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:


1st Mon each month - NARL club meeting, Newington Sr Center (2nd Mon in September)

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


Sep 27-Nov 15 - Tuesdays 6-8:30 pm, Lucy Welles Library, Newington - Amateur Extra class sponsored by the NARL club in Newington.  AB1GL and WA1YNE, co-instructors. Email to reserve a seat.

Oct. 1 - NTS Traffic Handlers Brunch

Oct. 8 - Hartford Marathon

Oct 16 - Nutmeg Hamfest, Sheraton Four-Point Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden CT 06450, 8 am-2 pm, $7.00 admission. ARRL Section meeting with new SM K1DFS. Go-Box competition. JT65 Presentation. Fleamarket.


Nov.2 - Governor's EPPI drill





About A R E S

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

  • pass welfare traffic ("Aunt Minnie made it safely to the community shelter"),
  • forward requests from stranded facilities ("the XYZ nursing home urgently needs oxygen bottles"),
  • Pass status messages from outlying hospitals to the central reporting agency ("hospital A has 23 beds available"),
  • Digitally convey sitreps, ICS forms, maps and photos to an incident command post
  • Act as an email gateway to a functioning part of the Internet via long-distance HF radio to another state or country.

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 and update your record now!


Skywarn Weather Nets in Region 3

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,

Temperature Precip intensity Depth Damage


ARRL SECTION MANAGER -Connecticut SM Betsey Doane, K1EIC, is retiring effective Sept 30.  She was the longest-serving living Section Manager in the United States.  The new Section Manager will be Chuck Motes, K1DFS.

ARES SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR - Connecticut SEC Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV, is also retiring on Sept. 30, 2016.  A successor will be announced at the ARRL session of the Nutmeg Hamfest on Oct. 16.


Under the ARRL's rules for the Simulated Emergency Test, each state or section may choose its own date for the SET, as long as it is between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year.

For 2016, the personnel changes of the top appointed position in the state's ARES organization and Section Manager taking effect Sept. 30 have necessitated choosing a new date for the SET.

Hopefully when the  new SEC is announced at the Nutmeg hamfest, we will get further guidance on when the SET will be held.

Go-Box Competition at the Nutmeg Hamfest Oct 16

Amateur Radio Go Box


WHAT:  The Great 2016 “GO BOX” Competition

                ALL Hams Welcome to Enter!

DATE:   Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hours:  8:30 am – 10 am

Sheraton Four-Points Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT

Get organized to “Go Portable”!
- Eliminate the last minute hunting for gear before leaving.
- Banish the frustration of not having what you need at the operating site… because it is still back at the home QTH.

The “Go Box” is probably the best way to organize your radio equipment for those times when you want to (or need to) “Grab-‘n-Go” for Portable Operations such as:

- Day Trips
- Weekend Get-Aways
- Vacations
- Public Service Events
- ARES Drills/Exercises
- Real World Disasters


Don’t have a “Go Box”?
Get Started and Build one!  

- You’ll be glad you did.  ;-)

Sponsored by: CT ARES – Region 2



Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH

District Emergency Coordinator, Region 2

Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)

(Home) 203-876-1189      [Cell] 203-494-3885



CHIRP Webinar

The ARRL will hold a Webinar on the internet on Wednesday, Oct 19, 8 pm on the CHIRP program.  This is a handy free utility for programming a long list of popular ham radio makes and models from a computer.  This webinar will demonstrate how to download and install the latest version of the program and how to use it to program a radio's memory.

Monthly Reporting method for Region 3 EC's

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.



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