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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

State Government Liaison
Michael J Keane, K1MK
360 Cherry Ave
Watertown, CT 06795-2818
(203) 797-5154, (860) 274-9307
k1mk@arrl.net

Section Traffic Manager

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

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

Section News  (August)

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) Mike, K1MK

  • Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

  • Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

You all should have received Director Frenaye’s letter regarding the help needed for The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969). If you haven’t read it, please read Dave Sumner’s editorial p. 9 September QST. This is an important issue folks; a few minutes of your time writing to your legislator can make a big difference. If you attended the Webinar on this topic, thank you for your time—I learned a lot; it was well done.

Condolences to the Newington Amateur Radio League on the loss of one of their members Flo Legowski, WA1MXM who recently became a silent key. She was an active member and particularly enjoyed field day. Flo had her license some years ago, was inactive for a time, then retested and became active once again. Our sympathy to NARL and to Flo’s family.

I am sorry to have to report that the wife of Gene W1QJL passed away very recently. Gene is an active member of QCWA. We wish him and his family all the best.

I think most of you know that Bill Moore NC1L was seriously hurt in an automobile accident just before the Convention. He needs your cards and prayers so please do send him a card—even a QSL card will do. He enjoys hearing from the Amateur radio community. His family reports that he has received many cards and they are overwhelmed by the support of this community. Keep the cards coming please. Mail to: 92 Reservoir Rd., Newington 06111. Thank you.

Dan KC1BLR reports that a new club is being started at the Rolnick Observatory in Westport. The first meeting will be held this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Here is a great opportunity to learn about Digital Mobile Radio. Ken Middleton / AG2K, owner of the Bridgeport DMR Repeater will give a talk about DMR. Mike K1MJM is organizing this meeting. Here’s a note from Mike with some details about DMR. “There are several flavors of Digital Radio being used by amateur radio enthusiasts today, the most popular of which is D-Star. D-Star is relatively expensive and is supported only by ICom.

Yaesu recently introduced their own proprietary Digital Radio system which is also quite expensive and does not seem to be catching on. “Digital Mobile Radio” or “DMR” was introduced in Europe in 2005 as “PMR” (Professional Mobile Radio). It was intended to be a stable and inexpensive professional digital communication system that complies with the latest and greatest narrow band FCC regulations. DMR repeaters are internet (or microwave) linked thus allowing DMR users to talk with other DMR users anywhere in the world. Over a dozen radio manufacturers make DMR radios today and more will be introduced in the near future. Radio prices start around $150.00.

Ken Middleton / AG2K, owner of the Bridgeport DMR Repeater, will give a talk and demo at the Northrop Grumman (Norden) Amateur Radio Club’s “Radio Shack” in Westport, CT later this month. The “Norden” Amateur Radio Club is co-located with the Westport Astronomical Society at the Rolnick Observatory. Everyone is welcome.

Listen to the talk, watch the demo and ask lots of questions.

Mark your calendar for this coming Thursday.”

Two CT clubs operated at lighthouses during the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. This is an annual event which promotes public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration. Clubs go out and operate at these sites to promote Amateur radio. Some members of The Greater Norwalk ARC coordinated by John N1OLO went out to Sheffield Island and put the lighthouse on the air as part of lighthouse weekend. Here’s what John told the club: “Paul WB2JVB, George AB1QK, Dan N1ZZ and I worked almost 500 stations and about 75 lighthouses over the period from 1300 Saturday until 1100 Sunday morning. We did take a break from 2200-0600 as we were all talked out. We ran three stations on 40m, 20m, 17m and 15m off a G5RV, a Windom and a 40m Sloped Dipole. There was a great deal of interest in the operation from the visitors. In addition we promoted the lighthouse on the air to many hams which made the island manager very happy!” Members of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Society coordinated by Jonathan WF1H and Jeff NM1Y operated at the Southeast Lighthouse on Block Island using the call K1L. They contacted the Cape May, US0011, and the Ontario Canada, CA0015 lighthouses. They set up 3 operating stations—2 voice and 1 digital and worked several stations!

Sounds like fun!—K1EIC

Here’s more news from the Middlesex Club. “August 15th through the 17th was a beautiful weekend for field operations. With moderate temperatures and a clear blue sky for a backdrop, Members of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Society assisted the Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut with their 28th annual Mud Volleyball Tournament which was held on Saturday in Middletown. Paul Lux, K1PL and Don Gouin, K1CMM manned the club’s communications trailer which is equipped with VHF, UHF, and HF communications equipment, antennas and a PA system which was used for announcing the start and finish of each match and the start and finish of each game. This year 201 Teams participated in the event with several thousand members attending. This is the 28th year that MARS Members have provided backup communications and PA services to the Foundation for this event.”

The Manchester CERT team used Amateur radio for communications during "Cruisin' on Main" which is a large public service event. AB1GL reports that he was one of two net controls. “The cross street monitors and shadows were using two-meter simplex, while I worked them using a 70-cm cross-band simplex repeater into a vertical antenna atop the fire-station's 80-foot tower. N1BRU and N1TUP had set the repeater up the week prior, and I used a suction-cup antenna devised by K1SW and built by N1ZXL, stuck to the glass store front of the police substation. By using crossband, I could have my radio right next to KB1JKA's two meter set without interference, and took advantage of the receiving power of the remotely located fire station's tower to hear the weak signals from the team's HT's. Reception was full quieting in both directions.

The police and EMS in the command post had me turn up my speaker, so they could hear the field reports first hand without me needing to relay them. When they had a follow-up question, I had already asked it over the radio before they could finish their sentence. George indicated that the ability to broadcast to the entire team simultaneously was important for keeping track of some chaos that can occur with lots of riders, etc. Several CERT teams were working together at this event and Amateur radio proved once again to be a vital communications link. Congrats everyone!

Douglas WA1SFH, in addition to being DEC for region 2 ARES, is also a Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge Counselor and an Adult Scout Leader in his spare time. As a result of a presentation he made last year to the Connecticut Yankee Council (one of 4 Councils in CT), 3 Districts in the Council have banded together to reserve a Camp in Union CT for this year’s Fall Camporee in Union, CT to coincide with BSA “Jamboree On The Air” (JOTA) 2014 - October 17, 18, 19. The theme for this year’s Camporee is: “Disaster in East Scoutopia”, the day after a Category 2-3 Hurricane.

This is a “Really Big Show”, and it can’t happen without your help. The BIG DAY is Saturday, Oct. 18th. We are expecting 300 Boy Scouts to attend. Four of the ten Activity Stations that the Boy Scouts will cycle through that day are JOTA radio related: Mast building, Antenna building, 8 HF GOTA stations, and Fox Hunting (ARDF).

In order to help Boy Scouts prepare for the JOTA portion of the weekend events, Douglas has written and posted a pre-event “JOTA 2014 - Scout Workbook” at: http://ctaresregion2.org/downloads/category/4-general.

We are looking for two types of volunteers: On-Site Team members and At-Home QSO Stations. On-Site Radio Team members, we need: 8 Operators with complete HF GOTA stations, 2 Antenna Judges with HF Antenna Analyzers, 2 Instructors for Fox Hunting (ARDF) with equipment, 2 Supervisors for Antenna Mast raising and guying. Also needed are at-Home QSO stations, to monitor specific JOTA calling frequencies and be there to give Boy Scouts the opportunity to make contacts and have conversations on the radio.

Our Boy Scouts need your help! To volunteer in either category, please contact Douglas WA1SFH at: wa1sfh@optonline.net. Come be part of an event that will be talked about for years!

Members of the Stamford and Greater Norwalk ARCs will be providing comms for the Bikes for Bikes Charity Ride September 28. They need several radio ops so if you can help contact EC John wb2ryv@arrl.net. Bike4Bikes is put on by Northeast Community Cycles dedicated to promoting bicycling as a safe, fun, healthy form of exercise and an alternative means of transportation for both children and adults. To date, they have donated well over 2000 bicycles to deserving adults and kids. See http://www.necommunitycycles.org/.

It’s time for the Western CT Hamfest sponsored by CARA—the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association Sunday, September 14 8:30-12:30 Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St. (rt. 6), Newtown. Admission $6; children under 10, free; tailgating $10 including one admission. Vendors include Lentini Communications, Hamsource and Radio Oasis. Talk-in 147.300 PL 100; don’t miss the raffle and door prizes! There will be a seminar on Raspberry Pi at 10:30 and its application to Amateur radio. See http://hamfest.cararadioclub.org. Contact RonCabral@optonline.net.

TAPR, Tucson Amateur Packet Radio is an organization whose goals, as shown on their web site, are (1) to 1) support R&D efforts in the area of amateur digital communications, 2) disseminate information on packet and digital communications, 3) provide affordable and useful kits for experimenters and hobbyists, 4) pursue and help advance the amateur art of communications, and 5) support publications, meetings, and standards in the area of amateur digital communications. TAPR is co-sponsoring the 33rd ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference in Austin, TX September Sept. 5-7. Check out TAPR’s latest publication edited by a past CT SM Stan WA1LOU: http://www.tapr.org/psr/psr126.pdf. On page 5 is an article by Brian N1URO entitled URONode: An Alternative Powerful Node for Linux and Pi. It has been reported to me that an agreement has been made between N1URO and RedHat, Inc. to include URONode and axMail software in the future releases of their distributions, primarily Fedora. It is hoped that this inclusion will help make RedHat products more attractive for the ham looking to set up a packet node. Brian was assisted by Barry K2MF, Marius Petrescu YO2LOJ and others. Congrats and good luck Brian.


ARRL Connecticut Section

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

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.








National Traffic System (NTS) Corner

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: August 2014

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NM1K 120 20 140 2 282
K1HEJ 0 78 79 0 157
K1MLG 0 39 34 6 79
KB1NMO 0 28 7 6 41
KB1RGQ 1 28 8 4 41

Public Service Honor Roll

CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
KB1RGQ 40 40 20 0 0 20 120
NM1K 40 40 30 0 0 10 120
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
K1MLG 40 40 20 10 0 0 110
KB1NMO 40 40 20 0 0 0 100



Net Statistics

NAME SESS CHKINS TRFC NM ANM
CN 21 32 13 WA1GGN
CPN


N1DIO
ECTN 31 286 31 W1MCT
NVTN 31 190 37 KB1RGQ KB1UAU
Wescon 31 407 86 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) 147.505-1Mhz PL 77 W, Haven 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