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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

SM's Cabinet Meets, Hears ARRL CEO NY2RF

By Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV
Assistant Section Manager

Outgoing Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC, held what will probably be her last cabinet meeting on August 18 at Paradise Pizzza in New Britain.  Betsey presented a special plaque to Larry Buck, K1HEJ honoring his years of dedicated service to her and to the section.

Betsey To Larry

Special guests Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, new ARRL CEO (pictured below) and Tom Freneye, K1KF, New England Division Director presented to the group.

Also in attendance were Douglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH, Dana Borgman, KA1WPM, Steve Ewald, WV1X, Barbara Lombardi, K1EIR, Ann Marie West, K1STM, Rod Lane, N1FNE, Wayne Gronlund, N1CLV, Jonathan Bearry, WF1H and Jim Ritterbusch, KD1YV.

Ham Activation at Scout Reservation

By Douglas Sharafanowich, KA1SFH,
Section Youth Coordinator

I took my Go Boxes and Go Kits to Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth to share the magic of amateur radio with Cub Scouts

Equipment and Accessories
5' Table loaded with:
- VHF/UHF Go Box, (Voice and Packet Radio capable)
- HF Go Box (ICOM 706 mk II G with LDG Z-100 tuner)
- Globe (Visual Prop)

- MFJ Practice Key (Hands on: to send the scout’s name in Morse Code).

Beside the Table on the ground

- 2 Stacked Rubbermaid Totes as an additional improvised table with a  Briefcase on top with brochures.
- a 100 Amp Hour Deep Cycle Marine Battery

Masts and Antennas
HF: Orange Jackite 30' mast retracted to about 26' ( top 2 sections nested for additional strength). This had a Yo-Yo V antenna (inverted V fan dipole) set for 40m & 20m.  Fed with 50' of RG-8x coax.
VHF/UHF: tripod, 16' mast, Dual Band 5' 8" vertical. Fed with 50' of 1/2" Low loss Bury/Flex Coax.

I used one side of my car to mount the world callsign map and a trifold with various brochure covers as visual props. Note to self: Pack QSL Card Displays.  LOL!


Limited visitors.

There were 5 out of a possible 35 campers who stopped by (briefly). I would say that at least 3 of them were excited by what they did and saw there.

Lessons Learned:

#1: Non-Optional Scheduled Activity
Make certain that the GOTA station is a part of the non-optional “Scheduled Activities” on the day’s Program.
- While I had thought this was a done deal, it turned out that Tuesday afternoon was an “Optional Activity” period.
This will be addressed at the Camp Debrief.
#2: Location - Location - Location

Establishing a central location for maximum visual awareness and heightening natural curiosity.

- Being banished to the “Back 40” (or perimeter) puts your operation effectively in Siberia, and nobody will come.
This will also be addressed at the Camp Debrief.\

Action Plan

Item #1 is Non-Negotiable
If the organizers are not willing to do this, then don’t bother going any further in discussions.
Without Item #1 being chiseled in stone, the Amateur Radio GOTA Mission is doomed.

- Your trip becomes a time consuming exercise in Travel, Portable Station Set-up and Take-Down - with a few contacts made for fun.

Item #2: Organizers need your help with properly locating the GOTA Station.

- Even with agreement to Point #1, you still need to fight the Outer Mongolia syndrome and having scouts skip coming out to the GOTA Station.

PS: Jamboree On The Air  (JOTA) 2016 is Oct. 14-16
          - The Big Day is Saturday, Oct. 15.



Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH

Section Youth Coordinator – Connecticut
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Dayton Hamvention Moves to New Home in 2017


Officials announced that the annual Hamvention event will relocate to the fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio after the Hara Arena closes.  See the full story at

Section News  (July)

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) Jon, WF1H

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH

Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS


Haven’t HF conditions been unbelievably difficult this summer? They sure test our operating skills. My Elecraft KPA500 is certainly serving me well in the region and area traffic nets and on TCC schedules of the National Traffic System. When it comes to conditions, we’re all in the same boat—hang in there and keep operating. Many are enjoying the openings on 6 meters.

Clubs and other field day groups have been reviewing their activity during Field Day and remembering the fun and always different experiences that took place that weekend. We sure could not have asked for better weather. Thank you to the many ops who sent me messages reporting activity. This year, I received quite a bit of FD traffic. I always enjoy hearing from you.

My twin Barb K1EIR and I traveled to Minneapolis, MN for the convention of The American Council of the Blind. We have a radio amateurs affiliate and, as usual, we had our meeting and activity. This year, Steve WA1RTB in the EMA Section and John NU6P in SCV gave a great talk on using the EchoLink app on the iPhone. There were several blind and visually impaired radio amateurs in attendance who learned about the accessibility of that app. I hadn’t used it before so I fired up and connected to the W1VAR repeater and had an enjoyable contact and great audio report.

We found DMR out in Minneapolis to be lots of fun. Thanks to Larry W1LAG who gave me a great resource for a code plug, DMR worked just fine.

We were thrilled to visit with our twin friends (not part of the convention) Janet K0JA and Janice K0JE at their home in Coon Rapids. We had hoped to put a park unit on the air as part of the NPOTA activity but the weather just did not hold up. Janet and Janice have done a great deal of work helping out the Handi Hams out there; they are both retired computer engineers. So twins visiting twins in the twin cities was exciting for us. We met them many years ago when they attended a “twins’ convention” in NJ then visited W1AW where the chief op suggested they come to our home and meet us—what fun! Amateur Radio is friendship.

And, sad to say, we lost a real friend in our Section as Randy Hale W1IN passed away after a brief illness. Randy was a very active operator who had a wonderful sense of humor, who enjoyed people, was a superlative engineer and enjoyed good conversation with so many of us. He was a very active member of the Shoreline Amateur Radio Club and was a fantastic auctioneer at their annual auction. I know you all join me in extending our sympathy to Randy’s family, SARC members and all his Amateur radio friends. He was a valuable member of our community and will be missed.

I just learned that Jim, K1VII, formerly of CT and more recently in VT, passed away. He was a life member of the Nutmeg Chapter 149 of QCWA. I remember working Jim many years ago. So sorry to hear this; I have no further information. We extend our sympathy to all his friends and family.

August 13 is the date of the summer luncheon of the Nutmeg Chapter 149 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association to be held at 11:30 at the Brookside Café, 26 Killingworth Rd., Higganum. I will be speaking at that meeting—here’s the scoop from the notice. “Retiring after 25 years as Connecticut ARRL Section Manager, She brings us highlights of a lifetime (almost) of devoted service to Amateur Radio.

She'll tell sad tales.... happy tales .......dramatic tales..... scary tales . . .” Anyone can come—you don’t have to be a member; just write to Gary

August 28 8:00-12:30 PM is the date of the Western CT Ham fest sponsored by the Candlewood Amateur Radio Association—please note the change in date. Come to the Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St., Newtown and join in the fun. Admission $7.00, indoor tables including one admission $15.00 tailgating $10.00 including one admission; children under 10 free. Talk-in 147.300(+) PL 100.0. For the full details including flier, go to If you have questions, write to hamfest chair John Hope to see many of you there!

The weekend of September 9-11 is the annual New England Division Hamfest at the Holiday Inn Boxboro Woods, Boxboro, MA. Tickets are available—go to for full details. Get your tickets early to avoid the lines that weekend. Here are some of the details from the Convention chair: special hotel rate of $99 is available - call the hotel directly (not the national reservation line) at (978) 263-8701. Ask for the "NEH" rate. In addition to the exhibitors and flea market, we are putting together one of the best forum programs in the country. With topics from contesting to experimenting and everything in between, you are sure to find several topics for your interests. Be sure to check out and even operate the W1A special event station--Friday & Saturday 7AM-6PM, 9PM-Midnight, Sunday 7AM-12PM.

On Friday's DX/Contest Dinner, Keynote Speaker David Collingham, K3LP will speak on the VP8S South Sandwich & South Georgia DXpedition. On Saturday Night at the Grand Banquet, Keynote Speaker Radio Historian Donna Halper will speak on "Heroes of Amateur Radio, Past, Present, and Future".

Please come—it’s a great way to start out the fall. Division Director Tom K1KI, Vice Director Mike K1TWF and I are looking forward to seeing you.

Make sure to mark October 16 as the date of our State Convention at the Four Points Sheridan in Meriden. . I’ll write more details as the time approaches.

I did promise you some history about these last 25 years. So here are a few details.

When I began this journey in 1991, many of us were using modems and bulletin board systems. Remember those BBS’s? Dial-up modems called local community BBS’s and there was, in addition, an ARRL BBS with some field organization files on it. I remember the total frustration battling format details—we’d upload a file only to find the format completely changed—lines were short and nothing was the same as the original.

Clubs reported annually via paper. Every few months, I’d get an envelope with these very thin sheets of paper, one per club which was a third carbon copy and not easy to read. I always filed them so I could look up data and have someone read it when I needed it.

Section news was in QST—CT did well—we had 33 lines! Imagine that? What would we ever do with all this news today?

More next month. See you at QCWA and at the Western CT Hamfest.

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

Governor Issues Amateur Radio Week Proclamation

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The Honorable Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a 2016 Proclamation honoring Amateur Radio Week, and Field Day.  Click on the thumnail to the left for the full image (PDF).

To obtain the full text version, write to SM Betsey Doane, K1EIC@ARRL.ORG

KY SM visits CT State Convention


Alan Morgan, KY1O, Section Manager of the ARRL Kentucky Section, visits Section Manager Betsey, K1EIC at the ARRL CT Section Convention at the Meriden Sheraton.  Photo courtesy of Dana, KA1WPM

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.

VHF drill includes airborne repeater

by Mike Walters, W8ZY
DEC Region 5

August 6th, is the date of the annual Region 5 Simplex Drill for CT ARES. This exercise, designed and managed by Paul Gibb – KB1TOR, ADEC for Region 5, is designed to test the following:

  1. Activate as many of the EOC stations in Region 5 as possible.
  2. Man those stations with ARES operators.
  3. Test the ability to communicate on through a directed net controlled from Winchester Center.

This year we tested the following capabilities:

  1. 2 meter simplex test to stations all over the region with relays designated as needed.
  2. Test an airborne 2 meter simplex repeater carried aloft by the Danbury Civil Air Patrol.
  3. Test a 40 meter SSB net among stations with HF capability.

We had the following results:

  1. Approximately 75 operators in a total of 35 locations participated.
  2. The 2 meter simplex test proves that we can operate over a large area without the repeaters.
  3. The airborne repeater worked very well in allowing communication with distant EOC’s.
  4. An APRS tracker on the plane allowed real-time tracking so we knew where the plane was.
  5. When the plane was in a turn the antenna picture changed and reception on the repeater changed.
  6. As expected 40 meters was challenging with only local traffic. Most stations have NVIS antennas.

We have proven that in an emergency we can hold a net across the large area that is Region 5 without the aid of the repeaters. The airborne repeater, while functional is only another available tool in the toolbox for emergency communications. The concept works and could be put into action if needed. A stationary simplex repeater can also be evaluated.

The test is an annual event and we will do a smaller version in February so we can compare winter conditions.

Thanks to Paul and all of the operators that manned the EOC stations across the region.

Job well done.

The Great 2016 “GO BOX” Competition

By Douglas Sharafanowich, KA1SFH,

Section Youth Coordinator

ALL Hams Welcome to Enter!
DATE:   Sunday, October 16, 2016 Hours:  8:30 am – 10 am
Sheraton Four-Points Hotel, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT

Get organized to “Go Portable”!
- Eliminate the last minute hunting for gear before leaving.
- Banish the frustration of not having what you need at the operating site… because it is still back at the home QTH.

The “Go Box” is probably the best way to organize your radio equipment for those times when you want to (or need to) “Grab-‘n-Go” for Portable Operations such as:

- Day Trips
- Weekend Get-Aways
- Vacations
- Public Service Events
- ARES Drills/Exercises
- Real World Disasters


Don’t have a “Go Box”? Get Started and Build one!   You’ll be glad you did.  ;-)

Sponsored by: CT ARES – Region 2


Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH

District Emergency Coordinator, Region 2

Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)

Connecticut Gets New SM This Year

Chuck Motes

After 25 years of active service, Betsey Doane K1EIC, has decided to retire as Section Manager of the Connecticut Section of ARRL. Chuck Motes, K1DFS was elected to fill the position beginning with the October 2016 term. Chuck's ham career spans 7 decades, and he has an exemplary background in public service as well as emergency communications. Chuck and his wife, Rita N1KCJ, live in Plainville, CT. See the Section News for June on this page for more details.  To contact Chuck, write to K1DFS@ARRL.NET.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: June 2016

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 5 32 5 42
K1XFC 0 15 18 8 41
N1URO 0 17 18 1 36
KB1NMO 0 27 3 0 30

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
KB1NMO 40 30 20 0 0 0 90

Net Statistics
CN 16 19 17 WA1GGN
CPN 31 169 65 WX1T
ECTN 31 225 16 W1MCT
NVTN 31 190 44 KB1ZBH
Wescon 31 353 53 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
CT Phone Net (CPN) Sun. 1000 Local 3.965 Mhz
None / none
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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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,