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
Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Motes K1DFS
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT 06062
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
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110
The 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
from Betsey Doane, K1EIC
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;
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 http://ct.arrl.org.
Please join me in congratulating Chuck and thanking him for stepping up to this important leadership position. You can email email@example.com.
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 http://ct.arrl.org as well as on the ARES web page http://ctares.org. For more information on this program write our Section Traffic Manager Anne K1STM, firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you next month.
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
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: May 2016
Public Service Honor Roll
Schedule of NTS Nets
ARES CT REGION NETS
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