ARRL diamond

Welcome to the ARRL Connecticut Section Web Page



CT map
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


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


Section Youth Coordinator
Douglas Sharafanowich - WA1SFH
168 Housatonic Dr.
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 494 3885
WA1SFH@ARRL.net

State Government Liaison
Jonathan Beatty, WF1H
9 Bellaire Manor
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 704-9870
wf1h@arrl.net

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

Section News  (April)

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) Jonathan, WF1H

  • Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

  • Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas WA1SFH
  • Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

I just heard that NM1K Rusty’s mom Edie Hack KA1VED became a silent key on April 28. I always enjoyed talking with Edie on the air and on the phone. Every once in a while, she would call me and we’d have a nice long chat. She enjoyed traffic handling and the versatility of Amateur radio. Edie was a strong person of great faith who survived cancer some years ago. She will be missed. Our sympathy to you Rusty. You can email Rusty nm1k@arrl.net.

The Section also sends condolences to Joe N1VTK on the death of his wife Mercedes after a long fight with lymphoma. Joe is an active member of CARA and active on the CT Phone Net as well as in other areas of Amateur radio. Joe, we are here to support you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Walter Sebastian, WA4QXT, will be held at 6 PM on Wednesday, May 20 at the Elks Lodge, 81 Washington Street, New London, CT 06320. All those wishing to attend are welcome. The service will be followed by a reception. A donation of finger foods to share will be greatfully received. The event is being coordinated by the Southeastern CT Center of the Blind of which Walt was an active member for many years. Anyone with questions or needing further details may call the center at, 860 447-2048.

The relief effort in Nepal is looking for Amateur operators to assist from home. The DXcluster reports a request to keep 14.205 clear. A notice on a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/823876351031939 is asking for North American stations to monitor 14.215 which apparently is a secondary frequency for possible message relay. Just keep an ear out and hcommunicate if it is appropriate.

Spring is here which means antenna and other repairs are taking place. Maintenance on my station is taking place this week, the W1EDH packet system is undergoing maintenance and the CT ARES DMR network is being upgraded. For that reason, the Sunday night ARES DMR net will not take place on May 3. It’s funny how everything happens at once, isn’t it?

The weekend of April 18 was the 90th anniversary of the IARU and the 18th was the day on which we celebrated World Amateur Radio Day. Read PIO Peter W1AMJ’s excellent article at http://www.examiner.com/article/world-amateur-radio-day-celebrated-this-weekend. Thanks Pete.

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 and many thanks 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. Go to http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2015-04-15.

Read this report from DEC Region 1 Paul WB2JVB: “A region 1 Red Cross communications drill was organized by Jon WB2RYB, Larry W1LAG and me WB2JVB. This test occurred on April 2.

Here are the details of what occurred:

21 ham radio operators were spread across the following locations: Stamford EOC, Stamford High Shelter, Rippowam Shelter, Norwalk EOC, Gnarc Comm Center, Brien McMahon Shelter in Norwalk, Ludlowe Shelter Fairfield, Animal Shelter, Bridgeport Red Cross HQ, Bridgeport EOC and Trumbull EOC.

We tested communications from each shelter to its local EOC and also between EOC’s to the Red Cross HQ. Tests were performed on the Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport repeaters, as well as simplex. Simplex tests were not as successful, as expected. All stations then switched to the ARES DMR repeaters in Stamford, Wilton and Bridgeport. Each location was able to communicate with each of the other test sites using DMR. The Red Cross was satisfied with the test, and it shows we can communicate with them from the relevant towns.” Here is another report from DEC Douglas WA1SFH ARES Region 2. This past month saw the fourth of several members from regions 1, 2, 3 and 4 completed IS100, 200, 700, and 800 “CORE 4” classes and on-line tests held in Wallingford. Congratulations to Mike, KB3IXO who was appointed to Assistant District Emergency Coordinator (ADEC). He will be heading up ARES activities in the Central Area of Region 2. We continue to seek ADECs for the West Area and the East Area

We also supported 2 MS Walks in Region 2 over the April 18- weekend. A big thank you to all those who helped with these efforts: Bob N1RGS, Charles KE1GV, Sid N1MVM Haggie KB1HCC, Rich WA1TRY, Jim N1ZN, Paul KA1YZC, Steve KC1AXJ, Douglas WA1SFH.

DEC Mike W8ZY reports that region 5 is working to restore and expand the linked repeater network. On Saturday April 25th the link between NA1RA and KB1AEV was restored through Watertown. That will allow us to participate in the state ARES nets as well as making our Wednesday night Region 5 ARES net much more accessible. Plans now are to expand the linked network to include Sharon and Danbury as possible. Challenges still exist in Barkhamsted and Winsted but progress happening.

A technician class is underway in Watertown with 13 students from the surrounding towns. They will test on Friday May 15th. Thanks to the VE team from NA1RA for their assistance in advance. The class is sponsored by the Litchfield Hills Council of Governments and facilitated by Paul Gibb, KB1TOR.

The region heard a presentation on resources and challenges from Mark Modzelewski from the American Red Cross. Mark stressed the desire to have ARES members register as Red Cross volunteers and to re-establish working relationships after the recent personnel changes at the ARC. We discussed the ARC taking part in our planned communications test the first week of August.

Memorial Day weekend is the time for Angel Ride which supports Paul Newman’s “Hole In The Wall Gang Camp”, a camp for terminally ill children. This is a large 2-day event coordinated by SEC Wayne N1CLV that involves ARES members throughout the Section. This year, 2 meters and DMR repeaters will be used. Many ops will take advantage of the chance to test various modes of communication for coverage and skill.

Past Section Manager Pete Kemp KZ1Z now in Florida reports that his nephew is caring for him after a long-awaited kidney transplant. He is doing well getting through the myriad of blood tests and medications he must take for now. He’s in great spirits though and looks forward to being more active and enjoying a more normal life style. So keep up the prayers folks.

The BEARS of Manchester supported communications for a charity event this past weekend which was well received. Great work!

The Bloomfield Amateur Radio Club members plan to help DEC George AB1GL and ADEC Bill AB1LZ with the Calhoun Cancer Challenge May 30 and the Granby Road Race in early May coordinated by Skip W1FTE. At their last meeting, some members showed interest in Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Maker Space, including 3D printers. Go for it—learn new things and spread the word!

Members of the Candlewood ARC plan to help EC Sander W1SOP with communications for the Ridgefield Triathlon May 31. That same day, members of the Valley Amateur Radio Association along with other members of ARES Region 2 will be doing communications backup for the Parent Child Resource Center bike race.

The Meriden ARC had a hints and kinks night at which Rich WA1TRY discussed and demonstrated how to use various solder and crimp connectors (both the right way and wrong way), Some tips on soldering including the differences between soldering a PL-259 and crimping one. Gosh, sounds like a good webinar topic!

The club is also busy planning their new ham shack at the Cook Hill Firehouse.

The Southington ARA had a home brew night at their March meeting. Several ops showed off their projects!

Don K1CMM coordinated the Middlesex Amateur Radio Society’s work with a shelter exercise in Portland which tested communications among the shelters in that area.

The Insurance City Repeater club handled communications for The Fat Tire Classic mountain bike race at Winding Trails in Farmington. In May, they will participate as communicators at the Boateaters River Race on the Farmington River.

  • Several Sky Warn classes are being offered this spring. Fairfield County—Tuesday, May 19 7:00 p.m. The Bridgeport EOC, 581 North Washington Ave.; register at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/okx/skywarn_form.php.
  • Litchfield County—Monday, April 13th 6:30PM Warren Fire Dept. 2nd floor 11 Sackett Hill Road, Cornwall Bridge; Pre-registration required; http://www.weather.gov/aly
  • Tolland County—Thursday, May 7th 7:00 PM Andover Firehouse, 11 School Road, Andover; Pre-registration required contact rmacedo@rcn.com
  • Windham County-Tuesday, May 12 7:00PM Ashford Town Hall Room 104 lower level, 5 Town Hall Road, Ashford; No Registration required
  • Hartford County--Monday June 8th 7:00 PM Granby Senior Center, 15 North Granby Road, Granby (Behind Town Hall); No registration required.

Congrats to Mike K1VI on having completed the ARRL EmComm Level 1 course.

Here’s a note from our Section Youth Coordinator: “TODAY’s YOUTH ARE YOUR CLUB’s FUTURE.” This year’s Boy Scout ConnJam 2015 is expecting 3,000 visitors over the weekend of May 15-17. These Scouts and parents are coming from all over Connecticut.

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY We would like to PROMOTE YOUR CLUB to a captive audience. Too make all this happen, we need flyers with general information about the club (the basics), and a person to contact (email & Phone #). Please send 100 fliers to: Douglas Sharafanowich - WA1SFH, 168 Housatonic Drive, Milford, CT 06460.a



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

coax cable text seperator

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.

73,

Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT


coax
                            cable text seperator

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

NTS MONTHLY REPORTS

CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: April 2015

Station Activity Report

CALL ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
K1HEJ 0 28 38 1 67
KB1NMO 0 32 5 3 40
KC1BWN 2 9 14 6 31


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


Net Statistics
NAME SESS CHKINS TRFC NM ANM
CN 8 8 0 WA1GGN
CPN 30 169 20 WX1T
ECTN 30 185 12 W1MCT
NVTN 30 161 22 KB1ZBH KB1UAU
Wescon 30 455 106 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) 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
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

coax cable text seperator

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


coax cable
                  text seperator

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


coax cable text seperator

CT-ARES DMR Temporary Outage
28 Apr 2015

Greetings!

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: N1CLV@mac.com Website: CTARES.org

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.

73,

Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM


coax cable text seperator

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.

73,

Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT

SYSOP W1HAD




coax
                            cable text seperator



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

coax
                            cable text seperator








New Web server space for the ARRL CT Section kindly donated by Al Petrunti, KA1TCH, TheNewDayGroup.com