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 (For October, Thurs. 10/20)
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. Walkins welcomed.
Oct. 25 - NARL Extra class, chapter 7, Radio Signals and Measurements
Oct. 25 - MARS COMMEX webinar, see details on ARRL web site, keyword "COMMEX" (AB1GL will not attend)
Oct 26 - Manchester CERT briefing, Manchester EOC
Oct 31-Nov 1 - MARS COMEX drill
Nov.2 - Governor's EPPI drill
Nov. 5 - Ghost Run, Hebron-Colchester on the Airline Trail, AB1GL Net Control
Nov. 6 - CT Veterans Parade, Newington. Contact Armando Landrian, KB1PRP
Nov 7 - NARL elections
Nov. 9 - BEARS general meeting
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,
The Connecticut Section ARRL Cabinet is as follows, for 2016-2018:
Section Manager (SM): Chuck Motes, K1DFS
Assistant Section Manager (ASM):
(Emeritus) AL W1FXQ
Official Observer Coordinator (OOC): Chuck Newman, NA1CN
Public Information Officer (PIO): Dana, KA1WPM
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC): Mike Walters, W8ZY
Assistant SECs (ASECs):
State Government Liason (SGL): Jon, WF1H
Section Traffic Manager (STM): Ann, K1STM
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC): Douglas, WA1SFH
Technical Coordinator (TC): Steve, W1SMS
Welcome to New Hams: Larry, K1HEJ
The Connecticut Section did not hold a Simulated Emergency Test on October 1 due to the personnel changes in the field organization which took effect Sept 30 2016. New leadership has not announced yet whether the SET is just postponed to a later date, or cancelled altogether for this year.
Connecticut hams are asked to participate in an intercommunications exercise with the Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS) on Oct 31-Nov 1.
A webinar will be held Tuesday evening, Oct 25, to train hams in the use of the special format the exercise requires.
Please go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4300481724544982273
to register for the webinar.
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".