Strong SET Turnout In Illinois a Guide for Future Exercises

With some 150 ham radio operators from across the state participating in the  Illinois Section Simulated Emergency Test (SET),on October 2, 2021, coordinators  Robert Littler (W9DSR), Illinois Section Emergency Coordinator and John Zelz (W9ZE) the Assistant SEC who ran the Saturday morning exercise, termed it  “a resounding success.”

The SET, from 8 a.m. to Noon. Central Time. began with a general “Wellness Net” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.. to encourage participation from all areas of amateur radio, extending beyond those with an interest in the SET that was geared to those who participate in Amateur Radio Emergency Service activities throughout the year.  Approximately 150 HF/VHF/UHF/Echolink stations checked in during the “Wellness Net” from 8 to 9 a,m, CDT. The SET HF Net ran from 9 a.m. to Noon CDT with more than 50 stations checking in. There were also  45 VHF/UHF stations with formal traffic. The individual ARES Districts reported a similar number of VHF/UHF stations with traffic.

“We were extremely pleased with the response in this modified exercise that followed one we did in the spring, part of an ongoing effort to hone the system used to train amateur radio operators in the event of a catastrophic emergency in Illinois and their interaction with counterparts in nearby states,” said Zelz.  

Plans are already in motion for a spring 2022 version of the SET to further expand and enhance the exercise’s operating efficiency. 

Illinois SET a Success!

The Illinois Section Simulated Emergency Test (SET), held on October 2, 2021 between the hours of 8AM and Noon CDT was an resounding success. The SET began with a general “Wellness Net” from 8 AM to 9 AM. The goal of this net was to encourage participation from all areas of amateur radio, extending beyond those with an interest in the SET. Approximately 150 HF/VHF/UHF/Echolink stations checked in during the “Wellness Net” from 8 to 9 AM CDT.

The SET HF Net ran from 9 to Noon CDT with more than 50 stations checking in. There were also 45VHF/UHF stations with formal traffic. The individual ARES Districts reported a similar number of VHF/UHF stations with traffic.

Plans are already in motion for a spring version of the SET to further enhance operating efficiency.

Illinois ARES SET, HF Net, and 60M Check this weekend

The Illinois Section SET will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021, between 8 AM and Noon CDT. At 8 AM CDT there will be a “Wellness Net” on 3905 kHz and EchoLink on node# 824404 (WB0VTM-L) for one hour preceding SET activities.

The ICS-205a Frequency List for the exercise can be found here.

The complete PowerPoint slide deck explaining the exercise, including the list of District Contact Stations, is here.

October SET Information Available

The 2021 Illinois ARES Fall Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 2, from 0800 to 1200 local time.

A slide deck (PDF) with current information on the SET plans and details can be found here. More information will be made available as we get closer to the scheduled date.