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.

MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in 2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications Exercises (COMEX).

All exercises will begin on channel 1 as the initial calling channel and move to other 60-meter working channels as may be appropriate.
Additional information can be found at:

MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter Interoperability

Illinois ARES Set

The SET Hotwash will be held on Monday, 5/3 at 7:00 PM using the IL ARES Zoom Room:


On Saturday, May 1, the Illinois ARES team will be doing a Simulated Emergency Test from 10 AM to 2 PM. The scenario is an earthquake in the southern part of the state. Simulated emergency messages will be passed locally, throughout the ARES districts and statewide to test message handling and net operation skills. Primary net operations and coordination will be on 3905 kHz. The Illinois Section ICS-205A can be reached through: https://ilares.org/ in the New Files In The Library Post.

An informal wellness net will begin at approximately 1 PM during the SET. All amateur operators are welcome to check in.

April SM Newsletter Posted

Thom, W9RY, has posted his April Section Newsletter. It can be found by using the link on the Resources drop-down menu, or by clicking here. The newsletter contains important information about the upcoming SET on May, 1.