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Peter Newell KC2WI our NNY - SEC's  "SET" Update is set!

Hello Amateurs in NNY & Beyond

SET for October Update Report of our Activities Planned for 
NNY's 10 Counties ARES members etc.                              
 ~~~~~~  Peter Newell - KC2WI is our NNY - SEC writes: ~~~~~~
The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test is typically done first weekend in
October but several key participants in NNY have first weekend
conflicts.  We also typically just do a Saturday morning HF net. An HF
net is fine, but I would like to do something different this year as the
main focus. I think most people are not that familiar or comfortable
handling formal written traffic by voice and definitely not familiar
with NTS traffic nets.  We may question whether with Radiograms and NTS
is applicable, but the fact is that the “Radiogram is the standard
message” form. 

*We all should know how to use it. If there were to be some large-scale
disaster/emergency situation, we may find that Radiograms would be used
for formal messaging especially between us and other ARES groups. We may
particularly find that NTS is useful for sending/receiving health and
welfare messages to other areas.  So would like to focus the NNY SET on
basic formal written message handling using the Radiogram format. 

Since this is a learning experience, it is expected that relaying of
messages may take time, as people figure out how to make the connections
between ARES groups. Therefore, I have designated October 1-18 as the
NNY SET period because I do not see all the message relaying taking
place in one or two days. This also allows more people to fit SET
activity into their schedule.

    NNY SET Goals:
 • Every ARES member to send and receive at least one properly
formatted Radiogram message.
 • At least one message passed between every ARES group (county)
directly or by relay.
 • Interface with NTS to get messages between 'distant' counties in

One message passed between each ARES group means that your group should
be sending 9 messages out of the county and receiving 9 messages, one
from each other county (if all counties participate). The messages can
get passed using HF or VHF/UHF. To get from one end of the section to
the other on VHF, relays will be needed.

You could also utilize the National Traffic System. However, based on EC
reports I get, there are no local NTS traffic nets. This is an
opportunity for your group to see if there is a net in a nearby county
that you can get in to. You can also check in to the New York Public
Operations Net at 5PM, the New York State Phone Traffic and Emergency
Net at 6PM, or the Second Region Net at 6:30PM, all on 3925 every day. 
I have talked with NCS on all of these nets and they will be happy to
have anyone check in with messages even if they are not regular NTS
operators. My suggestion is to have your people listen to these nets to
become familiar with how to send radiograms. There is also reference
material online. Most of us, including me, will probably not do it
perfectly but that is why we need to train.

A big question I have heard is how do we know who to address the other
county messages to? You could address them to the other ECs. But a
better suggestion is for each of you to come up with a list of your
members who will be participating and send that list to me.  If there
are specific times and frequencies include that info. You could also
include a phone number if they are willing to give it out so they could
be called with a message if reasonable attempts to do it by radio fail.
Possibly you can designate one individual per county to send and
receive. Then before the SET I will send the consolidated list so you
know how to address messages.

Message content is really not that important. Do not get hung up on it.
If you want to make up a simulated emergency message that is fine. If so
make sure that the message body indicates it is not real. Put something
like "drill" or "exercise message" as the first word(s). Or the message
could be real status such as "Xyz county has 12 operators participating
in the SET" or "All county infrastructure is operating normally" or

         ~~~~~~~~ Peter Newell ~~~~~~~~

                                  Why ARRL & ARES Have SET?   

          Message from Tom KF2GC NNY-SM and  Steve Ewald-WV1X

      Hello fellow NNY-Amateurs, Yes Please, "Participate in/with SET: an ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) this Fall Classic It’s Just Ahead, October 2nd thru 5th 2021." Now for more info on why we do this please check out the ARRL website at: "The weekend for the 2021 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is only days away,

      October 2nd 3rd thru 5th.  The primary League-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES and other organizations involved with emergency and disaster response." Our own NNY Section ARES team has come up with the scenario-Nor’easter Snow Blizzard Storm we’ll work with served agencies and partner organizations during the SET. I plan to be on the Airwaves, First on HF in the morning & again in the afternoon 10am - 2pm at the EOC in Lewis, NY or Saranac Lake,residence. And then on the 2nd - 5thth here at my QTH. As ARES- EC Essex Co. it’s always a good Idea to make sure our local Emergency Services has a working Amateur Station in the times of a county activation. It’s important for the people there know that we can be counted on in the times when we are needed the most. Yes, Amateur Radio has and will be called upon to carry out needed communications in Emergency situations. As of late it will be necessary to have someone in another location carry out the VHF/UHF portions of the band while I’m logging the contacts on HF. This way more folks can get to check in and we can simultaneously work to cover our Sections large rural & wilderness regions in NNY. We want you to get involved and help in running a local repeater net or on a simplex frequency. both are welcome. Also, other modes like APRS will be used to communicate also. A Basic information message will be passed, we endeavor to keep exchanges short and to the point. Relay’s only when all else fails. My APRS will most likely be relays through digipeater-relays, so I anticipate using an auto reply; TNX for Contact during our NNY-SET, 2021 and remember time w/ date stamps are automatic. Mainly, to see if our communication paths are possible. Other logging formats or recording of contact sheets have been sent out and are available before this SET. So, ECs DECs and Emergency groups should have received them in plenty of time for the exercise. Once, you have them for the NNY-SET you can keep track of your contacts during your participation on VHF, HF or A Digital Mode, APRS or FLDIGI or Andflmsg etc. Later we can share our contacted information and assess our effectiveness for PRIMARILY inside our 10 Counties or outside our NNY-Section too. Steve Ewald said. “The SET invites all radio amateurs to become aware of emergency preparedness and available training, Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), National Traffic System (NTS), SKYWARN, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), MAR’s and other allied groups and public service-oriented radio amateurs are encouraged to participate.”

     “The objective of the annual nationwide exercise is to test training and skills and to try out new methods. It’s a time to work with partner organizations and served agencies to get to know them better and to determine their needs before an emergency or disaster strikes, Steve Ewald, said. “Knowing whom to contact within partner groups with the planned procedures will help everyone accomplish their goals and succeed in their missions. Getting to know these organizations at the local, section, and state levels and how to work together for effective emergency and disaster with the procedures for response service are important, Ewald said. The annual Simulated Emergency Test provides the chance, for you and the radio amateurs of your community help make it happen. To get involved, contact your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager.” See the ARRL Sections pages or get in touch with your ARRL Section Manager.”








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