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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

Assistant Section Manager emeritus
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
(860) 667-2864

Assistant Section Managers
Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
8B Kayview Ave.
Bethel, CT 
(203) 837-0143

Larry Buck, K1HEJ
262 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052-1623

Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Motes K1DFS 
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT  06062
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

Section Emergency Coordinator
Wayne R Gronlund Phd, N1CLV
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
(860) 441-2777,
(860) 739-6384

Section Traffic Manager
Anne M West, K1STM
42 Academy St. Apt. 102
Southington, CT 06489-3259
(860) 628-6454

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
(860) 704-9870

Technical Coordinator
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110

Section News  (March)

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

I regret to report that Walt Sebastian, WA4QXT is a silent key. I just heard from Kevin KA6PDG that Walt passed away at the Pendleton Health and Rehabilitation Center; he was only 68. Years ago, Walt was very active in both ARES and NTS, on the air each day. He used to help out at the Red Cross in New London in the Amateur radio room and was an active member of the CT Phone Net as well as the Eastern CT Traffic Net. He was a very fine operator and very much enjoyed Amateur radio both in CT and in Florida. His mom used to bring him to the picnics when we had NTS gatherings. He was as active as he could be at the Southeast CT Center for the Blind. Walt was an active member of SCRAMS; he was a past president. He has been, and will continue to be missed. May he rest in peace.

Thanks and bravo to the ECARA and Southington clubs for holding their hamfests this month. These events represent a ton of work so don’t forget to write clubs and say a special thank you. Tell them your stories—tell them how much fun you had.

The forums at the Southington hamfest were well attended—special thanks to presenters TC Steve W1SMS, OO Chuck KA1CQR and DEC George AB1GL and SEC Wayne N1CLV. The ARES forum was attended by over 55 volunteers this year!

SM Betsey K1EIC and SEC Wayne N1CLV were privileged to present a plaque to EC Paul Gibb KB1TOR in recognition of his outstanding service to ARES Region 5 and to Amateur radio in CT. Paul was instrumental in securing funding for EOCs in Region 5 to be equipped with amateur radio equipment, personally made sure that every town in Region 5 had the opportunity to have a radio, provided oversight to all the installations of the ICOM 7000’s installed in the region, was responsible for implementing the 6M repeater in Region 5, has designed and ran several region-wide exercises to test the communications capability. In addition, Paul organized numerous Tech Training classes and has worked tirelessly on behalf of amateur radio in general and ARES in particular. Paul narrated a very fine video which I personally viewed. The first part talks to emergency managers about the capabilities of ARES; the second part gives detailed instructions on the installation and setup of the IC7000 transceiver and the third part gives operators hints about operating their own stations in an emergency. I told the assembled ops at the ARES meeting that Wayne and I concur with the comments of Paul’s DEC Mike Walters W8ZY: “Paul has worked tirelessly to be the voice of ARES and Amateur Radio in the Region 5 government arena. His efforts have helped to make the region better equipped and better trained to handle emergency situations. Paul embodies the qualities that all of us strive to achieve. He is the true meaning of ‘VOLUNTEER’. Congratulations again Paul and thank you for outstanding service.

Paul recently gave a talk to The Southern Berkshire ARC regarding Emergency Management and Emergency Communications via Amateur Radio in the Northwest Connecticut Region. A member of The Northwest Hills Council of Governance, he primarily discussed the project to install Amateur Radio into Connecticut Region 5 Emergency Structure and the interface between the Connecticut towns and ARES.

Your Section dollars have gone toward the creation of a brochure about the ARRL Field Organization in CT which was handed out to many of you at the hamfest. Thanks to Douglas WA1SFH and Rod N1FNE for the help on the layout and the rest of my cabinet for editorial assistance and support. If you would like one, send a SASE to Public Information Coordinator Dana Borgman, KA1WPM, 72 Wetmore Ave., Winsted, CT 06098. Please put the word “Brochure” on the envelope to make mail sorting easier. Thanks. SM Betsey presented a certificate of appointment as our State Government Liaison to Jonathan WF1H and Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne K1STM gave Tom WX1T a certificate as the new net manager of The Connecticut Phone Net at the ARES meeting. Jim N1DIO, NM of this net since October, 1995 has asked to step down and Tom, new to traffic handling has agreed to learn on the job and take the Section net as NM. Jim did a very fine job as NM; we have all appreciated his cheerful way on the air each night and his absolute commitment to CPN and to the First Region Net with which CPN liaises. It is real important that we have representatives from CT check into the Region net to receive traffic coming back to CT and to take “through” traffic to the region net for further relay. Many thanks to Jim for service for many years and welcome aboard Tom. Thanks to the very hard work of ASEC Art AF1HS, the web site has been reworked. Visually impaired users will enjoy some new accessibility features, too. Enjoy the new look and feel!

The Section was pleased to see an article in the most recent ARES E-letter about our work in the blizzard this winter. If you haven’t seen it, go to and click on Current Issue.

Our clubs have been as active as they can be with this weather we’ve had; many meetings were cancelled this winter but members continue to communicate on the air and through their club reflectors. On Wednesday, April 1, the Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association will enjoy a presentation by noted author Paul Danzer N1II who will give a presentation on oscilloscopes. The meeting is at 7:30 at The Fairfield Police Station, Reef road. Paul will discuss the following topics: Scope Intro, application – Measuring PEP, a bit of history, old Scopes vs Digital Scopes, digital Scope Info, Software scopes –No hardware!

The announcement continues: “For those of you who have worked with scopes in the past, there's been a lot of change in oscilloscopes from what you may have used 10, 20, 30 years ago. Paul is going to talk about the major developments such as digital scopes and software scopes (for example using your computer as a scope). For those of you who are new to the subject, oscilloscopes are a major piece of test gear that can be used to observe your radio's waveforms to see if your rig is producing what it should be producing. Oscilloscopes are the go-to piece of test equipment for debugging problems with radio and other electronic gear.”

This Thursday, April 2 is the date for the meeting of the Stamford Amateur Radio Association. President John WB2RYV announces that this particular meeting will be in three parts: 1. Fred K1FC will talk about ecologically friendly amateur operations, with a focus on green antennas and energy sources. Some of the antennas may be especially useful for those whose operations are limited by Homeowners Associations’ restrictions. 2. Andy N2CN will debut the results of our efforts to develop crowdsourcing CW reception. This exciting new development will enable run-of-the-mill CW operators to work together to copy CW at contest speeds. 3. Jon WB2RYV will talk about a planned SARA DXpedition to one of the most difficult places on earth to get a QSL card. This meeting is held at the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, 6th floor 8:00 PM April 2.

Speaking of CW, Dan W1QK, assisted by Harlan W1QH and Roger NG1R, is running a CW course for members of the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association. This is an 8-week course for CARA members consisting of 16 1-hour sessions. It is expected that those who attend will be able to send and receive Morse code at a speed of at least 13 WPM. They have been granted permission by Rob Brownstein, K6RB, President of CW-Ops, to use their instructional materials and award a certificate of completion to those who successfully finish the course. Good work!

SEC Wayne spoke at the Meriden and Greater Norwalk clubs recently about ARES and the DMR network and toured GNARC’s new comm center. The Meriden Club is getting very focused on our annual Nutmeg Hamfest which this year will be held on October 18 so mark your calendars today!

SM Betsey K1EIC spoke at the Valley Amateur Radio Association on the topic of DMR. The small group assembled was engaged and seemed interested.

QCWA Chapter 149 announces their annual spring luncheon to be held on May 9 11:30 a.m. at Tommy’s Restaurant, 845 Saybrook Rd., Middletown. Fred W1CKV will speak about his trip to Antarctica. Fred is a wonderful speaker; you won’t want to miss this program.

Here’s a report of an exercise coordinated by ASEC Bill W1GTT in which operators from region 4 participated in really nasty snow. “The following amateurs provided communication support for the 8th annual O'Niantic 5k in East Lyme. Bill, W1GTT, Chuck KA1CQR, NCS Wayne N1CLV, Alt NCS Nancy W1NRR, Dave WA1IKN and his grandson Jackson, Jim AI1T, Ed KE1LV, Addie KC1DGF, ADEC Chip N1MIE, Chris KB1FUO, Jamie K1JSH, Bruce KB1KHC, Jeff N1ESA Larry WR1B, Tom KE1R Gabe W1GAP and Dave W1RED. Dave was the bicycle SAG and rode the whole course in a snow storm. The race was on Saturday, March 21st and was run in a cold and sloppy spring snow storm. 975 runners participated. 1200 had pre-registered. Net control was conducted from the Region 4 MCU.” Thanks Bill for the report—great work from a very dedicated team!

The Eastern VHF/UHF Microwave Conference sponsored by The Northeast Weak Signal Group will be held on April 17-19 at the Baymont Inn & Suites 20 Taylor Street Manchester. Talk-in 144.200; contact Mark K1MAP email Check out the club web site The RASON auction will be held on April 25 9:00 a.m. at the Gales Ferry Firehouse, 1772 Rt 12, Gales Ferry. Talk-in: 146.730 & 449.725 (PL 156.7) via N1NW repeater system. For further information, contact Gary, WT1SND This is an annual event that promises to be lots of fun so come on out and bid on just what you’ll need for needed antenna work or sprucing up the ham shack.

Congratulations to Assistant Section Manager Larry K1HEJ and Lee KB1NAL for appointments by NTS Eastern Area Digital Coordinator Dave WB2FTX as Digital Relay Stations. This is an NTS appointment; Rusty NM1k and Van W1WCG have both been digital relay stations in CT for many years. These stations relay message traffic on digital modes or from digital modes to voice and CW nets. Larry and Lee take traffic from an MBO in MA to the W1HAD or W1WCG systems; Rusty NM1K and Van receive traffic on digital modes for further relay. Van has run his packet station for many years and relayed traffic all over the country to designated NTS ops. The W1HAD, W1EDH, K1YON, N1URO and W1SP systems have been on the air for several years, some for over 20 years, for connection by users. N4GAA and N1API as well as K1UOL ran packet BBS’s for years and paved the way in the digital arena. Thank you all.

Help make ConnJam 2015 a big success May 16 in Orange. Section Youth Coordinator Douglas WA1SFH is coordinating this event. He has permission to use the call WA1BSA and needs volunteers as well as some equipment. There will be several thousand boy scouts so it’s a great PR and educational opportunity for Amateur radio. Please contact Douglas

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

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 -- .

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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.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: February 2015

Station Activity Report

NM1K 100 22 110 1 233
K1HEJ 0 26 35 2 63
KB1NMO 0 34 7 4 45
K1STM 0 11 6 3 20

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
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
CN 7 8 5 WA1GGN
CPN 28 169 23 WX1T
ECTN 28 197 18 W1MCT
NVTN 28 165 20 KB1ZBH KB1UAU
Wescon 28 365 83 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
WA1GGN West Haven
Western CT Traffic Net
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


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
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,

Every Monday

8 PM Local

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

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 . .  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,

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Section Manager's blog appears on CT section of ARRL site

See some very interesting short items and links at

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New Web server space for the ARRL CT Section kindly donated by Al Petrunti, KA1TCH,