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

k1xfc@arrl.net

860-687-7449 (Days - Work)

860-644-0618 (Evenings - Home)

860-338-6332 (Cell)

 

The DEC's schedule:

 2022

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

 

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

 

Sundays - 2200 Hours  Local - Statewide ARES Net - 147.345 (KB1AEV Repater System

 

Sundays - 2230 Hours Local  - Statewide ARES DMR Net - CT DMR Network

 

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

 

Daily - 1700 Hours Local - CPN Traffic Net - 3.973 MHz

 

Daily - 2230 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 - January 22, 2022

We have created an email list of operators interested in being active in Region 3 ARES.  The plan is to use email and this web site to keep you updated on activities.  We will provide updates and news via email on a quarterly schedule.

 

If you live in Region 3, are interested in ARES, and did not receive an email earlier this month please contact me at k1xfc@arrl.net.

 

I encourage everyone to also register on the CT ARES web site at www.ctares.org.   If your information changes, please update it on that site as well.

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 www.ctares.org and update your record now!

 

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