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:


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





About A R E S

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

  • pass welfare traffic ("Aunt Minnie made it safely to the community shelter"),
  • forward requests from stranded facilities ("the XYZ nursing home urgently needs oxygen bottles"),
  • Pass status messages from outlying hospitals to the central reporting agency ("hospital A has 23 beds available"),
  • Digitally convey sitreps, ICS forms, maps and photos to an incident command post
  • Act as an email gateway to a functioning part of the Internet via long-distance HF radio to another state or country.

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 and update your record now!


Skywarn Weather Nets in Region 3

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,

Temperature Precip intensity Depth Damage


The Connecticut Section ARRL Cabinet is as follows, for 2016-2018:

Section Manager (SM): Chuck Motes, K1DFS

Assistant Section Manager (ASM):

(Emeritus) AL W1FXQ

Betsy, K1EIC

Jim, KD1YV

Wayne, N1CLV

Official Observer Coordinator (OOC): Chuck Newman, NA1CN

Public Information Officer (PIO): Dana, KA1WPM

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC): Mike Walters, W8ZY

Assistant SECs (ASECs):

Brian, K1BRF

Art, AF1HS

Wayne, N1CLV

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

to register for the webinar.

Monthly Reporting method for Region 3 EC's

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.



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