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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
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  (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) Jonathan, WF1H

  • Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

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


Here’s a note from Bill Moore NC1L that he wants to share. “After much consultation with my family and as a result of the life changing accident I suffered in July, 2014, I have decided to relinquish my position as Awards Manager at ARRL Hq and focus my full effort on physical therapy. I have enjoyed my years at ARRL and the countless friends I have made within the ham radio community.

I hope to maintain contact as best I can vie email and hope someday I will be able to get back on the bands. Email can be sent to me at BillMooreNC1L@Gmail.com and while I plan to read each and every one, I cannot promise to reply in a timely manner.
With much gratitude and sincere thanks,
Wilfred (Bill) Moore, NC1L”

We’re all praying for you Bill.

During this week’s blizzard, many ops were busy helping out on Sky Warn nets, deploying to Red Cross shelters, communicating as part of CERT communications teams, monitoring activity in case needed and I’m sure other activities not mentioned here. Hartford and Tolland County Sky Warn coordinated by Roger K1PAI ran nets throughout the early morning hours when most were asleep. I had planned to make the 2:00 a.m. net but never made it. For the first time, our SEC Wayne N1CLV and his leadership team used DMR (digital mobile radio) to conduct scheduled meetings and monitor the situation throughout the Section. Over 50 ARES members checked into the DMR net Sunday night to be updated about changes in the network and information about the storm. About the same number participated in the regular 2 meter ARES net to prepare for the storm. Here’s a comment from EC Greg KB1YHW which I think expresses our sentiments about the new CT ARES DMR network and its use during storm Oliver. I am quoting it here with permission: Thank you Wayne for your leadership of the CT ARES response team and the impressive utilization of the CT-ARES DMR network. The 99.9 - 100% statewide ARES participation in the communication Nets, including the CT State EOC, demonstrated CT-ARES network capability and CT ARES leadership vision during the storm Oliver activation. Thank you CSPARC (CT State Police ARC) for CT-ARES DMR network design, logistical support, and guiding light.”—Greg KB1YHW Well stated Greg.

Wayne received a thank you for excellent service from Sue Rochester-Bolen, Senior Director Emergency Services, American Red Cross CT-RI Region. She commended the “absolutely great team” of ARES ops who manned her shelters. Two shelters were open, one in East Lyme and another in Norwich.

Thank you for your service on whatever band and mode you used. Everyone was attentive and thoroughly engaged. DECs, all assistants, ECs, good work!

I attended Director Frenaye’s Division cabinet meeting along with several club presidents from the Section. Those attending were Don K1CMM immediate past president Middlesex ARS, Stan W2VID president Southern Berkshire ARS, Chip N1MIE president RASON, Liz N1MLG from RASON, and Peter KB1KZC president ICRC along with Chris KB1YNE vice president.

We learned that the committee that organizes the New England Division Convention in Boxboro, MA is considering having the hamfest yearly. It will be held this year during the last weekend of August. The program committee is looking for your ideas on forums; contact Vice Director Mike K1TWF k1twf@arrl.org.

Tom gave us some figures showing the number of new hams in the Division over the last 6 months and the number of upgrades. Looking at the numbers, CT is second in New England in both categories with Eastern MA number one. EMA had 168 new hams and CT 110. There were 68 upgrades in EMA with CT not far behind at 51. Not bad but I bet with all the training going on here, we’ll do even better next year!

The New Year brings some changes. Bob KB1RGQ has stepped down as net manager of the Nutmeg VHF Traffic Net so he can focus on recovering from upcoming orthopedic surgeries. Bob very much enjoyed managing the net for over 3 years and did a very fine job. We all express our thanks to him for serving as net manager. It was a pleasure working with you Bob.

Another Bob has stepped up to lead this net. STM Anne K1STM recruited a fine traffic handler. KB1ZBH has assumed the duties of NM of this net. He is an active traffic handler on The Western CT Traffic Net and the Nutmeg VHF Traffic net so we’re real pleased to have him come aboard and join the NTS leadership team. Thanks Bob—congratulations. BTW, this net was the first VHF traffic NTS net started by Bill Baldyga, K1YGS and others. And WESCONN was started by then STM Joe W1AIU (first STM) during the blizzard of ’78.

Congratulations to ASM Emeritus Al Cohen W1FXQ. He was featured in the QCWA Journal for 80 years as an Amateur radio operator! Wow!

Congratulations to Bill KW1B now located in NC on his upcoming marriage in late April. Bill checks into our nets when he can. DMR ops, listen for him on the North America talk group.

Just before this year’s storm hit, The Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk clubs each coordinated a winter field day. Greater Bridgeport ops went to the Recreations Center in Shelton and Greater Norwalk used their new communications center. Clubs worked between 100 and 130 stations, had several participants including new hams and enjoyed the camaraderie together at a time when it’s more difficult to be together. I had hoped to visit each group but the ice and my difficult driveway kept me at home.

Joel Hallas W1ZR will speak at the next meeting of The Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association to be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 at the Fairfield Police Station. The topic is of interest to all of us: Antenna Gain: What does it Mean? “We all have an idea of what gain means – but what does antenna gain really mean and how do we measure it? How can we compare different manufacturers' antenna specifications and how can we make sense of all of their claims?”

The Bloomfield Amateur Radio Club had a demonstration of the CS-700 radio and general discussion about DMR at their January meeting.

Tim Walker W1GIG was given honorary membership in the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club and was given a plaque for his many years of service to GNARC. Congratulations Tim!

Tom K1TA announces that there are 25 members in the “Fairfield County Ham Trader” on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/FCHamTrader/. For further information contact tom@k1ta.com.

I’m pleased to see many training opportunities this winter. There’s more in-person activity during the cold months than ever before.

Earlier this month, over 40 ops participated in a workshop on the topic of programming DMR radios. The workshop was coordinated by the CT State Police ARC. Workshop leaders were Paul N1RHN our host, Pat N1OTW, Ed K1ZE, Scott N1KSX and SEC Wayne N1CLV. Participants very much appreciated this hands-on opportunity to learn more about this new digital mode in Amateur radio. It was well organized and lots of fun! In the last 4 months, 22 repeaters (with 2 more to come on board soon) have been added to the network. Pat N1OTW does the heavy networking tasks. Others in the club who were not at the workshop are Bob KC1BNS and Matt KA9CRG. They are all often heard on the air working hard to make CT’s ARES DMR network the best it can be. Many thanks to the clubs and individuals who have stepped up to the plate and sponsored repeaters. This continues to be a cooperative and collaborative effort.

Make this your year to upgrade. A General license prep class is forming now. Paul Gibson, N1TUP will conduct it on 5 Fridays beginning 1/30/2015 at 7 PM in the Manchester EOC, 2nd floor, 321 Olcott Street, Manchester, CT 06040. Classes and study materials are free courtesy of The BEARS amateur radio club. The FCC exam fee is $15. Please contact Paul Gibson, paul.gibson@snet.net, to sign up.

The Charter Oak Amateur Radio Club is in its third week of a course for the Amateur Extra Class license. Here’s a report from OOC Chuck K1DFS, one of the instructors. “There are seventeen students from throughout Connecticut, including a husband-wife team from next to the New York line in lower Fairfield County. It's a full class!!

We are teaching from the ARRL Extra Class Manual, 10th Edition, using a number of proven aids such as PowerPoint slides from successful courses offered by others, as well as our own, a full set of quizzes given and graded weekly, demonstration materials, and in-depth discussions of critical materials.

The Team consists of three principal instructors: Chuck-K1DFS, George-N1RMF, Mike-N1QLN, with assistant instructors Walt-K1WMS and Jack-K1NKS.

This course is the third in a course cycle of Technician to General to Extra Class. These courses are all ten weeks in length, with a pass rate, so far, in excess of ninety percent of those who complete the course. This gives validity to the decision by the Team to commit to teach a full schedule of ten week courses and the commitment of the students to put in the time and effort to be successful.

Success requires time and effort, on everyone's part!” For more information, write k1dfs@arrl.net. DEC George AB1GL is conducting a technician class sponsored by The Newington Amateur Radio League. The course just started so if you know of someone interested, contact George ab1gl@arrl.net to see if there is still room.

On the ARES front, you can take the ICS courses in person. Here’s the scoop. Schedule of upcoming courses Wallingford Senior Center, 238 Washington St, Wallingford; time 8:30 a.m. February 21 IS-700 - The National Incident Management System (NIMS) March 21 IS-200 - Resources and Initial Action Incidents April 18 IS-800 - The National Response Framework

And there’s more. Region 2 ARES is offering RMS Express 101 Getting Started with RMS Express on Saturday, February 7 in Wallingford (see paragraph above) at 8:30 a.m. Data Communications is one of the primary communications tools we have available to support our "Served Agencies", and CT ARES - Region 2 is offering a Saturday morning workshop to get you started on your path to using RMS Express, and that will be followed in March with "RMS Express 201 - Practical Applications". Contact DEC Douglas WA1SFH wa1sfh@arrl.net for further information.

The Algonquin Amateur Radio Club of Marlborough MA is holding its annual Ham Radio flea market on Saturday, February 14, 2015. We invite all hams as buyers, vendors or ragchewers. VEC licensing exams will also be available, starting at 9:00 AM. The market will be held at the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School (25 Union St, Marlborough MA), located within about two miles of the intersection of I-290 and I-495.

Doors open at 6:30 AM for vendor setup and 9:00 AM for buyers. We have alternate/overflow parking at the nearby Marlborough High School with a bus running between parking lots and the flea entrance. General admission is $5. Vendor tables may be purchased in advance for $15 (before Feb 6 or $20 at the door) and include admission for one. Details and a flyer with a vendor reservation form are available through our web page: www.n1em.org (aka. www.qsl.net/n1em/) Further queries can be sent to: fleamarket@n1em.org.

I have unfortunately two very sad items to report.

I have just learned that EC KB1TOR Paul Gibb’s younger brother Kenny was killed in an automobile accident this past Thursday in Barkhamsted. He was only 46 years old. This is really devastating news. You can send notes and cards of sympathy to Paul at 339 Norfolk Road, Litchfield, CT 06759; email kb1tor@arrl.net.

Some of you will remember Rob NA1O, former EC of Brookfield. Well, I just learned that in August, he lost his 27-year-old daughter Jessica and in November his wife Linne, KA1OLP passed away. I hope many of you will email Rob na1o@arrl.net, give him your support and encourage him to become active when he can.

Paul and Rob, we’re all here for you. We’re keeping your families in your prayers.

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




Alert - CT ARES returning to "Level 0 - Inactive" at 2000, 24Jan15

Posted 24 Jan 18:15 EST; Published 24 Jan 21:45 EST

Greetings!

The fast-moving winter storm that produced heavy wet snow along with ice, freezing rain, and plain rain across Connecticut for the past 18 hours has pretty much taken its course. According to CL&P, only widely-scattered power outages occurred around our state. Nevertheless, some possible additional light snow and the expected freezing of standing water overnight remain a risk for both moving vehicles and pedestrians. 

Thanx to all of the Skywarn coordinators and spotters who collected and reported weather data for the National Weather Service (NWS) during this storm. And thanx to everyone who prepared for this storm and monitored the various amateur radio repeaters in case ARES assistance was needed.  


This activation provided an excellent opportunity to test the new CT-ARES DMR Network, especially the ALERT MESSAGE talkgroup that worked as expected. Increased usage of this powerful statewide communications resource is expected in the future!

The CT ARES activation status will be lowered to "Level 0 - Inactive" effective at 2000 (8:00 PM) EST this evening (Saturday, 24Jan15). 

Please stay tuned — more winter precipitation is likely later in the week!


Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV

CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.



Alert - CT ARES - Level 1 Alert

Posted 23 Jan 2015 – 1715 EST. Published 23 Jan 2015 – 2240 EST

Greetings! 

Most of Connecticut is currently under either a Winter Weather Advisory or a Winter Storm Watch. Based on the present forecast, we will be impacted by a coastal winter storm over the next 12-24 hours. From 4-6 inches of snow is expected across the entire state except in the Southeast corner. Sleet and/or ice are also likely in the southern/coastal counties.

I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 1 Alert effective at 2000 (8:00 PM) EST this evening, Friday, 23 January 2015.

Please maintain good situational awareness as this storm develops by watching/listening to your preferred weather forecast sources. 

Please be prepared to assist our partner agencies (if requested) by ensuring your radio batteries are charged, vehicles and generators are fueled, etc.

The safety of you and your family should be your highest priority! Now is the time to make preparations to keep your family safe should you be asked to deploy.

Remember, you should NOT deploy without direction from the appropriate ARES or local official.

Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV

CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.






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.








Alert - CT ARES - Level 1 Alert

Posted 1128 31 Jan, published 1335 31 Jan

Greetings!

Based on the various forecasts for the approaching winter storm which all indicate the potential for significant snowfall, I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 1 Alert effective at 1400 (2:00 PM) EST tomorrow, Sunday, 1 February 2015.

Please maintain good situational awareness as this storm develops by watching/listening to your preferred weather forecast sources. 

Please be prepared to assist our partner agencies (if requested) by ensuring your radio batteries are charged, vehicles and generators are fueled, etc.

The safety of you and your family should be your highest priority! Now is the time to make preparations to keep your family safe should you be asked to deploy.

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472   Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.


Alert - CT ARES returning to "Level 0 - Inactive" at 1600, 27Jan15

Posted 15:36 26 Jan, published 17:33 27 January


The Blizzard of 2015 has pretty much run its course. Eastern Connecticut appears to be the big winner with regard to snowfall totals. There is still some light, blowing snow in Region 4, but radar indicates the storm is clearing to the east.

The two Red Cross Shelters in Region 4 that were staffed by Amateur Radio operators have closed. DECs please send me any information you have on any other use of Amateur Radio in EOCs, etc during this storm.

Thanx to all of the Skywarn coordinators and spotters who collected and reported weather data for the National Weather Service (NWS) during this storm. And thanx to everyone who prepared for this storm and monitored the various amateur radio repeaters in case ARES assistance was needed.  

This activation provided another excellent opportunity to utilize the new CT-ARES DMR Network. Increased usage of this powerful statewide communications resource is expected in the future!

The CT ARES activation status will be lowered to "Level 0 - Inactive" effective at 1600 (4:00 PM) EST this afternoon (Tuesday, 27Jan15). Time to start the snow blower!


Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV


Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472   Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.



Alert - CT ARES - Level 3 Deploy


Posted 19:05 26 Jan EST. Published 21:03 26 Jan EST


Greetings!

The American Red Cross (ARC) in DEMHS Region 4 has requested CT ARES assistance with shelter communications at the East Lyme Middle School Regional Shelter. The ARC Waterford office (K1ARC) is also being staffed. ASEC Bill W1GTT is coordinating our response to this request.

As a consequence of this request, I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 3 Deploy effective immediately. Any other ARES Regions receiving a request for assistance should respond appropriately and then advise the ARES leadership.

However, NO ARES MEMBER should deploy without specific direction and assignment from the appropriate ARES leadership official (SEC, ASEC, DEC, EC) or local emergency management official.

Above all, stay safe!

Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV

CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com




Alert - CT ARES - Level 2 Standby

Posted 08:32 26 Jan EST. Published 21:00 26 Jan EST


Greetings!
A Blizzard Warning continues in effect for all of the Tri-State area. Light to moderate snowfall is expected to develop this afternoon with heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions expected in the evening, overnight, and into Tuesday morning. Snowfall totals in excess of 2-3 feet are forecast. 

Gusty strong winds and blowing snow are likely everywhere, with blizzard conditions expected along the shoreline. Dangerously cold wind chills are also expected.

I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 2 Standby effective at 1000 (10:00 AM) EST this morning, Monday, 26 January 2015.

Please continue to prepare to assist our partner agencies should the need arise. 

Remember, you should NOT deploy without direction from the appropriate ARES or local official.

Above all, stay safe!
Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV


CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: December 2014

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NM1K 102 22 113 2 239
KB1NMO 1 32 7 4 44
KB1RGQ 0 27 11 4 42
K1HEJ 0 14 24 2 40


Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1RGQ 40 40 20 30 0 20 150
NM1K 40 40 30 0 0 10 120
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 10 10 0

CPN


N1DIO
ECTN 31 296 48 W1MCT
NVTN 30 142 20 KB1RGQ KB1UAU
Wescon 31 396 87 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