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 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

Mondays 8 pm - the ARES Reg 3 net

Mondays 9:15 pm - the BEARS traffic net

Tuesdays - 7 pm - Manchester CERT net

Wednesdays 9:30 pm - Nutmeg Traffic Net



Oct 23 - Injects for ARES SET begin

Oct 26 - AREA SET (Simulated Emergency Test) on VHF FM, VHF Winlink, Packet, and HF FLDIGI. 9am to 12 noon.  Weather nets at 9:15am, 10:15, 11:15 for Region 3.



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 and update your record now!



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 Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

The 2019 Connecticut ARES SET will take place on Saturday, October 26 9 am to 12 noon.  Injects began Oct. 23.


  • Go to for the player's handbook and reporting forms
  • Please leave the KB1AEV linked system and DMR Statewide talk groups for statewide communications from and to the ARES SEC, W8ZY

Here are the frequencies for Region 3 local comms for this drill. 

Please check in with any nets you can reach.


South Windsor EOC, K1XFC and helpers:
145.110 - 77.0 (BEARS repeater)
146.790 - 82.5 (Skywarn in Tolland)
147.090 - 110.9 (W1EDH Glastonbury)
146.820 - (no PL) (Bloomfield repeater)
Portland EOC/MARS club
147.090 - 110.9 (W1EDH Glastonbury)
147.030 + 110.9 (Portland)
146.520 simplex monitoring only
146.43 Simplex net
146.58 Simplex net
Region 2
145.290 - 110.9 (Killingworth)
442.500 + 77.0 D073 (Woodbridge)
And/or send email to  The first time you send to this address your SUBJECT line must start with //WL2K R/


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

Please try to contact as many nets in Region 3 as you can, and send SET related email to

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