Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Night Shift - Field Day 2014

Photo by Bill Downes KE5VKB
Last year, this photo made the rounds on social media as it commemorated the "night shift".

This year, have your Field Day plans come into play?  

Did you test out your equipment during the Simulated Emergency Test?

Did you use the Incident Command System to plan your events?

Are you gearing up for the Simulated Emergency Test?

How to Join the SET

To participate in this year’s emergency test, contact your local ARRL emergency coordinator or net manager to find out the details. ARRL Sections, ARES teams and nets may conduct their exercises anytime during September through December. If you don’t know who to call, please touch base with your ARRL Section Manager for assistance. See page 16 of QST for contact information or check the ARRL Web page. The URL to start with is From there, you’ll find links to ARRL section home pages with names and contact information for your Section Leaders including the Section Emergency Coordinator and Section Traffic Manager. Whether you’re a new licensee or an experienced radio amateur, the SET is a golden opportunity to learn or practice useful skills in traffic handling, net operation and emergency communications protocols and management.

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.

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