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:



May  13 - BEARS General Mtg, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, Manchester

May 16 - Boy Scouts ConnJam - ARES Reg 2. AB1GL will demo RMS Xpress peer-to-peer.

May 17 - Lucy Welles Library 5K, Newington. Contact Tom Cote, KB1KOS to volunteer. AB1GL net control.

May 23-24 - Angel Ride.  Contact N1CLV to volunteer.

May 30 - Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge, HQ at Northwest Catholic High School, Wampanoag Road, West Hartford.  Radio comms by CT ARES Region 3.  Looking for volunteers for checkpoints, SAGs, HQ net control, runners, scribes, phone answerers. Email

June 7 - BEARS Annual Picnic.

June 7 - MS Ride (Griffith Park)

June 8 - Skywarn training - Granby

June 20 - NARLFEST, Newington. YES, it's still ON! see redesigned web site at

June 27-28 - Field Day, visiting sites of NARL, BEARS, BARC, and MARS


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!


Recruiting for May 30 Calhoun Walk/Ride in West Hartford

CT ARES Region 3 provides radio communications, SAG vehicles, and motorcycle riders to the event organizaers of this charitable bicycle ride.  We are actively looking for volunteers.  Please email your name and availability ASAP to or

Positions available Saturday May 30 are:

  • SAG (Support and Gear) we need vehicles that can transport at least one bicycle and rider, with driver and ham radiooperator/navigator. The longest route in 62 miles and we estimate we need at least 5 of these.
  • Motorcycle observers.  We need as many of these as we can get, they will cruise up and down the route looking for bicycle riders who need assistance.  If they do not have ham licenses, they can report by cell phone to the ham command post.
  • Hams to man three rest stops.
  • Hams at the command post as net controls, runners, phone answerers, and more.
  • Shadows for the event organizers.  HT with headphones essential, the start venue is very noisy.
  • The event starts at 7 am and runs to 3 pm.
  • Start/Finish is Northwest Catholic High School on Wampanoag Road.  Loops are 15, 30 and 62 miles.

Recruiting Cast for "The Not Ready for Net Time" Players

This troupe of hams -- and yes, pun intended -- will perform next at the June 20 NARLFEST in Newington.  Players will illustrate with humor and good grace, exactly how NOT to check in to an ARES net, with narration by the Region 3 DEC, George Lillenstein.  Scripts and props will be available although ad-libbing is encouraged.  Bring your funny bone and let loose!

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 is currently down for maintenance on the interconnecting links.  Individual repeaters are running in stand alone mode, and some repeaters supplied by individual clubs have their own internet connections and are still linked. (posted May 11, 2015)
  • Beware of April Fools day postings of fictional radios.
  • Beware of vicious rumors that the CS700 is no longer being delivered.  This is NOT TRUE.  It's the dual-band model CS-7000 that nobody has received yet.
  • The Connect Systems web site now lists models CS750 and 751, single band DMR handhelds that supposedly allow programming of new channels via the keypad.  The model 700 could only be programmed by a computer interface.  This new model has not been seen by us in person so we do not know for sure if it is being shipped yet.  If you have received one, please email the Region 3 DEC with a review.
  • 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.

Skywarn Weather Spotter training 2015

Skywarn is a program run by the National Weather Service in conjunction with ARES to train ham radio weather spotters.  The class teaches spotters to recognize certain weather patterns, and what constitutes "criteria", i.e., reportable weather events.  Spotters are given numbered ID cards for use when reporting their data.

In Connecticut, CT ARES runs Skywarn weather nets on amateur radio, and ham volunteers at the nearest NWS office sign into the net via Echolink or IRLP and collect the data.  This "boots on the ground" data helps to verify ground level truth in cases where Doppler radar is blocked by earth curvature or terrain features.


CT ARES Region 3 falls at the boundary covered by NWS radars from Albany NY, Taunton MA, and Upton Long Island.  By the time the radar beams converge around the capitol area, the lowest weather features they can detect are at approximately 3,000 feet altitude, so the ham weather spotter reports are particularly important resources.


You should renew your training at least every two years, so please attend a class even if you have done so before.


NOTE: These classes DO NOT go into depth on how to report severe weather via ham radio.  Their emphasis is on recognizing weather events and determining if they are severe enough to warrant reporting.   The NWS accepts weather spotter reports through 800 telephone numbers, web browser and mobile apps, and via ham radio weather nets.  The latter are run by hams appointed by the ARRL Section Manager through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.  The best way to learn how these ARES Skywarn nets run is to listen to them on your local ham repeater or to consult reference material at the ARRL web site,

Ashford May 12th Tuesday Skywarn Spotter class

Ashford Senior Center

Note Location Change

25 Tremko Lane

Ashford, CT

Taught by: NWS Forecaster

Registration: None Required

Granby June 8 Monday Skywarn spotter class

Granby Senior Center 7pm to 10 pm

15 N. Granby Road

Granby, CT

This class will be taught by Rob Macedo, KD1CY.  No reservations needed, all are welcome.

W1FTE will provide talk-in directions on the 146.79 and 146.82 repeaters.

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