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The 2008 Simulated Emergency TestActivate Activate ... Activate !*October 4, 2008 9am to 12n !
September is Readiness Month (see http://www.ready.gov/)The SET demonstrates Amateur Radios ReadinessReadiness Month raises awareness of citizen preparednessAre YOU Ready ?http://www.ready.gov*
And now: A short message about family readiness ... Get a kit. Water & Food First Aid Kit Radio & Flashlight Simple tools Make a plan. Family rally point Local & out of town contacts Be involved ! http://www.ready.gov/
( Ok back to the SET )The Simulated Emergency Test Identifies strengths and weaknesses of ARES/ RACES, the NTS, and other groups.Demonstrates the value of Amateur Radio to our served agencies and the public.Helps Radio Amateurs gain experience in standard message procedures on variety of modes.SEE SET guidelines on the ARRL web site: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/setguide.html*
SET 2008The Scenario: A Check of Our County & District Activation PlansThe primary emphasis for this years SET is to test our county and district activation plans.If you have them:Update telephone trees and recall rosters.Test repeater emergency tones.Reinforce check-in repeater and simplex frequencies and procedures.*
SET 2008What We Hope To AccomplishMaximize Participation By All AmateursActivate as many stations as possibleOperate on emergency power if its availableExercise county and district activation plans.Do they work as designed? Test The Statewide Communications InfrastructureActivate County & District NetsActivate State ARES/RACES HF Net (3977.5KHz LSB)and Badger Emergency Net (3985KHz LSB)Alternate Dates & DrillsSome counties will conduct their SET exercise on other dates. But, PLEASE participate during the statewide exercise on October 4th.*
SET 2008What We Hope To AccomplishGenerate Messages:Practice sending formal messages. Practice with the QForms computer program. Practice sending tactical messagesUnwritten messages where message context trumps message content.Include the proword Test before the precedence in formal messages and include the word Test in tactical messages.Use As Many Modes As Possible:Digital: WinLink 2000, Packet, PSK63, APRSSend NTS bound WinLink messages to a station with access to the Badger Emergency Net (use ARRL Radiogram format for these)*
QForms is a computer program that automatically generates messages in XML.The QForms program creates:ICS-213 forms for messages to or from served agencies.ARRL Radiogram forms for messages to be sent via the National Traffic System.Qforms can be downloaded free at www.activeham.com *The QForms Computer ProgramQF
Preparation is Important!Steps for Individual HamsHave Some Fun! Try new modes.Winlink digital net meets Tuesday evenings.Badger Emergency Net (BEN) meets daily.WI ARES/RACES HF Net meets Sunday evenings.Check in on local net.What is the frequency of your county net?Deploy to an EOC or served agency if youre asked.Send and receive SET messages.Formal messages: Use proper format & begin each message with Test before the message precedence.Tactical messages: Use Test or Test Message in the message text.Log and report your activities to your EC.*
Preparation is Important!Steps for DECs and ECsBefore the SET:Encourage all hams to participate.Review/update activation plans.Activate at least one EOC or served agency.Encourage served agencies to generate message traffic.Publicize! Send a press release to the newspapers and radio & TV stations in your area.*
Preparation is Important!Steps for DECs and ECsDuring the SET:Activate local and district nets and announce SET and local scenario.Send formal messages announcing activation and deactivation of nets.Activate an Emergency Operations Center and/or a served agency.*
Preparation is Important!Steps for DECs and ECsDuring the SET:
Have stations send messages on behalf of served agencies.
Preparation is Important!Steps for DECs and ECsDuring the SET:
Monitor the exercise for points of excellence and areas for improvement.*
Simulated Emergency TestTraffic FlowTraffic Should FlowThrough District NetsUnless There Is NoDistrict Net.*
Simulated Emergency TestRole of the National Traffic SystemThe NTS ties section nets together by systematically relaying message traffic between sections or regions.
NTS interfaces with section & local nets through liaison stations.
SET 2008Post Exercise ActivitiesAfter the SET:ECs should conduct a Hotwash after-action critique.
Individual Stations: Send your EC information from logs and notes he/she needs to complete reports.*
SET 2008Post Exercise ActivitiesECs and DECs: report SET results to ARRL HQ.ARRL SET report packets are available from the SEC or on the internet at: http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/forms/Send report to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address on the form.Send a copy of your report to: Skip Sharpe, ASEC Training. Email: W9REL@ARRL.net or by US Mail to: Skip Sharpe W9REL, 1205 Woodview Dr. Waukesha, WI. 53189*
SET 2008Your Role: What Should You Do?Have some fun ! After all this is a hobby!Check in on your local ARES net.If your local network isnt activated, follow your local emergency communications plans procedures.Check in on a nearby local net, if necessary.Keep logs of contacts and messages sent and received.Keep notes of good points and items for improvement.*
SET 2008Your Role: What Should You Do?Utilize and experiment with different communications modes.Originate and copy formal messages.Include Test Message at the beginning of your messagesConsider using the QForms computer program.Available Training Aids:Nets, Messages, and the NTS 07 by K9LGU PowerPoint.*
SET 2008Your Role: What Should You Do?Have Fun (but with a sense of urgency) !Operate as though this was an actual emergency!Contact some new stations.Try out some new skills.Any ? Questions Thanks for Coming
Drive Carefully On The Way Home !!*
Simulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*A nationwide exercise in emergency communications administered by ARRL Field Organization Leadership.
Involves ARES, National Traffic System, RACES & other public service oriented groups.Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*In September, ARRL will take part in National Preparedness Month.
Visit www.ready.gov for valuable information and checklists you can use to be better prepared.
Aimed at making citizen preparedness a priority for every city, neighborhood and home.
The SET, and preparing for it, is a demonstration of Amateur Radios readiness. Are YOU ready ?Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*To find the strengths and weaknesses of ARES/RACES, the NTS, and groups not affiliated with ARES/RACES in providing emergency communications.To provide a public demonstration to served agencies and emergency managers and through the news media of the value to the public provided by Amateur Radio in times of need.To help Radio Amateurs gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated emergency conditions.SET guidelines available on the internet.Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*Maximize the number of hams participating in the SETTest published activation plans. Do they work as designed and intended?If available, use emergency power if available.Activate as many county nets as possible. If no county net available, check into adjacent countys net. Activate as many district nets as possible. If no district net in your district, theres still time to create one.HF nets will operate plus or minus their published frequencies for QRM and QRN.Dont be afraid to generate exercise messages. Begin each one with Simulated Emergency Test. Correct message format is IMPORTANT! Excellent training aids: ARES and NTS in the PowerPoints section of the Wi ARES/RACES website.And, RadioGram How-To at the URL on the screen.Some counties (like Manitowoc) will do their SET as part of other scheduled county/state exercises (ie: nuclear power plant drills).These counties are encouraged to also participate in the statewide SET.They will submit SET Form A and Form B following their alternate drill.
Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*Consider WinLink 2000 available for the SET.Wisconsin ARES/RACES encourages use of WinLink.WinLink messages can be transferred to the National Traffic System by sending them to a station with access to the Badger Emergency Net.Free PSK 63 software is available at http://www.digipan.net/ Another program is Ham Radio Delux available free at http://hrd.ham-radio.ch/downloads.html For Linux users:gMFSK at: http://gmfsk.connect.fi/ or Hamshack Hack at: http://hamshack-hack.sourceforge.net/Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Training*Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC TrainingSimulated Emergency Test 2008Simulated Emergency Test 20084 October 2008Skip Sharpe, W9REL, Asst. SEC Trainin