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)

AB1GL@arrl.net

AB1GL@winlink.org

DEC@ctares-region3.org

 

 

The DEC's schedule:

 2020

1st Mon each month - NARL club meeting, on the 145.450 repeater until further notice)

1st Wed each month - Emcomm elmer session, Manchester EOC

2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting,  7 pm on the 145.110 repeater until further notice

3rd Wed each month - PVRA meeting, suspended until further notice

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

4th Wed - Manchester CERT briefing

 

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

 

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

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NARL monthly meeting, April 6, on the W1AW 2m repeater as above

Alert Level: 0

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

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!

 

ARES CONNECT

To receive emails related to the SET in Region 3, you MUST have an account with a current email address in the ARES CONNECT system as a member of Connecticut Region 3.

The link to ARES Connect is:

ARES CONNECT-CT

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

  • Many ham radio clubs and organizations have switched to on-air meetings or web-conferences to mitigate spread of Covid-19 viruses.
  • Some towns in Connecticut have activated CERT teams to help with volunteer activities such as traffic control at testing stations and distributing meals to shut-ins, but most are using non-ham communications. 
  • ARES members can contact their local ARES EC for virus-related volunteer opportunities in their town. 
  • As of now, there have been no state or region-wide requests for ARES activation by our partner agencies.
  • ARES members should continue their efforts to achieve General or Extra licenses, and to practice use of HF digital modes of communication.

 

 

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