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If You See Something…

18 Apr


Please remember always, especially after the Boston bombings, to report to law enforcement anything that seems out of place – especially at a public event or in a mass transit environment.

As hams, we often want to help – but do NOT investigate something suspicious on your own – call law enforcement.

It is also advised that you NOT use your HT or even cellphone to call in close proximity to the suspicious item. If it is an explosive device, you could set it off (IEDs are not exactly certified for EMC…)

Stay safe and keep those who have been victims of terror in your thoughts…



SET Coming July 28-31, 2012

19 Jun

About a month after Field Day comes one of our other “big” events: the Simulated Emergency Test. This year it will be held on the last full weekend in July, and repeated on Monday and Tuesday so that towns can participate during the regular work week.

2011 saw many real emergencies – this year’s SET is an important measure of readiness for future emergencies, and a test of whether any improvements that have been proposed are effective.

It’s something all ARES hams in Connecticut should participate in. For more information, visit the Connecticut ARES web site.

A Big Thank You!

8 Jun

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Last weekend was one of our biggest annual public service events: the BKM/Steelcase MS Bike Tour out of Windsor, Connecticut.

Always A Challenge

The 100-mile ride (with shorter rides as well) always is a great preparedness challenge. This year, part of the route required a lot of communication back and forth because of a fire in Somers. The route stayed open, but riders had to dismount to safely navigate the fire scene (with the approval of the fire and police officers on scene).

It was a great event as always and a big thank you is owed to all the MS Connecticut Chapter staff, sag and technical volunteers, and the following hams who helped out:

  1. Net control operators – WA1VVB MARK, KB1HTA LINNEA, and AB1GL GEORGE
  2. The MS information booth – KB1KOS TOM

A Reliable Repeater System

This year we were fortunate enough to have our W1CWA Repeater operational at its new home, giving us the ability to reach all points along with course. In Connecticut we are fortunate to have a highly dense, reliable, and largely interconnected repeater network. There are sometimes questions raised as to whether there are “too many repeaters” or whether any more repeaters are needed. Having so many well-maintained systems providing overlapping coverage over the state is something we should be very proud of. Our State is not immune to disaster as the October 2011 snowstorm, 2011 “Springfield” tornado, January 2011 snowstorm, and hurricanes of past have taught us. A big thank you to Dana, KB1AEV for allowing use of his repeater system for our all-day MS Bike tour net, and to our members who made sure our repeater would be reliable following its relocation.

Reminder: Skywarn Training Wed. May 16, 2012

16 May

Tolland County Skywarn Training Wednesday May 16 2012 7-10 PM Canton Community Center Multi Purpose Room, 40 Dyer Ave Canton, CT.

For more info, please visit

Due to budget cuts to the National Weather Service there is no guarantee that additional classes will be scheduled. If you need to recertify (have not attended a class in 3 years) or have never attended a spotter training class you should try to attend one of these classes.

– Steve Williams K1SJW ARRL CT Section ARES DEC SKYWARN

NEAR-Fest May 4th and May 5th, 2012

1 May

This Friday and Saturday is the 21st New England Amateur Radio Festival in Deerfield, New Hampshire at the Fairgrounds. For more information, see their website at

Thank you to Ashley, WA1ICN for the reminder during tonight’s net.

If you are not going to NEAR-Fest, consider helping with the 41st annual Granby 10k Road Race through the McLean Game Refuge on Saturday, May 5. This event will require some more hams. The event helps the YMCA Strong Kids program. The race itself starts at 0830. Please contact Skip Colton, W1FTE if you can help.

Recap – West Hartford MS Walk 2012

23 Apr

A great time yesterday at the MS Walk 2012 in West Hartford. No medical calls, and more participants than ever despite the threat of rain. It began to drizzle right after it wrapped up at 11:46 – so perfect timing!

From Roger, K1PAI:

“….I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to everybody, for a job well done this morning!! WE were lucky that the rain held off, and that we had no major issues. I’m sorry that several of you had little or nothing to do, but, what was done, was very much appreciated. WE also need to find another repeater that will give us better coverage, especially for the stations using an HT. Enjoy the rest of the upcoming week, and I hope to be working with you all next year.”

Volunteers Needed! MS Tour and Memorial Day Road Race 2012! (Updated)

16 Apr

We need YOU!

MS Bike Tour – June 3, 2012

A big part of amateur radio is public service and we are asking for help for two upcoming events. The first is the MS Bike Tour starting right near Bloomfield in Windsor at the Griffin Office Park. It includes multiple paths from 25 up to 100 miles. Details from the MS Society here. We have hams in vehicles as well as at the tour start/finish, and positioned at rest stops along the way. This is one of our larger events – we’ll be posting more details soon about how many operators we will need and equipment requirements. In the past a 2m HT and magmount preferable were the only recommendations.

Bloomfield Memorial Day Road Race – May 28, 2012 – 9:30AM

This is a fairly short event through Bloomfield’s town center. We need 3 or 4 hams with HTs. No APRS required. We coordinate with MDC and the Town of Boomfield Leisure Services as part of this event. The road race itself starts at 9:30AM.

The road race is followed by the parade assembly at 11:00AM with the parade stepping off at 11:30AM.

Getting Involved

If you can participate, or are interested in either event, please contact Mark, WA1VVB (WA1VVB “at” or Josh, AC1N.

Skywarn Training 2012 Updates

21 Mar

Upcoming Training – 2012 Update

(Last Updated Mach 21, 2012 – from Skywarn Listserv / Robert Macedo KD1CY – ARES SKYWARN Coordinator):

We have confirmed a few additional SKYWARN training sessions for the region. More work is being done to schedule additional classes.

The class schedule can be seen at the following links and it is also listed below:

NWS Taunton SKYWARN Training Schedule link (WX1BOX web site):

NWS Taunton SKYWARN Training schedule link (NWS Taunton web site):

The following are SKYWARN Training Sessions booked for 2012. Further training sessions will be booked over the course of the year so check back frequently for updates.

Monday April 2nd, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Hancock Town Library
25 Main Street
Hancock, NH
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Tuesday April 17th, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Wilton NH Fire Department
102 Main Street
Wilton, NH
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Saturday April 21st, 2012: 10 AM-1 PM:
Lanesville Community Center
8 Vulcan Street
Gloucester, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

Monday April 30th, 2012: 630-930 PM:
NH West Chapter House
83 Court Street
Keene, NH
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required
Sponsored by: Cheshire County NH CCDX Amateur Radio Club

Thursday May 3rd, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Walpole Public Library
147 School Street
Walpole, MA
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Saturday May 5th, 2012: 10 AM-1 PM:
Scouter’s Hall
13 North Main Street
North Smithfield, RI
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required
Building Location/Parking:
The entrance to the parking is across the street from the N. Smithfield
Library and N. Main Street. The gray building is in about 200 yards off
the street behind a very old stone building.  It is at the east end of
Pacheco Park.

Saturday May 12th, 2012: 10 AM-1 PM:
Clay Center Observatory Lecture Hall
Dexter and Southfield Schools
20 Newton Street
Brookline, MA
Taught by: Amateur Radio Coordinator
Registration: None Required

Wednesday May 16th, 2012: 7-10 PM:
Canton, CT Community Center
40 Dyer Avenue
Canton, CT
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Thursday May 31st, 2012: 7-10 PM:
22News WWLP-TV
1 Broadcast Center
Chicopee, Mass.
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

Saturday June 2nd, 2012: Noon-3 PM:
Hitchcock Free Academy
2 Brookfield Road
Brimfield, Mass.
Taught by: NWS Taunton Forecaster
Registration: None Required

MS Walk West Hartford April 22, 2012!

4 Feb

Help Wanted: MS Walk April 22, 2012!

ARES Volunteer? Past MS Walk Volunteer? New to ham radio and want to try your hand at public service?

We are helping again this year with the MS Walk in West Hartford on Sunday, April 22, 2012. The event starts at UCONN’s West Hartford Campus. The repeater is the same as previous years, 146.640 (- offset) and PL of 141.3

A map of the location is below. If you are interested, please let Roger, K1PAI know as soon as possible.

Click here for pictures and a recap of last year’s walk.

-Josh, AC1N

Google Map & Directions

Last Minute – More Hams Needed for Hartford Marathon

14 Oct

There is still a need for additional operators – please contact K1IED at cox dot net.

The Marathon operation starts TOMORROW Oct. 15 at 7AM.

Additional info below.