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
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Oct. 1 - NTS Traffic Handlers Brunch
Oct. 8 - Hartford Marathon
Oct 16 - Nutmeg Hamfest, Sheraton Four-Point Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden CT 06450, 8 am-2 pm, $7.00 admission. ARRL Section meeting with new SM K1DFS. Go-Box competition. JT65 Presentation. Fleamarket.
Oct. 19 - ARRL WEBINAR on CHIRP, 8 PM
Nov.2 - Governor's EPPI drill
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,
ARRL SECTION MANAGER -Connecticut SM Betsey Doane, K1EIC, is retiring effective Sept 30. She was the longest-serving living Section Manager in the United States. The new Section Manager will be Chuck Motes, K1DFS.
ARES SECTION EMERGENCY COORDINATOR - Connecticut SEC Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV, is also retiring on Sept. 30, 2016. A successor will be announced at the ARRL session of the Nutmeg Hamfest on Oct. 16.
Under the ARRL's rules for the Simulated Emergency Test, each state or section may choose its own date for the SET, as long as it is between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year.
For 2016, the personnel changes of the top appointed position in the state's ARES organization and Section Manager taking effect Sept. 30 have necessitated choosing a new date for the SET.
Hopefully when the new SEC is announced at the Nutmeg hamfest, we will get further guidance on when the SET will be held.
WHAT: The Great 2016 “GO BOX” Competition
ALL Hams Welcome to Enter!
WHERE: NUTMEG HAMFEST 2016
Sheraton Four-Points Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT
Get organized to “Go Portable”!
- Eliminate the last minute hunting for gear before leaving.
- Banish the frustration of not having what you need at the operating site… because it is still back at the home QTH.
The “Go Box” is probably the best way to organize your radio equipment for those times when you want to (or need to) “Grab-‘n-Go” for Portable Operations such as:
- Day Trips
- Weekend Get-Aways
- Public Service Events
- ARES Drills/Exercises
- Real World Disasters
DETAILS, ENTRY RULES and OTHER THOUGHTS
Don’t have a “Go Box”?
Get Started and Build one!
- You’ll be glad you did. ;-)
Sponsored by: CT ARES – Region 2
Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH
District Emergency Coordinator, Region 2
Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)
(Home) 203-876-1189 [Cell] 203-494-3885
The ARRL will hold a Webinar on the internet on Wednesday, Oct 19, 8 pm on the CHIRP program. This is a handy free utility for programming a long list of popular ham radio makes and models from a computer. This webinar will demonstrate how to download and install the latest version of the program and how to use it to program a radio's memory.
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".