Simulated Emergency Test
October 7, 9 am to 1 pm
The annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test will take place on Saturday,
October 7 from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. The purpose of this drill is to practice
our emergency communications skills and to gain practical experience in
setting up off-the-grid communications from actual shelter sites using
emergency power only.
In preparation for the event, ECs are requested make arrangements with
local agencies that provide shelters, such as Red Cross, Salvation Army,
churches, schools, fire stations, and other community resources that are
part of local emergency plans. the mission is to place an
emergency-powered station on the air at at least one established shelter
site and to communicate with the EC at a command center using emergency
powered radio equipment.
Each shelter is expected to initiate one radiogram to the SEC containing
the location of the shelter, the number of participants, and the time
the station went on the air. ECs will forward these messages to their
DEC-designated station or to the SEC-designated station station by HF as
conditions permit (again using emergency power).
There is no restriction on modes (HF, VHF, UHF, FM, SSB, CW, RTTY,
Packet, WinLINK, MFSK, etc.) that may be used, and stations are
encouraged to use the mode which provides the most successful completion
of the objective in the shortest amount of time. The only firm rule is
that all operations will only use emergency power or facilities such as
repeaters and command centers that are capable of using emergency power.
All field stations at shelter sites MUST use emergency power only.
The Scenario for planning purposes is this: a severe winter storm
producing 3-6 feet of snow will all major highways and strand travelers
who are being housed in shelters. High winds will also disrupt
electrical power and telephone service over the entire section. Have