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NY amateur radio operators participating in national exercise October 1 to test emergency communications.
Contact: Fred Halley, Jr.
Phone: (518) 505-3733
PO Box 324
Clifton Park, NY

Saratoga County Amatuer
Radio Association
Press Release
Radio operators get “SET” for Emergency Communications
Radio operators from around the nation test their readiness
October 1-2, 2016: Amateur radio operators in Saratoga County will join in a nationwide exercise to test emergency communications on October 1st. Radio operators will be stationed at local fire departments, ambulance stations, schools, churches, and other key locations around the county that would be suitable as an emergency shelter.
Starting at 9 a.m., the radio control station (Net Control) will begin a roll call of locations to verify a presence and determine the quality of radio signals from each location. The roll call and testing will continue until 11:00am. The data gathered from this exercise will be used to update the current emergency radio plan for the county and provide valuable information to emergency managers as they plan for future events.
The Saratoga County activities are part of the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) Simulated Emergency Test (SET), a nationwide exercise in emergency communications.
The purpose of SET is to:
• Identify strengths and weaknesses of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and the National Traffic System (NTS), the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), and other groups in providing emergency communications;
• Provide a public demonstration -- to served agencies such as Red Cross, Emergency Management and through the news media -- of the value to the public that amateur radio provides, particularly in time of need; and
• Help radio amateurs gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated emergency conditions.
SET is 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. ARES®, NTS, RACES, and other public-service oriented groups can be involved in SET.
Emergency Coordinators sign up all available amateurs in their area and work them into the SET plans, making a special effort to attract new radio operators.
The SET weekend gives communicators the opportunity to focus on the emergency communications capability within their communities while interacting with NTS nets. SET weekend is announced in the ARRL trade journal, QST.
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