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:

 2021

December 6 - MRR Committee Wrap-Up Meeting

Alert Level: 0

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

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

Manchester Road Race

Thanks to all amateur radio operators who volunteered for the 85th running of the Race on Thanksgiving morning - BEARS of Manchester, ARES Members, CERT and Fire Polce.  We had 53 operators manning 43 positions around the courses plus additional operators helping with shuttle bus operations and associated traffic control.  Six ham frequencies were untilized, two using cross band repeaters.  All of this to help ensure safety on the course, allow Race Officials to communicate with each other, and provide lead runner progess updates to the speactators.  Your efforts are appreciated by all those involved in the Race!

 

Phil Crombie, K1XFC

Region 3 DEC

MRR Radio Communications Coordinator

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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