Message format for the 2017 Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

Big Island ARRL News, 18 October 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #345.


E-mail from Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ), District Emergency Coordinator, Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

Accessed on 18 October 2017, 1545 UTC.


All Hawaii radio amateurs are invited to participate in the 2017 Simulated Emergency Test scheduled for Saturday, 21 October 2017, from 0800 to 1300 HST.

Eric Grabowski (KH6CQ) has drafted a message format for use in this emergency communications exercise.  Use of this form will make contacts and information transfers more efficient.

Here’s the full text of Eric’s message:

For SET 2017, we will have a station in Oregon simulating a gateway in order to get H&W (health and welfare) messages from radio amateurs in the field to the Safe and Well database run by the American Red Cross.
Field stations will send their H&W messages to their Hub stations. The Hub stations will transcribe each message into the WinLink Safe and Well template and forward them to the destination station in Oregon.
Although H&W message are normally not passed out of a disaster zone in the first 72 hours of an incident, for this exercise field stations can send them to the hub stations during lulls in the exercise or after 1300 hours. The hub stations will send this traffic to the simulated Red Cross gateway station via WinLink between 1300 hours Saturday and 1259 hours Sunday.

Here is an example of a H&W message sent from a field station to a hub station. Kawaihae Base, this is Team Puako with Health and Welfaretraffic. This is an exercise message. Eric Grabowski ARL ONE ARL SIX  This is an exercise message. KH6CQ.

You should use your own name or make one up.
ARL ONE means “Everyone safe here. Please don’t worry.”
ARL  SIX means “Will contact you as soon as possible.”
(These are ARRL numbered messages. Refer to for more information.)
Here is an example of the text portion of the H&W message above sent from the hub station to the gateway station. This is an exercise message. Eric Grabowski. Everyone safe here. Please don’t worry. Will contact you as soon as possible. This is an exercise message.

73 and aloha, Eric KH6CQ

District Emergency Coordinator

Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Service”
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