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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

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 .

Section News  (September)

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) Mike, K1MK

  • Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

  • Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

The weather makes it seem like summer but judging from the activity in the Section, fall is certainly here.  In fact, in just 2 weeks, on October 12, we’ll have the CT State Convention known as Nutfest—The Nutmeg State Hamfest and Flea Market sponsored by the Meriden Amateur Radio Club.

Here are the details.        The 22nd annual Nutmeg Hamfest and CT State ARRL Convention takes place Sunday, October 12 at The Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.  In addition to the opportunity to buy new radios, antennas and other accessories, they expect to have an embroidery company available for hats, jackets, and the like.  Dave Sumner and Joel Hallas will be on hand to conduct forums you will not want to miss!  Come to the CT Section ARRL Forum to meet your leaders, meet Director Tom Frenaye K1KI and Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF and catch up on the news.

You will not want to miss the fun with several interesting forums, VE Exams, emergency and public service communications displays, and great prizes.  And of course, our famous flea market with bargains galore.  You never know what great "treasures" await you!  The starting time is 8:00 a.m. so come on out and see your friends before the cold weather settles in.

If you are interested in selling, there is still space available; email vendors@nutmeghamfest.com.  The outside tailgating area will be expanded to meet the growing demand.   

For further information, go to http://www.nutmeghamfest.com.  Email questions to nutfest2014@nutmeghamfest.com.

Here’s a message from our SEC Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV:  “After getting consensus from the members of the CT ARES Leadership Council (CALC), I have decided to conduct the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) for the Connecticut Section during the weekend of 8-9 November 2014. Please mark your calendars!

Please pass the word to all ARES, SKYWARN, and NTS operators in your Regions and on your respective nets. And have them encourage ALL amateurs to participate in this important exercise!

There will be additional information passed via Discussion and on the CT ARES website (ctares.org) as we get closer to the SET dates.

See you on the radio for the Simulated Emergency Test on Saturday, 8 November 2014!!

Thanks & 73, Wayne N1CLV CT ARES – SEC.”

Do you plan to be in the Newington/New Britain area?  If you have a few minutes, do stop and see Bill Moore NC1L.  He is in good spirits but really wants visitors.  He is at The Hospital for Special Care, 2150 Corbin Ave, New Britain.

NEAR-FEST is October 9 and 10 at the Deerfield Fair Grounds, Deerfield, NH.  CONTACT: Warren Elly W1GUD Warrenelly@gmail.com    813-924-6096.  If you’re not familiar with this event, it’s a huge flea market!

On October 18, Douglas WA1SFH will be coordinating a JOTA event:  Disaster in East Scoutopia”.  We’ll learn more about this even next month.  You can help by contacting the scouts from your homes. The event takes place October 18 at BSA Camp Pomperaug, Union, CT (I-84 East, Exit 74) from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. 

The scenario goes like this:  Scouts wake up on Saturday, Oct. 18th to discover that the track of Hurricane OMEGA (Category 2-3) changed course overnight. Connecticut is devastated, and East Scoutopia (Camp Pomperaug) is effectively isolated from the rest of the world.  Roads are impassible and all modern amenities/conveniences have failed: Electrical Power, Telephones (Landline, Fax, Cellular, VOIP), Cable Service, Flush Toilets, Running Water, and worst of all…. NO INTERNET access.  This realization requires scouts to respond to the conditions they now face, and apply their Scouting Knowledge in order to help themselves and others survive until help arrives. 

There will be 4 JOTA Specific Activity Stations - Building 30’ Masts -  Building Single Band Inverted “V” Dipole Antennas. -  GOTA: Making Contacts and Having a Conversation “On-The-Air”.  -  Using Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF)/ “Fox Hunting” to find “The Lost Patrol”.

This is going to be a Fall Camporee that will be talked about for years, and YOU can play a big role in making it happen!  If you are willing to assist, please contact Douglas email wa1sfh@arrl.net.

Some members of the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association plan to work with the scouts at Hoyt Campground in Redding as part of JOTA.  This focus is one I encourage as many of you who can to get involved with.  Let’s expose the scouts to Amateur radio!     The Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association is having a presentation on October 1 7:30 PM at the Fairfield Fire Training Center on HF propagation given by Bruce, N1ZU.  Bruce will cover the major factors influencing propagation and signal degradation.  He will review the types of data used to forecast propagation changes and how this data is gathered.  Bruce will also discuss common sense ways to reduce signal losses.  Additionally, several freely available propagation forecasting programs will be demonstrated to the group.  For HF, planning DX with online, real-time information and for VHF/UHF, predicting line of sight contact probabilities using topographical mapping software, will both be presented.

The Meriden club helped with comms for the 2014 Fishbein/YMCA Road Race in Wallingford coordinated by Joe Hamm KC1BAQ and with help from DEC Douglas WA1SFH.  The day was great weather-wise and EC Joe KC1BAQ assembled a great Communications Team.  At the ARES booth, participants were thrilled to welcome QST Editor Steve Ford WB8IMY who took photos for his ARES files.  All went well, the YMCA folks were pleased, and ARES had a VISIBLE PRESENCE in the community with vests and the ARES Booth.

Want to learn CW?  Bill W1KKF is running a class on Monday evenings—contact him w1kkf@arrl.net.   The Stamford Amateur Radio Association will be helping out with comms for the Bike4Bikes charity bike ride at the end of this month.  Bike4Bikes is put on by Northeast Community Cycles, a 501c3 organization dedicated to promoting bicycling as a safe, fun, healthy form of exercise and an alternative means of transportation for both children and adults.  To date, they have donated well over 2000 bicycles to deserving adults and kids.  John WB2RYV is still looking for volunteers so if you can help, contact him @arrl.net.

The Southington Amateur Radio Association will be helping out with communications for the famous annual Apple Harvest Parade on October 5.    This event and the help from the club is a tradition that goes back for many years.  We’ll hope that the weather is perfect!

The Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club is busy working on their tower at their new comm center.

The Middlesex Amateur Radio Society participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life Ride mid-September.  Here’s a great report from their president Don, K1CMM.  “Hi All, Because all of you volunteered your valuable time the "Cycle for Life Ride" was successful beyond measure. Mac, W1FYM, George, AB1GL, DEC Region 3 Jonathan, WF1H, and Chris, KB1WOI, rode the SAG vehicles and provided vital communications to the CF Foundation Officials through the Com Center which was setup in our club's communications Trailer. Dug, KB1UVJ, Douglas, WA1SFH, DEC Region 2, Wayne, N1CLV, SEC Region 2 and Mark, K1PU were stationed at the rest stops and also did a great job passing the necessary traffic between the rest stop volunteers and the CF Officials. Together these HAMS were responsible for obtaining return rides for several exhausted cyclists and the location of three others who fell behind on the routes. Marian, AB1VS, and Anita, W1AMG, acted as the liaison between the Com Center and the CF Foundation Officials and as a result the messages to and from the Officials were handled very quickly. This was a difficult job for these HAMS as the Officials were extremely busy moving from one location to the other and back. Paul, K1PL, did a great job in the Com Center handling the heavy traffic that passed through the Center all day and dealing with the transmission problems that occurred. I was fortunate to be able to work with Paul in the Center. We used two Repeaters to cover the three routes, 147.030 for the upper half and the 145.290 to cover the lower half. 146.520 simplex was used to communicate with the Official liaison. We used and eleven element beam for the 145.290 link and a 3db vertical on the roof of the trailer for the 147.300 link. Handhelds were used for the 146.52 simplex link.

Our special thanks to Don Izzo, W1FYG, President Shoreline ARC, for the use of the 145.290 repeater without which we would not have been successful. Our special thanks to George, Anita, Wayne and Douglas for volunteering to help the MARS Members with this project. And our special thanks to Christine Urciuloi, CF Event Director, for trusting the Members of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Society and friends with providing the communications for the event. It was our pleasure to be part of this important community service.”

Members of the Insurance City Radio Club assisted ARES with the Calhoun Cancer bike ride and provided comms for the MS Hartford ride.

Members of the Ridgefield Communications CERT group and the CARA radio club are planning to participate in the Wolf Pit Half Marathon on October 5th.  They participated last year with much success.       DEC George AB1GL is announcing the NARL technician class.  Here’s his note:  “The NARL club is holding a Technician class Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from October 7 to December 2.  The club is charging $50, which includes a copy of the League's textbook, the VE exam session fee, and the remaining five bucks or so will offset some of the cost of renting the classroom at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center, with the club subsidizing the rest.

I will mostly follow the League's instructional agenda, but with an emphasis on hands-on demonstration with working components, antennas, test equipment and radios.  I will also show video clips that best illustrate concepts that are otherwise hard to explain.  I can't guarantee my students will pass the license exam on their first try, but by golly I will have shown them what fun amateur radio can be.”

SEC Wayne N1CLV has been appointed to serve on the ARRL ARES Manual Working Group coordinated by Mike Corey KI1U Emergency Preparedness Manager.

Here’s an announcement from ARRL.  Nominations are open for the 2014 ARRL International Humanitarian Award http://www.arrl.org/international-humanitarian-award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.   A committee appointed by the League's President recommends the award recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.   Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio's unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide to people in need.   Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's actions that qualify the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or state emergency management official) that benefited from the nominee's particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the names and addresses of all references.   All nominations and supporting materials for the 2014 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA. Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2014. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient or decide to make no award.   The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues. 

I regret to report that Len KB1TJC and Gene W1QJL both became silent keys in September.  Len was a member of the Meriden ARC and Gene, a member of the Nutmeg Chapter of QCWA.  May they both rest in peace.

ARRL Connecticut Section

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

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.








Young Hams Launch High Altitude Balloon with Radios

by George Main, W1GIV

My name George Main (W1GIV) and I am a high school student in the Norwich Free Academy Ham Radio Club (W1HLO) located in Norwich, CT. Along with our advisers Mr. Girasoli (W1TTL), Mr. Hough (KB1ZIV), and Mr. Monroe (KC1CEV), the other members of the club and I worked to launch a High Altitude Balloon last May.

Included in the balloon was a 10m morse code beacon (which stopped working a few minutes after launch), a APRS transmitter, and a digital camera.

We launched the balloon on NFA Day (a day that our school hosts to "Celebrate NFA"). We sent it up with two balloons because one was not enough to lift it. After a 6 hour flight and an altitude of 80,000ft, it slowly descended to land in northern Vermont, close to the Canadian border.

We contacted multiple people that lived near where the balloon was thought to land, but we were not able to recover it.

On Monday October 6, 2014 Mr. Girasoli received a call from a hunter in Vermont that came across the box in the middle of the woods. He shipped the package back to us and after 5 months we had finally found our balloon!

Here are some pictures of the balloon, some video from when it was up in the sky, and a link to the path that it took.



APRS.fi Track (Zoom out for the entire track): http://aprs.fi/#!call=a%2FW1HLO-1&timerange=86400&tail=86400

Youtube Video (The camera only recorded for 30 minutes before it ran out of space on the SD card): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APgH1ylp3HQ

We sent this to you because we thought you would be interested in hearing about our ham radio adventures. We plan on launching another weather balloon this year, learning from our mistakes to hopefully make this one better than the last.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

73!
George Main IV (W1GIV), Hollis Barker (KC1AKP), Hayden Murphy (KC1CEU), Konggapun Fungfuangfa, Josiah Babbitt (KC1AKQ), Julia Breen (KC1AKR), Rowan, and our advisers.


National Traffic System (NTS) Corner

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: September 2014

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NM1K 100 30 113 2 245
K1HEJ 0 29 55 0 84
KB1RGQ 1 27 9 5 42
K1MLG 0 20 17 2 39
KB1NMO 0 33 3 2 38

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1MLG 40 39 20 40 0 0 139
KB1RGQ 40 40 20 0 0 20 120
NM1K 40 40 30 0 0 10 120
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
KB1NMO 40 38 20 0 0 0 98


Net Statistics
NAME SESS CHKINS TRFC NM ANM
CN 16 17 2 WA1GGN
CPN


N1DIO
ECTN 29 244 25 W1MCT
NVTN 30 200 15 KB1RGQ KB1UAU
Wescon 30 426 81 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) 147.505-1Mhz PL 77 W, Haven 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