The Natchaug Amateur Radio Club


About the club:

The objectives of the Natchaug Amateur Radio Club are to educate, to develop technology for amateur radio, and to share the experience of building and operating amateur radio stations. The club is also devoted to the interests of the community and public safety.


The club can trace its roots to the Willimantic Radio Club, which was established in the late 1940s.  The original Willimantic club seems to have become inactive but was reorganized in 1954.  Newspaper articles from the following decade describe the club as being involved in education and simulated emergency exercises.  By the early 1970s the club again appears to have become inactive.  Former Willimantic club members then established the Natchaug Amateur Radio Association, which continues in the present day as the Natchaug Amateur Radio Club.

On the air:

We operate an open repeater located in Lebanon, CT.  The NA1RC repeater is on 147.3 MHz, + offset, 77.0 PL. The repeater TX, RX and power supply were recently re-capped and re-aligned and performance now exceeds our expectations.  A lot of military and space-qualified parts were installed (thanks to the wonders of surplus), and we expect the machine to be very reliable.  We are presently investigating establishing one or more 70cm machines, with backhaul on the 13cm band.

An informal net gathers most evenings on or near 3737 kHz during the summer months, with operations moved to 1992.5 kHz during the remainder of the year. We use the spring and fall Nearfest events as rough  guidance on when to make the switch.


Club meetings are held twice per month at the Mansfield Town Hall (Audrey Beck Building).  The “regular” meeting is held on the first Wednesday of the month and is intended for general discussion, technical presentations, guest speakers, and so forth.  Club business is conducted on the third Wednesday of the month.  Both meetings start at 7:30 pm and generally conclude around 9:00 pm.


The Natchaug Amateur Radio Club members have diverse backgrounds but we all share an interest in amateur radio.  Most of our members are located in Eastern Connecticut.  Licensed amateur radio operators may apply for full membership, while unlicensed persons may apply for associate membership, which carries all privileges except for voting rights.


For over 30 years, we sponsored the Hartford Hamfest, customarily held at the end of May at the UCONN Tolland County Agricultural Center, located at 24 Hyde Avenue in Vernon, CT.  (Route 30, near exit 67 on I 84). The Hamfest flyer is available at