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)

                 860 216-7443 (Cell)

                 

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)

2nd Wed each month - BEARS meeting,  7 pm via ZOOM until further notice

3rd Wed each month - PVRA meeting

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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Monday Jan 4 - NARL monthly meeting on the W1AW repeater

Assorted weekdays 3 pm - ragchew on W1AW repeater

Alert Level: 0

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

ARES Winlink Wednesday

The first Wednesday of the month is ARES Winlink Wednesday. Check ctares.groups.io distribution list for details for this month's drill.

ARES CONNECT

Membership application to CT ARES Region 3 is now by signing up to

ARES CONNECT-CT

Be sure to self-designate as a volunteer in the "CT03 - Volunteer" group.

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

BEARS of Manchester Club New Year's Day Foxhunt

Greetings Foxhunters,
Keeping with tradition, N1TUP will be hosting a Foxhunt on New Years Day
at 1pm
.
This hunt will be conducted in the same manner that we have previously conducted live foxhunts.  
The hunters will assemble at the
91 Ayers Road in
South Windsor, CT
home of the old Wapping Elementary School, be set up and ready to start by
1pm
 
The fox will take a roll call at 1pm
on the BEARS repeater, 145.110 MHz, PL tone is 77.0 Hz.  This hunt will be conducted using the repeater for all communication and information sharing.  We encourage communication between participants and any base stations that can supply helpful information to the hunters.  Once you have spotted the fox you should stop all transmissions.  Pay attention, if someone says they are going to check an area and you never hear from them again, that might be a clue.  Remember not to hunt the repeater output frequency as that will just lead you to the repeater.  The fox will not be there.  You will want to listen on the repeater input frequency, 144.510MHz.  That is the frequency the fox will be transmitting on.
The fox will be located within 20 air miles of the starting point and not within Hartford or Springfield.  The fox will be on publicly accessible property that will not require anything other that a standard passenger car for access.  The fox will host a "tailgate" party at the end of the hunt at the "den".
This year all food and drinks will be prepackaged
.
Don't forget your mask.
If this is your first hunt, I would recommend riding along with someone who has done this before or convince an experienced hunter to let you tail them in your own car.  Dress warmly as you will be outside at the end for the party, the rest of the time you will be in and out of the car taking bearings etc.
Experience has shown that hunters will start arriving in the den about 1 hour after the start.  The event has a two hour time limit not including socializing in the den at the end.
Current information regarding this and other foxhunts in Connecticut are on Yahoo.  If you are not already a group member, you may want to consider signing up for the Yahoo group CTFOXHUNTER so that you do not miss any important foxhunt related news.
73,
Paul, N1TUP

 

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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