ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Scheduled for October 4-5 Weekend:


ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Scheduled for October 4-5 Weekend:

The national ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET http://www.arrl.org/chapter-2-simulated-emergency-test-set) is slated for the October 4-5 weekend, although the window for local and regional exercises is September 1 through November 30 each year. All groups conduct their events over the course of 48 hours. The SET is a nationwide exercise in disaster response and emergency communication, administered by ARRL emergency coordinators and net managers, in which volunteers respond to a mock emergency or disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane. Members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES http://www.arrl.org/ares), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Amateur_Civil_Emergency_Service http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Amateur_Civil_Emergency_Service), the National Traffic System (NTS http://www.arrl.org/nts), SKYWARN http://skywarn.org/, the ARRL Field Organization, and other groups work together to plan and develop simulated emergency and disaster scenarios, in consultation with the various served agencies that rely on radio amateurs during emergencies.

The SET offers volunteer public service communicators the opportunity to focus on their capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses while interacting with NTS nets. It also provides a public demonstration — to served agencies such as the Red Cross, state and local emergency managers, and the news media — of the value that Amateur Radio provides. The SET helps radio amateurs gain communication experience using standard procedures and a variety of modes, under simulated disaster-response conditions. Participating groups earn points toward an overall SET score, adding a competitive component to the activity. Results are listed in QST (see pages 71-73 of the July issue of QST for the 2013 SET results). Visit the ARRL Public Service/Field Services http://www.arrl.org/public-service-field-services-forms page and click on “SET Score Card” for an explanation of how points are earned.

Many ARES groups across the country will be participating, and all ARES members are invited to support the national SET and their local ARES group’s activity.

During this year’s SET, participating ARES/NTS members can earn SET bonus points by participating in the ARRL Centennial QSO Party http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party. During the October 4-5 SET weekend, ARES and NTS field members and appointees are encouraged to get on the air and call “CQ Centennial.” The exchange is signal report, name, location, and your designator. There will be a special bonus for groups that include Centennial QSO Party participation. Each station making at least 5 contacts is worth an additional 3 points toward your group’s SET score. Those taking part in a SET on another weekend may participate on the national SET weekend and count it later (or submit an amended SET report form).

See page 78 in the July issue of QST, and page 75 in the September issue of QST for more information on the SET. — Thanks to the ARES E-Letter

Source:

The ARRL Letter

via ARRL Simulated Emergency Test Scheduled for October 4-5 Weekend:.

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This is a great opportunity to sharpen your communications skills and have some fun at the same time.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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