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Chuck Motes

After 25 years of active service, Betsey Doane K1EIC, has decided to retire as Section Manager of the Connecticut Section of ARRL. Chuck Motes, K1DFS was elected to fill the position beginning with the October 2016 term. Chuck’s ham career spans 7 decades, and he has an exemplary background in public service as well as emergency communications. Chuck and his wife, Rita N1KCJ, live in Plainville, CT. See the Section News for June on this page for more details.  To contact Chuck, write to K1DFS@ARRL.NET.

Chuck Motes, K1DFS is a founding member of the Charter Oak Radio Society (CORS) N1CRS, we all wish him the best as the CT. Section Manager

The Charter Oak Radio Society is a new amateur radio club in Connecticut, conceived during the 100th Anniversary Year of the American Radio Relay League.  The purpose of the Society is to further amateur radio in Connecticut with supportive technical assistance (Elmering) for new hams, by providing members for a Volunteer Examiner team, conducting classes for Technicians,  General , and Extra Class license candidates, as well as a Morse Code Class, emergency communications, and support for the broad activities, art and sciences enjoyed by all members of the amateur radio community.  This is contained in the Society’s Charter, adopted by the membership.  The Charter Oak Radio Society, based in the Capitol Region of Connecticut, was granted Affiliation with the American Radio Relay League on March 25, 2014, and supports the ethics, standards, practices and goals of the ARRL concerning all of the amateur radio hobby. A visual slide sets for the general course lessons has been developed by the C.O.R.S. Teaching Team using assistance from League staff, and the entire slide set in Power Point format will be donated to the League for use by the entire amateur community.  Future plans include developing a course to teach the Extra Class and, International Morse Code to persons interested in using CW to “talk” to other hams.


  • Assistants (ASMs):  Emeritus Al, W1FXQ; Jim, KD1YV; Larry, K1HEJ
    Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) Chuck, K1DFS
    Public Information Coordinator (PIC) Dana, KA1WPM
    Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) Wayne, N1CLV
    Assistants (ASECs): Rod, N1FNE; Brian, K1BRF; Art, AF1HS; Ron, K1VSC;
    Bill, W1GTT
    State Government Liaison (SGL) Jon, WF1H
    Section Traffic Manager (STM) Anne, K1STM
    Section Youth Coordinator (SYC) Douglas, WA1SFH
    Technical Coordinator (TC) Steve W1SMSThis year is certainly a year of many changes with the retirements of
    President Craigie, CEO Dave Sumner and COO Harold Kramer.  I, too, am
    retiring as Section Manager after just one or two months short of 25
    years in this position.  My retirement is effective October 1.  I have
    very much enjoyed leading the ARRL Field Organization in CT; together
    we have accomplished much.  I will talk more about our history in this
    news over the next few months. On October 1, Chuck Motes K1DFS of Plainville will be our new Section
    Manager.  ARRL will make this announcement at the end of august when
    the election cycle for SMs whose term ends on October 1 ends.  Chuck
    Motes, K1DFS, earned his first license as KN1DFS in Westerly, Rhode
    Island in mid-1950. An Extra Class licensee, he has served as
    Connecticut’s Official Observer Coordinator for the past 8 years.
    Chuck is a member of Air Force MARS in Connecticut, and previously
    served in Navy MARS dating back to the 1970’s. His experience in
    emergency communications dates back to Civil Preparedness in Windsor
    Locks in the early ‘60’s, and as Chief Operator of the Farmington
    Red Cross station in 1993. Chuck has served as Planning Section Chief
    and Deputy Commander of the Connecticut Disaster Medical Assistance
    Team and deployed to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He
    also volunteers in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Flotilla vice
    Commander (Westfield, MA) and a Qualified Communications Watch stander.
    Currently he serves as Director of Health for Bristol and Burlington,
    Connecticut and as President of the North Central Connecticut EMS
    Council. He served as treasurer of the Insurance City Repeater Club for
    about 26 years and is currently a member of the Charter Oak Radio
    Society, an affiliated ARRL club.  Chuck and his wife Rita N1KCJ live
    in Plainville, CT.  You can read an article with picture on our Section

    Please join me in congratulating Chuck and thanking him for stepping up
    to this important leadership position.  You can email

    For my part, I plan to assist Chuck and offer my service in some
    different leadership capacity.  I’m sure I will pursue new projects
    both on the Amateur radio and personal fronts. 

    Our focus during these next few weeks is preparation for Field Day.
    You can be sure I’ll be looking forward to working as many CT ops as
    I can.  I really get excited when I hear club and individual calls I
    know from the Section!

  • The Charter Oak Radio Society is proud to announce that the ARRL General Class Power Point Presentation is now available for ARRL registered Instructors to download. It can be found on the Instructors Resource page, of the ARRL web site. Instructors click on the following link to locate this Power Point Presentation. (General Class PPT) Look for the Charter Oak Radio Society announcement.

Of interest to members of the Charter Oak Radio Society below is the Charter for this society.

Charter Oak Charter