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)

                 860 216-7443 (Cell)




The DEC's schedule:


1st Mon each month - NARL club meeting, on the 145.450 repeater until further notice)

2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting,  7 pm via ZOOM until further notice

3rd Wed each month - PVRA meeting

4th Mon each month - CTARES Region 3 DMR net on TAC3

4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing


AB1GL Nets:


Sundays 8 pm - the CT ARES SM net, KB1AEV linked repeaters


Sundays 8:30 pm - CT ARES DMR net, talkgroup "CTARES Statewide"


Mondays 8 pm - the ARES Reg 3 net, KB1AEV Linked repeaters


Mondays 9:15 pm - the BEARS traffic net, 145.110MHz minus offset, PL77


Tuesdays - 7 pm - Manchester CERT net, K9OEM repeater


Wednesdays 9:30 pm - Nutmeg Traffic Net, W1EDH 147.090 + PL110.9


Thursdays 7:30 pm - The NARL Information net, 145.450MHz minus offset, PL127.3


Monday Oct 5 - NARL monthly meeting on the W1AW repeater

Wednesday Oct 7 - ARES Winlink Wednesday, send messages to KB1OVQ

Alert Level: 0

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

ARES Winlink Wednesday

The first Wednesday of the month is ARES Winlink Wednesday.  On Oct 7, please send an ICS213 form to KB1OVQ with the following information:

  •  Your Name and Callsign
  •  Your town
  •  How you connect … Telnet, FM, HF and if possible the node that you connect to. (Telnet has no node.)
  • What scares you the most during Halloween?


Sign up for free online seminars held evenings and Saturdays during October


Membership application to CT ARES Region 3 is now by signing up to


Be sure to self-designate as a volunteer in the "CT03 - Volunteer" group.

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

This week's learning moment from the DEC

  • Great job, everybody.  We had by far the best response to an ARES SET in Region 3 for years. Special Kudos to those Winlink operators who sent many messages for MARS and for the Red Cross.  Both of those served agencies were astounded and pleased!
  • Local nets were held on:
    • ​146.820 minus 600 offset, no PL tone - Bloomfield - Bill, AB1LZ, ADEC
    • 147.090 + 110.9 (W1EDH Glastonbury)- K1CMM, Don, R3 central region EC
    • 145.110 - 77.0 (W1BRS Bears, Vernon) EC Phil, K1XFC South Windsor, Manchester, Vernon and surrounding towns
    • 145.230  minus offset, no tone (East Hartland K1YON) EC Skip Colton, W1FTE
    • 146.790 - 82.5 (Tolland) Skywarn EC Roger, K1PAI
  • If you held a net, please make sure you go to the page and fill out the appropriate ARES report form, if you haven't already done so.  No need to download or copy and paste -- the form gets filled in on-line using your browser. Click "submit" and you're done.


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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