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:


July 22 - Wed - Manchester CERT briefing

July 23 - Thurs - PVRA meeting

July 30 - Thurs - Pre-event briefing for Cruisin on Main

Aug 2 - Sunday - Cruisin on Main in Manchester. AB1GL is NCS for the CERT team.

Aug 21-23 - Boxboro Hamfest, DEC will attend the Friday session for license instructors


About A R E S

ARES is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the field arm of the American Radio Relay League. 

  • General volunteers for ARES do not have to be ARRL members, but must be FCC licensed Amateur Radio Operators. 
  • ARES Leadership must be ARRL members and are appointed by the ARRL Section Manager.


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 and update your record now!


DMR (Digital Mobile Radio)

Why is Connecticut ARES promoting use of DMR radio?

  • DMR, being digital, uses time division to allow two entirely different conversations simultaneously on the same repeater.
  • DMR as implemented takes half the bandwidth of a traditional analog repeater.  Ultimately this will allow two digital repeaters to take up the same spectrum as one analog repeater.
  • The particular flavor of DMR implemented lets the individual user control which talk group is active on a given repeater at a given time simply by using Push To Talk.  No control operators are needed for this.
  • The state of Connecticut was in a unique position to go digital.  The State Police had already implemented a network of over 20 hardened repeater sites on towers, linked by microwave backbone.  Their affiliated amateur radio club was offered the use of the towers and network to implement UHF digital repeaters.   This amateur radio network was offered to ARES with the agreement that the gateway switches could be isolated from out of state traffic during statewide emergencies so ARES can use the network for its response.
  • Many UHF coordinated frequency pairs were available in our state.
  • Additional private amateur clubs have added their own DMR repeaters to the network, making coverage throughout the state nearly continuous.
  • The type of DMR network chosen supports more than one brand of radio and is not locked into a single vendor.
  • A new vendor appeared in the marketplace with a DMR hand-held radio that was substantially less expensive than competitors.  A ham could get one brand new in the vicinity of $200.  Although the price has since risen slightly, the units are still about a third the price of the "big name" brands.
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