Hawaii State SET 2018 Exercise Information


Accessed on 29 September 2018, 0224 UTC, Post #709.


Email from Rick Bowen (AH6RK) and Ceri Sanders (AH6CS).


Posted below is the latest 2018 ARRL SET information for Hawaii Island radio amateurs.  If you have questions, please contact Rick at or Ceri at

Hawaii State SET 2018 Exercise Information

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richard bowen

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To all North Hawaii ARES members,

Attached is the Hawaii State ARRL SET 2018 exercise document.  The exercise will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon HST.
Please read the document in detail and let us know  how you would like to participate.   
The plan assumes a hub and spoke communication model with HF hubs and VHF spokes and using a simulated EOC.  Communication bieween the hubs and simulated EOC uses FEMA ICS 205 message formats.  Communication between spokes and the hub is by voice.
Our district  will not be standing up HF hubs for this net because we do not have enough VHF hams interested in acting as spokes to support a reasonable hub and spoke VHF/HF network.  There has been a steep decline in interest in VHF participation by CERT hams since last year as we previously reported.
However, there IS  a part of the plan that hams can participate in as individuals and Ceri and I will be doing that.  In particular, State ARES is looking for Winlink ICS 213 messages containing  SITREP, DA and  RFA sent by 2-meter packet, Telnet, and HF using Pactor III or ARDOP.   We urge you to consider that option.  Winlink using Telnet is a particularly simple way to do this and would provide an opportunity to get aquainted with the Winlink software and system.
Please send comments and questions, especially ideas about ways we can incorporate more of the SET plan into our operations during the test on October 13.
73, Rick Bowen AH6RK and Ceri Sanders AH6CS
Richard Bowen AH6RK
Ceridwen Sanders AH6CS
PO Box 138
43-1781 Manienie Road
Paauilo, HI 96776
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Here’s some more information from the ARRL on the 2018 SET.
Here’s the complete text from HQ ARRL:

Emergency Preparedness Takes Center Stage for 2018 Simulated Emergency Test

09/28/2018The 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is just ahead. The primary ARRL-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) volunteers, as well as those affiliated with other organizations involved with emergency and disaster response. Although the main SET weekend this year is October 6 – 7, local and Section-wide exercises may take place throughout the fall. Those who already take part in public service and emergency activities are getting ready for the annual SET, a dress rehearsal, next month. But, the 2018 ARRL SET is an open casting call for all radio amateurs interested in expanding their emergency preparedness knowledge and skill.

The annual SET encourages maximum participation by all Amateur Radio operators, partner organizations, and national, state, and local officials who typically engage in emergency or disaster response.

In addition to ARES volunteers, radio amateurs active in the National Traffic System, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), SKYWARN™, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN), and a variety of other allied groups and public service-oriented radio amateurs are needed to fulfill important roles in this nationwide exercise.

The SET allows volunteers to test equipment, modes, and skills under simulated emergency conditions and scenarios. Individuals can use the time to update a “go-kit” for use during deployments and to ensure their home station’s operational capability in an emergency or disaster.

At the national level, ARRL has established formal working relationships with partner organizations and agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American National Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the National Weather Service, the National Communications System, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials- International (APCO-International), Citizen Corps, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), REACT International, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), United States Power Squadron, and Boy Scouts of America. Details on these organizations and how they work with ARRL and Amateur Radio operators are on the ARRL website.

To get involved, contact your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager. Check on upcoming planned activities through local, state, or Section-wide nets. If you don’t know already, find out who the Emergency Coordinator is and where the nearest ARES group meets. Your ARRL Section Manager should be able to assist.

Additional background on the annual SET is presented in the article, “2017 Simulated Emergency Test Results,” in the July 2018 issue of QST. Guidelines and specific SET reporting forms for ARRL Section and Field Organization leaders are posted on the ARRL website for use by Emergency Coordinators and Net Managers, or by Section leaders in charge of reporting this year’s SET activity. — Thanks to Steve Ewald, WV1X

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check the blog sidebars and links.  These news feeds are updated daily and weekly.  Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de

Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Coordinator

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

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