Emergency Communications

Simulated Emergency Test 2006
Simulated Emergency Test (SET) 2006
On October 7th, 2006, members of the PCARA participated in an Simulated Emergency Test (SET). Several radio stations were utilized throughout the County. Rick W9WS manned the net control duties (at the club ham shack at the Polk County Government Center) on VHF as well as HF communications to Madison. Steve N0XC and son Ben manned the Emergency Communications van where cross-band repeat and packet messages were handled. Chuck WD9GWG served as the Rover Station utilizing his home equipment in Osceola, backing up HF operations as well as providing an IRLP link. Mark KC9GHQ set up a portable ham station at the St. Croix Regional Medical Center. His duties included passing messages from the Medical Center to designated served agencies. He utilized both voice and packet radio modes.
County participation included the Polk County Sheriff's Department as well as the St. Croix Falls Fire Department. This type interdepartmental assistance is valuable during times of emergencies. The Simulated Emergency Test is an opportunity to test communication procedures, be sure the activation plan works, and to provide training to all those involved.

Mark KC9GHQ is at his packet radio keyboard during the 2006 Simulated Emergency Test. His station was powered by battery, thus proving that ham radio can fill in when necessary and provide reliable communications until normal services can be reestablished.

There are two documents which provide further insight to the 2006 SET:

  1. PCARA 2006 SET Plan
  2. ARRL 2006 SET EC Report


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