Monthly Section News

December, 2016

As the Holidays marking the end of the Year 2016 approach, we find ourselves adding up all the activities and accomplishments of the past twelve months. It’s been a busy time. An election (national) following a very noisy campaign. Concern about the future here in Connecticut, and in the Country…. There’s a Chinese saying about living in “interesting times”. We still have our lives to live, and a future to live for.

Betsy, K1EIC and I were invited guests at the Meriden ARC annual dinner on December 8th, with Tom Gallagher, NY2RF as Guest Speaker. Tom’s presentation on the current status of ARRL and future plans was well received. Thank you Meriden, and thank you Tom.

Monthly club reports and monthly net activities continue to roll in, indicating lots of “action” in NTS and ARES. Thanks for keeping Betsey and me in the “loop”. While we’re on the subject of NTS: how about sending “Seasons Greetings” radiograms to a few people you know – give the local nets some work! Give yourself some practice.

Meriden ARC moved their meeting place to Hope Hill Fire House at 143 (or 147) Hope Hill Road in Wallingford.

CARA has been working hard at a new Linked repeater system on 2 meters, currently located temporarily in New Fairfield, NorthWest of Spruce Mountain. Wishing you great success!


Douglas, WA1SFH (Section Youth Coordinator) presentation at CT Rivers Council Pow-Wow, November 5, 2016, in East Windsor. He will be presenting at the BSA University of Scouting (Adult Leaders) in March of 2017

Douglas’ report for the month of November included a note that the Meriden ARC has formed a sub-committee to bring youth into amateur radio; he’s connecting with the Girl Scouts to bring services and assistance to their efforts, and is meeting with the Manager of their STEM Program.

Think about ways to reach the younger generation just coming along. We need new hams. We also need new members in the American Radio Relay League – the Voice of Ham Radio.


Chuck Motes, K1DFS


Chuck Motes, K1DFS

ARRL Section Manager

Connecticut Section