Connecticut ARES - Region 3 DEC: George Lillenstein, AB1GL Asst DEC: Bill Storey, AB1LZ Asst DEC: Phil Crombie, K1XFC
Connecticut ARES - Region 3     DEC: George Lillenstein, AB1GL     Asst DEC: Bill Storey, AB1LZ     Asst DEC: Phil Crombie, K1XFC

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)

1st Wed each month - CERT Emcomm team at the EOC

2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting,  7 pm in person at the Manchester EOC, 123 Olcott St.

3rd Wed each month - PVRA meeting (TBA)

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

4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing in person at the EOC


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


Tuesdays - 7 pm - MARS club meeting via zoom


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


Alert Level: 0

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

ETO Winlink Thursday July 29 Drill

Winlink Thursday

The Emcomm Training Organization (formerly ARC) is expecting you to send an ICS-213 via Winlink using any RF method (not telnet).  See the PDF for complete instructions.


ETO Winlink Thursday 7/29 instructions
This PDF tells step by step how to send the entry for Winlink Thursday July 29, 2021 for the ETO exercise.
EmComm Winlink Thursday July-29-ICS213 U[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [212.6 KB]

Mud Volleyball Special Event Station

Aug 21 - The MARS club will be running special event station W1E from the site of the Mud Volleyball Tournament on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation. See link to their website Middlesex Amateur Radio Society - Home (

Boston Marathon needs more ham volunteers

Volunteer | Boston Athletic Association ( Deadline for ham volunteers to apply has been extended to Friday July 30 at 5 PM.

K1XFC Appointed 2nd ADEC for Region 3

Phil Crombie, K1XFC, has been officially appointed  Assistant District Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) for Region 3.  Both he and Bill Storey, AB1LZ, now report directly to the DEC, AB1GL, George Lillenstein.  EC's west of the Connecticut River should continue to report to AB1LZ, while those east of the river report to K1XFC.  

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

AB1GL is back

I'd like to thank ARES members in region 3 for continuing to support our regular nets and functions while I was recovering from open heart surgery in mid-May.  Although I am still recovering at home, I am now able to use my computer and update the websites I manage.  And, as you can see, I have formalized the span of control change to add K1XFC as a second ADEC so the burden does not fall solely on AB1LZ.


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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