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  • Letterhead for Leadership Officials

    ARRL Field Organization Leadership Officials may use this letter head for written correspondence.

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  • Amateur Radio Placard

    This placard may be printed and used as a small sign.

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  • ARES Form 1: Public Service Activity Report

    Public-service activities may be reported using this form.


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  • ARES Form 2: Monthly DEC/EC Report

    ARRL District Emergency Coordinators and ARRL Emergency Coordinators may use this form to report monthly activity to their Section Emergency Coordinator.


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  • ARES Form 3: EC Annual Report

    ARRL Emergency Coordinators may submit their annual report with this form.


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  • ARES Form 4: Monthly Section Emergency Coordinator Report

    ARRL Section Emergency Coordinators may use this monthly report form. 


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  • ARRL Radiogram Form

    The ARRL Radiogram form is available in PDF format.

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  • FSD-3: ARRL Numbered Radiograms

    Includes both relief emergency and routine message radiograms, in addition to the precedences to use in emergency, priority, welfare and routine situations.

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  • FSD-23: Official Observer Record/Report

    Monthly report form used by ARRL Official Observers (OOs) and  Official Observer Coordinators (OOCs).

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  • FSD-85: ARRL Net Directory Registration form

    Please use the on-line Net Directory registration form.

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  • FSD-89: NTS Area & Region Net Reports

     ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) Region and Area Net Manager's monthly net report. 


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    For an on-line report form click here.

  • FSD-98: ARES Registration Form

    This is the application form may be used to register for your local Amateur Radio Emergency Service group.  Once filled out, it should be submitted to your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator (EC).   Please check with your local EC for any possible additional pre-requisites or training that may be necessary for ARES membership and participation.

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  • FSD-125: NTS Monthly Report

    This reporting form should be used to report monthly activity of local and section nets that are associated with the ARRL National Traffic System.   These reoprts should be submitted to your Section Traffic Manager or Section Manager.

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  • FSD-156: EC and DEC Application Form

    This form is for those wishing to apply for the ARRL Emergency Coordinator (EC) or ARRL District Emergency Coordinator positions.  Once filled out, it should be submitted to your Section Emergency Coordinator or Section Manager for consideration.

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  • FSD-182: ARRL Official's Meeting Report Form

    ARRL Officials may use this form to document the purpose of travel, meetings or other gatherings.   This form should accompany any travel expense reports when they are submitted for reimbursement.

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  • FSD-183: ARRL Administrative Expense Form

    ARRL Officials may use this form to document when reporting administrative expenses when they are submitted (along with receiptes) for reimbursement.

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  • FSD-187: Application for Station Appointment

    Apply for an ARRL Field Organization Appointment when filling out and submitting this form.


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    For the on-line application form click here.


  • FSD-210: Public Service Honor Roll Activity Report

    This form explains the criteria of the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR).  The form also serves as one example of how you may report your monthly PSHR actiivty to your Section Traffic Manager or Section Manager.

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  • FSD-218: Amateur Message Form

    How to originate and handle formal radiograms, including precdences, handling instructions, QN signals, Q signals, abbreviations, prosigns and prowords.

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  • FSD-220: Handy Operating Aid

    Useful references including UTC time conversion, ITU phonetic alphabet, RST system, good communicatons and operating procedures.

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  • FSD-244: Amateur Radio Disaster Welfare Message

    This form may be conveniently downloaded, printed, and copied as needed for use in emergency shelters and/or other locations.


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  • FSD-255: Emergency Reference Information

    When filled out,  this serves as a handy reference for use during emergencies.

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  • Form A: EC Simulated Emergency Test Report

    ARRL Emergency Coordinators: Report your Simulated Emergency Test results with this form.


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  • Form B: NM Simulated Emergency Test Report

    ARRL Net Managers: Report your Simulated Emergency Test results with this form.

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  • SET Score Card

    An explanation of how the Simulated Emergency Test scores are achieved.

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  • Section Net Certificate

    If you are a Section Net Manager, you may present this net paticipation certificate.

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  • Local Net Certificate

    If you are a Local Net Manager, you may present this net participation certificate.

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  • Simulated Emergency Test Guidelines

    2019 Simulated Emergency Test

    October 5  - 6

        The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test is a nationwide exercise in emergency communications, administered by ARRL Field Organization Leaders including Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators, Section Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers.  Many other Section Leaders like the Section Manager and the Section Traffic Manager may have a hand in planning the exercises and/or reviewing the results.  Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), National Traffic System (NTS), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and other public-service oriented groups can be involved.  The SET weekend gives communicators the opportunity to focus on the emergency-communications capability within your community while interacting with NTS nets.  Although the main SET weekend this year is October 5- 6, local and section-wide exercises may be held throughout the fall season.

    Purpose of SET

      1. To find out the strengths and weaknesses of ARES, NTS, RACES and other groups in providing emergency communications.
      2. To provide a public demonstration--to served agencies such as the American Red Cross, the emergency management agency and through the news media--of the value to the public that Amateur Radio provides, particularly in time of need.
      3. To help radio amateurs gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated-emergency conditions.


        The scoring format reflects broad objectives and encourages use of digital modes for handling high-volume traffic and point-to-point Welfare reports out of the affected simulated- disaster area.  Participants will find SET an opportunity to strengthen the VHF-HF link at the local level, thereby ensuring that ARES and NTS are working in concert.  The SET will give all levels of NTS the chance to handle exercise-related traffic.  The guidelines also recognize tactical traffic on behalf of served agencies.
        Test messages should carry the word "TEST" before the precedence; that is, "Test Priority" on phone and "TEST P" on cw.  The text of such messages should also begin with the words "TEST MESSAGE."
        ARES units and other groups are free to conduct their emergency exercises anytime between September 1 and November 30 if an alternative date is preferred.  The activity period should not exceed 48 hours.

    Links to SET reporting forms and the EC Annual Report may be found at You may e-mail your SET summaries to ARRL Headquarters via  If you mail them to ARRL via the postal service, the address is: ARRL Headquarters, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1494. February 3, 2020, is the receipt deadline.

    Preparation is Important

    Steps for the Emergency Coordinator

      1.  Sign up all available amateurs in the area under your jurisdiction and work them into your SET plans.
      2.  Call a meeting of all ARES members and prospective members to briefly outline (no details!) SET activities, and give general instructions.  Do not divulge the exact time or nature of the test to them at this time.  This should come as a surprise.  Take this opportunity to register new ARES members and get up-to-date information on others. Hold an on-the-air meeting if it's not possible to meet in person.
      3.  Contact served agencies and explain the intent and overall purpose of the SET.  Offer to send test messages to other branches of their agencies, and invite officials to your ARES meetings and SET operating sites.
      4.  Contact officials of any adjacent communities having no active amateurs and offer to provide representation in amateur networks for them as well.
      5.  Arrange publicity in consultation with an ARRL Public Information Officer in local newspapers and radio/TV stations by preparing an announcement and/or inviting the press to observe your group's SET operation.
      6.  Set up liaison with one or more NTS local/section nets (if you don't already have liaison) so you will have an outlet for all messages out of the local area.
      7.  Formulate your plans around a simulated disaster.  Possible "plots" include: a flood, a serious fire, an ice storm, a missing person, a serious accident (automobile, bus, aircraft, for examples), a broken gas line, and so forth.  Elaborate on the situation by developing a scenario, but please be realistic.

    During the SET

      1.  Announce the emergency situation.  Activate the emergency net.  Dispatch mobiles to served agencies.
      2.  Have designated stations originate messages on behalf of served agencies.  Test messages may be sent simulating requests for supplies.  Simulated emergency messages (just like real emergency messages) should be signed by an authorized official.
      3.  Emphasize tactical communications for served agencies.
      4.  As warranted by traffic loads, have liaison stations on hand to receive traffic on the local net and relay to your section net.  You should also be sure that there is a representative on each session of the section net to receive traffic going to the local area.
      5.  Operate at least one session (or substantial segment of a session) of the local net on emergency-only basis.  Or, if a repeater is on emergency power, allow only emergency-powered stations to operate through the repeater for a certain time period.

    After the SET

    An important post-SET activity is a critique session to discuss the test results.  All ARES (and RACES) members should be invited to the meeting to review good points and weaknesses apparent in the drill.  Emphasize ways to improve procedures, techniques, and coordination with all groups involved.  Report your group's effort using the appropriate forms and include any photos, clippings and other items of interest.

    The Role of NTS

    The main function of the National Traffic System in an emergency situation is to tie together all of the various local activities and to provide a means by which all traffic destined outside of a local area, section or region can be systematically relayed to the addressee.

    Normal NTS routing should be followed.  A valid exception is the handling of emergency traffic that should be routed as rapidly and efficiently as possible, bypassing various levels of nets when delivery can be expedited.  Another exception is when one station is loaded down with traffic for one region or section.  At the discretion of the Net Control Station (NCS), the station may be directed to bypass a normal channel and go directly to a lower (or higher) echelon net.

    The interface between NTS and ARES lies in the liaison function between local nets and other NTS nets, particularly at the section level.  Responsibility for representation of the local network on the section net lies with the local net manager who may or may not be the EC.  Although we usually think of ARES members being the representatives in section nets, it is equally valid to expect NTS personnel to act as liaison to local nets.

    At least one net session or substantial segment of a session should be conducted on emergency power. Plan a surprise session or two.  Advise the NCS just before net time.  If NCS is unable to operate on emergency power, then someone else must be net control. Only stations operating on emergency power may report in during this time.


    One of the first steps on the way to a successful SET is to try to get as many people involved as possible, and especially new hams.  In a real emergency, we find amateurs with all sorts of varied interests coming out of the woodwork.  Let's get them involved in SET so they will know more about how emergency communications should be handled. Promote SET on nets and repeaters, and sign up new, enthusiastic radio amateurs.  Many of those offering to help will be inexperienced in public-service activities.  It's up to you to explain what's going on to them, and provide them with useful roles.  They may like it so much that they become a permanent fixture in your ARES or NTS group.  For a review of last year's nationwide Simulated Emergency Test, read the article in July QST.

    Thanks to your efforts, the public service tradition in Amateur Radio continues!

  • ARRL Certificate of Merit

    This Certificate of Merit may be used to recognize and honor someone.

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  • 2011 Simulated Emergency Test Results

     The July (2012) QST article presents the 2010 Simulated Emergency Test results.

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  • White Paper on Types of Background Checks

    At the request of the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, ARRL General Counsel prepated this simple white paper describing the various type of background checks commonly used.



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