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Welcome to the ARRL Connecticut Section Web Page



CT map
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
k1eic@arrl.org

Assistant Section Manager emeritus
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
(860) 667-2864
w1fxq@arrl.net

Assistant Section Managers
Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
8B Kayview Ave.
Bethel, CT 
06801-1527
(203) 837-0143
kd1yv@arrl.net

Larry Buck, K1HEJ
262 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052-1623
k1hej.buck@gmail.com


Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Motes K1DFS 
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT  06062
motesc@southington.org
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
a@petrunti.com

Section Emergency Coordinator
Wayne R Gronlund Phd, N1CLV
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
(860) 441-2777,
(860) 739-6384
n1clv@aol.com


Section Traffic Manager
Anne M West, K1STM
42 Academy St. Apt. 102
Southington, CT 06489-3259
(860) 628-6454
annejon1@allbraille.com


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

State Government Liaison
Jonathan Beatty, WF1H
9 Bellaire Manor
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 704-9870
wf1h@arrl.net

Technical Coordinator
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110
ssimons@manitousys.com

Section News  (October)

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


The CT section sends our deepest sympathy to Zack Lau, W1VT, on the death of his wife Mary Lau N1VH (ex-N7IAL) who became a silent key October 15. Mary was on staff for 20 years at Headquarters serving in several departments including the Field and Educational Services Department. She was the secretary of the ARRL Foundation and wrote the column “At the Foundation” in QST. She edited the brochure Leap into Amateur Radio as well as a book dealing with teaching the disabled student. Mary was a personal friend and a friend to many—we will miss her. It’s the beginning of a new term for me so this issue will be more about Section matters.

We have two new leaders on the Section cabinet . Mike Keane K1MK has been SGL since 2004 but now is busy with his IT work at Headquarters. He manages that area which means there’s not much time left to continue on the cabinet. I have very much appreciated his work with us—he was a great help to me and to others explaining processes and advising us about matters concerning legislation. A big thank you Mike.

Jonathan Beatty, WF1H has agreed to take on the SGL post. Jonathan is a newer ham, licensed for three years, an active member and former president of The Middlesex Amateur Radio Society and very active in his community. Jon is currently the chairman of the Cromwell Inland wetlands commission. He has been involved with land use boards in Middletown and Cromwell since the mid 80’s. He had the courage to run for the State legislature in 1998 and although he was not elected, his effort is commendable. He writes: “I am coming up very soon on the 4th anniversary of my first QSO with K8V a veterans day special event station on 11/11/2010. I became interested in radio back in the 60s listening to SW broadcasts. Radio South Africa and Radio Peking in particular

I have worked as an Opp for K2D over the July 4 weekend since 2011. In 2012 and 2013 I won the Paul Copeland award for most Low Power contacts (100w) in that event.

I also organized - with a lot!!! of help from NM1Y the activation of Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island RI over International weekend this past August.

I have 208 countries logged in LoTW as of tonight. (Not all Officially awarded) I have 2 more with cards that I have not turned in yet and 5 more I am awaiting cards for. (All this was done with 100w and a Dipole as my primary antenna.” Congratulations and welcome aboard Jon.

The ARRL Board has authorized the appointment of a Section Youth Coordinator, one who will encourage activity among younger ops and keep up with activities around the country that involve Amateur radio and the youth. Douglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH has agreed to serve in this capacity. He is also DEC for region 2 and well known to many of you. Over the last few years, Douglas has coordinated large-scale events involving the demonstration of Amateur radio to children and has given talks to clubs about his work. So I’m real pleased that he has stepped up to this position. Thank you for your energy and time Douglas.

We had a cabinet meeting recently at Headquarters hosted by Steve Ewald WV1X in which I outlined my goals for this term. I want to make a big push for training in CT. The training effort that Oscar KO1F and his team put on in 2009 was phenomenal—I don’t know that we can accomplish all that but we can certainly start to get some things done. I’ve charged the cabinet to work with me as a team on training projects. We can certainly do webinars; I’ve come across a new resource. Those who attended the ARRL forum at the State convention suggested more training opportunities at hamfests. It is my view that the structure of and opportunities of the ARRL Field Organization nneed to become more widely known. So we as a Section will come up with a handout that talks about the ARRL Field Organization in CT.

We have lots of new operators in the Section and thanks to many volunteers, several tech classes have been offered. I’d like to see more classes now that lead to the general and higher classes of license. In addition to the ARRL material, The Charter Oak Radio Society has put together a wonderful set of Power Point presentations primarily for instructors. Those will be made available from the Secction page ct.arrl.org and are currently available on the club web site http://n1crs.org.

The cabinet team was thoroughly engaged and enthused about the projects and ready to lend a hand. You, the cabinet, and I will work together as a team—we welcome your ideas and help. After all, learning is play so we can learn and have fun. Let’s all pick one new area of Amateur radio to learn about. My topic will be DMR—digital mobile radio.

SEC Wayne N1CLV is announcing the Simulated Emergency Test November 8-9. All amateur radio operators are encouraged to participate. Please contact your DEC for information on how you can participate. If you’re not sure what region you are in, go to http://ctares.org where you will find the map or write to me or N1CLV: k1eic@arrl.org, n1clv@arrl.net. If you’re new, you will learn by following directions given to you. Get ready now and participate. Thank you in advance.

Did you come to the Nutmeg Hamfest? Wasn’t it fun? It was great to chat with so many of you; everyone seemed to be excited about seeing people they haven’t seen in years. There sure was a good crowd! A huge thank you to the members of the Meriden Amateur Radio Club and to our speakers, Director Frenaye K1KI, Dave Sumner K1ZZ and Joel Hallas, W1ZR. Committee chairs were Bill W1KKF general chairman, Rich WA1TRY, Paul K1SEZ, Johnny N1GNV and Mark K1PU. Congratulations on a fine convention!

I want you to read this letter I received from a high school student. I’m sure you will want to follow the links shown. A portion of the text is omitted because the email format used to send this letter to you will not support a picture. “My name George Main (W1GIV) and I am a high school student in the Norwich Free Academy Ham Radio Club (W1HLO) located in Norwich, CT. Along with our advisers Mr. Girasoli (W1TTL), Mr. Hough (KB1ZIV), and Mr. Monroe (KC1CEV), the other members of the club and I worked to launch a High Altitude Balloon last May.

Included in the balloon was a 10m morse code beacon (which stopped working a few minutes after launch), a APRS transmitter, and a digital camera.

We launched the balloon on NFA Day (a day that our school hosts to "Celebrate NFA"). We sent it up with two balloons because one was not enough to lift it. After a 6 hour flight and an altitude of 80,000ft, it slowly descended to land in northern Vermont, close to the Canadian border.

We contacted multiple people that lived near where the balloon was thought to land, but we were not able to recover it.

On Monday October 6, 2014 Mr. Girasoli received a call from a hunter in Vermont that came across the box in the middle of the woods. He shipped the package back to us and after 5 months we had finally found our balloon! . . . Here are some links: APRS.fi Track (Zoom out for the entire track): http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FW1HLO-1&timerange=86400&tail=86400 Youtube Video (The camera only recorded for 30 minutes before it ran out of space on the SD card): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APgH1ylp3HQ

We sent this to you because we thought you would be interested in hearing about our ham radio adventures. We plan on launching another weather balloon this year, learning from our mistakes to hopefully make this one better than the last.”

George, we loved it—thanks so much for writing! These links are also posted on the Section page http://ct.arrl.org.

Last month, I spoke briefly about JOTA. I had a ball working the scouts from my home. I contacted one group in New Jersey—I spoke to several scouts there. I happened to mention that I am a twin and that my sister Barb (K1EIR) is an Amateur radio operator. Well, the person I was speaking to was also a twin, there was still another set of twins in the group and a set of quads! What fun!

SYC (Section Youth Coordinator) Douglas WA1SFH had an interesting time with his scout project I told you about last month. Here’s his article.

Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA) 2014 – “Disaster in East Scoutopia”

Over the weekend of Oct. 17-19, Camp Pomperaug, a Boy Scout Camp in Union, CT (near Sturbridge Village, MA on I-84) was transformed into the land of “East Scoutopia” – Population 250.

Using the scenario of “The Day After” a Category 2 (plus) Hurricane had passed through wrecking destruction in its path and isolating East Scoutopia from the rest of civilization, the Boy Scouts engaged in 10 different activities that they might encounter in such a situation.

The JOTA side of the activity list included: Mast Building, Antenna Building, Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) aka: “Foxhunting”, and Get On The Air (GOTA) Stations.

Instructors for ARDF were Ned KA1CVV, Bob W1FDR, and David KB1LTW. We were also able to field 5 HF GOTA stations to accommodate the numbers of scouts on Saturday - including the use of the Region 4 Mobile Communications Unit (http://www.ctares.org/mcu4.htm). Our valiant GOTA volunteers were: Larry WR1B and Jean KB3OIS; Ken K1FUG; Rick W1HEN and Joe KA1HSP; Ed WA1LEI and Mike KC1AYL; and, Ben NB1H and John N2LND.

In addition to the four radio related activities, the scouts worked on Shelter building, First Aid, Finger Printing, Potable Water, Damage Assessment combined with an Orienteering White Course, and a Camp service project.

Despite heavy rain falling in the last 45 minutes of the scheduled day, each of the Boy Scouts had a great day and many found the JOTA activities to be, “THE BEST!”.

Congratulations Douglas and to all the volunteers and scouts. There were several other clubs and groups in CT who participated in JOTA. At this writing, I do not have a complete list but I can tell you that there was plenty of activity that weekend. The cabinet and I thank you all for participating which I know gave the scouts a feel for what ham radio is all about. Now we have to find ways to foster that interest.

Please welcome a new club to the ARRL CT family of affiliated clubs: The Worldwide Amateur Radio Club whose members are employees of ESPN! The club has been in existence for a couple of years and has organized itself to become affiliated! I am particularly pleased because I’ve heard about the group’s work for some time now getting ops licensed and emergency ready. Congratulations and a warm welcome to you all.

.

ARRL Connecticut Section

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC
k1eic@arrl.org

State Government Liaison Position Filled

By Betsey Doane, K1EIC, Section Manager

I am very pleased to tell you that Jonathan Beatty, WF1H, has accepted the appointment of the Section Government Liaison for the CT Section. Jonathan is currently on several local commissions in Cromwell and chairs the wetlands commission so he is well versed in the workings of local and State government and knows several legislators.

On the Amateur radio front, Jonathan is a member of the Middlesex ARC, a past president and a newer ham! He is licensed for just three years, mentored by Paul Lux K1PL, Mac Harper W1FYM and others. He has his Extra class license, enjoys DX and wants to be a card checker.

Professionally, he works for the State DMV in the IT area.

Please welcome this newer op to our this important cabinet position. Feel free to write him on legislative or related matters -- wf1h@arrl.net .

Audio file from Preparedness Summit in Atlanta Ga.

by Chuck Motes, K1DFS

Click here to listen to this presentation

I have downloaded an amateur radio presentation from the Preparedness Summit in Atlanta that took place on April 1 - April 4 this year.  It is audio only, and in MP3 or MP4 format.  It is about 11 MBytes.  I can get it over to you on CD this week (before Friday, as I'm out of state for a month starting the 3rd of May.).

The presentation is sponsored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.  You can see their website at NACCHO.org.  Check out Preparedness Summit 2014.

The Panel Moderator was Andrew R. Roszak, Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness & Catastrophic Response of NACCHO.

Presenters included Dave Cox, Director of Administrative Services, Oklahoma City, OK, and Ralph Dutcher, KD2BDZ, of Rochester New York.

This is an interesting presentation by two hams and a Public Health administrator.  There is audio presentation with slides available, but only to members of NACCHO at present.  I would need to talk to the owners for permissions to copy and provide to others such as ARRL.  I'll bet it would do nicely at the Centennial Conference of the ARRL in Hartford this July.

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See the Region 4 CT ARES Mobile Communications Unit at the ARRL Centennial Convention

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES® ) consists of licensed amateur radio operators (also called “hams”) who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur is eligible for membership in ARES®. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

In Connecticut, the ARES® Districts conform to the boundaries of the state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) emergency management areas. Region 4 covers the eastern part of the state (New London and Windham Counties). It is at the local level where most of the real emergency organizing gets accomplished, because this is the level at which most emergencies occur and the level at which ARES® leaders make direct contact with the ARES ® members and with officials of the agencies to be served. This Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) provides Region 4 with a rapidly deployable Amateur Radio Emergency Service® communications asset for our 44 towns/cities and 2 tribal nations.

The MCU provides ARES® trained volunteer emergency communicators with three VHF/UHF dualband Kenwood TM-D710A FM transceivers and one Kenwood TS-480SAT HF SSB transceiver in removable rackmount cases. These radios are capable of both voice and digital/data communications. Two Honda EU2000i ultra-quiet gasoline generators provide up to 4KW of “clean” 120 VAC electrical power. The basic 14-foot V-front trailer is made by Wells Cargo. Funding was provided by a grant from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security under the auspices of RESF-5 Emergency Management.

Region 4 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) 120 VAC Power supplied by two Honda EU2000i Generators (can be operated in parallel) ARES MCU interior showing the operator positions, the Kenwood TM-D710A VHF/UHF and TS- 480SAT HF radios in rackmount boxes. Two computers are running APRS, Airmail, and packet. Custom interior designed and built by Bill W1GTT, then Region 4 District Emergency Coordinator, now CT Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.

Here is a link to some pictures of the unit.








Young Hams Launch High Altitude Balloon with Radios

by George Main, W1GIV

My name George Main (W1GIV) and I am a high school student in the Norwich Free Academy Ham Radio Club (W1HLO) located in Norwich, CT. Along with our advisers Mr. Girasoli (W1TTL), Mr. Hough (KB1ZIV), and Mr. Monroe (KC1CEV), the other members of the club and I worked to launch a High Altitude Balloon last May.

Included in the balloon was a 10m morse code beacon (which stopped working a few minutes after launch), a APRS transmitter, and a digital camera.

We launched the balloon on NFA Day (a day that our school hosts to "Celebrate NFA"). We sent it up with two balloons because one was not enough to lift it. After a 6 hour flight and an altitude of 80,000ft, it slowly descended to land in northern Vermont, close to the Canadian border.

We contacted multiple people that lived near where the balloon was thought to land, but we were not able to recover it.

On Monday October 6, 2014 Mr. Girasoli received a call from a hunter in Vermont that came across the box in the middle of the woods. He shipped the package back to us and after 5 months we had finally found our balloon!

Here are some pictures of the balloon, some video from when it was up in the sky, and a link to the path that it took.



APRS.fi Track (Zoom out for the entire track): http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FW1HLO-1&timerange=86400&tail=86400

Youtube Video (The camera only recorded for 30 minutes before it ran out of space on the SD card): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APgH1ylp3HQ

We sent this to you because we thought you would be interested in hearing about our ham radio adventures. We plan on launching another weather balloon this year, learning from our mistakes to hopefully make this one better than the last.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

73!
George Main IV (W1GIV), Hollis Barker (KC1AKP), Hayden Murphy (KC1CEU), Konggapun Fungfuangfa, Josiah Babbitt (KC1AKQ), Julia Breen (KC1AKR), Rowan, and our advisers.


National Traffic System (NTS) Corner

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: October 2014

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NM1K 103 28 121 2 254
K1HEJ 0 60 53 2 115
KB1NMO 1 33 7 1 42
KB1RGQ 1 26 9 4 40
K1MLG 0 19 15 4 38


Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1MLG 35 38 20 35 0 0 128
KB1RGQ 40 40 20 0 0 20 120
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
KB1NMO 40 40 20 0 0 0 100


Net Statistics
NAME SESS CHKINS TRFC NM ANM
CN 5 7 2 WA1GGN
CPN 11 57 14 N1DIO
ECTN 31 264 28 W1MCT
NVTN 31 206 21 KB1RGQ KB1UAU
Wescon 31 443 92 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
None/none
WA1GGN West Haven
Western CT Traffic Net
(WESCON)
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

ARES CT REGION NETS








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
Brooklyn
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,
Salem


Every Monday


8 PM Local

Alternate
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
Danbury

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 STEM Academy Contacts International Space Station via Ham Radio

By Al, N1API
The Meriden Amateur Radio Club, held a successful ISS event at the SCOW center in Wallingford, Connecticut on Saturday January 18th, 2014. The STEM, (Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics), Academy Students of Wallingford got to ask Astronaut Koichi Wakata from The Japanese Space Agency about 15 questions concerning life and activities aboard the International Space Station.

MARC members participating in this event were K1SEZ Paul Ciezniak, N1ZN Savage Jim and N1API Al Kaiser. Also present were Betsey Doane K1EIC the Connecticut Section Manager and WA1SFH Doug Sharafanowich the Connecticut EC.

Chris Stone a teacher at Pond Hill School in Wallingford conducted the event for the STEM Students. Other invited guests were present from Meriden and Wallingford and spoke after the event.

The students talked by Telebridge to K6DUE the Amateur Station at Goddard Space Center in Maryland where they were phone patched through a station who was in contact with the ISS as it passed over the East Coast of the United States. The total time of the contact was about 10 minutes and just before the ISS went below the horizon the whole room of about 80 people shouted "arigato" in unison to Koichi, which means thank you in Japanese.

Photos on the Photos Page, or link directly there.


[Ed:  Al provided a link to a youtube video of the event .  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuEUSnaVQGA .  Photos to follow.  ]


New Training Pages on CT ARRL Section

We are introducing a new set of informal training pages here.  We hope you will find them  informative as well as enjoyable.  The first page is a short piece about Tactical Callsigns by our own SEC, Dr. Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV.  Watch this space for future pieces on various topics.  If you have an article that you would like to share here, please email to Training Coordinator Rod Lane, N1FNE@arrl.net



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

See some very interesting short items and links at http://www.arrl.org/groups/view/connecticut

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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.








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