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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
k1eic@arrl.org

Assistant Section Manager emeritus
Al Cohen, W1FXQ
42 Jeffrey Ln
Newington, CT 06111-1616
(860) 667-2864
w1fxq@arrl.net

Assistant Section Managers
Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
8B Kayview Ave.
Bethel, CT 
06801-1527
(203) 837-0143
kd1yv@arrl.net

Larry Buck, K1HEJ
262 Winthrop St
New Britain, CT 06052-1623
k1hej.buck@gmail.com


Official Observer Coordinator
Chuck Motes K1DFS 
22 Woodside Lane,
Plainville, CT  06062
motesc@southington.org
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
a@petrunti.com

Section Emergency Coordinator
Wayne R Gronlund Phd, N1CLV
11 Monticello Dr
East Lyme, CT 06333-1228
(860) 441-2777,
(860) 739-6384
n1clv@aol.com


Section Traffic Manager
Anne M West, K1STM
42 Academy St. Apt. 102
Southington, CT 06489-3259
(860) 628-6454
annejon1@allbraille.com


Section Youth Coordinator
Douglas Sharafanowich - WA1SFH
168 Housatonic Dr.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 494 3885
WA1SFH@ARRL.net

State Government Liaison
Jonathan Beatty, WF1H
9 Bellaire Manor
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 704-9870
wf1h@arrl.net

Technical Coordinator
Steve Simons, W1SMS
33 Ball Pond Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 733 2110
ssimons@manitousys.com

Section News  (February)

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


Greetings all! Sure hope you are keeping warm during this historically cold winter.

I had a note from Bill W1GYR from the Bristol Radio Club that Norm W1GNS has become a Silent Key. Norm was a life member of the CRA/BRC and one of the founders of the club. His obituary can be found at this link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?n=norman-a-riquier&pid=174190484&fhid=24277. I remember Norm and always enjoyed talking to him; haven’t seen him in years. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Former Section manager Pete Kemp KZ1Z reports that Pearl Lefferson KA1DKD, wife of Joe Lefferson W1LUH is now a silent key. Here’s is a short excerpt from her obituary, something truly amazing. “Pearl was active well into her 97th year. She swam with friends at the JCC three times a week, modeled outfits for the North Stamford AARP fashion shows and arranged their bus trips to the Mohegan Sun Casino on a regular basis, played duplicate bridge regularly and earned many Masters points, obtained her Amateur Radio (Ham) license (KA1DKD), and even made her Bat Mitzvah in 1991, at the age of 74. She was totally selfless, and would do anything for anyone in need.” I remember Joe and Pearl well—they both came to the traffic handlers’ dinners many years ago as Joe was active on the Connecticut Phone Net and very active in the Stamford Radio Club. Pearl never missed a dinner—we had lots of fun. May they both rest in peace.

The ARRL is seeking your input on the proposed ARRL HF band plan. Please be sure and read ARRL bulletin nr 011—go to http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-seeks-member-input-on-draft-hf-band-plan-proposals. Comments are due by April 19. Please give this your thoughtful consideration because this topic is important to our service.

Did you know? There’s a new repeater on the air. The Charter Oak ARC has a repeater on 449.375 MHz down 5.0MHz PL 141.3. Enjoy!

And read this from Eric KB1EHE. “In my never-ending quest to inspire new ham radio operators, with the permission of the PVRA I have put online technology that sends the audio output of the 146.79 repeater onto the Web. I have done this for a number of reasons, but most particularly so that the public can hear the SKYWARN nets.

I have many friends, family, and colleagues on social media that enjoy hearing me discuss amateur radio. But I have not had an easy way to demonstrate amateur radio to them. Then this idea dawned on me. And with the help of Rod Lane N1FNE, we built a small system at my house that receives the 146.79 repeater output over the air and then puts it out on the Web via "Broadcastify.com" -- a service of Radio Reference.

Here's the link to the continually streaming audio from the repeater: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/19550/web.

The squelch is on the radio that receives the repeater output, so you'll just hear silence until the repeater sends out its ID. There is also about a 30-second delay from the on-air transmissions to the time Broadcastify sends out the audio over the Web. This is normal, considering audio processing and Web transmission of Broadcastify. I should mention that this service is fully compliant with all amateur radio regulations, and is used by thousands of repeaters throughout the U.S. and around the world.

I intend to keep the service on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I have the output of the system connected to the Internet via a dedicated DSL line that holds up well even during big storms. The entire system is on an uninterruptible power supply. And my house has generator backup. So the service should be highly reliable.”

Dana KB1AEV also has his linked system on the Internet; go to http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/5041. Now the public can hear the Sky Warn nets on 146.79 in addition to the many ARES nets on the KB1AEV system of linked repeaters.

Here’s a note from the W1 Incoming QSL Bureau reported by Eric KV1J announcing their change of address. “The W1 Incoming QSL Bureau has a new address: W1 QSL Bureau PO Box 73 Marlborough, MA 01752-0073 Our email address also recently changed to w1qsl@w1qsl.org Our old Milford, MA PO Box will also remain active during this transition through 2015. For more information about the Bureau, please see our web site at www.w1qsl.org 73 and Good DX.--Eric KV1J”.

In club news, the Stamford ARC enjoyed a talk given by DEC Paul WB2JVB on DMR—Digital Mobile Radio. The Candlewood ARA did their annual card sorting task at their January meeting. The Greater Norwalk ARC has had their new comm center open on Saturdays even during this uncertain winter weather. Steve, K1RF, will present "Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Amateur Radio—An Overview". This talk will cover what SDR is, how it works, basic types, some examples of current equipment from low-end to high-end, how SDR has evolved, and how to access SDR radios on the internet for free. He will also show how to install an SDR program on your PC and play back pre-recorded SDR files, which allow you to "tune around" as though you were using actual SDR hardware. Technical Coordinator Steve W1SMS gave a talk on RF safety at the New Milford Amateur Radio Association at their February meeting. He has a small catalog of talks which he is willing to present to clubs—contact w1sms@arrl.net for information. The State Police ARC W1SP continues to work hard at expanding the CT ARES DMR network which they are administering. The Greater Bridgeport ARC had a successful winter field day right after a snow storm!

The Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association has just posted this announcement: “Please join us on Wednesday, March 4th on the second floor of the Fairfield Police Department, Reef Road in Fairfield at 7:30 pm as DEC Paul WB2JVB discusses ARES in Connecticut. He will describe how ARES serves our area and how we as hams can get involved.

Paul is the district emergency coordinator for ARES region 1 in Connecticut. Joining him at the presentation will be Wayne N1CLV, the Section Emergency Coordinator of all of ARES in Connecticut.

Paul will provide a nice overview of ARES from Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), public service opportunities, HF go kits, nets and relationships with groups such as the Red Cross.

Actively serving the public during emergencies is a cornerstone of the frequency allocation justification for hams so please take this opportunity to learn how you can contribute to this valuable service of our hobby.

As is customary, light refreshments including coffee, snacks and other drinks will be served.”

It’s hamfest time!

The Eastern CT Amateur Radio Association is sponsoring their annual flea market on Saturday, March 14 at St. Joseph’s Church Hall 350 Hartford Pike (101), Dayville from 8:00 a.m. to noon. There will be a VE session available. Check out http://www.ecara.net for information. Contact Peter K1NLX k1nlx@snet.net. Talk-in 147.225 (PL 156.7 Hz.)

The Southington ARC is busy planning the upcoming 32nd annual hamfest and flea market scheduled for March 15 at The Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St., Southington from 8:00-noon. Remember that the annual ARES meeting will take place there at 11:00 a.m. lead by SEC Wayne N1CLV and this year, several members of my Section cabinet will be making presentations throughout the morning! SGL Jonathan WF1H will do an APRS demo, TC Steve W1SMS will talk about RF safety, and DEC George AB1GL and OOC Chuck K1DFS will tell you all about how to keep your friends on repeaters! All the talks will be fun so don’t miss out. It will be a chance for you to meet and work with your leaders! Watch for more info on your club lists; I’ll put out another email before the hamfests. Go to http://www.chetbacon.com/sara.htm for full information. Reserve tables in advance for $15; on hamfest day $20. Send checks to SARA, PO Box 873, Southington, CT 06483. Proceeds are donated toward a scholarship in memory of silent keys who were members of the club. Talk-In: 147.345 (PL 77Hz. Contact John Rogus WA1JKR johnrogus@gmail.com.

Jonathan KB1KIX recently ran a class and reports the following new hams: Sean KC1DEF, Russell KC1DEG, Aaron KC1DEH, William KC1DEI, Arthur KC1DEJ, Nicholas KC1DEK, James KC1DEL, and Jack KC1DEM. Congratulations to you all—we welcome you! Talking about new hams and VE sessions, here’s a unique report from ADEC Vinny KB1JDX. “On Sunday I participated in a very unique, historical, and maybe record setting VE session on Mt. Washington. Those that know me are aware of my love for mountain climbing so it should be no surprise that when I heard that they were shorthanded for a Ham Radio licensing session at the highest point in New England, I jumped on it. As far as we are aware, this is the first VE session on the mountain and definitely one of the most remote test sessions that I have ever heard of. The test was given at the Harvard Cabin which is about a 2 miles hike up the mountain. To make things more interesting, the mountain is covered in snow! I was welcomed by cabin caretakers and fellow hams, Rich KB1WDW and Marcia KB1WEP. I was joined shortly afterwards by Greg KB1EZJ, president and VE Liaison for the White Mountain ARC. Because of the previous day's weather, we only had 4 people taking the test. Out of the 4, two passed and earned their Technician's license. The other two are planning on doing some more studying and retaking the test real soon. This was truly a rewarding adventure which I hope becomes a yearly occurrence at the highest point in the northeast.

Thanks for all the contributions this month. See you in March when hopefully the weather will be more comfortable.

 

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC
k1eic@arrl.org




Alert - CT ARES returning to "Level 0 - Inactive" at 2000, 24Jan15

Posted 24 Jan 18:15 EST; Published 24 Jan 21:45 EST

Greetings!

The fast-moving winter storm that produced heavy wet snow along with ice, freezing rain, and plain rain across Connecticut for the past 18 hours has pretty much taken its course. According to CL&P, only widely-scattered power outages occurred around our state. Nevertheless, some possible additional light snow and the expected freezing of standing water overnight remain a risk for both moving vehicles and pedestrians. 

Thanx to all of the Skywarn coordinators and spotters who collected and reported weather data for the National Weather Service (NWS) during this storm. And thanx to everyone who prepared for this storm and monitored the various amateur radio repeaters in case ARES assistance was needed.  


This activation provided an excellent opportunity to test the new CT-ARES DMR Network, especially the ALERT MESSAGE talkgroup that worked as expected. Increased usage of this powerful statewide communications resource is expected in the future!

The CT ARES activation status will be lowered to "Level 0 - Inactive" effective at 2000 (8:00 PM) EST this evening (Saturday, 24Jan15). 

Please stay tuned — more winter precipitation is likely later in the week!


Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV

CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.



Alert - CT ARES - Level 1 Alert

Posted 23 Jan 2015 – 1715 EST. Published 23 Jan 2015 – 2240 EST

Greetings! 

Most of Connecticut is currently under either a Winter Weather Advisory or a Winter Storm Watch. Based on the present forecast, we will be impacted by a coastal winter storm over the next 12-24 hours. From 4-6 inches of snow is expected across the entire state except in the Southeast corner. Sleet and/or ice are also likely in the southern/coastal counties.

I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 1 Alert effective at 2000 (8:00 PM) EST this evening, Friday, 23 January 2015.

Please maintain good situational awareness as this storm develops by watching/listening to your preferred weather forecast sources. 

Please be prepared to assist our partner 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.

Remember, you should NOT deploy without direction from the appropriate ARES or local official.

Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV

CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.






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 -- wf1h@arrl.net .

Audio file from Preparedness Summit in Atlanta Ga.

by Chuck Motes, K1DFS

Click here to listen to this presentation

I have downloaded an amateur radio presentation from the Preparedness Summit in Atlanta that took place on April 1 - April 4 this year.  It is audio only, and in MP3 or MP4 format.  It is about 11 MBytes.  I can get it over to you on CD this week (before Friday, as I'm out of state for a month starting the 3rd of May.).

The presentation is sponsored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.  You can see their website at NACCHO.org.  Check out Preparedness Summit 2014.

The Panel Moderator was Andrew R. Roszak, Senior Director of Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness & Catastrophic Response of NACCHO.

Presenters included Dave Cox, Director of Administrative Services, Oklahoma City, OK, and Ralph Dutcher, KD2BDZ, of Rochester New York.

This is an interesting presentation by two hams and a Public Health administrator.  There is audio presentation with slides available, but only to members of NACCHO at present.  I would need to talk to the owners for permissions to copy and provide to others such as ARRL.  I'll bet it would do nicely at the Centennial Conference of the ARRL in Hartford this July.

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See the Region 4 CT ARES Mobile Communications Unit at the ARRL Centennial Convention

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service ® (ARES® ) consists of licensed amateur radio operators (also called “hams”) who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur is eligible for membership in ARES®. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

In Connecticut, the ARES® Districts conform to the boundaries of the state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) emergency management areas. Region 4 covers the eastern part of the state (New London and Windham Counties). It is at the local level where most of the real emergency organizing gets accomplished, because this is the level at which most emergencies occur and the level at which ARES® leaders make direct contact with the ARES ® members and with officials of the agencies to be served. This Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) provides Region 4 with a rapidly deployable Amateur Radio Emergency Service® communications asset for our 44 towns/cities and 2 tribal nations.

The MCU provides ARES® trained volunteer emergency communicators with three VHF/UHF dualband Kenwood TM-D710A FM transceivers and one Kenwood TS-480SAT HF SSB transceiver in removable rackmount cases. These radios are capable of both voice and digital/data communications. Two Honda EU2000i ultra-quiet gasoline generators provide up to 4KW of “clean” 120 VAC electrical power. The basic 14-foot V-front trailer is made by Wells Cargo. Funding was provided by a grant from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security under the auspices of RESF-5 Emergency Management.

Region 4 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) 120 VAC Power supplied by two Honda EU2000i Generators (can be operated in parallel) ARES MCU interior showing the operator positions, the Kenwood TM-D710A VHF/UHF and TS- 480SAT HF radios in rackmount boxes. Two computers are running APRS, Airmail, and packet. Custom interior designed and built by Bill W1GTT, then Region 4 District Emergency Coordinator, now CT Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator.

Here is a link to some pictures of the unit.








Alert - CT ARES - Level 0 Inactive at 0800, Tues, 10Feb15

Posted 0800 10 feb 2015. Published 1255 11 Feb 2015 ET

Greetings! 

CT ARES is returning to Level 0 Inactive effective at 0800 this morning, Tuesday, 10 February 2015.

Many locations have coatings of ice on roads, walkways, etc — be careful out there!


Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV


Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472   Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.



Alert - CT ARES - Level 1 Alert

Posted 1953 08 feb 2015. Published 2055 08 Feb 2015 ET

Greetings!

Based on the various forecasts for the approaching winter storm which all indicate the potential for significant snowfall in parts of the state and/or icing in other parts, I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 1 Alert effective at 2200 (10:00 PM) EST tonight, Sunday, 8 February 2015.

Please maintain good situational awareness as this storm develops by watching/listening to your preferred weather forecast sources. 

Please be prepared to assist our partner 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.

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472   Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.



Alert - CT ARES - Level 1 Alert


Posted 1128 31 Jan, published 1335 31 Jan

Greetings!

Based on the various forecasts for the approaching winter storm which all indicate the potential for significant snowfall, I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 1 Alert effective at 1400 (2:00 PM) EST tomorrow, Sunday, 1 February 2015.

Please maintain good situational awareness as this storm develops by watching/listening to your preferred weather forecast sources. 

Please be prepared to assist our partner 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.

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472   Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.


Alert - CT ARES returning to "Level 0 - Inactive" at 1600, 27Jan15

Posted 15:36 26 Jan, published 17:33 27 January


The Blizzard of 2015 has pretty much run its course. Eastern Connecticut appears to be the big winner with regard to snowfall totals. There is still some light, blowing snow in Region 4, but radar indicates the storm is clearing to the east.

The two Red Cross Shelters in Region 4 that were staffed by Amateur Radio operators have closed. DECs please send me any information you have on any other use of Amateur Radio in EOCs, etc during this storm.

Thanx to all of the Skywarn coordinators and spotters who collected and reported weather data for the National Weather Service (NWS) during this storm. And thanx to everyone who prepared for this storm and monitored the various amateur radio repeaters in case ARES assistance was needed.  

This activation provided another excellent opportunity to utilize the new CT-ARES DMR Network. Increased usage of this powerful statewide communications resource is expected in the future!

The CT ARES activation status will be lowered to "Level 0 - Inactive" effective at 1600 (4:00 PM) EST this afternoon (Tuesday, 27Jan15). Time to start the snow blower!


Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV


Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472   Email: N1CLV@mac.com

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.



Alert - CT ARES - Level 3 Deploy


Posted 19:05 26 Jan EST. Published 21:03 26 Jan EST


Greetings!

The American Red Cross (ARC) in DEMHS Region 4 has requested CT ARES assistance with shelter communications at the East Lyme Middle School Regional Shelter. The ARC Waterford office (K1ARC) is also being staffed. ASEC Bill W1GTT is coordinating our response to this request.

As a consequence of this request, I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 3 Deploy effective immediately. Any other ARES Regions receiving a request for assistance should respond appropriately and then advise the ARES leadership.

However, NO ARES MEMBER should deploy without specific direction and assignment from the appropriate ARES leadership official (SEC, ASEC, DEC, EC) or local emergency management official.

Above all, stay safe!

Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV

CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com




Alert - CT ARES - Level 2 Standby

Posted 08:32 26 Jan EST. Published 21:00 26 Jan EST


Greetings!
A Blizzard Warning continues in effect for all of the Tri-State area. Light to moderate snowfall is expected to develop this afternoon with heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions expected in the evening, overnight, and into Tuesday morning. Snowfall totals in excess of 2-3 feet are forecast. 

Gusty strong winds and blowing snow are likely everywhere, with blizzard conditions expected along the shoreline. Dangerously cold wind chills are also expected.

I am raising the CT ARES activation status to Level 2 Standby effective at 1000 (10:00 AM) EST this morning, Monday, 26 January 2015.

Please continue to prepare to assist our partner agencies should the need arise. 

Remember, you should NOT deploy without direction from the appropriate ARES or local official.

Above all, stay safe!
Thanx & 73, Wayne N1CLV


CT ARES - SEC

Cell: 860-917-6472

Email: N1CLV@mac.com

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: January 2015

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NM1K 100 30 123 3 256
KB1NMO 0 30 5 0 35
K1HEJ 0 9 15 2 26
K1STM 0 11 8 3 22


Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
NM1K 40 40 30 0 15 10 135
K1HEJ 40 26 30 0 0 0 96
KB1NMO 40 35 20 0 0 0 95
K1STM 25 22 20 0 0 0 67

Net Statistics
NAME SESS CHKINS TRFC NM ANM
CN 18 20 0 WA1GGN
CPN 30 191 31 ---
ECTN 31 261 27 W1MCT
NVTN 31 149 21 KB1ZBH KA1UAU
Wescon 31 388 69 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
None/none
WA1GGN West Haven
Western CT Traffic Net
(WESCON)
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

ARES CT REGION NETS








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
Brooklyn
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,
Salem


Every Monday


8 PM Local

Alternate
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
Danbury

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 .  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuEUSnaVQGA .  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, N1FNE@arrl.net



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

See some very interesting short items and links at http://www.arrl.org/groups/view/connecticut

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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.








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