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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

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) Jon, WF1H

Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM

Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH

Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMS

Hello everyone! Time sure passes quickly. It’s time to plan for field day already so mark your calendars for June 25-26 and help your group out and join in the fun.

It’s also time to be thinking about your Section because my term ends on October 1— just a month or so shy of 25 years of service as SM. So, if you are interested in coordinating the activities of the CT ARRL field organization, check out the instructions in May QST p. 76 and get your nomination into Headquarters. I mention this every two years; you can absolutely write me with any questions you may have about the process and the position.

Want to hear an interesting talk? Come to the Fairfield Police Station Monday, May 2 at 7:00 PM to hear Larry Reed AB1JC speak about The Flight of Discovery I, and Lessons Learned. “Three of us (AB1JC, K1MJM, and Eric Klaus) have been working with the Discovery Museum to Launch a High Altitude Balloon into near-space. Last September we wanted to Launch but didn’t want to risk the package we were working on with an inexperienced crew. We decided to launch a prototype – Discovery I – which I put together in a couple weeks. This is the story of how lots of stuff went wrong, but we got lucky and had a great flight. We have GoPro pictures and movies of the flight – falling at 185 ft/second at 89,000 feet! We received incredible support from the Amateur Radio Community throughout the flight, and that made a huge difference. Meeting at Fairfield Police Station (see for directions) Social 7pm to 7:30 presentation at 7:30.

On that same day, I will be attending the celebration of the Southern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club’s 50th anniversary as an ARRL affiliated club in Amenia, NY. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Here’s another event on Monday, May 2. Sky Warn EC Roger K1PAI reminds everyone that a Sky Warn training session is being held on May 2 at the Bloomfield Seenior Center, 330 Park Ave, Bloomfield, from 6:30PM to 9:PM, taught by NWS, no prior registration required.

The CT Section extends heartfelt sympathy to Paul Gibson, N1TUP, president of the BEARS of Manchester, on the sudden death of his wife Ginny. Several CT ops were together at the breakfast of the BEARS of Manchester just the day before with Paul and Ginny. Paul, our prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We’re all here for you.

ASM Emeritus Al Cohen, W1FXQ reminds you that the annual meeting and spring luncheon of the QCWA will be on Saturday, May 14 at 11:30 AM at the Yantic River Inn, 270 West Town St., Norwich 06360. GUEST SPEAKER is the City Manager of Norwich (CT) John Salomone. He will speak of the current financial problems that ensnare cities, towns and the state. The topic is indeed timely and it will be interesting !

The New Haven/Middlesex County weather nets will be resuming the weekly Weather Nets on Thursday Evenings at 7:30 PM on the linked 442.500 and 145.290 repeaters. This will be a joint effort for New Haven and Middlesex Counties. SKYWARN Nets will be brought up as needed. Ed - WA1LEI and Bud (Bruce) - KC1EKA will be the Net Controls. Anyone interested in becoming a net control or the SKYWARN EC for New Haven or Middlesex Counties, should contact Steve Williams (DEC SKYWARN) at k1sjw at arrl dot net. The Shore Point Amateur Radio Club looks forward to continuing its support of the SKYWARN program!—Brian, K1SOX

The Region 2 ARES DMR net has been moved to Monday evenings at 2015 local on the CT-TAC 2 talk group. Contact DEC Douglas, WA1SFH for more information.

John WB2RYV is coordinating communications for the Bloomin’ Metric ride on May 22. Members of the Stamford and Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Clubs will be participating. DEC Paul WB2JVB points out that “this is an event where our radio services are critical and greatly improve the safety of the participants. We can always use some new people! Great event for new hams as well, since we pair them up with an experienced operator.” Many events pair new ops up with veteran ops so if you are new to this service, feel free to volunteer.

Members of the Valley Amateur Radio Association and Region 2 ARES will provide communications for the Parent Child Resource Center bike ride on May 15. Volunteers are needed; contact if you can help.

Jon, N1BDF showed the Valley Amateur Radio Association what he has started doing with the dongle DV4mini which allows you to connect via a digital radio to the various servers for DMR, D-Star or C4FM. They’re looking forward to a future presentation by Bill, N1AKF; lots to learn!

Members of the Greater Norwalk ARC heard a very interesting presentation by “the doctor” Joel Hallas on NVIS-- near-vertical incidence skywave HF propagation.

Have you listened to the new podcasts from ARRL by “The doctor” and Steve Ford? I have and they’re great! Every two weeks your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to and they may answer them in a future podcast.

Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for ARRL The Doctor is In). You can also listen online through Stitcher (free registration required) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle or Android devices. If you’ve never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner guide at Look for the section labeled “Find the Doctor!”

You’ll find the podcast archive at

Section Manager: Betsey M Doane, K1EIC

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.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: April 2016

Station Activity Report

KB1NMO 0 27 4 0 31
K1HEJ 0 7 20 1 28
N1URO 0 14 14 0 28
K1YON 0 5 5 0 10
W1EDH 0 3 3 0 6

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1HEJ 40 28 30 0 0 0 98
KB1NMO 40 31 20 0 0 0 91

Net Statistics
CN 11 14 6 WA1GGN
CPN 30 202 52 WX1T
ECTN 30 219 21 W1MCT
NVTN 30 192 29 KB1ZBH
Wescon 30 384 40 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,