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:
Bill Storey, AB1LZ, has been appointed CT ARES Region 3 ADEC.
He was acting EC-Northwest previously.
Godspeed, Richard Hodge, SK. Rest in peace.
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!
The National Weather Service - Taunton MA will conduct a class for new weather watchers to be held at 7 pm at the WFSB-TV studios in Rocky Hill. No reservation is required but get there by 6:30 to have any hope of a parking space. In the past, this class has drawn as many as 90 participants. Class covers the basics of spotting severe weather that meets reporting criteria, as well as how to report it to the NWS by phone, internet, or ham radio. At the end of the course, you will be issued an official Skywarn Spotter ID card and number if you live within the Taunton coverage area. Those from neighboring NWS areas will be mailed their cards by the appropriate NWS office.
WATCH FOR THE CHIRP DOWNLOAD
The DEC is working on a CSV-format file with the "top ten" emergency frequencies to use, as submitted by the ARES Regional DEC's. This file can be imported into CHIRP and many other popular programs and used to program the most popular ham radios so an ARES ham can report to any region and have the most used local frequencies already in the radio.
The file as distributed by ARES had some errors and technical problems, so it is taking a bit longer than anticipated to create a clean-loading version.