BEARS SKYWARN Coordination

Broadcast Engineers Repeater SystemFrom the Desk of Howard Price KA2QPJ

 Hope this note finds you all well. As president of the Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society (BEARS the amateur radio organization at Disney/ABC/ESPN in greater NY)

The BEARS system spans NY, NJ, LI, the Hudson Valley & CT with robust VHF, UHF and 220 Mhz repeaters that blanket the tri-state. Most of our sites offer wide-area coverage  and are equipped with emergency power.

Our local repeaters are linked over the air, and our wider DARI network (the Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect) includes repeaters in Bristol CT, greater Boston MA, greater Washington DC/Baltimore, greater Los Angeles and soon, Philadelphia & Delaware) are linked via IP.

Our north/south local coverage spans an area from greater Albany to the north through central NJ to the south; from nearly the Delaware Water Gap to the west through the twin forks of LI to the east, with coverage extending into southern CT.

You can see our NYS repeater coverage maps here., our NJ repeater coverage here, and our CT repeater coverage here. And I’ve attached a location-specific grid listing all of the repeaters on our system.

Our W2ABC repeater in NYC is the flagship repeater of the NYC Amateur Radio Emergency Service. BEARS is a Special Service Club of the American Radio Relay League; public service/emergency communications are at the core of our Club mission.

We have hosted and would like to host again in the future SKYWARN training sessions and the scope of our repeater system makes it the ideal place from which to coordinate SKYWARN operations in the event of an impactful regional weather event such as Superstorm Sandy (during which our repeaters NEVER left the air).

Our newest repeater, WA2DCI/RPT (446.325 Mhz, PL 127.3),  is atop LI’s highest natural point at the WALK-FM Transmitter Site in Farmingville just a hop, skip and a jump from the NWS offices.

Ours is an open system BEARS is a dues-free ham club. We extend a special welcome to SKYWARN observer/operators and look forward to extending our long-standing partnership with you. Please let us know how we can better assist SKYWARN.

Thanks and 73 de KA2QPJ.

Howard Price/KA2QPJ
Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society, Inc.