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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  (January)

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) Jon, WF1H

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH

Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

The new year has come with the expectation of many changes at ARRL. A big thank you to immediate past president Kay Craigie N3KN on a super job as ARRL’s president. The Section wishes Kay well with her new-found leisure. Thank you for all you have done for Amateur radio and for ARRL. Congratulations to Rick Roderick K5UR who was elected to be ARRL’s 16th president. Some of you will remember Rick at the national convention in Hartford. I’m sure many of you will get to meet him at hamfests and on the air. By now, you all know that CEO Dave Sumner K1ZZ will be retiring in the spring. Dave has served ARRL for four decades where he has contributed enormously to the growth of Amateur radio. We all thank you for your tireless efforts for amateur radio, ARRL and its members. Hearty congratulations Dave.

The Board has unanimously elected Tom Gallagher NY2RF to fill Dave’s position. You can read the article about Tom at We’ll be meeting him soon I’m sure and warmly welcome him to the CT Section next month. COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B is retiring as of March 1. We wish you and your family the very best and congratulate you on your retirement and on your dedication to ARRL and its members.

Harold and Dave are often seen at our hamfests—we sure hope you both will be in the area and come often.

Here’s an important reminder from the ARRL web site. “The ARRL IT Department will conduct overnight maintenance on its network on Saturday, January 30, to improve reliability and security. The work will occur between 8 PM EST on Saturday, January 30, and 6 AM EST on Sunday, January 31. (January 31, from 0100 UTC until 1100 UTC). During this period some or all systems may be temporarily unavailable. The website will remain up but online purchasing will not be available. E-mail also will be offline, but all messages will be queued for later delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Want to upgrade to general class license? Paul N1TUP is running a class sponsored by The BEARS of Manchester at the Manchester EOC starting Friday, January 29. I realize this is short notice but if you are interested, contact Paul, email The class runs for 5 weeks on Friday’s from 7:00-9:00 PM. The VE session will be held during the last class session. BEARS is also sponsoring a technician class. It will be taught by Dick K1SW. Here are some of the details. The classes will be held on April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Manchester Emergency Operations Center, located at 321 Olcott Street in Manchester. The first four sessions go over the information that you will need to know in order to pass the exam, while the fifth session is a brief review of the prior four weeks, followed by the FCC exam.

Handouts will be provided at the first class. There is no charge for the classes or for the handouts; but there is a $15.00 charge for the FCC exam, payable on the evening of the exam. Candidates can contact Dick by email or phone 860-878-7165.

Speaking of new hams, here’s a note from our Section Youth Coordinator and DEC ARES Region 2 about a new young ham. Our newest ARES Team member in Region 2 is Andrew - KC1ETJ. He was granted his Technician License on December 1, having done an independent self-study. He is in 9th grade and at Foran High School where he enjoys Math, and blows trumpet in the High School Band. Andrew is a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet in the CT Wing (New Haven), and was encouraged to get his Amateur Radio License by an adult ham in CAP. I am also pleased to report that he is already half way done completing his CORE 4 certifications with courses IS 100 and IS 700. We look forward to seeing him at our training sessions and Public Service Events this year. Please be sure to welcome him at your club meetings and when you hear him on the radio.

Jim KD1LD unfortunately has had to resign the position of ADEC Sky Warn. He has served us well for many years always giving us wonderful updated weather reports. Thank you Jim for your years of dedicated service. SEC Wayne N1CLV and I am looking forward to hearing from Jim about a time and place where we can recognize him for his service.

Al Petrunti, KA1TCH has agreed to serve as ADEC Sky Warn. Al has served as EC for many years and served on the cabinet as PIC some time ago. We’re all pleased to have him on the ARES leadership team. Thank you Al and congratulations.

Many thanks to DEC Steve, K1SJW for recruiting Al.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who stood by last Saturday during the very strange snow storm/blizzard. Some areas had at least a foot of snow and other areas of the Section had virtually no snow. Several Sky Warn nets were held and for the first time, we held one on DMR for New Haven county with NCS Dana KA1WPM. We are looking for trained sky warn spotters to serve as EC for New Haven and EC for Middlesex counties. If you are interested in these positions, please contact Sky Warn DEC Steve K1SJW

Here are details of the next meeting of The Fairfield Amateur Radio Association. Please join us at the Fairfield Police Station, Reef Road, Fairfield on MONDAY, February 1st at 7:30pm for our first presentation of 2016.

Paul Danzer will present, "What Really Goes On in Your Ham Shack PC" Yes, you turn on your PC, click on an ICON and go from there. But how does the PC do this? In fact, how did PCs manage to pop up overnight -where did they come from? How well are you protected from snooping? Are you using cryptography? These and other topics will be discussed based on the interesting factoids that have propped up during many years of teaching PC hardware.

Paul Danzer, N1II, has been an active ham for over 50 years. He spends most of his time on 40 and 30 meter CW as well as writing occasional articles for QST. He is an ARRL TS (Technical Specialist) and an ARRL TA (Technical Advisor). In addition to being the author of four books on ham-radio related topics he has written over 250 magazine articles and has 11 patents. As is customary, tasty snacks & treats as well as assorted beverages will be served.

Jon WB2RYV president of The Stamford Amateur Radio Association passed along this note to the membership which some of you may find quite interesting. “Member Craig Cuttner (KB1YYE) has passed along an interesting article on Digital Amateur Television. Apparently, just like the inexpensive dongles used for Software Defined Radio, there are now some fairly inexpensive circuit boards for generating digital television that can be sent on the amateur bands (mostly UHF and above if I understand the article correctly).

Kind of interesting stuff - and amazing what can be done with very little outlay. Read the article at Thanks Craig.”

Walt W1LW has been a DX card checker for many years but has resigned that position. Many thanks Walt for your dedicated service to ARRL members. Your time has been very much appreciated by all of us.

Have you worked and confirmed 150 countries? Would you like to be a DX card checker? If you qualify and have the time to go to conventions and serve the membership in this way, please contact me if you are interested; I have the opportunity to make one nomination to the ARRL awards department.

The Middlesex Amateur Radio Society runs classes on CW each month with instructors Jeff Jolie, NM1Y and Mac Harper, W1FYM. They have consistently had a few ops attend. Any other clubs want to try it?

See you next month.

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

KY SM visits CT State Convention


Alan Morgan, KY1O, Section Manager of the ARRL Kentucky Section, visits Section Manager Betsey, K1EIC at the ARRL CT Section Convention at the Meriden Sheraton.  Photo courtesy of Dana, KA1WPM

Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club Erects 20m Beam for Field Day 2015

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: December 2015

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 43 69 2 114
KB1NMO 0 24 3 1 28

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1HEJ 40 40 0 0 0 30 110
N1URO-4 40 40 0 0 0 10 90
KB1NMO 40 28 20 0 0 0 88
W1EDH-4 40 8 0 0 0 10 58
K1YON-4 40 1 0 0 0 10 51

Net Statistics

CN 9 10 0 WA1GGN
CPN 31 195 54 WX1T
ECTN 31 241 22 W1MCT
NVTN 31 176 27 KB1ZBH
Wescon 31 442 113 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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URGENT:REAL: Action Item Immediate

by Kay Craigie, K3KN, ARRL President

We are at a critical time for S. 1685, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, in the United States Senate. There is reason to think this legislation will be considered in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as early as next week. That is an extremely important step in the bill's progress towards success.

As you can imagine, oppontnets of the bill are becoming very active and ARRL is taking steps to counteract that activity.

What needs to be done is quick and easy but I need you to do this today.

Connecticut Senator Blumenthal is an original co-sponsor of the bill, so we know he is on our side. But it never hurts to say thank-you to a friend.

Please phone the Senator's office in Washington, DC, at or phone a local office. Or send an e-mail to the Senator using his official web page.

The message is simple:  "I'm a constituent and an amateur radio operator. I appreciate the Senator's co-sponsorship of S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Thank you."

The Senator's Washington, DC, phone number is posted at For your convenience, it is (202) 224-2823.

His own web page showing local office numbers and an e-mail template is at Again for your convenience, his Hartford number is (860) 258-6940 and his Bridgeport number is (203) 330-0598.

Whether you phone or e-mail, the key thing is to do it now. As in, today.

Because it is a Federal holiday, his staff may not be answering the phones Wednesday. If so, please call back tomorrow.

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Cub Scouts GOTA

by Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH,
Section Youth Coordinator

On Saturday, 11/7/2015, I  met with Cub Scouts from Pack 495 in North Branford.

I was assisted by Brad W1XI and his lovely wife Pauline N1GDQ who live nearby in Branford.

We set up both my VHF/UHF Go Box and my HF Go Box. We also brought 2 HTs (Analog and DMR).


There were 11 cub scouts and 1 boy scout attending along with 4 moms, 2 dads and 3 girls. I started the meeting by using the analogy of going fishing and the unlikely chance of catching a fish on the first cast. We talked about VHF/UHF/HF signal propagation, repeaters. We also demonstrated how antennas are used for directivity and signal polarity using a 440 MHz 7 element beam and an HT.


Other topics touched on were how signals travel and the difference between HF frequencies and VHF/UHF frequencies, why we use the NATO alphabet, and how we call CQ.


We made a 20m contact with a station in Indiana, and he was nice enough to spend about a half hour taking time to speak with each scout individually on the radio. I even got one of the mom’s to speak on the radio as well as one of the three little girts who were in the back doing something else.

Props for Show and Tell
- the ARRL World Pre-Fix Map that I have mounted on poster board and ready for sticking pins into it to represent stations we might contact.
-  A globe of the world, which I use for 3 dimensional demonstartion to show where we are and where the stations we contact are located.  Great for working on Geography and discussing Time Zones.
- a stack of International QSL cards
- a 440 MHz beam antenna

- my tripod/mast/dual band antenna

- my vertical dipole for 20m to 10m  (it looks like the letter “H” turned ninety degress sitting on a four footed stand.

I also used you line: “Ham Radio is Friendships”



I sincerely thank you for the ham radio demonstration. We all had a great time.  I think the boys learned a lot and some of them may have picked up a great new way of reaching out to the world. Thank you again “ – Tim Freeman (Den Leader)

Bottom Line
This was a good 1 hour meeting and, while everybody had a good time, there was one new boy scout who was very interested in getting his license.

Now, I have to follow up and see what I can to do help him on that path.

Hams Launch High Altitude Balloon from Bridgeport

"The Flight of Discovery 1"
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by Larry Reed, AB1JC

On Saturday, September 26, a group of Hams working with the
Discovery Museum (4450 Park Avenue in Bridgeport) launched a High-Altitude Balloon to 89,391 feet on a 50-mile flight.   AB1JC and KB1LTW put the package together, working with Dave Mestre (KB1YYJ) from the museum.  A group of Hams, many from the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club, (K1MJM, WE1M, NE1CU, KC1CRT, KC1CRU, W1LAG, WD1M, and others) assisted with launch, communications, and recovery.  N1KGN gave us the use of his repeater for the day.  Several of the museum staff and friends were involved in various capacities, as well as about 20 post-grad ME students from the University of Bridgeport and their Professor, Dr. Jani Pallis.

The Payload consisted of an Omaha Steaks container, with a Baofeng UV-82, a Byonics TinyTrak4, Byonics High-Altitude GPS4, 5000 mAh LIPO battery, and a cut-down circuit.  The VHF antenna was a Byonics V6 wire dipole.  Mounted to the top outside the box was a GoPro Hero 4 camera, which took 720p video and also took a 12 Mpixel picture every minute.   The GoPro was graciously provided by local photographer Mike Florio.  The Ground Station at the museum consisted of a high-gain VHF Yagi on a Yaesu Az/El Rotator, an Icom TS-2000, and a computer which kept the antenna pointed at the balloon.  Funding for the ground station had been provided by David Ives.  In addition to logging balloon reports directly, we monitored the flight on APRS.

That Saturday was a beautiful day, other than some cirrus about 35,000 feet, the sky was clear.  We launched from Vets Field, part of 90 acres park just north of the museum.  The primary purpose of this flight was training for all, so we intended to cut the payload down at 29,000 feet, and go for a water recovery.  We had two recovery boats, courtesy of NE1CU and KC1CRT, waiting in the middle of Long Island Sound.  The package was jerked at launch, and the connector to the wires running up to the cutdown mechanism (nichrome wire around the cord above the parachute) was pulled loose, so there would be no cutdown today!  The balloon rose steadily at 1000 feet/minute.  At about 35,000 feet, the balloon hit the jetstream and took off to the east at speeds reaching 80 mph.  Finally over the North Shore of Long Island at 89,391 feet, the balloon burst and the package fell, initially at over 120 mph!  (Parachute was OK, but there is no air up there.)  Gradually the package slowed down, and curved around to a water landing 200 yards offshore on the south side of Great Peconic Bay.  We were able to call a local marina and a kind soul boated out to retrieve the package, which we picked up the next day.  There was NO salt water in the package and all the equipment was in good order.  We recovered the GoPro and were rewarded with 36 GB worth of spectacular photos and videos. 

We had excellent 2-way communications with the package all the way, even down to 450 feet 50 miles away.  The balloon was radiating 5w, which was too much.  There were many duplicate squawks, and we were directly heard by stations as far away as Montreal and the Ohio/PA border, 400 miles away!
If you want to see the flight track, go to and search for AB1JC-11, then select the 2015 tab and click on the date, 09 and then 26.  We got lucky in several ways to have this successful flight, and recover the package.  As a learning experience, we learned a lot about what to do, and what NOT to do next time!

This was the first of what will be several flights, with various payloads.  In the Spring, K1MJM, AB1JC, and Erik Klaus from Hartford plan to launch a balloon with a stabilized ATV platform, sending back live 525-line color TV at 434 MHz.   This package is working in the lab now.  The students at UB are working on a robotic High-Altitude Monkey (HAM) for a launch, and we will also be experimenting with reaction wheels for attitude control so we can take photos of the total eclipse in 2017.  How about launching a cross-band repeater special event station?

73 de AB1JC

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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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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,