This year's Louisiana Section ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be conducted on Saturday, September 26th from 9 am until 1 pm local time. All active NELA ARES members are invited and encouraged to participate directly in the event while area amateur radio operators are also invited to participate, but will be given only limited participation access.
An email message containing preliminary event information will be sent to all active NELA ARES members at 8 am on the morning of the exercise. This email will coincide with the initial impact of the simulated emergency test. Scenario details will follow promptly at 9 am on the 146.850 MHz repeater located in Monroe with continuing event coordination being handled on that same frequency. Should the repeater be unavailable, the repeater located in Calhoun will be the acting as backup on the frequency of 146.970 MHz. Participants will be asked for their equipment and skills capabilities at the time of check-in.
Unlike past SET exercises which involved scenarios of eminent hurricane landfall or approaching severe weather events, this year we will be evaluating our organizational and individual abilities to initiate and maintain radio communication under emergency power conditions. This means that preparations should be made ahead of time to accommodate remote, off-the-grid equipment operation. Such operation could involve the use of backup generators, automobile-supplied power sources and/or solar energy. Each amateur should decide what power source and environment is best suited for his/her participation.
Resulting evaluation data, comments and suggestions will be collected from all participants afterward and forwarded to the ARRL Louisiana Section as well as Headquarters for feedback. It is also our intention to discuss these results at our next monthly ARES meeting.
For more information or if you have questions, contact KC6UVA Mark Armstrong, Ouachita Parish Emergency Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (318) 947-9053
We look forward to hearing you on the air!