CT ARES Section 3 DEC
(District Emergency Coordinator)
George Lillenstein, AB1GL
39a Downey Dr
Manchester, CT 06040
Phone: +1 860 289-1445 (H)
860 716-3367 (Cell)
860 645-5449 (Work) (leave voicemail here only)
The DEC's schedule:
1st Wed each month - Emcomm elmer session, Manchester EOC
2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting, Manchester EOC 7 pm
(except July & August)
3rd Wed each month - PVRA
4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing
June 25 & 26 - ARRL Field Day, various sites throughout the USA
***July 16-27 - DEC will be out of the state, contact AB1LZ for all Region 3 business.
Aug 7 - Cruisin on Main, Mancester CERT, AB1GL net control
Sep 9-11 - Boxboro Hamfest
Sep 27-Nov 15 - Tuesdays 6-8:30 pm - Amateur Extra class sponsored by the NARL club in Newington. AB1GL and WA1YNE, co-instructors
ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the field arm of the American Radio Relay League.
Our special focus is the use of Amateur Radio for emergency communications, and the recruiting and training of a pool of skilled radio operators to be available in times of emergency.
ARES in Connecticut partners with state and municipal governments, public health entities, and non-profit providers such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
ARES members have their own radios and many can respond from their homes and vehicles, allowing ad hoc ARES nets to form using operators who are already in place when a disaster wipes out communications infrastructure. This means ARES functions even when the roads are blocked and the electric and telecom grids are jammed or down.
Amateur radio can be used to
To keep our operators trained and equipment working, we provide Public Service communications at no charge. ARES members volunteer for service at charity races, runs, walks, parades, and other large events. Operators man checkpoints, observe along the course, circulate in large venues. They contribute to public safety, guiding first responders to where they are needed, clearing the way for emergency vehicles, and reporting incidents to the Unified Command post.
Our radios work where cell phones can't get dial tone or coverage, and are interoperable where the specialized public safety and commercial radios are not.
For a detailed list of training available, see the training page of the state ARES web site, CTARES.ORG.
IMPORTANT! Whenever there is an ARES activation, leadership will notify and assign tasks ONLY to those who have current records in the ARES member database. Go to www.ctares.org and update your record now!
Ham radio clubs all over the US and Canada enter an ARRL contest held on the last full weekend of June every year. For 2016, the contest runs from June 25 to 26. Clubs erect radio stations on previously unprepared sites and try to contact each other via radio. Extra points are awarded for operating multiple stations on multiple bands, using alternative power sources, getting officials and the public to visit, and getting non-hams on the air.
Considerable planning and skill is required to fit multiple antennas into the regulation space without interfering with each other, and operator skill is at a premium to accurately log as many contacts per hour as possible.
The Field Day rules are designed to test the limits of operating skill as well as to make ham radio activity more visible to the public.
For more information, go the www.arrl.net and enter the keyword, Field Day.
Weather nets are held routinely by ARES Skywarn Coordinators, and on special schedules during severe weather.
For Region 3, there is a weather net every Thursday at 9 pm on the W1HDN repeater in Tolland.
Tune to 146.790, minus 600kHz offset, PL tone 82.5.
To report severe weather, please give the information in the order below. Also indicate if it is measured, averaged, or estimated, and if it is storm total or since last report,
EC's need to be collecting headcounts, start and end times for all ARES nets, drills, emergency responses, and public services events supported by ARES within their jurisdictions. ARES Net Managers should be sending checkin logs to their EC, so he can eliminate duplications, verify how many new hams attended each net, and who the liaison was between the net and the NTS message system.
EC's: AT MONTH END, PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM and click "Send".