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

Oct. 9 - Hartford Marathon Ham Communications

Oct. 11 - Boston Marathon Ham Communications

Nov. 25 Thursday - Manchester Road Race Radio Communications Coordinator

 

Alert Level: 0

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

Hartford Marathon is October 9 2021

Contact Bill Storey, AB1LZ, to volunteer.

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

Message from the outgoing DEC

Phil Crombie, K1XFC replaces AB1GL as Region 3 DEC

Although I was perfectly happy as the DEC, someone had to step up and take the empty SEC position when Mike Walters moved up to work for the ARRL. Since I still live in Manchester, I will participate in the Region 3 net for as long as I can.  I wish the best of luck and congratulations to Phil and will work closely with all the DEC's in my new position. --George Lillenstein, AB1GL, CT ARES SEC

 

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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