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
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 21 - PVRA monthly meeting
June 24-25 - ARRL Field Day, AB1GL at NARL Field Day in Mill Pond Park
July 10 - NARL monthly meeting
July 22 - Shriners 5K run, Newington. Meet at Shriners parking lot 7:30 am.
Sept 8-10 - Boxboro Hamfest, MA
October 8 - Nutmeg Hamfest, Meriden, CT
October - date TBA - CT ARES SET
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
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!
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,
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.
EC's: AT MONTH END, PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM and click "Send".
Have you thought about how you would communicate if your favorite repeater was down? Our major amateur linked repeater net controller in Vernon was down for a few hours this past Sunday. (Kudos to Dana Underhill for getting it on the air in time for the ARES net!!) And I get several reports every day while working for an international corporation, that a high-speed fiber line was cut accidentally in some city or town across the country. Even the most carefully maintained systems can go down once in a while.
Have you practiced using alternate repeaters and simplex means of communicating in your town, and liaising to neighboring towns and regional assets?