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Who's getting it done for you?
Chuck Motes, K1DFS
22 Woodside Lane
Plainville, CT 06082
Section Manager and Assistant Section Emergency
Wayne R Gronlund Phd, N1CLV
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
Betsey Doane, K1EIC
92 Mohegan Rd
Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
8B Kayview Ave.
Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Newman, NA1CN
Dana Borgman, KA1WPM
72 Wetmore Ave
Winsted, CT 06098
Public Information Coordinator
Albert E Petrunti, KA1TCH
77 White Pine Rd
Torrington, CT 06790-2354
Section Emergency Coordinator
Mike Walters, W8ZY
Anne M West, K1STM
42 Academy St. Apt. 102
Southington, CT 06489-3259
Sharafanowich - WA1SFH
168 Housatonic Dr.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 494 3885
Jonathan Beatty, WF1H
9 Bellaire Manor
Cromwell, CT 06416
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110
Welcome to New Hams
Larry Buck, K1HEJ
262 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052-1623
Section Manager Chuck Motes, K1DFS
your new Section Manager, it is a distinct
privilege to serve the amateur radio community of
Connecticut. Before getting to announcements,
however, credit for where we are and our future
direction need to be acknowledged.
Doane, K1EIC, has served Connecticut and the ARRL
for 25 years, as Section Manager. That is a
singularly excellent record! Her devotion to ham
radio, hard work on our behalf and forward sight
has placed us in an excellent condition both as an
avocation, and in the eyes of the state of
Connecticut. She has encouraged contesting,
participated in Field Days galore!, been at the
front of traffic handling in and out of
Connecticut, pushed for S.E.T. exercises and
wholeheartedly worked in and supported ARES.
Betsey may say that this has been accomplished
with the help of many others, and that’s true. But
it still takes foresight and leadership. Thank you
may have retired as S.M., but she’s only taken a
step back and a couple of breaths. At my request
she has agreed to serve as Assistant Section
Manager, and will act as SM in my absence or
inability. She will serve in a smooth transition
and continuity of operations going forward.
Gronlund, N1CLV, has served as Section Emergency
Coordinator for a number of years, and is
currently the representative of amateur radio in
Connecticut to the State Interoperability
Committee. He will continue in that capacity as an
Assistant Section Manager – and will wear a second
hat as an ASEC in Region 4. Wayne and a number of
other hams have helped in the build-out of a
Digital Mobile Radio network (with the state
Police) throughout Connecticut. This network is
principally an ARES resource. Wayne’s successor is
Mike Walters, W8ZY, with a wealth of knowledge and
experience in emergency communications. Welcome
Chuck Newman, NA1CN, from Southeastern
Connecticut is your new Official Observer
Coordinator. Chuck has served as an OO for a number
of years and has been very active in addressing
issues of compliance with FCC regulations and
amateur behavior on-the-air. Thanks, Chuck.
Buck, K1HEJ, has retired as an Assistant Section
Manager, but has agreed to continue with the
“Welcome” letter to new hams. It’s a great
introduction to our new members in the hobby,
giving them some hints on what they can do and who
they can talk to. Larry is also a Packet “Guru” of
great experience, and will continue to help in
remainder of the Section Cabinet is comprised of
people who have served admirably for a number of
years, and will continue the service and tradition
in Connecticut. Thank you all for staying on. We
will do well together over the next years. So,
most of the people who have been helping out and
keeping things moving are still on board, and we
have a couple of new members to add.
Connecticut Section ARRL Cabinet is as follows,
SM: Chuck Motes,
AL, W1FXQ; Betsy, K1EIC: Jim,
KD1YV; Wayne, N1CLV
PIO: Dana, KA1WPM
N1FNE; Brian, K1BRF; Art, AF1HS;
SGL: Jon, WF1H
STM: Ann, K1STM
TC: Steve, W1SMS
Welcome to New
Hams: Larry, K1HEJ
have lots to do over the next three months:
24th Nutmeg Hamfest on October 16th
(see you there!)
exercise in sending “County Reports” to military
stations on 60 meters, October 31st-November
plans for a S.E.T. with ARES and NTS? Stay tuned!
in with plans for the next year.
and state traffic nets.
nets and preparation for the winter storms
(electrical outages, ice storms, emergency
the meantime, if there are questions and
suggestions, send an email.
Chuck Motes, K1DFS new Section Manager for CT
K1DFS takes the lead as new Section Manager for
the CT Section of ARRL. He was elected to
fill the position beginning with the October 2016
term. Chuck's ham career spans 7 decades, and he
has an exemplary background in public service as
well as emergency communications. Chuck and his
wife, Rita N1KCJ, live in Plainville, CT.
To contact Chuck, write to K1DFS@ARRL.ORG.
Honors Veteran Section Manager Upon Her Retirement
Retiring ARRL Connecticut Section Manager
Betsey Doane, K1EIC, was honored on September 10
at the New England Division Convention in Boxboro,
Massachusetts, for her many years of service.
the full article.
Close-up of plaque showing special
Betsey Doane, K1EIC, proudly displays plaque
Photo courtesy of Steve Ewald, WV1X.
Photo courtesy of Steve Ewald,
SM's Cabinet Meets; Hears ARRL CEO NY2RF
By Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
Assistant Section Manager
Outgoing Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC,
held what will probably be her last cabinet meeting
on August 18 at Paradise Pizzza in New
Britain. Betsey presented a special plaque to
Larry Buck, K1HEJ honoring his years of dedicated
service to her and to the section.
Special guests Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, new ARRL CEO
(pictured below) and Tom Freneye, K1KF, New England
Division Director presented to the group.
Also in attendance were Douglas
Sharafanowich, WA1SFH, Dana Borgman, KA1WPM, Steve
Ewald, WV1X, Barbara Lombardi, K1EIR, Ann Marie
West, K1STM, Rod Lane, N1FNE, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV,
Jonathan Bearry, WF1H and Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV.
Issues Amateur Radio Week Proclamation
Honorable Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a 2016
Proclamation honoring Amateur Radio Week, and Field
Day. Click on the thumnail to the left for the
full image (PDF).
To obtain the full text version, write to SM Betsey
National Traffic System (NTS) Corner
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: September 2016
Public Service Honor Roll
Schedule of NTS Nets
Phone Net (CPN)
||M - S
None / none
Phone Net (CPN)
None / none
CT Traffic Net
CT Traffic Net (ECTN)
VHF Traffic Net (NVTN)
Traffic Net (NVTN)
|Thu through Tues
ARES CT REGION NETS
|HF Admin Net (SSB)
|State wide VHF (FM)
– N1FNE – NA1RA System
|Region 1 (FM)
– 600 Khz PL 100,0 Hz
||1st Monday of month
DCS 073, Woodbridge
600 PL 110.9 Hz Killingworth
|446.925 – PL
Region 3 (FM)
– N1FNE systems
8 PM Local
Region 4 North (FM)
+ 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz
|Every Wed except 1st Wed
after weather net
Region 4 South
+ 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz,
8 PM Local
PL 156.7 Hz.
Region 5 North
7 PM Local
Region 5 South
+ 600 Khz
PL 100.0 Hz
2nd Wed of month
8 PM Local
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
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.
(SM) Chuck K1DFS
(ASMs): Emeritus Al, W1FXQ; Betsey, K1EIC; Jim, KD1YV
Observer Coordinator (OOC) Chuck, NA1CN
Information Coordinator (PIC) Dana, KA1WPM
Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Mike, W8ZY
(ASECs): Rod, N1FNE; Brian, K1BRF; Art, AF1HS; Wayne, N1CLV
Government Liaison (SGL) Jon, WF1H
Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM
Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH
Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS
From last month's report by Betsey, K1EIC
The first thing I want to say is a big
thank you to our Division director Tom Frenaye K1KI and vice director
Mike Raisbeck K1TWF for the beautiful plaque on the occasion of my
retirement as SM, their kind words and their thoughtfulness. I want
to thank all of you for your wonderful notes of congratulations and
friendship. Special thanks to the many volunteers who served on my
cabinet; I appreciated their counsel, dedication and good work. When
any one of us receives an award, we’re all uplifted and should
share in the celebration because our work depends on the support of
others. Our programs in CT continue to be dynamic because of your
enthusiasm and teamwork. Thus, you enhance Amateur radio and enjoy
the camaraderie our hobby and service provides. The Section has
close to 50 active ARRL clubs and strong ARRL programs. As a group,
you appropriately demand activities that keep you moving forward with
technical and operating training.
It truly has been a privilege to lead
this Section these last 25 years. Together, we have had a lot of
fun at both small and large events. Each of you has your own
memories of a variety of Amateur radio experiences. These
newsletters are archived on the ARRL site so if you are so inclined,
browse through them and read about our involvement in Special
Olympics 1995 which involved every program in the field organization
(see “The 1995 Special Olympics World Games” QST October, 1995 p.
24), TOPOFF 3 in 2005
“Spring training” (Section news April, 2009) in 2009, very many
public service events, excellent simulated emergency tests and work
in real emergencies during hurricanes and snow storms, the excitement
of new modes including large packet boards prevalent in the early
1990’s, Winlink, the rapid rise of DMR in CT, mesh networking, and
so much more. I can tell you for sure that each of my SECs and I
always enjoyed coming to your field day sites, witnessing your
creativity, operating a bit, sharing some food and of course, hamming
it up by way of some great in-person QSOs. What fun!
Now, there’s even more fun coming.
It’s time for the Nutmeg Hamfest, our State Convention sponsored by
the Meriden Amateur Radio Club. Read about it in this note from
John, N1GNV: “Hi Friends:
The Twenty-Fourth Annual Nutmeg Hamfest
will take place on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 Southern New England's
Biggest and Best Hamfest!
Where: The Sheraton 4-Points Hotel,
275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT.
When: Vendor Setup and Tailgating at
6AM. Exhibits open at 8AM
What: New and Used Ham Radios,
Accessories, Electronics, Surplus, etc. Interesting Forums and
Displays; VE Testing, Connecticut State ARRL Convention, and much
More: As many of you know, Betsey,
K1EIC has retired after 25 years as ARRL CT Section Manager. Take
this opportunity to thank her and to welcome incoming SM Chuck Motes,
K1DFS at the ARRL forum.
Sky warn Coordinator Steve Williams,
K1SJW, will offer an overview of Ham Radio's invaluable assistance
when severe weather strikes.
And Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will have a
great presentation on JT-65 and other digital modes. Don't miss this
one! Attention Sellers: We still have a few prime indoor tables
available. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete information on our Website,
Thanks and 73, John Bee N1GNV”
You also know that SEC Wayne Gronlund,
N1CLV is retiring from this position after eight years of excellent
service to the Section. At the ARRL Forum, I will be presenting an
engraved plaque to Wayne so please come at 9:00 AM and celebrate
DEC Douglas WA1SFH will be on hand to
coordinate the “go kit” competition at the ARES booth so get your
kits ready and share your ideas with others. For rules and
information, go to v http://tinyurl.com/j7xdcss.
The day before, Saturday, October 15,
is also important. You have all spoken about getting more young
people into Amateur radio. Now Section Youth Coordinator Douglas
WA1SFH has an opportunity for you to do just that. He needs your
help so please read on.
“I have been asked by 3 SEPARATE BSA
CAMPS to coordinate support for HF and VHF/UHF Amateur Radio stations
for the Boy Scouts to participate in this “non-competition” event
at each Camp.
This is a “captive audience” for
us, and for many scouts this will be their first encounter with
Amateur Radio. It is a great opportunity for us to “spark” their
imagination and help them to start building the dream about being a
Ham. (Have you seen the ARRL brochure for kids, “22 Things You Can
Do”?) We are looking for 3 complete stations (preferably 4), with
3-4 operators for each location. It is a full day of Radio Fun as you
introduce 200-250 scouts to our great hobby.
Locations: Goshen, New Hartford,
Redding. Status (9/20/16) REDDING The Greater Norwalk Amateur
Radio Club (GNARC) has graciously agreed to bring 2 full stations and
operators here. - Still looking for a Club (or other folks) to bring
and operate a 3rd complete station.
Imagine being able to introduce over
200 kids to our great hobby in just one day! But to do that, we need
YOUR HELP. The Camps in Goshen and New Harford are beautiful in
October and provide a wonderful day ‘in the country’. So, no
matter where you live, you will have a great experience just by
coming out for the day.”—WA1SFH To volunteer your Club or to sign
up individually, please contact Douglas at: ConnecticutSYC@gmail.com.
Now I will say 73 as the author of
these monthly newsletters and want you to know how much I have
appreciated your comments about the news over the years. Many thanks
to the ARRL staff, especially Steve Ewald who is unbelievably
helpful. He is never too busy for leaders in the field. I know that
you will give our new SM Chuck Motes, K1DFS your help and support.
I’ll see you on the air, on the nets and at hamfests.
As I said when I received the award at
the Division Convention, I thank my family and close friends for
their encouragement and, most of all, God for the ability to lead
this great Section.
As I assume the helm of Connecticut Section, I’m going to need your help in keeping this site up to date with the latest news and activities. Betsey, as ASM, will still be very active in Section work, and both of us will see you on the air, on the nets and at hamfests.
Manager: Charles I. Motes, Jr., (Chuck), K1DFS
Ham Activation at
By Douglas Sharafanowich, KA1SFH,
Section Youth Coordinator
my Go Boxes and Go Kits to Deer Lake Scout
Killingworth to share the magic of amateur radio
with Cub Scouts
5' Table loaded with:
- VHF/UHF Go Box, (Voice
and Packet Radio capable)
- HF Go Box (ICOM 706 mk II G with LDG Z-100
- Globe (Visual Prop)
Practice Key (Hands on: to send the scout’s name in
the Table on the ground
Stacked Rubbermaid Totes as an additional improvised
table with a Briefcase on top with
- a 100 Amp Hour Deep Cycle
Jackite 30' mast retracted to about 26' ( top 2
strength). This had a Yo-Yo
V antenna (inverted
V fan dipole) set for 40m & 20m. Fed with 50' of RG-8x
VHF/UHF: tripod, 16' mast, Dual Band 5' 8"
vertical. Fed with 50' of 1/2" Low loss Bury/Flex
I used one side of my car
to mount the world
callsign map and a trifold with various brochure
covers as visual props. Note to self: Pack QSL
Card Displays. LOL!
were 5 out of a possible 35 campers who stopped by
(briefly). I would say that at least 3 of them were
excited by what they did and saw there.
Non-Optional Scheduled Activity
Make certain that the GOTA station is a part of the
non-optional “Scheduled Activities” on the day’s
- While I had thought this was a done deal, it
turned out that Tuesday afternoon was an “Optional
This will be addressed at the Camp Debrief.
#2: Location - Location - Location
a central location for maximum visual awareness and
heightening natural curiosity.
banished to the “Back 40” (or perimeter) puts your
operation effectively in Siberia, and nobody will
This will also be addressed at the Camp Debrief.\
#1 is Non-Negotiable
If the organizers are not willing to do this, then
don’t bother going any further in discussions.
Without Item #1 being chiseled in stone, the Amateur
Radio GOTA Mission is doomed.
trip becomes a time consuming exercise in Travel,
Portable Station Set-up and Take-Down - with a few
contacts made for fun.
#2: Organizers need your help with properly
locating the GOTA Station.
with agreement to Point #1, you still need to fight
the Outer Mongolia syndrome and having scouts skip
coming out to the GOTA Station.
PS: Jamboree On The
Air (JOTA) 2016 is Oct. 14-16
- The Big Day is Saturday, Oct. 15.
Sharafanowich – WA1SFH
Youth Coordinator – Connecticut
Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Dayton Hamvention Moves
to New Home in 2017
Officials announced that the annual
Hamvention event will relocate to the fairgrounds in
Xenia, Ohio after the Hara Arena closes. See
the full story at http://www.whio.com/news/news/officials-to-announce-big-event-coming-to-greene-c/nr77W/.
VHF drill includes airborne repeater
by Mike Walters, W8ZY
DEC Region 5
August 6th, is the date of the annual Region 5 Simplex
Drill for CT ARES. This exercise, designed and managed by Paul Gibb –
KB1TOR, ADEC for Region 5, is designed to test the following:
- Activate as many of the EOC stations in Region 5 as possible.
- Man those stations with ARES operators.
- Test the ability to communicate on through a directed net
controlled from Winchester Center.
This year we tested the following capabilities:
- 2 meter simplex test to stations all over the region with relays
designated as needed.
- Test an airborne 2 meter simplex repeater carried aloft by the
Danbury Civil Air Patrol.
- Test a 40 meter SSB net among stations with HF capability.
We had the following results:
- Approximately 75 operators in a total of 35 locations
- The 2 meter simplex test proves that we can operate over a large
area without the repeaters.
- The airborne repeater worked very well in allowing communication
with distant EOC’s.
- An APRS tracker on the plane allowed real-time tracking so we knew
where the plane was.
- When the plane was in a turn the antenna picture changed and
reception on the repeater changed.
- As expected 40 meters was challenging with only local traffic.
Most stations have NVIS antennas.
We have proven that in an emergency we can hold a net across the
large area that is Region 5 without the aid of the repeaters. The
airborne repeater, while functional is only another available tool in
the toolbox for emergency communications. The concept works and could
be put into action if needed. A stationary simplex repeater can also
The test is an annual event and we will do a smaller version in
February so we can compare winter conditions.
Thanks to Paul and all of the operators that manned the EOC
stations across the region.
Job well done.
The Great 2016 “GO BOX” Competition
By Douglas Sharafanowich, KA1SFH,
Section Youth Coordinator
ALL Hams Welcome to Enter!
October 16, 2016 Hours: 8:30 am – 10 am
NUTMEG HAMFEST 2016
Sheraton Four-Points Hotel, 275
Research Parkway, Meriden, CT
Get organized to “Go
- Eliminate the last minute hunting for gear
- Banish the frustration of not having what you
need at the operating site… because it is still back at the home
The “Go Box” is probably the best way to organize
your radio equipment for those times when you want to (or need to)
“Grab-‘n-Go” for Portable Operations such as:
- Day Trips
- Weekend Get-Aways
Public Service Events
- ARES Drills/Exercises
- Real World
DETAILS, ENTRY RULES and OTHER
have a “Go Box”? Get Started and Build one! You’ll
be glad you did. ;-)
Sponsored by: CT ARES –
Sharafanowich – WA1SFH
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,
this link to the Pictures Pag
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