Founded in 1946, NARL is an affiliated club of the ARRL, the national association of Amateur Radio. A large percentage of NARL members are also members of ARRL and/or live in or near Newington; but other members come from other towns in Connecticut and have no connection to the ARRL.
NARL is an ARRL Special Service Club, engaged in a well-balanced program of activities to promote Amateur Radio and provide communications service for the communities of the Capital Region. The matrix of programs includes the following:
- NARL encourages new ham training by offering Amateur Radio license classes for Technician, General and Extra Class licenses, and mentoring activites to improve skill and operating abilities. Classes form all year long. Contact President@narl.net if interested in a class.
- NARL promotes Amateur Radio by highlighting the presence of Amateur Radio in the Capital Region by arranging media coverage of NARL activities.
- NARL provides a cadre of skilled Amateur Radio operators if other communications fail or are damaged.
- NARL engages in the continuing technical education of its members to ensure that members are familiar with cutting edge radio technology
- NARL encourages active participation in operating and public service events to ensure a high level of operating skill among its members.
- NARL holds monthly general membership meetings, often with guest speakers, publishes a newsletter and maintains three repeaters and various web sites and social media sites.
- Why is our repeater's call sign W1AW?
That call sign is owned by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) but is on loan to the local NARL club because it needed to be located physically away from the Percy Maxim Memorial station so as not to interfere with the two-meter code practice broadcasts. The NARL club first situated their repeater atop Cedarcrest Hospital, and later moved it to a tower along the Berlin Turnpike. The repeater has excellent coverage of the town of Newington and some surrounding towns, and is far enough away from the ARRL campus so it no longer interferes with the CW code practice broadcasts. Please consider joining NARL -- your dues will help to maintain the repeater.