintain our legal status as a 501c3 charitable organization under IRS and NYS regulations.

Already standing for election/re-election are:

  • PRESIDENT:               Howard Price/KA2QPJ
  • VICE-PRESIDENT:   Joe Nuzzo/N2BEI
  • TREASURER:             Ed Yang/KD2KEF
  • SECRETARY:              Brad Berson/W2ZZZ

Our standing key committee chairs are:

  • VE Co-Chairs:                                    Mike Siegel/W2RT & Bill Kirkpatrick/WK2O
  • Tech Co-Chairs:                                 Joe Nuzzo/N2BEI
  • Coordination Council Liaison:       Marv Bronstein/K2VHW
  • Trustees:                                             Marv Bronstein/K2VHW
    .                                                             Jerry Cudmore/K2JRC
    .                                                             Joe Nuzzo/N2BEI

ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12 Noon ON JULY 12th, 2017 TO BE CONSIDERED VALID. BEARS members should refer to the latest BEARFax (in your e-mail boxes now) for instructions on how to nominate, and vote for, candidates in this year’s election.

This year’s BALLOT will be announced online and in a special BEARFax or or shortly after July 12th, and must be filed online by 12 Noon ET ON JULY 18th, 2017 TO BE CONSIDERED VALID.

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So Long, Farewell — and Welcome! Retirement Brings Changes to BEARS Leadership

It’s with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we bid farewell to our treasurer, and longtime ABC colleague, John Woodford/N2JW. After more than 30 years at the Alphabet Network, John has signed off from his leadership role in network technical maintenance, and signed on for the next chapter of his life in sunny Central Florida.

John retired March 31st to join his wife, a choreographer, at their new home in Lake Mary, FL, just outside Orlando. As a result, John has vacated his role as our club treasurer (and the overseer of our ham shack restoration project).

We wish John well in his new adventure…and thank him profoundly for his service to BEARS. His will be a hard act to follow…but thankfully, Ed Yang/KD2KEF, has volunteered to succeed John as our treasurer. Ed is a relatively new ham, licensed at a BEARS VE session. He’s a manager in ABC’s broadcast systems support group…and we’re thrilled to have him join our BEARS executive board.

BEARS thanks both of these extraordinary men for their service to our Club.

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Join Us for our Quarterly BEARS Meeting & VE Session – April 19th

Our second quarterly meeting of the 2017 activity year will be held April 19th, 5pm, at the ABC News HQ, 47 West 66th Street in Manhattan (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue).

The meeting will take place in the multimedia room at the rear of the cafeteria on the mezzanine level. We’ll reprise Club activities to date, discuss future initiatives and discuss Club leadership changes. In keeping with recent custom, we especially welcome members of NYC CERT and NYC ARES to join us, and to engage with us on programs of mutual interest.

Please RSVP to Howard Price/KA2QPJ, our Club president, so that he can put you on the clearance list for building security. Use the subject line BEARS RSVP.

Our quarterly VE session will take place immediately following the Club meeting at 7pm. Walk-ins are welcomed, but please let Bill Kirkpatrick/WK2O know in advance if you plan to sit for an exam.

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Join Us for Our Quarterly BEARS Meeting & VE Session!

Our first quarterly meeting of the 2017 activity year will be held January 18th, 5pm, at the ABC News HQ, 47 West 66th Street in Manhattan (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue).

The meeting will take place in the multimedia room at the rear of the cafeteria on the mezzanine level.

In our 5p-6p hour, we’ve invited Jose Lugo/KD2CJP, New York & Bronx Counties Emergency Coordinator from NYC ARES, to present on the important work this group does to train volunteers and sustain communications in emergencies. And from 6p-7p, as promised, we’re pleased to have Bryan Boyle/WB0YLE in the house from the skunkworks team that is perfecting an all-mode digital/analog repeater system that will allow any radio operating in any ham flavor (analog, DMR, Fusion or D-Star) to talk with any other radio on that repeater. It’s truly the holy grail of universal accessibility we hams have been clamoring for. Bryan will demo the system and explain not only how it works, but how soon we may be see it in regular use.

Please RSVP to Howard Price/KA2QPJ, our Club president, so that he can put you on the clearance list for building security. Use the subject line BEARS RSVP.

Our first VE session of 2017 will take place immediately following the Club meeting at 7pm. Walk-ins are welcomed, but please let Bill Kirkpatrick/WK2O know in advance if you plan to sit for an exam.

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DMR is HERE!

K2JRC AntennaBEARS, in its continuing partnership with the Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service (DEARS) at Walt Disney World in Orlando, is pleased to announce a new DMR link between New York and Florida.

The link is the result of extensive work by Ken Kerns/N2ZXS, Kurt Livingston/N7WWL and our own Jerry Cudmore/K2JRC, and utilizes a Florida-based C-Bridge administered by Bob Schneider/KC2CWT. Bob’s C-Bridge delivers a feed to the Bronx TRBO C-Bridge, administered by Bernie Berger/NY4Z — who in turn, routes it to Jerry’s DMR repeater here.

BEARS members, and all licensed users with Digital Mobile Radio capability, can connect to this link — and with an extensive DMR network serving greater NYC as follows:

On the K2JRC Manhattan Repeater:
(438.5625 MHz  [-5 Mhz], Color Code 3)

Time Slot
#1 – Group Call  TG 347639 = DARI Talk Group – (Fulltime priority over Time Slot 1)
#1 – Group Call  TG 9 = Local Talk Group – Fulltime
#1 – Group Call  TG 9998 = Parrot Audio Test Server
#1 – Group Call  TG 3 = U.S / English Speaking Countries  – PTT
#1 – Group Call  TG 310 = Tac 310 Talk Group – PTT
#1 – Group Call  TG 311 = Tac 311 Talk Group – PTT
#2 – Group Call  TG 444 = NY Metro System wide

(Fulltime on all repeaters in Bronx TRBO Network)

On the K2JRC Queens Repeater
(438.6125 MHz  [-5 MHz] Color Code 3

Time Slot
#1 – Group Call TG 444 = NY Metro Systemwide (Fulltime)
#1 – Group Call TG TG 347639 = DARI Talk Group (Fulltime)
#2 – Members-Only Private Talk Groups

The NY4Z Bronx TRBO repeater system is vast — too extensive for us to detail here. But we encourage you to visit the NYDMR website for all the details.

Repeater: K2JRC 438.5625  (-5), Color Code 3

Time Slot #1, Disney Talkgroup 347639

This has been an arduous process — but we think one well worth the wait and effort. We thank everyone involved for the extraordinary work that has brought a terrific new operating experience to our members.

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