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:
April 22 - Manchester CERT briefing, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, Manchester
April 25 - MS Walk at Manchester Community College. Radio comms by the BEARS of Manchester.
May 4 - NARL General Mtg, Newington Sr Ctr, 7 pm
May 7 - Skywarn Training, Andover
May 13 - BEARS General Mtg, 7 pm, 321 Olcott St, Manchester
May 16 - Boy Scouts ConnJam - ARES Reg 2
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 AB1GL@arrl.net
June 7 - BEARS Annual Picnic.
June 7 - MS Ride (Griffith Park)
June 8 - Skywarn training - Granby
June 20 - NARLFEST, Newington
June 27-28 - Field Day, visiting sites of NARL, BEARS, BARC, and MARS
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 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 www.ctares.org and update your record now!
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.
This class will be taught by personnel from NWS-Taunton. Reservations ARE REQUIRED. Send request to Rob Macedo, KD1CY, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
DMR mode radio has now been officially adopted by ARES in Connecticut as the primary means for command and control of ARES operations. SPARC, the State Police Amateur Radio Club, has put up over 23 UHF linked repeaters around the state and several additional clubs have linked their UHF repeaters to the net as well. It is now practical for ARES members to coordinate their efforts from almost anywhere in the state using a handheld DMR radio. ARES nets held on Sunday evenings at 8:30 and during recent alerts have had as many as 55 check ins from among all 5 regions as of February, 2015.
The most commonly used talkgroups are CT ARES Statewide, CT Tactical 1-5 and 6-12, and local. A receive-only talkgroup, CT ARES ALERT, will override all other talkgroups on the network's repeaters so ARES can announce emergency activations and nets.
To use DMR, hams need radios capable of decoding the DMR signals. As of today, the least expensive DMR radio that will work on the CT-ARES net is the Connect Systems model CS700,available direct from www.connectsystems.com at around $200 retail. This is a hand-held, 4 watt UHF radio capable of both traditional analog UHF and DMR-ETSI modes. There are other brands of DMR radios available; notably Hytera and Motorola. These are substantially more expensive, but have more sophisticated features such the ability to automatically "roam" by detecting and switching to whichever repeater has the strongest signal..
(DMR-ETSI is an open European standard for digital radio, which is compatible with the Motorola "Mototrbo" system. )
To get started in DMR: