Connecticut ARES Region 3

Connecticut ARES
Presented by
George Lillenstein, AB1GL
Region 3 DEC
Who/What is ARES?
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service
• Licensed amateur radio operators who
volunteer for emergency communications
• “Amateur” means unpaid; not unskilled
• To hold an appointed rank must be an ARRL
dues-paying member
• The Field arm of the ARRL, an umbrella
organization representing US hams; 160,000
members; publishers of QST magazine and
many others.
• RACES teams report to a town official
• RACES teams must be activated by an emergency
management officer
• RACES teams are sworn as state employees for
insurance purposes
• Mostly function in municipal facilities
• ARES is non-governmental, private, non-profit
• Activated by ARRL appointed leaders
• Members report to their ARES EC
• ARES members often respond from home or
• ARES members use their own equipment
• ARES holds its own annual drill – the S.E.T.
(Simulated Emergency Test)
• ARES training requirements are optional
What do we do?
• During emergencies where standard comm
methods are jammed or not working, we pass
vital information to served agencies, such as
numbers of beds available, supplies
requested, wires/trees down, etc
• During public service events, we report on
progress and watch for participants or
members of the public needing assistance or
report developing safety issues
How do we do it?
• For voice command and control we use UHF
DMR radios on the CTARES DMR Network
• For general line of sight member-level
communications we use 2-meter and UHF FM
either simplex or repeaters
• For inter-town or longer distances, we might
use HF frequencies and NVIS or DX antennas
• MODES: FM voice, SSB, packet, AFSK, WL2K,
ALE, many other digital modes.
Who does ARES serve?
Some agencies who call
upon ARES to supply
radio operators in an
ARES plays a role in the Governor’s
EPPI severe weather drills. SPARC
hams at the Armory coordinate ham
efforts with the ARES DMR net during
storms, alerts, drills.
• Hospitals
• The Red Cross
ARES supplied hams for shelters in
Region 4 during storm Juno
• The National Weather
Collects ground observations from
ham spotters via IRLP nodes
The Salvation Army
Civil Air Patrol
Charitable organizations
holding large public
events – marathons, bike
races, walks, parades,
ARES Training suggestions
• ARRL Emcomm 1
• ARRL Emcomm 2
• Skywarn
• Seminars in digital
antenna building, etc
held at ARES meetings
or hamfests
ARES Section Org Chart
Contact your local ARES EC
To sign up for membership
The Region 3 web site:
Where to go from here?
• Visit the ARRL web site at
• Visit the state ARES web site at
• Visit the Region 3 web site at
• Read QST magazine
• Join a local repeater club – volunteer for Field Day
and public service events
• Get on the air
ARES Region 3 DEC
Contact Info
George Lillenstein
39A Downey Drive
Manchester, CT 06040
860 716-3367 (Cell phone)
email: [email protected] or
[email protected]

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