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. 

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.

Extra Class Upgrade Training

The K9MCE Macoupin County Club will be hosting Extra Class Upgrade sessions at the Macoupin County Sheriffs Department Administrative Office (2nd Floor). 

Classes will be held both in person and also via Zoom sessions (which will be recorded) each Monday evening beginning May 17- June 28 from 7:00PM to 9:00 PM with the exception of Memorial Day  This will give us a total of 6 classes of 2-hour sessions.  NOTE:  NO Memorial Day Class will be scheduled.

For more complete information see this page.

New HF Gateway – NC9IL


NC9IL is now an HF Gateway on 3592.5 kHz (CF) providing ARDOP and VARA service. Please use NC9IL and send performance reports to: K9LJB; WB9QPM; W9DSR (Winlink)