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 Mon each month - NARL club meeting, Newington Sr Center (2nd Mon in January)
1st Wed each month - Emcomm elmer session, Manchester EOC
2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting, Manchester EOC 7 pm
3rd Wed each month - PVRA meeting, Marcus Communications, Manchester CT
4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing
Sundays 8 pm - the CT ARES SM net
Mondays 8 pm - the ARES Reg 3 net
Mondays 9:15 pm - the BEARS traffic net
Tuesdays & Thurs - 7 pm - Manchester CERT net
Wednesdays 9:30 pm - Nutmeg Traffic Net
April 1 - New Hampshire ARES University
April 2 - Hockanum River Canoe & Kayak Race, Manchester-East Hartford
April 14 - Traprock 2017 trail race, Penwood State Park, Bloomfield, CT
May 21 - Newington Library 5K, Mill Pond, Newington CT
June 10 - Vintage Radio Museum fleamart, Windsor CT
June 11 - BEARS annual picnic, Camp Newhoca, Vernon
June 24-25 - ARRL Field Day
Watch WWW.CTARES.ORG for near real-time level changes.
Next class for Hartford County:
Saturday April 8 - 9:30 am to noon
Berlin Community Center
230 Kensington Rd.
Berlin, CT 06037
Next class for Tolland County:
Wed. May 24 - 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Tolland Fire Dept
191 Merrow Road
Tolland, CT 06084
Both classes require preregistration. Email to:
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!
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".
During nets on linked repeater systems, help the Net Control by making sure your call sign prefix is not missed. Pause for a "two-count" after pressing Push To Talk before giving your call sign. And speak s-l-o-w-l-y so your data can be entered in a log as you say it. The NCS can't fill in later, there is almost always another checkin to deal with.
Practice nets are different than checking in to an EOC during an actual emergency. SOP in an emergency is for the Net Control to have either a backup or a scribe doing the logging, so data can be acquired faster. The NCS for practice nets rarely has the luxury of a scribe.