Connecticut ARES - Region 3 DEC: George Lillenstein, AB1GL Asst DEC: Bill Storey, AB1LZ
Connecticut ARES - Region 3     DEC: George Lillenstein, AB1GL     Asst DEC: Bill Storey, AB1LZ

Where to Find Us:

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:



Oct 1 - AB1GL will teach Tech class at Newington Senior Center Thursday evenings through Nov. 17. It is not too late to sign up, you've only missed one session. See for details

Oct 4 - Training with Manchester CERT for upcoming EPPI drill

Oct. 10 - Hartford Marathon, PVRA radio comms, AB1LZ to volunteer

Oct 18 - Nutmeg Hamfest in Wallingford. ARES meeting.

Oct 21 - Governor's EPPI drill

Nov 8 - Hartford Veteran's Parade, lead for radio comms is Armando Landrian, KB1PRP, the ARES EC for Newington

Nov 8-10 - MARS CME drill. Amateur Radio operators are invited to email to to participate in the drill

Nov 14-15 - CT ARES SET (Simulated Emergency Test) drill.  ARES Members: Contact your assigned

ARES EC for details. Non-members: to join ARES and get on the mailing list, go to and click on Membership.


About A R E S

ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the field arm of the American Radio Relay League. 

  • General volunteers for ARES do not have to be ARRL members, but must be FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators. 
  • ARES Leadership must be ARRL members and are appointed by the ARRL Section Manager.


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 supports requests for auxiliary communications from state and municipal governments, public health entities, and non-profit providers such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  


Most agencies that receive federal funds of any kind are required to be compliant with NIMS, the National Incident Management System.  This framework requires that everyone on scene be certified in use of ICS, the Incident Command structure.  If you wish to be assigned a role with one of ARES' served agencies, you must provide proof that you have passed the required training courses.  These courses are provided free by the US government over the internet.  For hams who do not wish to take these courses, ARES can assign you to work from your home or mobile unit during an emergency.


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 and update your record now!


DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)

Why is Connecticut ARES promoting use of DMR radio?

  • DMR allows two repeaters, carrying a total of 4 simultaneous QSO's to exist in the same bandwidth as a single analog repeater
  • The DMR repeaters we use do not require control operators to switch talk groups.  Any user within range can wait for the repeater to be idle, then switch their radio to the desired talk group and press "Push To Talk."  Once the repeater has been so "kerchunked," it stays on the selected talk group untl an idle time expires, then goes back to the default talkgroup.  Other repeaters in the statewide network that have also been kerchunked by local users automatically join the net. This ability to re-configure the network on the fly gives ARES enormous flexibility to respond to emergencies.
  • By happy coincidence, the State of Connecticut already had a network of hardened sites, erected for the State Police, linked by microwave, that covered most of the state.  The State Police Amateur Radio Club arranged to co-locate UHF repeaters at each site, thus creating an instant network with over 25 nodes.
  • It just so happened there were available UHF frequency pairs that were available for coordination.
  • Some private clubs offered to add their own frequency pairs and repeaters to fill in dead spots.
  • Relatively inexpensive DMR radios came on the market.  It is no longer necessary to buy a commercial radio, pay annual fees for licensing, software, and maintenance, and have a dealer program the radio.  Amateurs can download the software for free and do it themselves.

Latest News from Connect Systems

  • Owners of model CS700 radios can send them in for upgrade for $60.  The current version is now the model CS750.
  • As of Sept 17, new software is available for download for the CS750 that allows 2,000 channels and 65,536 contacts (ID number and first name/call sign). The latest firmware and programming software allow for entry of new contacts/channels manually through the keypad.
  • Also available is conversion software that will read the "code plug" (ie, saved programming file) from a model 700 and convert it to 750 format for upload into the upgraded radio. CAUTION: make sure you download and save your radio's "code plug" AS IS before altering a copy of it.
  • Also available are a low-end radio, the Tytera MD-380 ($165) and a 45-watt mobile, the CS-801.
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