Category: ‘General Region 3 Announcements’

Revised CT ARES Region 3 Emergency Operation Plan (simplified)

July 26, 2012 Posted by

The following is posted on our website for immediate use.  Updates to our plan and region handbook will soon follow.

While ARES Alert Level is Zero:

Make sure you have a current email address and contact phone numbers on file, either with your EC or in the database at This web site also has the list of the 41 towns in Region 3 and the EC’s to report to.

Program your radio with the ARES simplex frequencies and repeaters listed on the ICS-205 form available on

If you have the ability to do digital communications, practice receiving bulletins and sending and receiving messages

When an emergency begins:

Check your email and phone for notification of an alert or an ARES activation
Check for an ARES alert at
Check for statewide bulletins on
Flexnet packet
Other digital modes
The linked 2-meter repeater systems – KB1AEV and similar
The HF CT Phone net
If ARES is activated, report on your assigned simplex frequency.
If there is no ARES EC or designated liaison, then first one on the air is Net Control.  Collect this information from checkins:
Call sign
Town you are reporting from
Can you reach an ARES Regional EC or DEC by any means
Pass the information up the chain of command:
Local liaison (designated by an EC, or in the absence of a designee, any ham whose equipment will reach the next level)
ARES-Appointed EC (emergency coordinator for 1 or more towns)
Regional EC (K1CMM, W1VJA, AB1LZ)
Assistant to the DEC (AB1GL and KB1ONM)
DEC (Jonathan Hardy, KB1KIX)

ICS-205 updated

May 17, 2012 Posted by

As discussed during our weekly net, I have uploaded the updated ICS-205.

There may be a minor revision coming soon, awaiting a verification.  This document however is good to go.  There will be a companion document coming soon that will be a simple programming guide.  This list will be used to help keep our EOC radios programmed in a similar fashion

Tuesday Nov. 1 – Silent Key Roll Call on 145.330 repeater

October 25, 2011 Posted by

The Manchester Emcomm Team will be conducting a rare but honorable ham tradition – a special roll call during which the team’s Silent Keys are acknowledged.  The team holds a net every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7 pm.  But on this night an extra procedure will be added to the roll call: the missing members’ call signs are called three times, and when no answer is heard, the call sign is officially marked in the log as a Silent Key. On November 1st, the team will honor Jim Hodges, an active CERT and Emcomm team member who passed away this week at age 72.  At the same roll call,  the team will also acknowledge Fred Richard, Bob Brown, and Tom Doody, all of whom were team members when they became Silent Keys.

Net Control for that night’s net will be WB1GIE, Jim Todd, the original Radio Officer when the Town of Manchester began its emergency communications volunteer program.

As someone who volunteered beside Jim Hodges in the Manchester Emergency Operations Center during many drills and emergencies, I invite any ham who can hear the 145.330 repeater (located on a ridge between Manchester and Glastonbury), to listen to this brief ritual at 7 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 1.  It will be a few minutes out of your day to help preserve and pass on an honored amateur radio tradition.

–submitted by George Lillenstein, AB1GL