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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

Section News  (September)

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

October is right around the corner which means so is the Nutmeg Hamfest! Yes, our State Convention is on Sunday, October 18 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM at the Sheraton Four-Points Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden. Admission $7, children under 12, free; tailgaters $10; indoor tables $20. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor space available for buying and selling and lots of prizes too so come on out and join the fun! VE sessions will be given—registration is preferred. Contact Don KE1AY dmitchell1273@SBCGLOBAL.Net. Talk-in 147.36/R +600 no PL.

You won’t want to miss the forums and a special presentation to EC Oscar Fuller KO1F at the ARRL Forum. Other forums include a presentation by John K1LYP on nets and the National Traffic system and another on product reviews where you’ll learn about what all those measurements mean given by lab engineer Bob Allison WB1GCM. That very weekend on Friday and Saturday is NEAR-fest Deerfield, NH so you can make it a big ham radio weekend. Looking forward to seeing you!

All operators who do public service communications should mark their calendars for the annual simulated emergency test which will take place this year during the weekend of November 14-15. You will be hearing more from our SEC Wayne N1CLV and your DECs so watch the ARES Discussion list for information.

Five ARES members from CT were invited to travel to Camden, NJ to assist the SNJ Section in their ARES operation for the Papal visit. SEC Wayne and I want to thank SGL Jonathan WF1H, DEC Douglas WA1SFH, EC Dave W1DVE, Bob N1RGS and Kevin KB1YCA for taking the weekend to travel and participate in this effort. Thanks, too, to their families for their support.

Do you know someone who wants to become licensed? Here’s a report by DEC George AB1GL: “The NARL club has just firmed up the next Tech license class and I have submitted the listing to the League's web site.

This will be an 8 weekly 2-hour session class with the last class being the VE exam session.  First evening is Thursday October 1 and the VE session is November 19th.  Unless we have winter storms that close the center, students will have their licenses by Thanksgiving.

Class meets 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Newington Senior Center.  Instructor is George Lillenstein, AB1GL, the ARES DEC-3 and NARL webmaster, former NARL president, and a registered ARRL license instructor.

This class will use all-new curriculum and teaching techniques.  The students will have homework reading from the ARRL manual, but class time will be mostly filled with demonstrations designed to illustrate key concepts using visual, audio, and tactile reinforcement; as well as live radio and recorded audio to reinforce good operating habits. Guest lecturers and kibitzers from the NARL and nearby clubs are welcome to drop in from time to time for Q&A sessions.

There are plenty of seats available and not much time before the first class starts.  Prospective students should email ASAP to the instructor, George Lillenstein, at AB1GL@ARRL.NET.”

We have a new ARRL affiliated club: The Woodmont Amateur Radio Association Milford coordinated by Ed WA1LEI. Ed has run many Amateur radio classes over a few years now and has organized this new club. I will be coming to their next meeting to officially present their charter of affiliation. Congrats and welcome aboard.

The Hop River Radio Club in Andover was formed on September 1 and is looking for members. For information, contact Mary K1MTD Their next meeting is on Tuesday, Oct 6 at 7:00 PM at the home of Mike Donnelly, KC1DIQ, 25 Hebron Rd., Andover.

Here’s some news from the Wireless Operators of Winsted reported by PIC Dana KA1WPM. “On September 19th the club was operating a portable station from Winchester Center as part of Winchester Center Day.  The club was demonstrating amateur radio in collaboration with the local CERT team.  We were also testing out our emergency Hamstick dipole.

At our next meeting we will be holding our first WOW club sponsored VE session in a long time--at least as long as I have been a WOW member. On Saturday, October 3rd, we will be providing communication support for the YMCA’s 10K race around Highland Lake in Winsted.  Immediately following that event, we will be heading down to Main Street in Winsted to participate in the annual Fall Foliage Festival.  It has been a busy time.”

Congrats to John KC1CBL newly licensed, on coordinating Amateur radio presence at the New Fairfield Day. Here’s what he writes.

On a beautiful Saturday in Northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, eighteen Amateur Radio enthusiast from the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association (CARA) and the Northville Amateur Radio Association (NARA) joined forces to help celebrate “New Fairfield Day”. This year we helped celebrate the 275th year of Incorporation of the town along with the New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fire prevention demonstrations and various organizations within town. The Town of New Fairfield was incorporated in 1740 by a group of men from Fairfield, England, on 25 square miles of land purchased from the Chief Squantz of the Schaghtcoke tribe.

Our main goal for the day was to promote, Amateur Radio, to the public by demonstrating how Amateur Radio could assist in reliable communications in the time of need and to promote the hobby. It also served as an exercise for the two clubs, working together, in setting up a remote, self-contained field station, complete with logistic support.

The two clubs operated the special event station, “under the call N1F” under field day conditions for the day. Operating three HF stations on 18, 20, 40 meters CW and SSB, under some tough atmospheric conditions, we also demonstrated VHF, UHF and DMR capabilities. We were able to log 150 QSOs in the six hours of the event, a lot of work when the bands are dead.

We were well received by the general public, who had little knowledge of the capabilities of Amateur radio and were enthusiastically invited to return for the 2016 event. Needless to say, all personnel that participated enjoyed the day, got plenty of sun and were well fed.”

The Valley Amateur Radio Association heard a wonderful presentation given by Jon N1BDF on high speed multimedia mesh networking using the Hamnet software. Next month, October 27, SEC Wayne N1CLV will tell us how HSMM networking is being used in Region 4. We meet at 7:30 PM at the Shelton Community Center, Church Street. Others interested are welcome to come; just please write me so we can plan for space.—K1EIC

Members of ICRC participated in communications for the Bristol Mum Parade this past weekend coordinated by Chris KB1YNE. They sure had some nice weather!

The Quarter Century Wireless Association will hold their fall luncheon on Saturday, November 14 at Tommy’s Restaurant 845 Saybrook Rd., Middletown. Guest speakers Stu W2AO and Arnie K1NFE will talk about and operate several antique receivers used in the 1920’s. One of the receivers Stu is bringing was used as a monitoring receiver by AM broadcast stations to listen for SOS distress calls. To make a reservation, contact K1MQ email

Some CT ops attended the New England DMR picnic at Hopkinton State Park in Hopkinton, MA. Phil N1BOW ran the weekly net on the worldwide talk group from the picnic! Stations from all over the world check in and get news about DMR. For information about DMR, read the article in the October issue of QST and check out the links provided on the CT ARES web site

This just in—Our condolences to net manager Tom WX1T on the sudden death of his brother. We’re all thinking of you Tom.

Now all of you enjoy this weather and look forward to the much-needed rain to come. See you on the air, in these pages and in person next month!

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

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Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club Erects 20m Beam for Field Day 2015

State Inerop Committee Recognizes DMR As Asset

28 Apr 2015
The CT-ARES DMR Network has been recognized by the Connecticut Public Safety Interoperability Communications Executive Committee as a viable interoperability and backup communications asset.

Here is the complete text from the proposal SEC Wayne N1CLV submitted that was unanimously approved:

Connecticut Public Safety Interoperability Communications Executive Committee

1111 Country Club Road

Middletown, CT 06457

Dear Fellow Interop Committee Members:

As many of you know, thanks to the efforts of the Connecticut State Police Amateur Radio Club (W1SP), in collaboration with the Connecticut Amateur Radio Service (CT ARES®) and with support from numerous amateur radio clubs, several individuals, and at least one municipality, a statewide network of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) repeaters has been established in Connecticut.

The implementation of the CT-ARES DMR Network over the past eight months has added a tremendously flexible communications mode that directly supports CT ARES® activities. Our primary mission is providing backup communications for our partner agencies that include the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (CT DEMHS). This powerful network was utilized extensively during this past winter to coordinate CT ARES® alerts and activations resulting from the very active weather pattern.

I am requesting that the CT-ARES DMR Network be recognized by this committee as a viable interoperability and backup communications asset.

Wayne R. Gronlund, N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service®

Congratulations Wayne.

Further notes: Each region EOC has 2 Yaesu FT8800R dual-band 2-meter/440 radios and each region EOC will have a Motorola XPS-5550 mobile DMR radio.

If you haven’t seen it, this last issue of the ARES e-letter has a nice write-up about our SEC.

Antenna and packet work at this location this weekend so the W1HAD system may be down for a few hours.

That’s my update for today.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT

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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.

Hams Launch High Altitude Balloon from Bridgeport

"The Flight of Discovery 1"
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by Larry Reed, AB1JC

On Saturday, September 26, a group of Hams working with the
Discovery Museum (4450 Park Avenue in Bridgeport) launched a High-Altitude Balloon to 89,391 feet on a 50-mile flight.   AB1JC and KB1LTW put the package together, working with Dave Mestre (KB1YYJ) from the museum.  A group of Hams, many from the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club, (K1MJM, WE1M, NE1CU, KC1CRT, KC1CRU, W1LAG, WD1M, and others) assisted with launch, communications, and recovery.  N1KGN gave us the use of his repeater for the day.  Several of the museum staff and friends were involved in various capacities, as well as about 20 post-grad ME students from the University of Bridgeport and their Professor, Dr. Jani Pallis.

The Payload consisted of an Omaha Steaks container, with a Baofeng UV-82, a Byonics TinyTrak4, Byonics High-Altitude GPS4, 5000 mAh LIPO battery, and a cut-down circuit.  The VHF antenna was a Byonics V6 wire dipole.  Mounted to the top outside the box was a GoPro Hero 4 camera, which took 720p video and also took a 12 Mpixel picture every minute.   The GoPro was graciously provided by local photographer Mike Florio.  The Ground Station at the museum consisted of a high-gain VHF Yagi on a Yaesu Az/El Rotator, an Icom TS-2000, and a computer which kept the antenna pointed at the balloon.  Funding for the ground station had been provided by David Ives.  In addition to logging balloon reports directly, we monitored the flight on APRS.

That Saturday was a beautiful day, other than some cirrus about 35,000 feet, the sky was clear.  We launched from Vets Field, part of 90 acres park just north of the museum.  The primary purpose of this flight was training for all, so we intended to cut the payload down at 29,000 feet, and go for a water recovery.  We had two recovery boats, courtesy of NE1CU and KC1CRT, waiting in the middle of Long Island Sound.  The package was jerked at launch, and the connector to the wires running up to the cutdown mechanism (nichrome wire around the cord above the parachute) was pulled loose, so there would be no cutdown today!  The balloon rose steadily at 1000 feet/minute.  At about 35,000 feet, the balloon hit the jetstream and took off to the east at speeds reaching 80 mph.  Finally over the North Shore of Long Island at 89,391 feet, the balloon burst and the package fell, initially at over 120 mph!  (Parachute was OK, but there is no air up there.)  Gradually the package slowed down, and curved around to a water landing 200 yards offshore on the south side of Great Peconic Bay.  We were able to call a local marina and a kind soul boated out to retrieve the package, which we picked up the next day.  There was NO salt water in the package and all the equipment was in good order.  We recovered the GoPro and were rewarded with 36 GB worth of spectacular photos and videos. 

We had excellent 2-way communications with the package all the way, even down to 450 feet 50 miles away.  The balloon was radiating 5w, which was too much.  There were many duplicate squawks, and we were directly heard by stations as far away as Montreal and the Ohio/PA border, 400 miles away!
If you want to see the flight track, go to and search for AB1JC-11, then select the 2015 tab and click on the date, 09 and then 26.  We got lucky in several ways to have this successful flight, and recover the package.  As a learning experience, we learned a lot about what to do, and what NOT to do next time!

This was the first of what will be several flights, with various payloads.  In the Spring, K1MJM, AB1JC, and Erik Klaus from Hartford plan to launch a balloon with a stabilized ATV platform, sending back live 525-line color TV at 434 MHz.   This package is working in the lab now.  The students at UB are working on a robotic High-Altitude Monkey (HAM) for a launch, and we will also be experimenting with reaction wheels for attitude control so we can take photos of the total eclipse in 2017.  How about launching a cross-band repeater special event station?

73 de AB1JC

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National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: September 2015

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 13 14 3 30
KB1NMO 0 26 3 0 29

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1NMO 40 29 20 0 0 0 89
K1HEJ 13 40 30 0 0 0 83

Net Statistics
CN 5 5 0 WA1GGN
CPN 30 165 27 WX1T
ECTN 30 194 22 W1MCT
NVTN 30 168 38 KB1ZBH
Wescon 30 330 45 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
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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CT-ARES DMR Temporary Outage
28 Apr 2015


As part of another network update to the hardware on the DESPP / CSP microwave network, all of the CT-ARES DMR repeaters on the microwave links will be in stand-alone "local" only mode at some point this week.

Some sites are already in stand-alone "local" mode, others will be in this state as the week goes on. I am told the network should be restored by next week.

There are some of our DMR sites that are on public internet -- those sites will still be networked.

In view of the above, there will NOT be a CT-ARES DMR Net on Sunday, 3 May 2015.

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV

Connecticut Section Emergency Coordinator

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

Cell: 860-917-6472 Email: Website:

Communications is the link between problems and solutions.

Here is more info from Pat N1OTW which should help you.

To test if there is network connectivity, you can try the Parrot talkgroup or look at DMR.WATCH and Netwatch to see if you are on the network or not.

Vernon, Storrs, Wolcott, Wallingford, Torrington, Brantford, ARRL HQ, and Bristol are on public internet and should still carry network traffic.

It is expected that more information will become available toward the end of the week.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM

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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,