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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.