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 2 - NARL meeting, Newington Sr. Center
May 2 - Skywarn training, Bloomfield (the DEC will not attend)
May3 - CERT Award presentation at Town Hall, Manchester
May 4 - Emcomm Team Elmer night, Manchester EOC, 7 pm
May 15 - Newington Library 5K Run
May 28-29 - Angel Ride, Litchfield to Ashford to Mystic. Comms by CT ARES.
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.
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,
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.
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".