SKYWARN Recognition Day 2017

The National Weather Service in Taunton Amateur Radio Station, WX1BOX, will once again be active for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2017.
We hope Amateurs will try and work WX1BOX during these times.
If you don’t hear NWS, feel free to call for WX1BOX and if the office is monitoring, a response will be given.
When you make contact, give your current sky condition and temperature.
Friday December 1st, 2017:
9:30-10:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)
EchoLink/IRLP operations on the *WX_TALK* Echolink Conference node: 7203/IRLP 9219 system:
WX1BOX (10:00-11:00 PM Friday)
Saturday December 2nd, 2017:
11:30-12:00 PM: 147.225-Killingly, CT Repeater (PL: 156.7 Hz)

2017 Simulated Emergency Test

This year’s Simulated Emergency Test, or SET, is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th. For those who haven’t participated in a SET before, there will be a scenario given to us on the morning of the event which will require us to run nets and collect simulated information from those who check in. Every checkin counts! Even if you can’t participate in everything the scenario calls for, please check in to the nets anyway.

With that being said, this years SET will be an accelerated event with the majority of the activity taking place between 9 am and noon. Given that, we will most likely be holding ARES nets at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 for both Region 4 North (N – 147.225) and South (D – 147.060). We will run a final net on DMR TAC 4 at 12:30. Skywarn may be involved as well, depending on the scenario. Suggested times for Skywarn nets is on the hour (e.g 10:00, 11:00, 12:00).

Additional information can be found here:
Take a look at the Player Handbook. Lots of good information there.

More information will be sent out or posted to the website above if/when it is available. Those who signed up for text notifications on the Region 4 website will get an announcement text.

Hope to hear everyone on the air on the 14th!

Vinny Mazzarella, KB1JDX
DEC – CT ARES Region 4

Camp Challenge Ride



The 9th Annual Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Challenge Ride will be held on Saturday, 16 September 2017. This will also be the ninth year that Amateur Radio has assisted with this immensely successful charity ride that benefits children with serious diseases (cancer, leukemia, etc). Last year the ride raised about $300K for the kids!

We are looking for help to staff SAGs (nice Audi SUVs) with Amateur Radio operators and mobile Go Boxes. The SAGs will move around the course loop (30 miles) assisting riders!

If you can help, please send an email to N1CLV ASAP!

Thanx & 73, Wayne Gronlund N1CLV
Assistant Section Manager
Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CT ARES)

R4LT Meeting

The ARES Region 4 Leadership Team Meeting will be held this Thursday, March 9th at 7 PM. We will be meeting at the QV Dispatch Center at 1249 Hartford Pike in East Killingly. All are welcome. If you are interested in what is happening in Region 4 and being involved in the planing of the future of the Region, this is the place to be.
I am lacking in new business for the meeting so if you have anything, let me know. Here is a link to the agenda:
Let me know if you plan on attending. Hope to see you on Thursday!
Vinny Mazzarella, KB1JDX
DEC – CT ARES Region 4

Hello world!

Every new website needs a “Hello World” post. Welcome to the new Region 4 website. We’re going to try WordPress as our CMS and see if we can’t keep the content more up to date. We are looking for Region 4 hams that are willing to help out with updating the site. WordPress makes it easy, so if you are willing to help, no HTML knowledge is required.