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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  (March)

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

The ECARA and Southington flea markets took place with reasonable weather fortunately. The threat of snow did not happen so everyone got to buy their ham radio goodies and see each other which is such a treat at this time of year. Congratulations to both the ECARA and Southington clubs on two successful events.

The annual ARES forum was held at the Southington hamfest. SEC Wayne N1CLV demonstrated how region 4 uses broadband-hamnet at the various events. Each DEC gave a report of the work being done in their region.

During a three day period in January, a DEMHS-sponsored training team consisting of Kevin WH6SW, Troy KB1BVF, and Wayne N1CLV provided in-depth “boot camp” training on the Region 5 Mobile Communications Vehicle (MCV5) located in Danbury. Their students were the MCV5 crew members consisting of a dozen operators led by Oscar KO1F and Al KB1SOQ. The training covered using the ACU-2000IP to cross-band patch the 12 installed radios covering the Low VHF, High VHF, UHF, and 700/800 MHz bands. Trainees also learned to deploy the two 38 foot pneumatic masts, to operate the two mast-mounted cameras (high resolution and infrared), to utilize the wired and wireless networks, and to program new frequencies into the onboard radios. Safe maneuvering of the Ford 550 diesel truck requiring a 12’6” vertical clearance was practiced by all trainees. Proper operation of the 12KW generator, hydraulic leveling system, and other support systems were also part of the extensive “hands on” training.

Attention DXers. Eric KB1EHE and his XYL Elsie KB1IFZ had a fun and successful DXpedition on St. Kitts from March 8th - 14th. They operated 100 watts with an inverted V that was only 1,000 feet from the Caribbean Sea. They used the call sign V4/KB1EHE that was issued by the St. Kitts telecommunication commission. Eric and Elsie really enjoyed the worldwide pileups. Their QSOs included members from our regional SARA and MARC clubs. The following two links will show you pictures of their seaside shack:

Hamfests—change in dates. Mark your calendars now for these hamfests because the dates are not the same as other years. The Candlewood ARA is announcing their hamfest on August 28 in Newtown. The Division convention will take place the weekend of September 9-11 in Boxboro, MA and the Nutmeg State Convention will be held on October 16.

You can get your tickets now for Boxboro. Vice Director Mike Raisbeck K1TWF writes: “The Boxboro convention committee announces that tickets for the 2016 convention are now on sale. You can purchase general admission tickets ($15) in-store at: Ham Radio Outlet, 224 N. Broadway D12, Salem, NH, (off of I-93 between exits 2 or 3) Electronics Plus, 480 King St, Littleton, MA. (off of I-495 exit 30). Ticket also available online at General Admission $15 (good for the entire convention) Flea Spaces $10 (good for the entire convention) Friday DX/Contest Dinner $40 ea or 8/$280 Saturday Grand Banquet $40 ea or 8/$280 Special Convention package: General Admission + Friday Dinner + Saturday Banquet $90.

The program committee chaired by Phil Temples K9HI invites you to participate. Don’t just attend Boxboro 2016—BE A PART OF IT! The Boxboro Committee seeks fresh and exciting presentations for this year’s ARRL New England Division Convention. (Note the new date!) As a Boxboro speaker, you will have the opportunity to share your subject and knowledge with Amateur Radio operators from around New England, surrounding states, and Canada.

Last year’s program included top-notch presentations of both a technical, as well as non-technical nature. This year, we will feature workshops on Friday, a Saturday morning keynote address, and an enhanced Sunday program schedule. It’s our hope that Convention attendees will attend the many activities spanning the three-day event.

If you represent a regional club or organization (e.g. YCCC, NEQRP, WRONE, MARS, etc.) we can help facilitate open forums or closed meetings by providing you a meeting space.

Groups who wish to set up information booths should get your requests in early. While the information booths are offered without charge, we ask for some volunteer time in return to assist us with ticket sales and other logistics during the convention.

To register as a presenter, please visit and complete the online form. For the latest information on Boxboro 2016! Please visit, or email or call us if you have additional questions. We look forward to meeting all of you at the convention!

73, Phil Temples, K9HI Program Committee Chair, ARRL New England Division Convention Tel: 617-331-0183

I know many of you are going to the Hamvention in Dayton in May. Hamvention has announced the following award winners including one of our past Section Managers! Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, of Princeton, New Jersey, has been named as the 2016 Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year. Taylor was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 for the discovery of the first orbiting pulsar, leading to observations that established the existence of gravitational waves. Licensed in 1954 as KN2ITP, Taylor served as a professor of astronomy at the University of Massachusetts from 1969 to 1981, and later as a professor of physics at Princeton University. Since his retirement, Taylor has been developing and enhancing digital protocols for weak-signal communication by Amateur Radio, including JT65 and WSPR.

John S. Burningham, W2XAB, of Morrow, Georgia, is the recipient of the Hamvention Technical Achievement Award. A radio amateur since 1970, Burningham has been involved with amateur repeaters for more than 40 years. Following positions in the aerospace industry and for Motorola, he has been in higher education for more than 20 years, and now serves as a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Clayton State University. A Life Member of ARRL and QCWA and a member of AMSAT and TAPR, he currently is active in the digital mobile radio community and is the author of the Amateur Radio Guide to Digital Mobile Radio. He also wrote "Introduction to Digital Mobile Radio," which appeared in the October 2015 issue of QST, and is a contributing author in the 2016 ARRL Handbook. The 2016 Hamvention Special Achievement Award will go to Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, of Wolcott, Connecticut, for advocating cutting-edge technologies now commonly used in Amateur Radio. Horzepa has authored five books and written more than 1200 pieces for ARRL and TAPR, evangelizing the use of home computers, packet radio, APRS, digital signal processing and software defined radio in Amateur Radio. Licensed in 1969, Horzepa has sampled almost every entrée on the ham radio menu and has served in a slew of roles, including ARRL Connecticut Section Manager. Presently, Horzepa is a director and secretary for TAPR and serves as editor of TAPR's newsletter, PSR.—ARRL Letter, March 24.

When Stan was Section Manager, I was net manager of the CT Phone Net and Barb K1EIR was NM of CN, the CT CW Section traffic net. Joe, W1AIU was the first Section Traffic Manager. We all had lots of fun together.

Congratulations to all of the Hamvention® award winners. These are really well deserved achievements.

You probably read this item in the ARRL Letter but I certainly want to congratulate Matt KC1DLY from the Section for earning WAS and DXCC in his first year as an Amateur Radio operator. Matt is 15 years old, loves radio and is actively recruiting his Southington High School friends to get licenses. CEO Elect Tom Gallagher presented the awards. Congratulations Matt from all of us.

We hams have busy lives. We participate in other activities in the community. Well, one of our new hams Marie, KC1BXB was featured as a “hometown hero” in a recent issue of The Hartford Courant. I guarantee that the article at will energize you when you read it. She has a significant vision problem and is doing amazing work. Congratulations Marie!

Sky Warn DEC Steve K1SJW reports that the New Haven-Middlesex County weekly Sky Warn Net will occur on Saturday mornings at 10:30 on the following repeaters: W1WPD/r (Woodbridge) Freq: 442.500 MHz, +5 MHz , DCS 073 and W1BCG/r (Killingworth) Freq. 145.290 MHz, - 600 Hz, PL 110.9.

This year, there are several Sky Warn classes you can attend. Spotters are required to be re-certified every three years. So come on out and attend one of these classes. Litchfield County Mon. April 11 *Winchester Town Hall 2nd floor Blue Room 6:30 PM. Enter town hall through Police Dept. Pre-register at NWS Albany Website. *Hartford/Tolland Counties Mon. 2nd 6:30 PM Bloomfield Senior Center 330 Park Avenue. *Windham County Tues. May 10, 7:00 PM Canterbury Town Hall Community Room 1 Municipal Drive. *Fairfield County Wed. May 11 7:00 PM Norwalk Fire Dept. Office of Emergency Management 121 Connecticut Avenue. *New London County Sat. May 14, 11:00 AM Salem Town Hall 270 Hartford Avenue. *New Haven County Session to be held in Cheshire either Tuesday May 10th or Thursday May 12 7:00 PM Location TBD Pre-registration required for these sessions.

Mark K1PU spoke to the Newington Kiwanis Club on solar power in his home. If your club is interested, Mark will show slides and give you some good information. I am aware that several hams do have solar power; some of you may wish to share notes or give talks to your clubs.

The Norwalk Tree Advisory Committee presented the Greater Norwalk Amateur Radio Club with a very nice certificate of appreciation. As you all may know, the club has been providing logistical assistance to the Norwalk Tree Alliance in running their Tree Festival since 2013. The annual Tree Festival is a free event where more than 40 exhibitors give out botanical advice, seeds, face painting for the kids, rides in bucket trucks for kids (and kids at heart), and free food. Many thanks go out to those club members who helped pull the event off in previous years.

Our participation has also had a positive effect for the club. We are very visible to local government organizations, and our presence has not gone unnoticed over the past 3 years. Our continued participation in this event ensures that we remain noticed in such a positive light.

This year will be the 10th time the event will be held, and since the event continues to become more popular each year more people show up. Last year’s attendance broke 2000, and they predict there will be even more this year. GNARC plans to participate in this festival again in May.

The Greater Fairfield Amateur Radio Association will have their next meeting on April 4 7:30 PM at the Fairfield Police Station. Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey KI1U from the ARRL will be our speaker. He will discuss Emergency Communication for Public Service and activities involving the ARRL. If you volunteer for Public Service events or are interested in ARES, Skywarn, CERT, or other organizations that support disaster relief Mike’s knowledge and experience will be of interest to you.

Paul Danzer N1II gave a presentation entitled “Your PC—What is Inside” at the GNARC meeting. You can view it on their web site Paul will be speaking at the Middlesex ARS at their April 5 meeting, 7:00 PM at the Portland Senior Center. His talk is entitled “Oscilloscopes in Ham Radio.”

Technical Coordinator Steve W1SMS gave a very interesting talk at the Valley Amateur Radio Association about his rotatable tower. Yes, the tower itself rotates with many antennas. It’s a well-engineered installation, one some of you may wish to hear all about.

Members of the Insurance City Repeater Club again participated in communications for the annual Klondike Derby. The event was held during that very cold weekend when wind chills got down to -35 degrees. They obviously canceled the overnight camping for the scouts. There was one emergency situation handled. There were 20 patrols participating on Saturday - 18 scout patrols and 2 Webelos patrols.

Ham ops who are members of Bristol CERT participated in communications to assist with traffic/crowd control at the 14th annual Shamrock Run and Walk event taking place at Chippens Hill Middle School in Bristol on March 19th during the morning hours. This event raised over $125k for shelters in the Bristol area over the years. Event details:

Traffic handlers are getting together for brunch at Chez Ben, 927 Center St., Manchester on April 2 at 10:00 a.m. STM Anne K1STM is coordinating the event.

Chris N1WKO plans to hold a general class for the Amateur Radio Club of the Vintage Radio and Communications Museum in May. The club reports a very successful year in which they have recruited several new members. Recognition was given to Larry KB1KIZ for his recruiting efforts. The club was proud of their accomplishments this year: technical work on antennas, improvements in the shack and work on the repair shop for the museum. Chris suggested the ham station be named after its founder, Gordon Horn, W2WTV, who started the club in 2001. The club agreed.

What a nice idea!

DEC Steve K1SJW gave a presentation about Sky Warn at the meeting of the Middlesex Amateur Radio Society at its March meeting.

QCWA Nutmeg Chapter will hold their annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon Saturday May 14, 2016 11:30 AM at the Yantic River Inn, 270 West Street, Norwich.

Correction. Last month, I reported that Vinny, W1VJA was resigning as EC. I misunderstood the request from his DEC. Vinny has been EC for several towns—he was simply relinquishing some towns but still serves as EC. Thank you Vinny.

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

Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club Erects 20m Beam for Field Day 2015

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.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM CT

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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.

National Traffic System (NTS) Corner


CT Section

Submitted by: Ann-Marie, K1STM

Month: March 2016

Station Activity Report

K1HEJ 0 16 23 1 40
N1URO 0 19 19 0 38
KB1NMO 0 27 4 1 32
W1EDH 0 9 9 0 18

Public Service Honor Roll
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 TOTAL
K1HEJ 40 40 30 0 0 0 110
KB1NMO 40 32 20 0 0 0 92

Net Statistics
CN 9 9 0 WA1GGN
CPN 31 206 66 WX1T
ECTN 31 227 22 W1MCT
NVTN 31 168 39 KB1ZBH
Wescon 31 372 76 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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URGENT:REAL: Action Item Immediate

by Kay Craigie, K3KN, ARRL President

We are at a critical time for S. 1685, The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015, in the United States Senate. There is reason to think this legislation will be considered in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation as early as next week. That is an extremely important step in the bill's progress towards success.

As you can imagine, oppontnets of the bill are becoming very active and ARRL is taking steps to counteract that activity.

What needs to be done is quick and easy but I need you to do this today.

Connecticut Senator Blumenthal is an original co-sponsor of the bill, so we know he is on our side. But it never hurts to say thank-you to a friend.

Please phone the Senator's office in Washington, DC, at or phone a local office. Or send an e-mail to the Senator using his official web page.

The message is simple:  "I'm a constituent and an amateur radio operator. I appreciate the Senator's co-sponsorship of S. 1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Thank you."

The Senator's Washington, DC, phone number is posted at For your convenience, it is (202) 224-2823.

His own web page showing local office numbers and an e-mail template is at Again for your convenience, his Hartford number is (860) 258-6940 and his Bridgeport number is (203) 330-0598.

Whether you phone or e-mail, the key thing is to do it now. As in, today.

Because it is a Federal holiday, his staff may not be answering the phones Wednesday. If so, please call back tomorrow.

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Cub Scouts GOTA

by Douglas Sharafanowich – WA1SFH,
Section Youth Coordinator

On Saturday, 11/7/2015, I  met with Cub Scouts from Pack 495 in North Branford.

I was assisted by Brad W1XI and his lovely wife Pauline N1GDQ who live nearby in Branford.

We set up both my VHF/UHF Go Box and my HF Go Box. We also brought 2 HTs (Analog and DMR).


There were 11 cub scouts and 1 boy scout attending along with 4 moms, 2 dads and 3 girls. I started the meeting by using the analogy of going fishing and the unlikely chance of catching a fish on the first cast. We talked about VHF/UHF/HF signal propagation, repeaters. We also demonstrated how antennas are used for directivity and signal polarity using a 440 MHz 7 element beam and an HT.


Other topics touched on were how signals travel and the difference between HF frequencies and VHF/UHF frequencies, why we use the NATO alphabet, and how we call CQ.


We made a 20m contact with a station in Indiana, and he was nice enough to spend about a half hour taking time to speak with each scout individually on the radio. I even got one of the mom’s to speak on the radio as well as one of the three little girts who were in the back doing something else.

Props for Show and Tell
- the ARRL World Pre-Fix Map that I have mounted on poster board and ready for sticking pins into it to represent stations we might contact.
-  A globe of the world, which I use for 3 dimensional demonstartion to show where we are and where the stations we contact are located.  Great for working on Geography and discussing Time Zones.
- a stack of International QSL cards
- a 440 MHz beam antenna

- my tripod/mast/dual band antenna

- my vertical dipole for 20m to 10m  (it looks like the letter “H” turned ninety degress sitting on a four footed stand.

I also used you line: “Ham Radio is Friendships”



I sincerely thank you for the ham radio demonstration. We all had a great time.  I think the boys learned a lot and some of them may have picked up a great new way of reaching out to the world. Thank you again “ – Tim Freeman (Den Leader)

Bottom Line
This was a good 1 hour meeting and, while everybody had a good time, there was one new boy scout who was very interested in getting his license.

Now, I have to follow up and see what I can to do help him on that path.

Hams Launch High Altitude Balloon from Bridgeport

"The Flight of Discovery 1"
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by Larry Reed, AB1JC

On Saturday, September 26, a group of Hams working with the
Discovery Museum (4450 Park Avenue in Bridgeport) launched a High-Altitude Balloon to 89,391 feet on a 50-mile flight.   AB1JC and KB1LTW put the package together, working with Dave Mestre (KB1YYJ) from the museum.  A group of Hams, many from the Greater Bridgeport Amateur Radio Club, (K1MJM, WE1M, NE1CU, KC1CRT, KC1CRU, W1LAG, WD1M, and others) assisted with launch, communications, and recovery.  N1KGN gave us the use of his repeater for the day.  Several of the museum staff and friends were involved in various capacities, as well as about 20 post-grad ME students from the University of Bridgeport and their Professor, Dr. Jani Pallis.

The Payload consisted of an Omaha Steaks container, with a Baofeng UV-82, a Byonics TinyTrak4, Byonics High-Altitude GPS4, 5000 mAh LIPO battery, and a cut-down circuit.  The VHF antenna was a Byonics V6 wire dipole.  Mounted to the top outside the box was a GoPro Hero 4 camera, which took 720p video and also took a 12 Mpixel picture every minute.   The GoPro was graciously provided by local photographer Mike Florio.  The Ground Station at the museum consisted of a high-gain VHF Yagi on a Yaesu Az/El Rotator, an Icom TS-2000, and a computer which kept the antenna pointed at the balloon.  Funding for the ground station had been provided by David Ives.  In addition to logging balloon reports directly, we monitored the flight on APRS.

That Saturday was a beautiful day, other than some cirrus about 35,000 feet, the sky was clear.  We launched from Vets Field, part of 90 acres park just north of the museum.  The primary purpose of this flight was training for all, so we intended to cut the payload down at 29,000 feet, and go for a water recovery.  We had two recovery boats, courtesy of NE1CU and KC1CRT, waiting in the middle of Long Island Sound.  The package was jerked at launch, and the connector to the wires running up to the cutdown mechanism (nichrome wire around the cord above the parachute) was pulled loose, so there would be no cutdown today!  The balloon rose steadily at 1000 feet/minute.  At about 35,000 feet, the balloon hit the jetstream and took off to the east at speeds reaching 80 mph.  Finally over the North Shore of Long Island at 89,391 feet, the balloon burst and the package fell, initially at over 120 mph!  (Parachute was OK, but there is no air up there.)  Gradually the package slowed down, and curved around to a water landing 200 yards offshore on the south side of Great Peconic Bay.  We were able to call a local marina and a kind soul boated out to retrieve the package, which we picked up the next day.  There was NO salt water in the package and all the equipment was in good order.  We recovered the GoPro and were rewarded with 36 GB worth of spectacular photos and videos. 

We had excellent 2-way communications with the package all the way, even down to 450 feet 50 miles away.  The balloon was radiating 5w, which was too much.  There were many duplicate squawks, and we were directly heard by stations as far away as Montreal and the Ohio/PA border, 400 miles away!
If you want to see the flight track, go to and search for AB1JC-11, then select the 2015 tab and click on the date, 09 and then 26.  We got lucky in several ways to have this successful flight, and recover the package.  As a learning experience, we learned a lot about what to do, and what NOT to do next time!

This was the first of what will be several flights, with various payloads.  In the Spring, K1MJM, AB1JC, and Erik Klaus from Hartford plan to launch a balloon with a stabilized ATV platform, sending back live 525-line color TV at 434 MHz.   This package is working in the lab now.  The students at UB are working on a robotic High-Altitude Monkey (HAM) for a launch, and we will also be experimenting with reaction wheels for attitude control so we can take photos of the total eclipse in 2017.  How about launching a cross-band repeater special event station?

73 de AB1JC

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CT-ARES DMR Temporary Outage
28 Apr 2015


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: Website:

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.


Betsey Doane, K1EIC SM

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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,