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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; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 http://ctares.org.
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
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®
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
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
Flight of Discovery 1"
Larry Reed, AB1JC
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.
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.
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!
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?
National Traffic System (NTS) Corner
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: September 2015
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