Welcome to the ARRL Connecticut Section Web Page
Here are some links to some important resources
Who's getting it done for you?Section Manager
Betsey Doane, K1EIC
92 Mohegan Rd
Assistant Section Manager emeritus
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
Larry Buck, K1HEJ
Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Motes K1DFS
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT 06062
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
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110
from Betsey Doane, K1EIC
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;
State Government Liaison (SGL) Jon, WF1H
Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM
Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH
Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS
Hello everyone! Time sure passes quickly. It’s time to plan for field day already so mark your calendars for June 25-26 and help your group out and join in the fun.
It’s also time to be thinking about your Section because my term ends on October 1— just a month or so shy of 25 years of service as SM. So, if you are interested in coordinating the activities of the CT ARRL field organization, check out the instructions in May QST p. 76 and get your nomination into Headquarters. I mention this every two years; you can absolutely write me with any questions you may have about the process and the position.
Want to hear an interesting talk? Come to the Fairfield Police Station Monday, May 2 at 7:00 PM to hear Larry Reed AB1JC speak about The Flight of Discovery I, and Lessons Learned. “Three of us (AB1JC, K1MJM, and Eric Klaus) have been working with the Discovery Museum to Launch a High Altitude Balloon into near-space. Last September we wanted to Launch but didn’t want to risk the package we were working on with an inexperienced crew. We decided to launch a prototype – Discovery I – which I put together in a couple weeks. This is the story of how lots of stuff went wrong, but we got lucky and had a great flight. We have GoPro pictures and movies of the flight – falling at 185 ft/second at 89,000 feet! We received incredible support from the Amateur Radio Community throughout the flight, and that made a huge difference. Meeting at Fairfield Police Station (see gfara.com for directions) Social 7pm to 7:30 presentation at 7:30.
On that same day, I will be attending the celebration of the Southern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club’s 50th anniversary as an ARRL affiliated club in Amenia, NY. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Here’s another event on Monday, May 2. Sky Warn EC Roger K1PAI reminds everyone that a Sky Warn training session is being held on May 2 at the Bloomfield Seenior Center, 330 Park Ave, Bloomfield, from 6:30PM to 9:PM, taught by NWS, no prior registration required.
The CT Section extends heartfelt sympathy to Paul Gibson, N1TUP, president of the BEARS of Manchester, on the sudden death of his wife Ginny. Several CT ops were together at the breakfast of the BEARS of Manchester just the day before with Paul and Ginny. Paul, our prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We’re all here for you.
ASM Emeritus Al Cohen, W1FXQ reminds you that the annual meeting and spring luncheon of the QCWA will be on Saturday, May 14 at 11:30 AM at the Yantic River Inn, 270 West Town St., Norwich 06360. GUEST SPEAKER is the City Manager of Norwich (CT) John Salomone. He will speak of the current financial problems that ensnare cities, towns and the state. The topic is indeed timely and it will be interesting !
The New Haven/Middlesex County weather nets will be resuming the weekly Weather Nets on Thursday Evenings at 7:30 PM on the linked 442.500 and 145.290 repeaters. This will be a joint effort for New Haven and Middlesex Counties. SKYWARN Nets will be brought up as needed. Ed - WA1LEI and Bud (Bruce) - KC1EKA will be the Net Controls. Anyone interested in becoming a net control or the SKYWARN EC for New Haven or Middlesex Counties, should contact Steve Williams (DEC SKYWARN) at k1sjw at arrl dot net. The Shore Point Amateur Radio Club looks forward to continuing its support of the SKYWARN program!—Brian, K1SOX
The Region 2 ARES DMR net has been moved to Monday evenings at 2015 local on the CT-TAC 2 talk group. Contact DEC Douglas, WA1SFH for more information.
John WB2RYV is coordinating communications for the Bloomin’ Metric ride on May 22. Members of the Stamford and Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Clubs will be participating. DEC Paul WB2JVB points out that “this is an event where our radio services are critical and greatly improve the safety of the participants. We can always use some new people! Great event for new hams as well, since we pair them up with an experienced operator.” Many events pair new ops up with veteran ops so if you are new to this service, feel free to volunteer.
Members of the Valley Amateur Radio Association and Region 2 ARES will provide communications for the Parent Child Resource Center bike ride on May 15. Volunteers are needed; contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Jon, N1BDF showed the Valley Amateur Radio Association what he has started doing with the dongle DV4mini which allows you to connect via a digital radio to the various servers for DMR, D-Star or C4FM. They’re looking forward to a future presentation by Bill, N1AKF; lots to learn!
Members of the Greater Norwalk ARC heard a very interesting presentation by “the doctor” Joel Hallas on NVIS-- near-vertical incidence skywave HF propagation.
Have you listened to the new podcasts from ARRL by “The doctor” and Steve Ford? I have and they’re great! Every two weeks your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to email@example.com and they may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online through Stitcher (free registration required) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner guide at www.arrl.org/doctor. Look for the section labeled “Find the Doctor!”
You’ll find the podcast archive at www.arrl.org/doctor.
National Traffic System (NTS) Corner
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: March 2016
Schedule of NTS Nets
ARES CT REGION NETS
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