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
By Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
Outgoing Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC,
held what will probably be her last cabinet meeting
on August 18 at Paradise Pizzza in New
Britain. Betsey presented a special plaque to
Larry Buck, K1HEJ honoring his years of dedicated
service to her and to the section.
Also in attendance were Douglas
Sharafanowich, WA1SFH, Dana Borgman, KA1WPM, Steve
Ewald, WV1X, Barbara Lombardi, K1EIR, Ann Marie
West, K1STM, Rod Lane, N1FNE, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV,
Jonathan Bearry, WF1H and Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV.
By Douglas Sharafanowich, KA1SFH,
I took my Go Boxes and Go Kits to Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth to share the magic of amateur radio with Cub Scouts
- MFJ Practice Key (Hands on: to send the scout’s name in Morse Code).
Beside the Table on the ground
Stacked Rubbermaid Totes as an additional improvised
table with a Briefcase on top with
were 5 out of a possible 35 campers who stopped by
(briefly). I would say that at least 3 of them were
excited by what they did and saw there.
Non-Optional Scheduled Activity
Establishing a central location for maximum visual awareness and heightening natural curiosity.
banished to the “Back 40” (or perimeter) puts your
operation effectively in Siberia, and nobody will
#1 is Non-Negotiable
- Your trip becomes a time consuming exercise in Travel, Portable Station Set-up and Take-Down - with a few contacts made for fun.
Item #2: Organizers need your help with properly locating the GOTA Station.
- Even with agreement to Point #1, you still need to fight the Outer Mongolia syndrome and having scouts skip coming out to the GOTA Station.
PS: Jamboree On The
Air (JOTA) 2016 is Oct. 14-16
Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH
Youth Coordinator – Connecticut
Officials announced that the annual Hamvention event will relocate to the fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio after the Hara Arena closes. See the full story at http://www.whio.com/news/news/officials-to-announce-big-event-coming-to-greene-c/nr77W/.
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
Haven’t HF conditions been unbelievably difficult this summer? They sure test our operating skills. My Elecraft KPA500 is certainly serving me well in the region and area traffic nets and on TCC schedules of the National Traffic System. When it comes to conditions, we’re all in the same boat—hang in there and keep operating. Many are enjoying the openings on 6 meters.
Clubs and other field day groups have been reviewing their activity during Field Day and remembering the fun and always different experiences that took place that weekend. We sure could not have asked for better weather. Thank you to the many ops who sent me messages reporting activity. This year, I received quite a bit of FD traffic. I always enjoy hearing from you.
My twin Barb K1EIR and I traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the convention of The American Council of the Blind. We have a radio amateurs affiliate and, as usual, we had our meeting and activity. This year, Steve WA1RTB in the EMA Section and John NU6P in SCV gave a great talk on using the EchoLink app on the iPhone. There were several blind and visually impaired radio amateurs in attendance who learned about the accessibility of that app. I hadn’t used it before so I fired up and connected to the W1VAR repeater and had an enjoyable contact and great audio report.
We found DMR out in Minneapolis to be lots of fun. Thanks to Larry W1LAG who gave me a great resource for a code plug, DMR worked just fine.
We were thrilled to visit with our twin friends (not part of the convention) Janet K0JA and Janice K0JE at their home in Coon Rapids. We had hoped to put a park unit on the air as part of the NPOTA activity but the weather just did not hold up. Janet and Janice have done a great deal of work helping out the Handi Hams out there; they are both retired computer engineers. So twins visiting twins in the twin cities was exciting for us. We met them many years ago when they attended a “twins’ convention” in NJ then visited W1AW where the chief op suggested they come to our home and meet us—what fun! Amateur Radio is friendship.
And, sad to say, we lost a real friend in our Section as Randy Hale W1IN passed away after a brief illness. Randy was a very active operator who had a wonderful sense of humor, who enjoyed people, was a superlative engineer and enjoyed good conversation with so many of us. He was a very active member of the Shoreline Amateur Radio Club and was a fantastic auctioneer at their annual auction. I know you all join me in extending our sympathy to Randy’s family, SARC members and all his Amateur radio friends. He was a valuable member of our community and will be missed.
I just learned that Jim, K1VII, formerly of CT and more recently in VT, passed away. He was a life member of the Nutmeg Chapter 149 of QCWA. I remember working Jim many years ago. So sorry to hear this; I have no further information. We extend our sympathy to all his friends and family.
August 13 is the date of the summer luncheon of the Nutmeg Chapter 149 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association to be held at 11:30 at the Brookside Café, 26 Killingworth Rd., Higganum. I will be speaking at that meeting—here’s the scoop from the notice. “Retiring after 25 years as Connecticut ARRL Section Manager, She brings us highlights of a lifetime (almost) of devoted service to Amateur Radio.
She'll tell sad tales.... happy tales .......dramatic tales..... scary tales . . .” Anyone can come—you don’t have to be a member; just write to Gary firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 28 8:00-12:30 PM is the date of the Western CT Ham fest sponsored by the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association—please note the change in date. Come to the Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St., Newtown and join in the fun. Admission $7.00, indoor tables including one admission $15.00 tailgating $10.00 including one admission; children under 10 free. Talk-in 147.300(+) PL 100.0. For the full details including flier, go to http://cararadioclub.org/component/content/article/83-activities/123-hamfest. If you have questions, write to hamfest chair John email@example.com. Hope to see many of you there!
The weekend of September 9-11 is the annual New England Division Hamfest at the Holiday Inn Boxboro Woods, Boxboro, MA. Tickets are available—go to http://www.boxboro.org for full details. Get your tickets early to avoid the lines that weekend. Here are some of the details from the Convention chair: special hotel rate of $99 is available - call the hotel directly (not the national reservation line) at (978) 263-8701. Ask for the "NEH" rate. In addition to the exhibitors and flea market, we are putting together one of the best forum programs in the country. With topics from contesting to experimenting and everything in between, you are sure to find several topics for your interests. Be sure to check out and even operate the W1A special event station--Friday & Saturday 7AM-6PM, 9PM-Midnight, Sunday 7AM-12PM.
On Friday's DX/Contest Dinner, Keynote Speaker David Collingham, K3LP will speak on the VP8S South Sandwich & South Georgia DXpedition. On Saturday Night at the Grand Banquet, Keynote Speaker Radio Historian Donna Halper will speak on "Heroes of Amateur Radio, Past, Present, and Future".
Please come—it’s a great way to start out the fall. Division Director Tom K1KI, Vice Director Mike K1TWF and I are looking forward to seeing you.
Make sure to mark October 16 as the date of our State Convention at the Four Points Sheridan in Meriden. . I’ll write more details as the time approaches.
I did promise you some history about these last 25 years. So here are a few details.
When I began this journey in 1991, many of us were using modems and bulletin board systems. Remember those BBS’s? Dial-up modems called local community BBS’s and there was, in addition, an ARRL BBS with some field organization files on it. I remember the total frustration battling format details—we’d upload a file only to find the format completely changed—lines were short and nothing was the same as the original.
Clubs reported annually via paper. Every few months, I’d get an envelope with these very thin sheets of paper, one per club which was a third carbon copy and not easy to read. I always filed them so I could look up data and have someone read it when I needed it.
Section news was in QST—CT did well—we had 33 lines! Imagine that? What would we ever do with all this news today?
More next month. See you at QCWA and at the Western CT Hamfest.
by Mike Walters, W8ZY
August 6th, is the date of the annual Region 5 Simplex Drill for CT ARES. This exercise, designed and managed by Paul Gibb – KB1TOR, ADEC for Region 5, is designed to test the following:
This year we tested the following capabilities:
We had the following results:
We have proven that in an emergency we can hold a net across the large area that is Region 5 without the aid of the repeaters. The airborne repeater, while functional is only another available tool in the toolbox for emergency communications. The concept works and could be put into action if needed. A stationary simplex repeater can also be evaluated.
The test is an annual event and we will do a smaller version in February so we can compare winter conditions.
Thanks to Paul and all of the operators that manned the EOC stations across the region.
Job well done.
By Douglas Sharafanowich, KA1SFH,
Section Youth Coordinator
ALL Hams Welcome to Enter!
|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
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|
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
|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||
8 PM Local
Region 4 North (FM)
+ 600 Khz
PL 156.7 Hz
|Every Wed except 1st Wed||8 PM
after weather net
|146.400 simplex||1st Wed||8 PM Local|
Region 4 South
+ 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
+ 600 Khz
PL 100.0 Hz
2nd Wed of month
8 PM Local