Welcome to the ARRL Connecticut Section Web Page
Here are some links to some important resources
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
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT 06062
firstname.lastname@example.org 860-747-6377 (night)
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
Anne M West, K1STM
Joseph P Wonoski, N1KHB
1121 W Lake Ave
Guilford, CT 06437-1350
(203) 457-9770, (203) 785-2998
from Betsey Doane, K1EIC
Section Leadership: K1EIC SM
ASMs W1FXQ – Emeritus; KD1YV, K1HEJ
OOC K1DFS PIC KA1WPM
SEC N1CLV ASECs N1FNE, K1BRF, AF1HS, K1VSC, W1GTT
SGL K1MK STM K1STM TC N1KHB.
This just in. I am deeply saddened to report that George Hart, W1NJM is a silent key. He passed away Sunday at age 99 at Avery Heights. A memorial service is planned late April. George founded The National Traffic System and managed theCommunications Department at ARRL for many years. We’ll share many memories in another letter. May he rest in peace.
I must also report that Emil KB1KMW is a silent key. I remember him so well; he was just licensed right before TopOff and spent his time doing whatever he could to participate at the staging area which was at the Colchester Firehouse. I saw him at other hamfests and at the Region 4 leadership meeting. He will be missed.
The Members of Region 4 ARES supported the 2013 O”Niantic 5K race in mid March coordinated by ASEC Bill W1GTT.
Tom WA2RYV is holding hands-on mentoring sessions for new hams at Waterford Red Cross. They are going well—between 11 and 15 participants come monthly to learn about procedures on 2 meters, practice message traffic handling, antenna building and more. Tom is having a good time too! Contact email@example.com info.
DEC Douglas WA1SFH gave two digital workshops—one on packet configuration and operation and another on Airmail, RMS Express and Winmore. The more versatile an operator you are, the more fun you’ll have and your ability to respond in an emergency will be greatly enhanced.
In club news, Jon WB2RYV gave a presentation to the Greater Bridgeport ARC on NBEMS and its use in emcomm. March 30 is the date for The Stamford Digital Boot camp which will be attended by members of Stamford and Norwalk clubs.
Roger NG1R gave a talk at CARA on
various logging programs. Many present use more than one program so
there was a good lively discussion about the various features of
each. It was noted that most programs run under Windows but
MacLogger runs under Macintosh and Ubuntu Xlog runs under Linux.
There is lots of software out there so find the one you like and
enjoy the technology. How nice it would have been many years ago
when we were all required to log every contact! Anybody remember
Chuck K0BOG and Steve WV1X gave a presentation at the meeting of NARL on the Amateur Auxiliary program through which official observers are appointed. You can read about this appointment at http://www.arrl.org/official-observer-1If you are interested in this program contact our OOC Chuck K1DFS firstname.lastname@example.org. We especially need official observers in Fairfield County. Ed Hare W1RFI will be giving a presentation at the Newington Amateur Radio League entitled The ARRL Lab: Trials, Tribulations and (tall) Tales at the next meeting on Monday April 1 at 7:00 Newington Senior Center. Ed is a wonderful speaker so if you have the chance, come on out!
I will be speaking at the meeting of the Stamford Amateur Radio Association on Thursday April 4 8:00 PM Stamford Government Center. Members of Greater Norwalk ARC and Fairfield ARA will be attending as well. I will talk about the ARRL Field Organization and related topics.
WECA (Westchester Club) has announced that they are going to hold a General Class training course starting April 16. It will be a nine week course meeting every Tuesday night (except that the 4th class in the series will be Weds 5/7 instead of Tues 5/6). The class meets at the Westchester Fire Training Academy, 4 Dana Avenue in Valhalla, and meets from 7-9pm. WECA has been very successful with their classes. They just finished an Extra Class training session and wound up with seven new extra class hams (including our own W3EIC). If you're interested, please contact Larrie Sutliff, W2UL at W2UL@WECA.org.
Paul N1II is looking for volunteers to support the upcoming Norwalk Regional Tree Festival. Norwalk and the surrounding towns of Wilton, Westport and Darien are all participating. Hams (with handi-talkies) are needed to guide people where to go, point them to parking and most important - hams would be the first friendly face visitors see - families and kids when they enter. If you don't have a radiowe will supply you with one. The event is at Cranbury Park on May 11. Task briefing would be at approximately 9:30 and the event lasts till 3. For those not familiar with Cranbury Park, it is located about a mile east of the Wal-Mart on Main Avenue (old Route 7) near the Norwalk-Wilton border. Please reply to email@example.com or N1II@arrl.net (with your name, call and telephone number). He still needs a few more ops so do it today if interested.
After this winter, we all need something to invigorate us. Here’s a note about something new from Eric KB1EHE. “If there is one thing that is an absolute constant in ham radio is that we all like to tinker, create, and innovate. It was the combination of this build-it-from-scratch mentality, and the passion for community service, that inspired me to become a ham in the early 70's.
As a youngster, I had wonderful Elmers teaching me the ways. And now we're opening the doors to statewide Elmer-ship (I just made up that word) and tinkerer's paradise. It will be open nearly 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. It is the "Makerspace" in downtown Hartford.
I've been part of the working group to start a Makerspace in Hartford. The doors are about to open. And it will be located in one of the neatest places you can imagine: the lower floor of the historic City Steam building. The location was chosen because it is central to all residents of Connecticut, has easy highway access, has secure parking, and offers street-level 24/7 accessibility. (For historical reference, the building was designed by the architect H.H. Richardson, opened in 1877, and housed the largest department store in Connecticut: Brown Thomson and Company.)
The paperwork is currently being filed to make it a 501(c) "non profit" organization. It is designed as a public service for the citizens of the entire region.
If you want to play, engage, create -- or even just socialize -- with your fellow hams and creative citizens and artisans, I encourage you to keep up to date on developments via the recently launched Web site: www.makehartford.com. And, for the very latest developments, sign up on the home page for e-mail updates.
This is a ham radio operator's paradise. And, even more so, I believe it can be a great way to inspire a whole new generation of hams. (There's no better way to excite a young mind than to demonstrate -- hands-on -- the magic of radio.)
Be part of the community. And please help spread the word to our fellow hams!” Now here’s this month’s exam schedule. Good luck if you’re taking a test! See you next month.
Milford CT 06460-3308
CT ARES is returned to Level 0 Inactive effective immediately.
My sincere thanx to all who supported our Level 2 Standby status during the Blizzard of 2013.
And in particular, thanx to all of the Skywarn spotters, net control stations, and coordinators who gathered "ground truth" observations for the National Weather Service.
Wayne Gronlund N1CLV
CT ARES SEC / CT-IMT4 COML
Posted 07 Feb 2013 at 19:05 EST
A Blizzard Warning is now in effect for all of Connecticut. Snowfall totals of 1 to 2 feet are predicted.
Winds up to hurricane force are possible. Widespread power outages are likely.
I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 2 Standby effective at 2000 EST this evening.
Please continue to prepare to assist our Served Agencies should the need arise.
Above all, stay safe!
Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV
CT ARES SEC
On 7 Feb 2013, at 13:49 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Based on the increasing likelihood that Connecticut will be impacted by a significant winter storm, I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 1 Alert effective immediately.
Please maintain good situational awareness as the storm develops by watching/listening to your preferred weather forecast sources.
Please be prepared to assist our Served Agencies if requested by ensuring your radio batteries are charged, vehicles and generators are fueled, etc.
The safety of you and your family should be your highest priority! Now is the time to make preparations to keep your family safe should you be asked to deploy.
I anticipate raising the activation status to Level 2 Standby later this evening. Remember, you should NOT deploy without direction from the appropriate ARES or local official.
Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV
CT ARES SEC
See the proclmation here (pdf).
The annual George Hart Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Betsey Doane, K1EIC, this Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 am. ARRL Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, will make the presentation at the Newington Amateur Radio League hamfest (NARLFEST).
The George Hart Distinguished Service Award is given to an ARRL member whose service to the League's Field Organization is of the most exemplary nature. It is named in honor of George Hart, W1NJM. Hart was a long-time Communications Manager at ARRL Headquarters and chief developer of the National Traffic System (NTS).
Selection criteria include:
The NARLFEST is at St. Mary's School, 652 Willard Ave., in Newington, CT. It runs from 8 am to 2 pm. For directions and other information, see http://www.narlhamfest.org/ .
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.
Mesh Networking Introduction
SM Betsey, K1EIC reports “Some of us have received emails from another Section about their work with mesh networking. Rod has given me a link to a nice video intro.
“And thanks Rod for the material.”
Here is another link.
QNI Newsletter December 2012
QNI Newsletter October 2012
QNI Newsletter September 2012
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
|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
|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 &
|8 PM Local
|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||
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,
8 PM Local
PL 156.7 Hz.
Region 5 North
|Na1RA – KB1AEV system||
7 PM Local
Region 5 South
|147.300 + 600 Khz
PL 100.0 Hz
2nd Wed of month
8 PM Local