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:



Aug 2 - Sunday - Cruisin on Main in Manchester. AB1GL is NCS for the CERT team.

Aug 21-23 - Boxboro Hamfest, DEC will attend the Friday session for license instructors


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) News

  • Details about the CT-ARES net have been moved to the Digital Modes page. Late-breaking news is here now.
  • The CT-ARES DMR net microwave links are still being repaired, but many repeaters have been linked using temporary internet and Mi-Fi hotspots.  Individual repeaters with no internet are running in stand alone mode, as of 6/10, 2015.  The Sunday night ARES SEC net has resumed, using whatever repeaters have internet links.
  • The Middlesex Amateur Radio Club in Portland has voted to acquire a new DMR repeater on a new coordinated pair to put on the CT ARES net, leaving their analog 440 repeater in place. They are seeking donations to help the club pay for the repeater, which will fill a strategic gap between the Bloomfield and Norwich repeaters.  Check to make donations.
  • Connect Systems is now offering the models CS750 and 751.  These are improvements over the model 700/701 in that  they are designed for hams instead of commercial users.  They allow programming of a new channel via the keypad, hold ten times more contacts, and have adjustable mike gain. Price is slightly higher than the model 700/701.  The 750 and 751 are still single-band radios, you must choose either VHF or UHF.
  • Connect Systems is also offering to upgrade a model 700 to a 750 for $60.  Call first and get an RMA and your radio will be returned in several days.  Without an RMA it could be several weeks.
  • Connect Systems is now also offering the model 800, a mobile DMR radio.
  • The dual-band model 7000 has now been pushed back to late fall delivery.  Maybe. If you are holding out for this because you want VHF and UHF in one radio, keep in mind there are unlikely to be VHF DMR repeaters in Connecticut anytime soon.
  • Search engines are beginning to show other brand and model radios as "DMR".  Investigate thoroughly before buying.  If the online user manual does not show a way to enter talk groups, time slots, or repeater color codes, it is very likely not compatible with the CT-ARES network.
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