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
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
The ECARA and Southington flea markets took place with reasonable weather fortunately. The threat of snow did not happen so everyone got to buy their ham radio goodies and see each other which is such a treat at this time of year. Congratulations to both the ECARA and Southington clubs on two successful events.
The annual ARES forum was held at the Southington hamfest. SEC Wayne N1CLV demonstrated how region 4 uses broadband-hamnet at the various events. Each DEC gave a report of the work being done in their region.
During a three day period in January, a DEMHS-sponsored training team consisting of Kevin WH6SW, Troy KB1BVF, and Wayne N1CLV provided in-depth “boot camp” training on the Region 5 Mobile Communications Vehicle (MCV5) located in Danbury. Their students were the MCV5 crew members consisting of a dozen operators led by Oscar KO1F and Al KB1SOQ. The training covered using the ACU-2000IP to cross-band patch the 12 installed radios covering the Low VHF, High VHF, UHF, and 700/800 MHz bands. Trainees also learned to deploy the two 38 foot pneumatic masts, to operate the two mast-mounted cameras (high resolution and infrared), to utilize the wired and wireless networks, and to program new frequencies into the onboard radios. Safe maneuvering of the Ford 550 diesel truck requiring a 12’6” vertical clearance was practiced by all trainees. Proper operation of the 12KW generator, hydraulic leveling system, and other support systems were also part of the extensive “hands on” training.
Attention DXers. Eric KB1EHE and his XYL Elsie KB1IFZ had a fun and successful DXpedition on St. Kitts from March 8th - 14th. They operated 100 watts with an inverted V that was only 1,000 feet from the Caribbean Sea. They used the call sign V4/KB1EHE that was issued by the St. Kitts telecommunication commission. Eric and Elsie really enjoyed the worldwide pileups. Their QSOs included members from our regional SARA and MARC clubs. The following two links will show you pictures of their seaside shack: https://goo.gl/photos/ibPJ8EHhgLV4ALMY6 https://goo.gl/photos/o5y6xFWNKsrqRokq9
Hamfests—change in dates. Mark your calendars now for these hamfests because the dates are not the same as other years. The Candlewood ARA is announcing their hamfest on August 28 in Newtown. The Division convention will take place the weekend of September 9-11 in Boxboro, MA and the Nutmeg State Convention will be held on October 16.
You can get your tickets now for Boxboro. Vice Director Mike Raisbeck K1TWF writes: “The Boxboro convention committee announces that tickets for the 2016 convention are now on sale. You can purchase general admission tickets ($15) in-store at: Ham Radio Outlet, 224 N. Broadway D12, Salem, NH, (off of I-93 between exits 2 or 3) Electronics Plus, 480 King St, Littleton, MA. (off of I-495 exit 30). Ticket also available online at http://www.boxboro.org: General Admission $15 (good for the entire convention) Flea Spaces $10 (good for the entire convention) Friday DX/Contest Dinner $40 ea or 8/$280 Saturday Grand Banquet $40 ea or 8/$280 Special Convention package: General Admission + Friday Dinner + Saturday Banquet $90.
The program committee chaired by Phil Temples K9HI invites you to participate. Don’t just attend Boxboro 2016—BE A PART OF IT! The Boxboro Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s ARRL New England Division Convention. (Note the new date!) As a Boxboro speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with Amateur Radio operators from around New England, surrounding states, and Canada.
Last year’s program included top-notch presentations of both a technical, as well as non-technical nature. This year, we will feature workshops on Friday, a Saturday morning keynote address, and an enhanced Sunday program schedule. It’s our hope that Convention attendees will attend the many activities spanning the three-day event.
If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, MARS, etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting space.
Groups who wish to set up information booths should get your requests in early. While the information booths are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention.
To register as a presenter, please visit https://goo.gl/Nrwu1g and complete the online form. For the latest information on Boxboro 2016! Please visit http://www.boxboro.org, or email or call us if you have additional questions. We look forward to meeting all of you at the convention!
73, Phil Temples, K9HI Program Committee Chair, ARRL New England Division Convention email@example.com Tel: 617-331-0183
I know many of you are going to the Hamvention in Dayton in May. Hamvention has announced the following award winners including one of our past Section Managers! Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, of Princeton, New Jersey, has been named as the 2016 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year. Taylor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 for the discovery of the first orbiting pulsar, leading to observations that established the existence of gravitational waves. Licensed in 1954 as KN2ITP, Taylor served as a professor of astronomy at the University of Massachusetts from 1969 to 1981, and later as a professor of physics at Princeton University. Since his retirement, Taylor has been developing and enhancing digital protocols for weak-signal communication by Amateur Radio, including JT65 and WSPR.
John S. Burningham, W2XAB, of Morrow, Georgia, is the recipient of the Hamvention Technical Achievement Award. A radio amateur since 1970, Burningham has been involved with amateur repeaters for more than 40 years. Following positions in the aerospace industry and for Motorola, he has been in higher education for more than 20 years, and now serves as a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Clayton State University. A Life Member of ARRL and QCWA and a member of AMSAT and TAPR, he currently is active in the digital mobile radio community and is the author of the Amateur Radio Guide to Digital Mobile Radio. He also wrote "Introduction to Digital Mobile Radio," which appeared in the October 2015 issue of QST, and is a contributing author in the 2016 ARRL Handbook. The 2016 Hamvention Special Achievement Award will go to Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, of Wolcott, Connecticut, for advocating cutting-edge technologies now commonly used in Amateur Radio. Horzepa has authored five books and written more than 1200 pieces for ARRL and TAPR, evangelizing the use of home computers, packet radio, APRS, digital signal processing and software defined radio in Amateur Radio. Licensed in 1969, Horzepa has sampled almost every entrée on the ham radio menu and has served in a slew of roles, including ARRL Connecticut Section Manager. Presently, Horzepa is a director and secretary for TAPR and serves as editor of TAPR's newsletter, PSR.—ARRL Letter, March 24.
When Stan was Section Manager, I was net manager of the CT Phone Net and Barb K1EIR was NM of CN, the CT CW Section traffic net. Joe, W1AIU was the first Section Traffic Manager. We all had lots of fun together.
Congratulations to all of the Hamvention® award winners. These are really well deserved achievements.
You probably read this item in the ARRL Letter but I certainly want to congratulate Matt KC1DLY from the Section for earning WAS and DXCC in his first year as an Amateur Radio operator. Matt is 15 years old, loves radio and is actively recruiting his Southington High School friends to get licenses. CEO Elect Tom Gallagher presented the awards. Congratulations Matt from all of us.
We hams have busy lives. We participate in other activities in the community. Well, one of our new hams Marie, KC1BXB was featured as a “hometown hero” in a recent issue of The Hartford Courant. I guarantee that the article at http://www.courant.com/hometown-heroes/hc-hometown-hero-marie-beaulier-20160319-story.html will energize you when you read it. She has a significant vision problem and is doing amazing work. Congratulations Marie!
Sky Warn DEC Steve K1SJW reports that the New Haven-Middlesex County weekly Sky Warn Net will occur on Saturday mornings at 10:30 on the following repeaters: W1WPD/r (Woodbridge) Freq: 442.500 MHz, +5 MHz , DCS 073 and W1BCG/r (Killingworth) Freq. 145.290 MHz, - 600 Hz, PL 110.9.
This year, there are several Sky Warn classes you can attend. Spotters are required to be re-certified every three years. So come on out and attend one of these classes. Litchfield County Mon. April 11 *Winchester Town Hall 2nd floor Blue Room 6:30 PM. Enter town hall through Police Dept. Pre-register at NWS Albany Website. *Hartford/Tolland Counties Mon. 2nd 6:30 PM Bloomfield Senior Center 330 Park Avenue. *Windham County Tues. May 10, 7:00 PM Canterbury Town Hall Community Room 1 Municipal Drive. *Fairfield County Wed. May 11 7:00 PM Norwalk Fire Dept. Office of Emergency Management 121 Connecticut Avenue. *New London County Sat. May 14, 11:00 AM Salem Town Hall 270 Hartford Avenue. *New Haven County Session to be held in Cheshire either Tuesday May 10th or Thursday May 12 7:00 PM Location TBD Pre-registration required for these sessions.
Mark K1PU spoke to the Newington Kiwanis Club on solar power in his home. If your club is interested, Mark will show slides and give you some good information. I am aware that several hams do have solar power; some of you may wish to share notes or give talks to your clubs.
The Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee presented the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club with a very nice certificate of appreciation. As you all may know, the club has been providing logistical assistance to the Norwalk Tree Alliance in running their Tree Festival since 2013. The annual Tree Festival is a free event where more than 40 exhibitors give out botanical advice, seeds, face painting for the kids, rides in bucket trucks for kids (and kids at heart), and free food. Many thanks go out to those club members who helped pull the event off in previous years.
Our participation has also had a positive effect for the club. We are very visible to local government organizations, and our presence has not gone unnoticed over the past 3 years. Our continued participation in this event ensures that we remain noticed in such a positive light.
This year will be the 10th time the event will be held, and since the event continues to become more popular each year more people show up. Last year’s attendance broke 2000, and they predict there will be even more this year. GNARC plans to participate in this festival again in May.
The Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association will have their next meeting on April 4 7:30 PM at the Fairfield Police Station. Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey KI1U from the ARRL will be our speaker. He will discuss Emergency Communication for Public Service and activities involving the ARRL. If you volunteer for Public Service events or are interested in ARES, Skywarn, CERT, or other organizations that support disaster relief Mike’s knowledge and experience will be of interest to you.
Paul Danzer N1II gave a presentation entitled “Your PC—What is Inside” at the GNARC meeting. You can view it on their web site www.gnarc.net. Paul will be speaking at the Middlesex ARS at their April 5 meeting, 7:00 PM at the Portland Senior Center. His talk is entitled “Oscilloscopes in Ham Radio.”
Technical Coordinator Steve W1SMS gave a very interesting talk at the Valley Amateur Radio Association about his rotatable tower. Yes, the tower itself rotates with many antennas. It’s a well-engineered installation, one some of you may wish to hear all about.
Members of the Insurance City Repeater Club again participated in communications for the annual Klondike Derby. The event was held during that very cold weekend when wind chills got down to -35 degrees. They obviously canceled the overnight camping for the scouts. There was one emergency situation handled. There were 20 patrols participating on Saturday - 18 scout patrols and 2 Webelos patrols.
Ham ops who are members of Bristol CERT participated in communications to assist with traffic/crowd control at the 14th annual Shamrock Run and Walk event taking place at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol on March 19th during the morning hours. This event raised over $125k for shelters in the Bristol area over the years. Event details: http://bristolct.net/roadraces/ShamrockRun.aspx
Traffic handlers are getting together for brunch at Chez Ben, 927 Center St., Manchester on April 2 at 10:00 a.m. STM Anne K1STM is coordinating the event.
Chris N1WKO plans to hold a general class for the Amateur Radio Club of the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum in May. The club reports a very successful year in which they have recruited several new members. Recognition was given to Larry KB1KIZ for his recruiting efforts. The club was proud of their accomplishments this year: technical work on antennas, improvements in the shack and work on the repair shop for the museum. Chris suggested the ham station be named after its founder, Gordon Horn, W2WTV, who started the club in 2001. The club agreed.
What a nice idea!
DEC Steve K1SJW gave a presentation about Sky Warn at the meeting of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Society at its March meeting.
QCWA Nutmeg Chapter will hold their annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon Saturday May 14, 2016 11:30 AM at the Yantic River Inn, 270 West Street, Norwich.
Last month, I reported that Vinny, W1VJA was
resigning as EC. I misunderstood the request from
his DEC. Vinny has been EC for several towns—he was
simply relinquishing some towns but still serves as
EC. Thank you Vinny.
National Traffic System (NTS) Corner
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: March 2016
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