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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

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

Governor Issues Amateur Radio Week Proclamation

                  Proclamation thumbThe 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 Doane, K1EIC@ARRL.ORG

Section News  (June)

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) Jon, WF1H

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH

Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS


This year is certainly a year of many changes with the retirements of President Craigie, CEO Dave Sumner and COO Harold Kramer. I, too, am retiring as Section Manager after just one or two months short of 25 years in this position. My retirement is effective October 1. I have very much enjoyed leading the ARRL Field Organization in CT; together we have accomplished much. I will talk more about our history in this news over the next few months.

On October 1, Chuck Motes K1DFS of Plainville will be our new Section Manager. ARRL will make this announcement at the end of august when the election cycle for SMs whose term ends on October 1 ends. Chuck Motes, K1DFS, earned his first license as KN1DFS in Westerly, Rhode Island in mid-1950. An Extra Class licensee, he has served as Connecticut’s Official Observer Coordinator for the past 8 years. Chuck is a member of Air Force MARS in Connecticut, and previously served in Navy MARS dating back to the 1970’s. His experience in emergency communications dates back to Civil Preparedness in Windsor Locks in the early ‘60’s, and as Chief Operator of the Farmington Red Cross station in 1993. Chuck has served as Planning Section Chief and Deputy Commander of the Connecticut Disaster Medical Assistance Team and deployed to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He also volunteers in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Flotilla vice Commander (Westfield, MA) and a Qualified Communications Watch stander. Currently he serves as Director of Health for Bristol and Burlington, Connecticut and as President of the North Central Connecticut EMS Council. He served as treasurer of the Insurance City Repeater Club for about 26 years and is currently a member of the Charter Oak Radio Society, an affiliated ARRL club. Chuck and his wife Rita N1KCJ live in Plainville, CT. You can read an article with picture on our Section page

Please join me in congratulating Chuck and thanking him for stepping up to this important leadership position. You can email

For my part, I plan to assist Chuck and offer my service in some different leadership capacity. I’m sure I will pursue new projects both on the Amateur radio and personal fronts.

Our focus during these next few weeks is preparation for Field Day. You can be sure I’ll be looking forward to working as many CT ops as I can. I really get excited when I hear club and individual calls I know from the Section!

Thinking about making contacts, Region 5 ARES supported the Litchfield Hills Road Race with 1500 runners over a 7 mile course using simplex, not an easy feat in this Section. Paul KB1TOR coordinated this effort.

DEC Douglas WA1SFH reported a very successful communications effort with the Tour de Cure race in Durham, even with a shorter volunteer staff than usual.

Did you read the article in June QST about the history of the National Traffic System (NTS)? Very recently during the FEMA-sponsored exercise called Cascadia Rising involving operators mainly in the northwestern part of the country, (partly covered in the June 9 issue of The ARRL Letter), NTS was very active in addition to ARES. The simulated disaster involved a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) and the resulting tsunami. There were about 40 operators handling traffic on digital, voice and CW. Operators in Alaska participated with their “special ops” CW nets. One goal was to get messages quickly from 7-land across the country in a timely manner. Transcontinental Corps (TCC) operators who routinely move message traffic between the Pacific area and the Eastern area delivered the traffic within 15 minutes, mostly on c.w. because of the poor HF conditions. There was particular interest in getting messages to Washington D.C. Some traffic had to be uploaded to the FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) website. Now these messages were very different from the normal—they consisted of numbers and letters, not words. And because of the very poor conditions, traffic from 7-land to the transcontinental corps ops was handled mainly on c.w. Accuracy was measured at 99.9%! Bravo to the NTS and ARES ops who participated. Both services, ARES and NTS, spent hours coordinating and executing the exercise. Congratulations to all.

This is yet another opportunity for those of you interested in public service communications to participate. We have some wonderful traffic nets here including c.w. in CT; you can find them all listed on as well as on the ARES web page For more information on this program write our Section Traffic Manager Anne K1STM,

See you next month.

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

KY SM visits CT State Convention


Alan Morgan, KY1O, Section Manager of the ARRL Kentucky Section, visits Section Manager Betsey, K1EIC at the ARRL CT Section Convention at the Meriden Sheraton.  Photo courtesy of Dana, KA1WPM

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.

Connecticut Gets New SM This Year

Chuck Motes

After 25 years of active service, Betsey Doane K1EIC, has decided to retire as Section Manager of the Connecticut Section of ARRL. Chuck Motes, K1DFS 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. See the Section News for June on this page for more details.  To contact Chuck, write to K1DFS@ARRL.NET.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: June 2016

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 44 36 2 82
N1URO 0 26 26 0 52
KB1NMO 1 27 4 0 32

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1HEJ 40 40 20 0 0 0 100
KB1NMO 26 32 20 15 0 0 93

Net Statistics
CN 26 55 66 WA1GGN
CPN 29 153 40 WX1T
ECTN 29 212 16 W1MCT
NVTN 30 165 47 KB1ZBH
Wescon 30 372 49 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
CT Phone Net (CPN) Sun. 1000 Local 3.965 Mhz
None / none
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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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,