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


Aug. 7 - NARL Bd of Dir mtg

Aug. 8 - Cruisin on Main, Manchester CERT

Aug 18 - Mud Volleyball, MARS club

Aug. 26 - CF Ride for Life, Cromwell

Sept 8-10 - Boxboro Hamfest, MA

Sept 23 - CERT training day at Fire Academy in Windsor Locks

October 8 - Nutmeg Hamfest, Meriden, CT

October 14- CT ARES SET


Alert Level: 0

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


MARS Exercise July 24-27

Mon July 24 thru Thurs July 27

Listen at 3pm and 6 pm local time

  • o KB1AEV linked system (UHF & VHF)
  • o DMR CT ARES Statewide talkgroup
  • o 5.3305 Mhz USB (60 meter ch 1)
  • When asked, respond with your
  •  City, state
  • County (Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, or Windham)
  • date/time DDHHmm
  • Electric Power
  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • Medical Facility
  • Communication
  • Transportation
  • Source of your information
  • Detail for any answer not "yes"

Please give REAL WORLD DATA. Do not make stuff up.  Answer "YES" for any item where nothing is wrong.

Time is limited, please don't give long-winded explanations. The MARS members need to consolidate many, many reports.




About A R E S

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!


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

Use your radio for science



  • August 21 there will be a total eclipse of the sun that will travel across the continental US from Oregon to South Carolina over a 90 minute window.  During that time it is likely that the D and E layers of the ionosphere will be affected by the change in sunlight.  A citizen science group called HAMSCI will use the results of an ARRL QSO party and the Reverse Beacon Network to gather propagation data, which will hopefully tell us more about the effect of the eclipse.  Please go to their website, HAMSCI.ORG for details on how you can participate.
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