Announcements

SECARS Auction - October 29, 2022

Come to the SECARS Auction to buy or sell amateur radio gear! SECARS will be holding its Fall Auction Fundraiser on Saturday October 29, 2022 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall - 1650 CT Route 12 in Gales Ferry, CT. We welcome all individuals who wish to buy or sell amateur radio and electronic equipment.  This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and is a great opportunity to acquire current equipment and collector's items.  More details on the auction can be found by clicking here.  Be sure to tell your friends!

SECARS Field Exercises

Experience what Field Day is like!  Want to operate portable HF but have never tried it?  SECARS is exploring the possibility of field day preparation and special event exercises in September and October.  We will have two HF rigs available for people to try, and we will also be experimenting with different antenna setups to minimize interference from multiple stations on the same band.  Experienced operators will show you how to get on the air with portable operations, and you will also learn about practical aspects of field day station setup.  Come back to this page for more details when they become available.

Club Meetings

Club meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM.  Meetings will be held in person at the Red Cross at 1031 Norwich - New London Tpke in Uncasville, CT.  We will simulcast the meeting on Zoom, and Zoom invitations will be sent out to all members approximately one week before the meeting is to occur.  Please stop by and support your club!

Technical Seminars

Technical seminars will be held on the fourth Thursday of the month when we have a speaker.  We have had interesting seminars on DXing, 160m band operation, construction projects, satellite work, go-boxes, foxhunting, DXpeditions and other topics of general interest to the radio amateur community.  Our seminars are held on Zoom, and credentials are distributed to our group mailing list.  Join SECARS to get on our list!  Click here for our seminar schedule

Your Ideas Are Welcome Here!

SECARS Welcomes your ideas for activities we could do to foster education, build camaraderie and have fun pursuing the hobby we all love: amateur radio.  If you have suggestions or ideas, we encourage you to enter them at the appended link.  Enter your ideas here.

For Sale

Premium Amateur Radio Equipment For Sale

Check out this page to see equipment for sale from SECARS and local sellers.  SECARS periodically posts items for sale ranging from towers, antennas, radio equipment and accessories.  If you wish to list an item for sale, please contact KE1IUMark@gmail.com.

Mark Noe KE1IU

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Our officers are here to serve you - by coordinating activities, managing club resources and guiding the club toward growth - with the input of the membership at large.  Learn more about who we are at the link below.

SECARS features repeaters on 2 meters and 70 cm.  Our repeaters are connected on Echolink and can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Find the hidden transmitter!   Foxhunting tests your skill in radio direction finding and orienteering.  Our foxhunts cover a 20 square mile area, and we have both live foxhunts and hidden fox-boxes for you to find.  Come join us!

We have nets on a wide range of topics, including traffic handling, Morse code instruction, weather tracking, technical topics and general interest discussion.  Check out our local area nets and check in to one of them!

Our members have designed and built many cool homebrew projects.  Check out our project page to learn more and build your own gear and station accessories!

We have links to useful software for your amateur radio station.  Whether it is antenna modeling, Morse code training or digital modes, you can find links to external sites that will get you on your way to more functions in your station!

SECARS is a very active club.  Whether it is foxhunting, VHF/UHF terrestrial all-mode work, field day, public service, nets, hilltopping or just socializing at a picnic, there is something for everyone.  Come join us!

Useful resources abound at this page: Links to other local area clubs, ARRL, AMSAT, Equipment manufacturers, suppliers, callbook servers, DX clusters and more.

Welcome to New Radio Amateurs

SECARS created a New Ham Kit to help new amateur radio operators get oriented to the hobby.  Whether you are a newly-licensed radio amateur or someone who is returning to the hobby after an inactive period, check out our New Ham Kit.  It lists various resources within the club and externally to get you into amateur radio.  As ever, we are here to help.

Check out our New Ham Kit by clicking on the picture to the left.

SECARS Mentoring Program

SECARS has a mentoring program to help you get into new aspects of our hobby and to enable you to teach others.  To learn more about the program, click here.

Check out our Photo Gallery

SECARS members enjoy many diverse aspects of the amateur radio hobby, and our club is here to support them.  Our photo gallery captures SECARS members engaging in foxhunts, Field Day, our annual picnic, our auction and more.  Check out the photo gallery by clicking here or on the photo to the left.

Thank You to our Donors

SECARS has been the beneficiary of several estates and individuals who have donated equipment and money to support our club.  Visit this link to find out who they are!