Connecticut ARES - Region 3 DEC: Phil Crombie, Jr., K1XFC Asst DEC: Bill Storey, AB1LZ
Connecticut ARES - Region 3     DEC: Phil Crombie, Jr.,  K1XFC     Asst DEC: Bill Storey, AB1LZ

Where to Find Us:

CT ARES Section 3 DEC
(District Emergency Coordinator)

Phil Crombie, Jr. K1XFC

860-687-7449 (Days - Work)

860-644-0618 (Evenings - Home)

860-338-6332 (Cell)


The DEC's schedule:


Monthly - 2nd Wednesday - BEARS of Manchester Club Meeting - Manchester EOC/Virtual


Monthly - 3rd Thursday - PVRA Club Meeting - Marcus Communictaions


Sundays - 2000 Hours  Local - Statewide ARES Net - 147.345 (KB1AEV Repater System


Sundays - 2030 Hours Local  - Statewide ARES DMR Net - CT DMR Network


Mondays - 2000 Hours Local - Region 3 ARES Net - 147.345 (KB1AEV Repeater System)


Daily - 1800 Hours Local - CPN Traffic Net - 3.973 MHz


Daily - 2030 Hours Local - WESCON Traffic Net - 145.410 (PVRA Repater System)

Alert Level: 0

Watch WWW.CTARES.ORG for near real-time level changes.

Region 3 Update - October 26, 2022 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Connecticut ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET)  on Octiber 22, 2022.


Region 3 operated four Resources Nets using repeaters in the region.  Thirty-four operators checked in from 21 of the 41 towns in the region and 3 towns outside the region.  Six of those who checked in identified that they were Winlink RF capable.  Televe ICS 213 messages were sent via Winlink to Emergency Management Directors in Region 3 towns.  A MARS station provided a liaison with that service.


It was good experience for those checking in to provide specific information like would be requested on a Resorce Net.  Six operators practiced their net control skills.   Several operators tested their ability to send Winlink messages.

Become Active In Region 3 ARES



If you live in Region 3 and are interested in ARES, please contact me at


You can register as an ARES member on the State ARES website -    Once on the page go to the "Membership"  tab on the left.  For current memebers, please visit the membership page periodically to keep your information up-to-date.


Participate in Weekly Nets


Everyone interest in Region 3 ARES is encourged to check in to our weekly net.  The net takes place every Monday at 2000 hours local (8:00 PM) on the KB1AEV Linked Reapter System.  The Vernon VHF repater in the system is on 147.345, plus offset (+600 kHz), and a PL of 151.4.   Other linked repeaters in the system can be found on the KB1AEV web site.

Region 3 Organization

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

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!


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