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




March 18 - Southington hamfest, ARES statewide meeting

March 22 - Manchester CERT

April 7 - ARES Region 3 meeting, South Windsor Fire HQ. RSVP required.

April 14 - Traprock 50k at Penwood State Park, supported by CT ARES Region 3 

April 15 - Hockanum River Canoe Race - BEARS radio support

April 28 - Skywarn training at the Manchester EOC

May 26 - Angel Ride, Ashford to Mystic, supported by ARES CT Section.

June 10 - BEARS Annual picnic at Northwest Park, Manchester

June 23-24 ARRL Field Day -

NARL - Mill Pond Park

BEARS - Nike Site Manchester



Alert Level: 0

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

April 7 - ARES REGION 3 - Planning and Training Day

This meeting will take place Saturday April 7 from 9 am to 4 pm at the South Windsor Fire HQ. Invitations have already been sent to the email addresses on file in the ARES membership database.  Some addresses have bounced.  If you did not receive an "Eventbrite" invitation, then please

RSVP to or leave voice mail at 860 289-1445

OR for a ticket and map register at


  • 9 am - Updating the membership roster town by town
  • 10 am - Reviewing the day, time, and frequency of local town nets
  • 10:30am - Reworking the emergency operations communications plan
  • 11 am - Revising EC monthly reporting method
  • 11: 30 am - Reviewing other EC duties: recruiting, training, record keeping, liaising

EC's should register using the "Appointed Positions" ticket.

Beginning at 1:00 pm the meeting will be opened to any amateur radio operator with an interest in ARES and emergency communications, particularly those living in Region 3.  The afternoon agenda will be:

  • 1 pm - Brief review of what ARES is
  • 1: 30 pm - Brief review of what to do in an emergency
  • 2 pm - Demonstration of how to improve on an HT's original antenna
  • 2: 30 pm - Demonstration of how to build and tune a NVIS antenna
  • 3 PM - Demonstration of one or more HF digital modes
  • 3: 30 PM - Demonstration of DMR radio

Those who would like to attend the afternoon session only should register using the "General Admission" ticket.

Traprock 17k/50k trailrace - Sat. April 14

CT ARES Region 3 supports the TrapRock Ultra trail run and needs volunteer amateur radio operators for the event.  It takes place on Saturday April 14 at Penwood State Park.  There are two different length races with interlacing loops, making it a challenge to keep track of which runners have completed which loops (or not!).

To volunteer, please email Bill Storey, AB1LZ, at

Angel Ride Saturday May 26 2018

The Connecticut Section ARES supports the Angel Ride, a bicycle ride to be held this year from Ashford to Mystic on Saturday May 26.

To volunteer, please contact Wayne Gronlund,

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!


About A R E S

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

The April 7th meeting is a long overdue Region 3 planning and training event. The eop plan will be overhauled and a new mission for our region revealed.  Don't miss it!

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