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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  (July)

from Betsey Doane, K1EIC

Section Leadership:  

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

How was field day for you? Do you have pictures you’d like to share? If so, send them to our Section webmaster and ASM Jim KD1YV for inclusion on our Section web page If you have a story to share, go ahead and write it up.

Did you know, we have a Section calendar available? You can get a password that will enable you to post your events. Write to Jim KD1YV You’ll find that calendar right on our web page. The cabinet really encourages you to use it for your club meetings, club events or any other Section activity because you’ll get some Amateur radio PR and we’ll know better how to plan events.

Speaking of events, don’t forget the New England Division Convention weekend of august 21-23 at the Holiday Inn Boxboro. If you are an instructor, you may wish to attend Gordon West’s workshop for instructors on that Friday. Go to for details. Hope to see many of you there. This is really a very good hamfest filled with forums, exhibitors and flea market opportunities as well as lots of prizes! So plan to spend a day and join in the fun.

On the legislative front, Rep. Elizabeth Esty of the 5th District has once again become a co-sponsor of HR-1301 – The Amateur Radio Parity Act. The ARRL Letter reports that there are now 90 cosponsors of HR1301 and the identical bill S. 1685 has been the subject of 900 letters sent to 77 senators. So keep those letters coming folks and please follow the information found on to keep current on a topic critical to Amateur radio operators. You’ll find sample letters there. The following important information comes from the July 30th ARRL Letter. As ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has pointed out, delivering these letters to Capitol Hill in person offers an opportunity to speak with Congressional staffers.

"The stack of letters is proof that voters care about the bill," she said in June. "We have to convince the staff people, so they'll advise the [Member of Congress] to cosponsor. That's how it works on Capitol Hill."

Congress's August recess provides an ideal opportunity to meet with lawmakers while they are in their home states and districts. Clubs also may want to invite a Member of Congress to visit a meeting. Those interested in following the trajectory of H.R. 1301 can sign up to receive the ARRL's free Legislative Update Newsletter.

All correspondence to representatives and senators must be signed and include the constituent's name and address. Send letters to ARRL Headquarters for hand delivery to the appropriate House or Senate member to ARRL, ATTN Amateur Radio Parity Act Grassroots Campaign, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111.

Your SM and SGL Jonathan are asking you not to delay—send your letters today please—it’s real important that this gets done. Many of you sent letters last year at the Convention in Hartford but you need to do this again. You know, nothing good gets done without hard work. I’d enjoy hearing from you once you send your letter—just drop a note to with the subj HR1301 or S. 1685. Thank you in advance.

My twin Barb K1EIR and I had a wonderful time on vacation. We attended the national convention of the American Council of the Blind in Dallas, Texas where we gave a talk on DMR (digital mobile radio) to about 25 visually impaired Amateur radio operators. We were joined by four local radio amateurs who brought radios for the attendees to view. Many thanks to the CT and other ops who stood by on the North America talk group to participate in a very effective demonstration of DMR. The audience came from two affiliates of this organization—the American Council of the Blind Radio Amateurs and the Blind Information Technical Specialists. The talk was very well received and we had lots of fun preparing and presenting.

Later that week, we flew to a resort outside of Reno, Nevada and ran into K1AQB, an op who we have not talked to since 1961. Bill used to live in Ansonia and mentored me as a new net control in the late ‘50’s. We were all members of what was then The Shelton Emergency Radio Association! Remember this folks—the basis of Amateur radio is friendship. Through our operating journey, we gain lifelong friends!

Section Youth Coordinator Douglas WA1SFH is operating at Camp Strang in Goshen, CT (Boy Scouts of America, Housatonic Council) to give Boy Scouts their first contact and conversation on Amateur Radio. He will be operating at another camp in two weeks; I’ll send out the details when I have them.

Here’s an interesting note from our SEC Wayne N1CLV. Organized by Bill W1GTT, amateurs from Region 4 with some help from Region 2 will be providing communications for the Niantic Bay Triathlon on Sunday, 2 August. In addition to covering the entry and exit points for the 1/2 mile swim, operators will be stationed along the 12 mile bike course and the 3.2 mile run course. Course safety communications will be conducting using both mobile and handheld 2 meter radios including APRS tracking of the amateurs riding the bicycle sweeps (Dave W1RED and his grandson Ian KC1BPL). Broadband-Hamnet (formerly High Speed Multi-media Mesh) 2.4 GHz equipment will be deployed to provide live video coverage of several key points along the route. This same mesh technology was used to provide video coverage from the CT DEMHS Region 4 Mobile Communications Vehicle (MCV4) to the Unified Area Command during Sailfest in July.

I regret to report that Red Holmes, N1XLY, former EC of Southbury recently became a silent key. Red was recognized by the city of Southbury as a fine leader and respected in the community. Here is the text of the proclamation. "Red" and his wife June have been a long term resident of Southbury residing in Heritage Village.

He has served as the past President of Heritage Village Radio Electronics Club

He has served on Southbury's Emergency Planning Committee

He holds the highest class of Amateur Radio License available from the Federal Communications Commission and is a trustee of the Radio Club WA1UKD.

In addition, he also holds a license from the Canadian Amateur Radio Service and has been a long term supporter of the Canadian "Operation Handshake" that encourages American / Canadian Amateur Radio Communications.

He was instrumental in ensuring Southbury's amateur radio communications capabilities across a wide spectrum of bands and frequencies.

He has been a strong advocate of emergency radio preparedness and the local Amateur Radio Emergency Services to ensure primary and secondary communications support readiness for Southbury.

He has provided outstanding support and  leadership to Southbury and Connecticut Region 5 as Emergency Coordinator for Southbury's Amateur Radio Emergency Services organization.

This recognition is given in appreciation of his years of dedicated service to Southbury, CT.”

Please see  for Red’s obituary.  He certainly was active and well respected.

In other news, the Section cabinet, hosted by STM Anne, K1STM, had a productive meeting at which we updated each other on program activities. The group is encouraging clubs and other groups to offer 9 or 10-week license classes and follow up with some elmering to assist new hams. We also encourage new ops to go to club meetings and other Amateur radio events to meet other operators and learn about the diversity of Amateur radio. The idea is to get involved with several aspects of this wonderful service. Do not hesitate to write me with your questions and I will attempt to refer you to a good resource.

September 13 is the date of the Western CT Hamfest sponsored by the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association to be held at Edmund Town Hall Newtown so mark your calendars.

Enjoy the rest of the summer—stay well and safe!

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

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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.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: June 2015

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 64 66 2 132
KB1NMO 0 32 6 2 40
KC1BWN 0 6 31 1 38
K1STM 0 13 9 2 25

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1NMO 40 40 20 50 0 0 150
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
K1STM 20 25 20 35 0 0 100

Net Statistics
CN 6 7 0 WA1GGN
CPN 30 153 51 WX1T
ECTN 30 221 19 W1MCT
NVTN 30 130 21 KB1ZBH
Wescon 30 443 130 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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Packet Outage
28 Apr 2015

It has been brought to my attention that the W1EDH MBO is down.  Some of my ports are down on the W1HAD system; maintenance on the W1HAD network is expected to occur this weekend.  Traffic needs to be routed by voice and CW circuits if you can’t get to your usual packet outlets in the meantime.  We have plenty of redundancy here in CT.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT


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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,