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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
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 http://ct.arrl.org. 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 email@example.com. 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 http://boxboro.org 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 http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.funeralquestions.com/obits/munson-lovetere/memorial.asp?listing_id=196780 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
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.
National Traffic System (NTS) Corner
NTS MONTHLY REPORTS
Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM
Month: June 2015
Public Service Honor Roll
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