Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service

On SATURDAY, October 7th, the annual ARRL/ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will take place, and Saratoga County amateur radio operators will be taking part. The objective is to activate as many stations from as many county locations, including served agencies, as possible. The goal is to demonstrate that our county can activate a corps of radio operators quickly in case of a real emergency. Points are awarded based on the nature of each QSO, and each county will report its results to the section emergency coordinator for ENY by noon that same day.

The exercise begins at 9 am and runs until 11 am for home, portable and mobile participants. You can take part by checking-in to the club’s linked 2-meter repeaters (147.00 & 147.240) or 147.360 at or about 9:00 a.m. to obtain an assignment. This year we’ll be focusing our efforts on the Northwestern portion of the County. If you can commit to a few hours on Saturday morning, maybe up until noon if we’re getting good results, take a drive towards the Northwestern portion of the county and check-in with NET control. We’ll be looking to test communications in the following areas: Providence, Edinburgh, Day, Hadley, and Corinth. You may need to use the Warren County repeater 146.730, minus offset, 100 Hz at some of the locations so you should check to ensure you have that frequency in your radio(s).

  • Check-in to the SET network on the club repeaters from each location.
  • Do this as many times as you can … then enjoy your morning, knowing you’ve made a real contribution to Saratoga County’s emergency preparedness.

The RULES for scoring are available.

Also, ARRL SET FORMS (and lots of other useful stuff). Look for “Form A” towards the button of the list.

73 and thank you,
Fred – W2EMS

Emergency Communications Training September 16, 2017

Saratoga County ARES has scheduled an Emergency Communications training session for September 16th from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The topic will be “What’s in your GO KIT”. The training will take place at the Saratoga County Fire Training Center classroom located on County Farm Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

The County ARES staff will provide attendees with an overview of “GO KIT” contents and use in emergency situations followed by a show and tell of several different kits. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own GO KIT to show the group.

Also, at this meeting members of Saratoga County ARES will be issued new ID cards. Please be prepared to have your photo taken for your new card.

Registration Required

You must be registered on the Eastern New York ARRL Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Member Registration website before you receive your new ID card. Register on the website.

A light breakfast will be provided.

– Fred, W2EMS

2016 SET – Simulated Emergency Test

On SATURDAY, October 1st, the annual ARRL/ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will take place, and Saratoga County amateurs will be taking part. The objective is to activate as many stations from as many county locations, including served agencies, as possible. The goal is to demonstrate that our county can activate a corps of radio operators quickly in case of a real emergency. Points are awarded based on the nature of each QSO, and each county will report its results to the section emergency coordinator for ENY by noon that same day.

The exercise begins at 9 am and runs until 11 am for home, portable and mobile participants. You can take part by checking-in to the club’s linked 2-meter repeaters (147.00 & 147.24) and reporting your location. You may report from home, and you may also report from local fire stations, hospitals, churches, schools, etc. — any facility that might serve as a shelter in a real emergency. If possible, go inside, introduce yourself, and tell them what’s happening. We get more points for going inside than for calling from the parking lot.  Anyone wishing to be an early responder needs to submit a cell phone number and email address by noon on Wednesday.

So please join us this Saturday, Oct. 1st, from 9 – 11 am. Call in from home and then drive to “shelter” facilities in your area and check in as well.

  • Check-in to the SET network on the club repeaters from each location.
  • Do this as many times as you can … then enjoy your afternoon, knowing you’ve made a real contribution to Saratoga County’s emergency preparedness.

The RULES for scoring the Eastern New York Section SET 2016 are available.

If you’re willing to commit in advance to visit any fire stations, etc. in your area, please let Phil-KC2YLM pweissman@nycap.rr.com or Fred – W2EMS W2EMS@ARRL.NET know.

73 and thank you,
Fred – W2EMS