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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
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 ct.arrl.org and on ct.ares.org. 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 http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator.
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
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®
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
During the move of our internet host, we
upgraded the Web Calendar to the most recent
version. It has some new features, but
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your upcoming events for all CT hams to see.
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National Traffic System (NTS) Corner
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: June 2015
Public Service Honor Roll
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