ARRL Simulated Emergency Test

The NNY section will be holding SET operations during the period October 1 ~ October 7. Some NNY counties will have special nets on Saturday morning, October 1. Please contact your County Emergency Coordinator if you would like to get involved. If you can not get in touch with your EC or your county ARES is not planning an organized SET activity, please contact NNY Section Emergency Coordinator Peter Newell KC2WI directly.

The first weekend of October is designated for holding the annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), although local and Section-level exercises may take place throughout the Fall. The SET is ARRL’s primary national emergency exercise and is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers, as well as those affiliated with other organizations involved in emergency and disaster response.

The SET encourages maximum participation by all radio amateurs, partner organizations, and national, state, and local officials who typically engage in emergency or disaster response. In addition to ARES volunteers, those active in the National Traffic System (NTS), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a variety of other allied groups and public service-oriented radio amateurs are needed to fulfill important roles in this nationwide exercise.

The SET offers volunteers an opportunity to test equipment, modes, and skills under simulated emergency conditions and scenarios. Individuals can use the time to update a “go-kit” for use during deployments and to ensure their home station’s operational capability in an emergency or disaster. To get involved, contact your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager.

2022 NNY Section SET:
Concept and Introduction

The NNY section held practice runs of SET operations in July, August, and September.
Instructions for Monthly PreSET (July, August, September)

The 2022 NNY Section SET in October will follow the same general plan as the pre-SET activities.

Here are the instructions provided to ECs:

Holding a special SET net or nets on Saturday morning, October 1 would be a good idea if your group is expecting it or you think it will increase participation, however, it is not required. You may follow the same procedure as the pre-SET where the consolidator station(s) collect responses on regular nets the first 7 days of the month. Or you can schedule a special SET net any other time. Do whatever works out best for you and your ARES group.

Franklin County EC Rich Davenport KD2ZKZ plans to have a HF net on 3958 at 9 AM Saturday. Please contact him directly if you wish to coordinate. Possibly this net could be expanded to run for a couple of hours, say starting at 8 AM, encompassing Rich's 9 AM activity, with different net controls. It would be great to start earlier and keep the frequency open for a while for NNY SET activity.

The main difference between the SET and pre-SET is that the Request for Information (RI) will be announced only to ECs shortly before the SET. It is recommended that the RI not be announced to the participants beforehand. If ECs feel you need to send the RI out to everyone by email, that is their choice, but in an actual situation, the information needed will not be known beforehand by anyone and we assume the Internet is not working.

I plan to send out the RI to ECs or their representatives by Winlink email. This alleviates the need for anyone to attend any special net to get the RI. The Winlink email with the RI will go out prior to Oct. 1

Details for sending the consolidated reports back to the section EC will be included in the RI email. Winlink will be the preferred mode. If desired, arrangements can be made to send by NBEMS digital.

ECs who have not already done so should:

Item (4) in my September 21 email to ECs describes an added national component to the SET, which is the receipt and acknowledgment of a 'military message' from the DOD sent to amateur radio groups via MARS operators (using their amateur callsigns on amateur frequencies).

If I had known about this earlier, I would have specifically included it in the original plan. Unfortunately, the DOD COMEX details were not released until recently. I feel that since the Federal Government entities involved in Homeland Defense and Disaster Relief think Amateur Radio is an important asset, NNY ARES ought to make every effort to participate in this interoperability exercise. This is one reason why I am asking for your net schedules

The only thing ARES groups have to do is receive and acknowledge the message. It may be delivered by me or another MARS operator checking in to your net (using their amateur callsign), or by another ham relaying it to you and then relaying the acknowledgment back.

Since I can't hit most of the repeaters, have not scheduled a special HF net, and also won't be available Saturday morning Oct 1 when some of the NNY SET activity may take place, I am looking for hams who can receive the message ahead of time and relay it. If anyone in your group might be interested in doing that, please get in touch with me ASAP.

The primary mode of delivery of the 'military message' will be by voice, but we can also try digital if anyone is interested.

Participating in the DOD interoperability component of the SET earns additional points.

SET scorecards and report forms will be available on the ARRL Public Service/Field Service Forms page.

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