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



June 3 Saturday - Eastnet at Red Cross Farmington, AB1GL presentation on ARES

June 4 Sunday - MS Ride from Griffin Park, ICRC - contact Peter Paradis, KB1KZC

June 4 Sunday - 1 PM BEARS foxhunt, see the CTFoxhunter Yahoo group for details

June 10 - Vintage Radio Museum fleamart, Windsor CT

June 11 - BEARS annual picnic, Camp Newhoca, Vernon

June 24-25 - ARRL Field Day, AB1GL at NARL Field Day in Mill Pond Park


Alert Level: 0

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


Volunteers needed for MS Ride

On June 4th the I.C.R.C. will be providing communications for the MS Bike Ride in Windsor. We are looking for hams to give us a hand doing this event.  We will be starting between 6am and 6:30am. at the Griffin Center Business Park. Please have anyone interested contact me or anyone in our club.
Peter -KB1KZC


Sunday June 4, 1pm the BEARS of Manchester will hold a Fox Hunt, open to all hams.  This is a hidden transmitter hunt that starts at the Wapping Elementary School in South Windsor.  The fox can be anywhere within 20 air miles except not in Hartford or Springfield. Complete rules can be found at or at the CTFoxhunter Yahoo group.  If you have never participated in a transmitter hunt before, it is best to pair up with an experienced hunter.  Arrive around 12:30 at the starting point and pair up.

Skywarn Training

Next class for Tolland County:

  Wed. May 24 - 7 pm to 9:30 pm
  Tolland Fire Dept
  191 Merrow Road
  Tolland, CT 06084


Requires preregistration.  Email to:
Rob Macedo


About A R E S

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!


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

EC's need to be collecting headcounts, start and end times for all ARES nets, drills, emergency responses, and public services events supported by ARES within their jurisdictions.  ARES Net Managers should be sending checkin logs to their EC, so he can eliminate duplications, verify how many new hams attended each net, and who the liaison was between the net and the NTS message system.



This week's learning moment from the DEC

Are you ready?  If we are activated, could you put a comm station on the air in 15 minutes or less? In an emergency, there will be no time to scurry around your house collecting components.  You should have a portable station assembled and ready to go. If you haven't built a "go box" yet, this is a good time to get started.

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