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:


1st Mon each month - NARL club meeting, Newington Sr Center (2nd Mon in January)

1st Wed each month - Emcomm elmer session, Manchester EOC

2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting, Manchester EOC 7 pm

3rd Wed each month - PVRA meeting, Marcus Communications, Manchester CT

4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing

AB1GL Nets:

Sundays 8 pm - the CT ARES SM net

Mondays 8 pm - the ARES Reg 3 net

Mondays 9:15 pm - the BEARS traffic net

Tuesdays & Thurs - 7 pm - Manchester CERT net

Wednesdays 9:30 pm - Nutmeg Traffic Net




Sept 22 - CF Ride for Life

Oct 6 - ARES SET - 9am

Oct. 13 - Hartford Marathon

Oct 20 - CERT teams on display

Oct. 21 - Nutmeg Hamfest, Meriden

Nov. 22 - Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day




Alert Level: 0

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

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!


CT ARES SET is Sat. Oct 6, 2018

Connecticut ARES will hold its Simulated Emergency Test beginning 9 am on Saturday, Oct. 6.  ARES leadership will use the KB1AEV linked repeater system on the hour to coordinate between regions, and command and control will be via the statewide DMR talkgroup.  Bulletins will be issued via the discusstion group (until the instructions say there is no more internet).  Then bulletins will be sent via Winlink over RF.

In Region three, checkins will be accepted from ALL hams, whether or not they are ARES members, as follows:

  • West of the Connecticut River, Bill Storey AB1LZ will collect checkins via a simplex frequency to be announced.
  • East of the river and North of I-84, K1XFC, Phil, the South Windsor EC, will collect checkins -- also on a simplex frequency to be announced.
  • South of I-84, Don Gouinn K1CMM, will collect checkins on the W1EDH Glastonbury repeater.

All three will summarize their totals at 20 minutes before each hour, when contacted by the DEC.

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

Monthly Reporting method for Region 3 EC's

The ARRL has posted fillable PDF forms for use by EC's to report monthly and annual activity.  Please go the DOWNLOADS page and pull down the three PDF forms.  To use, fill in the form, SAVE AS a new file name, and email the file to the SEC ( AND to the DEC (

This week's learning moment from the DEC

EC's please take note:  your appointed position has a term limit of TWO YEARS.  Re-appointment is at the discretion of the Section Manager.   If you are not submitting monthly activity reports, you can expect that your appointment will be withdrawn when it expires.

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