Please pass the word on to all hams you know in the North Central
This year's Amateur Radio S.E.T. (Simulated Emergency Test) in our
area will be held on Saturday, October 6th, between 9:00 am and noon.
Participation is open to all hams. We will primarily be using the
146.820 repeater. Several counties in the Suwannee District ARES will
be participating. Tune in to the weekly Alachua ARES net on Thursdays
at 8:00 pm for more information, or the weekly Suwannee District ARES
Emergency Preparedness Net at 8:30 PM on the 146.820 K4GNV repeatr.
For details about this year's SET, please visit the Alachua ARES Web
site at http://AlachuaEMCOMM.org
The message below is from the ARRL regarding the annual SET.
Jeff Capehart, W4UFL
Alachua County ARES Emergency Coordinator
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==> SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER
America was abruptly reminded of the critical role of Amateur Radio in 2005 as Amateur Radio operators came from all over the country to provide emergency communications when other systems failed during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2007, Amateur Radio operators continued to provide lifesaving services in many floods and wildfires around the country. Because of the complexity of today's normal communications systems, they are often overwhelmed in a disaster. These painful lessons are being tested again on October 6 and 7 as Amateur Radio operators around the country conduct their annual Simulated Emergency Test.
This year, Amateur Radio operators will be replicating many scenarios that have crippled normal communications in the recent past. These include flooding, wildfires, bombings, ice storms, hurricanes and earthquakes. Something new for this year are plans for responses in case of pandemic flu and the probability that large populations will need to shelter at home and not be able to go out.
Using emergency powered radios and working with local agencies, hams will establish radio communications networks that can be used should there be a failure or overload of normal services.
While the ARRL has scheduled the Simulated Emergency Test for October 6-7, some ARRL Sections have scheduled their SET for different dates. Please check with your Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator for the date of the SET in your Section.
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