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Welcome to the ARRL Connecticut Section Web Page

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Here are some links to some important resources

Who's getting it done for you?

Section Manager
Betsey Doane, K1EIC
92 Mohegan Rd
Shelton, CT
(203) 929-7759

Assistant Section Manager emeritus
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
(860) 667-2864

Assistant Section Managers
Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
8B Kayview Ave.
Bethel, CT 
(203) 837-0143

Larry Buck, K1HEJ
262 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052-1623

Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Motes K1DFS 
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT  06062
860-747-6377 (night)

Public Information Coordinator
Dana Borgman, KA1WPM
72 Wetmore Ave
Winsted, CT 06098

Assistant Public Information Coordinator
Albert E Petrunti, KA1TCH
77 White Pine Rd
Torrington, CT 06790-2354
(860) 626-8572

Section Emergency Coordinator
Wayne R Gronlund Phd, N1CLV
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
(860) 441-2777,
(860) 739-6384

Section Traffic Manager
Anne M West, K1STM
42 Academy St. Apt. 102
Southington, CT 06489-3259
(860) 628-6454

Section Youth Coordinator
Douglas Sharafanowich - WA1SFH
168 Housatonic Dr.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 494 3885

State Government Liaison
Jonathan Beatty, WF1H
9 Bellaire Manor
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 704-9870

Technical Coordinator
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110

Section News  (June)

from Betsey Doane, K1EIC

Section Leadership:  
  • Section Manager (SM) Betsey, K1EIC

  • Assistants (ASMs): Emeritus Al, W1FXQ; Jim, KD1YV; Larry, K1HEJ

  • Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Chuck, K1DFS

  • Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Dana, KA1WPM

  • Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Wayne, N1CLV

  • Assistants (ASECs): Rod, N1FNE; Brian, K1BRF; Art, AF1HS; Ron, K1VSC; Bill, W1GTT

  • State Government Liaison (SGL) Jonathan, WF1H

  • Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

  • Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas WA1SFH
  • Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

This month, I have to report that Philip Berkowitz WX1CT passed away June 4 in Palm Bay, Florida after a longtime illness with cancer.    This is very sad.  Phil was DEC Sky Warn here some years ago and very active in helping to organize training sessions by NWS.  He was a longtime member of The Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club, the Greater Fairfield Amateur RadioAssociation, attended many hamfests and was just a very active ham.  Sky Warn DEC Steve K1SJW very much enjoyed working with Phil in the program.  Phil was a meteorologist professionally and one from whom Steve learned much.  EC Roger K1PAI remembers Phil fondly:  “This is indeed, very sad news!! Phil was with the Skywarn program since it began here in CT back in April of 1994. I worked with him in many Skywarn projects. Phil also set up and maintained the CT Skywarn web site for many years. May he rest in peace, and our thoughts and prayers go out to His family.”  Roger worked with Phil also as DEC Sky Warn some years ago. 

I feel the need to say a few words in remembrance of former Section Manager Charlie Hardy WV8CH of WV who was electrocuted last Sunday in an accident while putting up an antenna at his home.  Charlie was among the SMs who attended the convention last summer and I remember him well.  He was a quiet, gentle man who, with his wife Jane WV8JH really enjoyed meeting everyone and participating with us.  He and I worked together on the air each week on the NTS area net relaying 8th region traffic—Charlie could always hear me and I always heard him, no matter the conditions; we often joked about that.  His death is indeed a tragedy; I know you will join me in prayers for his wife Jane and his family.

 The NARL Fest is here!  Yes, this Saturday, June 20 8:00-12:00 St. mary’s School, 652 Willard Ave., Newington across from the high school.  General admission $5, free for children under 12 and for those taking license exams and for hams licensed less than one year.  There will be door prizes, a forum conducted by DEC George AB1GL on ARES, learn how Steve KA1LHZ handled a real emergency in Alaska using Amateur radio and come to a session for new hams conducted by NARL President Quinton KB1EWM!  Talk-in on the W1AW repeater 145.45 minus offset, PL 127.3Hz.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

NARL has participated in communications support for the Memorial Day parade, the Newington Library 5K race coordinated by Tom KB1KOS.  Their plans are to support  the Scottish Rite Free Masons run in late July.  The club’s public service event coordinator is Stephanie KD6CCB. 

It’s time for Field Day!  Thanks to the efforts of our PIC Dana KA1WPM, we have this year’s Gubernatorial Proclamation.  PIO Al KA1TCH and Dana did their usual great job putting the PDF together and giving us this text.  The PDF will be on the Section web page and on  Unfortunately, there is an error in the PDF version that occurred after submission.  Here is the text.

State of Connecticut

By His Excellency Dannel P. Malloy, Governor: an Official Statement

WHEREAS, Amateur Radio Operators are celebrating over a century of the miracle of the human voice broadcast over the airwaves; and

WHEREAS, Amateur Radio has continued to provide a bridge between peoples, societies and countries by creating friendships and the sharing of ideas; and

WHEREAS, Amateur Radio Operators have also provided countless hours of community service over the past century; and

WHEREAS, the State recognizes the services Amateur Radio operators also provide to our many Emergency Response organizations, including local police, fire and ambulance companies; and

WHEREAS, the American Radio Relay League, an organization founded and headquartered in Connecticut, has been promoting and advancing the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio since its founding more than 100 years ago; and

WHEREAS, the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day exercise will take place on June 27-28, 2015 and is a 24 hour emergency encampment exercise and demonstration of the Radio Amateurs’ skills and readiness to provide self-supporting communications even in areas that lack the necessary infrastructure; now

THEREFORE, I Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of the State of Connecticut, do hereby officially recognize and designate June 22 through June 28, 2015 as AMATEUR RADIO WEEK In the state of Connecticut

(Signed and Sealed) Dannel P. Malloy, Governor

I am reading your club news and I know that you are all working very hard at putting your field day plans together.  Don’t forget to post your club’s FD location on the ARRL map so visitors can find you. Want to try a get-on-the-air (GOTA) station this year?  If so, please be sure and indicate that at

The Middlesex Amateur Radio Society will hear a talk by Jeff, NM1Y this coming Tuesday, June 23 about his experiences with the Navasa DXpedition.  It sounds like a fascinating talk!

Last week, ASM Larry K1HEJ and Brian N1URO coordinated a meeting of packet system operators.  About 20 ops and two DECs from CT and Massachusetts got together to discuss what each is doing with their networks.  The goal is to strengthen the backbone between CT and MA and to further promote packet use.  I attended and found it to be a wonderful meeting—everyone was enthused and committed to promote DXclusters, TCP/IP, and to further build the packet network to use that mode to enhance bulletin distribution, NTS forwarding, mail forwarding, experiment with new technologies and further operators’ data skills. DEC WA1SFH reported in his latest news: “It was a most fascinating, educational, and reaffirming experience.”

The June VHF contest occurred last weekend.  Ned KA1CVV and Dave KB1LTW operated 6 meters from The Westport Astronomical Society and had a great time.  Dan W1QK and Harlan W1QH operated together.  How about hearing from you?  Write me about your experiences in this contest!  Let’s hear from members of NEWS, the Northeast Weak Signal group. 

These last few months have been busy in the public service arena and so it is time to give recognition to many ops who have worked diligently to provide community service.  A huge thank you to each of the region DECs Paul WB2JVB, Douglas WA1SFH, George AB1GL, Bill W1GTT helping out K1EMD, Mike W8ZY and our SEC Wayne N1CLV who all help coordinate and encourage event leaders.  This list is by no means all-inclusive; I shall report what I have at this point.

You have all heard about the annual Angel Ride that supports Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp for terminally ill children.  SEC Wayne N1CLV spends many hours coordinating the comms for this very large event.  Much appreciation goes to the KB1AEV repeater system and to the following participants:  Dave K1DJW, Oscar KO1F, Paul KB1TOR, Ashley KB1KWR, Steve AG1YK, Sandi K1SLW, Dana KA1WPM, Jay N1NRP, Harlan W1QH, Mike W8ZY, Letha N8RIN, Skip W1FTE, Mark K1AUG, Don N1HWR, Robert AB1RB, Pete KB1PCK, Paul KB1QQI, Mike K1DM, Billy N1HUZ, Bernie KB1DGY, Vinny KB1JDX, Tom KB1ZXE, Ed KE1LV, Gabe W1GAP, Jeff N1ESA, Sid N1MVM, Ed K1UQE, and Robert N1RGS. Those who participated on both days were:Dave W1RED, Ian KC1BPL, George AB1GL, Michael K1MLG, Chip N1MIE, Chris KB1FUO, Jamie K1JSH, Douglas WA1SFH, and Wayne N1CLV. 

Section Youth Coordinator Douglas used the K1SOX repeater for the ConnJam event in which scouts got to talk to lots of Amateur radio ops both on VHF and HF.  Thank you to these 28 volunteers who worked in various capacities to teach the scouts new skills:   Douglas WA1SFH, Gregory KB1YHW, Ed WA1LEI, Rick N1JGR, Nick KB1SNL, Ken KG6HBF, Ted KB1ZYG, Jeremy KA1AYO, Mike  KC1AYL, Jeff N1JFF, Chris KB1WOI, Matthew KC1CMT, Don K1CMM, AL K1QEX, Chris W1ZIP, Dan KC1DRB, Fred K1FC, Levon KB1ZVT, Hugo AA1XV, John WE1JR, George AB1QK, George AB1GL, Michael N1EN, Paul KA1YZC, Jim KC1DEL, Ned KA1CVV, John K1JR, and David KB1LTW.

Many thanks to ARES region 2 members and to members of the Valley Amateur Radio Association who supported the bike ride for the Parent Child Resource Center coordinated by SM Betsey K1EIC and EC Levon KB1ZVT.  This ride presented several challenges due to the terrain but were creatively handled by all.  Thank you to Bill N1AKF, EC Levon KB1ZVT, AEC Jon N1BDF, Barb K1EIR, Roger KA1HEW, John K1FBI, Dan KC1AFL, David KC1AFK, Mark W1MSH, Mike KC1AYl and DEC Douglas WA1SFH. Thanks also to Bill W7YY for permission to use his repeater, W1VAR repeater and to the K1EIR DMR repeater.

Here’s a report from ASEC Bill W1GTT:  “Connecticut Region 4 ARES members, RASON, Tri-City and SCRAMS clubs provided communications for the inaugural running of the Hartford Marathon Foundation Mystic 1/2 marathon and 10k race on Sunday May 31, 2015. The event started at Mystic Village and finished at the Mystic Aquarium  and the course covered roads in both Stonington Mystic and Groton Mystic. Eighteen hundred (1800)  runners participated in the event.  The Region 4 MCU was deployed and served as net control at a remote site along the course. The event utilized two VHF repeaters, a direct frequency as well as the DMR network. The following amateurs participated and provided a valuable service to both the Hartford Marathon Foundation as well as the runners:  Jamie K1JSH Net Control who maintained the net on four (4) frequencies, SEC Wayne N1CLV at HMF Command, Chris KB1FUO, Fred KB1ZZH, Ed KE1LV, Chip KC1AUM, Daryl WA1DD, John WF1C, Bill K1EV, Jeff N1ESA, Gabe W1GAP, Chuck KA1CQR, Tom KE1R, Rosemarie N1DSP, Nancy W1NRR, Dave W1RED, Ian KC1BPL Dave's grandson), and ASEC Bill W1GTT.   There was also a Broadband-Hamnet (HSMM-MESH) network with a WiFi camera sending live video feed back to the Region 4 MCU from one of the major intersections of the course. This will be expanded further and cover more of the course next year with a feed back to HMF Command.” This is good, creative work.

The final excellent report comes from EC John WB2RYV:  “I would like to thank our local hams who provided communications coverage for the 2015 Bloomin Metric, a 2500+ rider charity bicycle ride in southwestern Fairfield County Connecticut.  We fielded 21 radio operators to provide communications for net control, rest areas/food stops, SAG (support and gear) wagons, and "scout" cars, as well as staffing the telephone help lines for the riders.  Net control had full dispatch authority over the vehicles, and the vehicles handled 53 response calls ranging from assistance with flat tires to more serious injury issues.  In addition, the vehicles provided information to event management and local police as to location and density of riders along the routes.

In order to provide communications over all three routes (40KM, 75KM, 100KM), we set up a temporary cross-band repeater to relay comms from the northern end of the course back to the main repeater located close the southern end of the course.  This was the 38th annual Bloomin Metric, and ham radio has been associated with it for almost 20 years.

Special thanks to GNARC which made both the 2 and 440 repeaters available to us for the coverage.  The 440 was part of our cross-band relay system and it worked both beautifully AND seamlessly (nobody had to change frequency to take advantage of it).

Thanks ops:  Jon WB2RYV (SARA President and EC Stamford), Sam NV1P (GNARC President), Andrew KB3CZA, Art N1ARG, Chris KB1QXR, Dave W1DVE, Doug KB1UKC, Frank KB1QZH, Fred K1FC, Jeff N1JFF, John KC1DXN, Marilyn KB1YYO, Marty KA1WBN, Mike N1PLH, Mike KA1EOU, DEC Paul WB2JVB, Steve KB1YLQ, Terry WA1JBO, Tina KB1UOB, Toy K1WYQ, and Woody KC1ATE.” Thank you all.

Attention instructors:  You have the chance to participate in a workshop with Gordon West at the Division Convention in Boxboro on Friday, August 21. 

Hope to see many of you this Saturday at the NARL fest.

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

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State Inerop Committee Recognizes DMR As Asset

28 Apr 2015
The CT-ARES DMR Network has been recognized by the Connecticut Public Safety Interoperability Communications Executive Committee as a viable interoperability and backup communications asset.

Here is the complete text from the proposal SEC Wayne N1CLV submitted that was unanimously approved:

Connecticut Public Safety Interoperability Communications Executive Committee

1111 Country Club Road

Middletown, CT 06457

Dear Fellow Interop Committee Members:

As many of you know, thanks to the efforts of the Connecticut State Police Amateur Radio Club (W1SP), in collaboration with the Connecticut Amateur Radio Service (CT ARES®) and with support from numerous amateur radio clubs, several individuals, and at least one municipality, a statewide network of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) repeaters has been established in Connecticut.

The implementation of the CT-ARES DMR Network over the past eight months has added a tremendously flexible communications mode that directly supports CT ARES® activities. Our primary mission is providing backup communications for our partner agencies that include the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (CT DEMHS). This powerful network was utilized extensively during this past winter to coordinate CT ARES® alerts and activations resulting from the very active weather pattern.

I am requesting that the CT-ARES DMR Network be recognized by this committee as a viable interoperability and backup communications asset.

Wayne R. Gronlund, N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

Congratulations Wayne.

Further notes: Each region EOC has 2 Yaesu FT8800R dual-band 2-meter/440 radios and each region EOC will have a Motorola XPS-5550 mobile DMR radio.

If you haven’t seen it, this last issue of the ARES e-letter has a nice write-up about our SEC.

Antenna and packet work at this location this weekend so the W1HAD system may be down for a few hours.

That’s my update for today.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT

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Calendar of events

During the move of our internet host, we upgraded the Web Calendar to the most recent version.  It has some new features, but nothing daunting.  Give it a try - post your upcoming events for all CT hams to see.

The WebCalendar is designed so that club officials, section leadership and other hams may post events for public viewing.  Follow this link for instructions.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: June 2015

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 64 66 2 132
KB1NMO 0 32 6 2 40
KC1BWN 0 6 31 1 38
K1STM 0 13 9 2 25

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1NMO 40 40 20 50 0 0 150
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
K1STM 20 25 20 35 0 0 100

Net Statistics
CN 6 7 0 WA1GGN
CPN 30 153 51 WX1T
ECTN 30 221 19 W1MCT
NVTN 30 130 21 KB1ZBH
Wescon 30 443 130 KB1NMO KB1BSK

Schedule of NTS Nets

NTS Nets Day (s) Time (local) Freq/offset/PL NM QTH
CT Phone Net (CPN) M - S 1800 Local 3.973 Mhz
None / none
N1DIO Gilford
CT Phone Net (CPN) Sun. 1000 Local 3.965 Mhz
None / none
N1DIO Guilford
CT Net (CN) Sa-Su only
1900 Local 3.533 Mhz
WA1GGN West Haven
Western CT Traffic Net
Daily 2030 Local 147.18/+600 141.3 KB1NMO Prospect

Daily 2030 Local 147.12/+600 141.3 KB1NMO Danbury

Daily 2030 Local 145.41/-600 141.3 KB1NMO Vernon
Eastern CT Traffic Net (ECTN) Daily 2100 Local 146.73/-600 156.7 W1MCT Norwich
Nutmeg VHF Traffic Net (NVTN) Wed
2130 Local W-M 147.09 +600 110.9 KB1RGQ Glastonbury
Nutmeg VHF Traffic Net (NVTN)
Thu through Tues
2130 Local 146.685 -600 141.3 KB1RGQ Bristol


Net Frequency or System Day Time
HF Admin Net (SSB) 3.964 Mhz. During Activation During Activation
State wide VHF (FM) KB1AEV – N1FNE – NA1RA System Sunday &
during activation
8 PM Local
as needed
Region 1 (FM) 146.775 – 600 Khz PL 100,0 Hz 1st Monday of month 8 PM Local
Region 2 (FM) 442.500 + DCS 073, Woodbridge Monday 7:45 PM Local

145.290 – 600 PL 110.9 Hz Killingworth Monday 7:45 PM Local

446.925 – PL 77

Region 3 (FM)
KB1AEV – N1FNE systems
Every Monday

8 PM Local

Region 4 North (FM)
147.225 + 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz
Every Wed except 1st Wed 8 PM Local
after weather net

146.400 simplex 1st Wed 8 PM Local

Region 4 South
147.060 + 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz,

Every Monday

8 PM Local

146.970 Mhz
PL 156.7 Hz.
New London

When needed

When needed

Region 5 North
Na1RA – KB1AEV system
Wed Night

7 PM Local

Region 5 South
147.300 + 600 Khz
PL 100.0 Hz

2nd Wed of month

8 PM Local

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What is NTS?  What are nets?  What is traffic?

These questions are answered in this very nice guide written by Mark W2EAG and is used here with enthusiastic permission.  There may be a couple of inconsistencies as some time has elapsed but they can be handled on a case-bycase basis.  The material is well written and represents a great deal of work by an avid traffic handler.  I hope it is useful to you and that you enjoy the content.  Traffic Handlers Guide

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NTS Picnic Pictures on this Web Site

See some photos of hams having a great time at the annual Eastern Area NTS Picnic held at the QTH of Betsey, K1EIC.  Follow this link to the Pictures Pag

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CT-ARES DMR Temporary Outage
28 Apr 2015


As part of another network update to the hardware on the DESPP / CSP microwave network, all of the CT-ARES DMR repeaters on the microwave links will be in stand-alone "local" only mode at some point this week.

Some sites are already in stand-alone "local" mode, others will be in this state as the week goes on. I am told the network should be restored by next week.

There are some of our DMR sites that are on public internet -- those sites will still be networked.

In view of the above, there will NOT be a CT-ARES DMR Net on Sunday, 3 May 2015.

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472 Email: Website:

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.

Here is more info from Pat N1OTW which should help you.

To test if there is network connectivity, you can try the Parrot talkgroup or look at DMR.WATCH and Netwatch to see if you are on the network or not.

Vernon, Storrs, Wolcott, Wallingford, Torrington, Brantford, ARRL HQ, and Bristol are on public internet and should still carry network traffic.

It is expected that more information will become available toward the end of the week.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM

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Packet Outage
28 Apr 2015

It has been brought to my attention that the W1EDH MBO is down.  Some of my ports are down on the W1HAD system; maintenance on the W1HAD network is expected to occur this weekend.  Traffic needs to be routed by voice and CW circuits if you can’t get to your usual packet outlets in the meantime.  We have plenty of redundancy here in CT.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT


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Section Manager's blog appears on CT section of ARRL site

See some very interesting short items and links at

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New Web server space for the ARRL CT Section kindly donated by Al Petrunti, KA1TCH,