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 Wed each month - Emcomm elmer session, Manchester EOC

2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting, Manchester EOC 7 pm

3rd Wed each month - PVRA

4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing


May 25 - Manchester EOC 7 pm

May 28-29 - Angel Ride, Litchfield to Ashford to Mystic.  Comms by CT ARES.

June 4 - Eastnet meeting at Red Cross Farmington, DEC to present

June 12 - BEARS Annual Picnic, Newhoca Park Pavilion at Middle Bolton Lake

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.

September 2016 - Amateur Extra class to be sponsored by the NARL club in Newington.  AB1GL and others as instructors.





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!


PUBLIC SERVICE EVENT - Angel Ride - May 28 & 29

Angel Ride logo

This charity bicycle ride runs from Litchfield to Ashford on Saturday and continues to Mystic on Sunday.  Radio coms and SAG services provided by hams from all Connecticut Regions  of ARES, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.  To volunteer, contact Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV, or your regional ARES DEC.

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

Skywarn Training Class May 2, 2016

Bloomfield Senior Center

330 Park Ave, Bloomfield - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Instruction by the National Weather Service

No prior registration required

This class is meant for those interested in getting or renewing their weather spotter certification for Hartford and Tolland Counties, to the Taunton, MA NWS office.  Spotting reports can be submitted via ham radio during weather nets, or via the internet or to an 800 phone line you will be given.

Monthly Reporting method for Region 3 EC's

April reports due NOW - received AB1LZ, KB1PRP, NC1J, K1XFC

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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