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Activities – Northeast Wisconsin District ARES/RACES http://www.ne-wi-aresraces.org Emergency Communications serving Northeast Wisconsin Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:06:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test http://www.ne-wi-aresraces.org/2014-arrl-simulated-emergency-test/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:59:00 +0000 http://www.ne-wi-aresraces.org/?p=78 Download the SET2014 Guidelines

August 18, 2014

Hello all. This year I’d like to propose we concentrate our efforts on not only communicating with our local ARES/RACES
members in our counties, but to also reach out and contact our neighboring counties. The goal is to see how an EC from
one county can effectively make contact with a neighboring EC. And, to make it more fun, let’s use as many bands and
modes as we have available. FM repeaters and simplex do the heavy lifting, how about using Winlink and Packet as well.

When: Saturday October 4th
0900 – 1200 (9am to Noon) CDT
Statewide resources include: WeComm Repeater System www.wecomm.org
HF ARES/RACES VOICE Net 3967 KHz www.wi-aresraces.org
It’s up to each EC to develop an emergency scenario in their county, or not (you may decide to just have your
local hams check into your net). Planning is up to you. If you develop an action plan for SET2014, I’d like to hear
about it. Send your comments and photos to me any time after the exercise. For complete ARRL guidelines,
please refer to www.arrl.org and enter SET in the search box. Details are contained in Chapter 2.
I have developed 4 Goals for each County EC. They are:
Goal #1: Set up a NET within your county. This is usually done on a local repeater or simplex frequency. Call for
amateurs to check in, and get the following information from each:
1. Name, Call, Location
2. ARRL Member (yes, no)
3. ARES/RACES Member (yes, no)
4. Newly licensed since 2010 (yes/no)
5. Emergency power (yes, no)

Remember, all amateurs are encouraged to participate.

Goal #2: Communicate to your adjacent Counties (those you share a WI boarder with). Preferably this is a
message from one EC to another. Any mode possible; FM simplex and HF is encouraged. Keep a listing of the
bands and modes you’ve used. The following information should be passed from County to County:

1. EC Name, Call, Location
2. Number of participants in county (thus far, total is reported after the SET)
3. Number of ARRL members (thus far, total is reported after the SET)
4. Number of newly licensed hams since 2010 (again, at the time of contact, totals follow SET)

If using CW, you might have a report like: Jon AB9NN Outagamie 6 5 1
EC’s don’t forget to try to communicate to your DEC and pass this traffic also.
DEC’s also should try to contact the SEC with a report from their district.

Goal #3: Communicate with the Wisconsin SET Nets: 3967 KHz Voice, 3555 KHz CW, or using the WeComm
repeater system. Net control operators are:
 HF 3967 Voice – Ron WB9WKO
 HF 3555 CW – Denny K9LGU
 WeComm – TBDach County should check into one of the Wisconsin SET Nets and pass the following traffic:

1. EC Name, Call, Location
2. Number of participants in county
3. Number of ARRL members
4. Number of newly licensed hams since 2010.

Goal #4: And finally, a 4th goal this year. I’d like to see if members from one District can communicate to
another District. This may seem a little tricky, but it’s not. Any EC (or their liaison) from a District can
communicate to another District. Specifically, I have created District Pairs. Only Counties from one District Pair
should communicate to their associated District Pair. Here’s the list:

1. Northwest & Southeast
2. West Central & East Central
3. Southwest & Northeast

I suggest you make contact and pass the following traffic.
1. EC Name
2. Call
3. County
4. District

I encourage you to again use any mode and band necessary, you’ll most likely use the HF Net Controls for the
Wisconsin SET to arrange off-net contacts. When using the WeComm system be sure to make contacts under
the direction of the Net Control operator.

Each EC uses Form A EC SET REPORT. Download it at www.arrl.org/public-service-field-services-forms
You must record: A) Number of amateurs who participated; B) Number of new amateurs licensed since 2010;
C) Number of formal messages on behalf of served agencies; D) Tactical communications on behalf of serviced
agencies; E) Stations on emergency power; F) Emergency powered repeaters; G) Dual ARES/RACES membership
encouraged <yes, in Wisconsin so grab your 10 points!>; H) Liaison during SET with NTS; I) Digital modes used; J)
Number of different agencies served; K) Number of communities/agencies contacted; L) Press release
submitted. Be sure to submit your Form A to your District Emergency Coordinator (DEC). For a listing of DEC’s
(and County EC’s in WI ARES/RACES), please click on this link.

All DEC’s need to remember to send a copy of your forms to the KC9NVV ASEC-Training.
I encourage you to work with your County & Tribal Emergency Management Coordinators. Many of you are already
actively involved with your local officials, however if you don’t know who to contact, please click on this link.
I’d also like to encourage you to use the WeComm system as much as possible. The leadership at WeComm has
specifically asked me to have you use the system for statewide communications. I think this would be a great method
for your District to District messages. I’ll generate a report at the end of this year’s exercise and share the information so
you can see the results.

If your county has already or are going to complete your SET at another time you still need to fill out Form A and B.
All EC’s please remember to send a copy of your forms to me for the state training file.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. Good Luck!

Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator, Training
Chris Keezer, KC9NVV

2013 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test http://www.ne-wi-aresraces.org/2013-arrl-simulated-emergency-test/ Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:39:43 +0000 http://www.ne-wi-aresraces.org/?p=59 The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is scheduled for Saturday October 5, 2013. All county ARES/RACES teams in the State of Wisconsin and encouraged and expected to participate. The scenario for this year’s event is as follows:

2013 Wisconsin ARES/RACES SET

Situation: Wisconsin has experienced a severe drought. There is a red flag warning for the entire state as weather conditions are prime for wild fires and forest fires.

Concept of operation: Each DEC shall with their EC’s set a plan to deploy and operate remotely. To transmit from each district a report by each DEC or designee containing the counties in their district taking part in the drill, if they are deployed or not, and the containment of the fire in their area and if there is any mutual aid to other districts. Containment info is made up and for drill fun only.

Modes: Each district can use any mode it wants but traffic to ARES leadership should be sent as follows,

1. Winlink.

2. UHF Voice on the Wisconsin Interstate Network.

3. HF Voice .

Each county can send as much traffic as they want to the district level however to manage a drill this large only district level traffic should go to the state level.

Duration of the drill: While times may vary, the drill should run for at least 2 hours.

Northeast Wisconsin District SET

For the counties in the Northeast Wisconsin District, we will be operating the District hamshack located at the Wisconsin State Patrol headquarters in Wausau. Counties should be using their own frequencies and nets for local operations. The district hamshack will be staffed from approximately 9:00am to noon on October 5th.

In this year’s SET scenario, you are expected to contact your DEC in one of the following methods (listed in priority):

  1. Winlink 200o
  2. District voice net
  3. HF via the BEN

To contact the district via Winlink2000 (preferred), please use one of the following addresses:

  • NE District Winlink address: wi9wem@winlink.org
  • NE DEC Winlink address: kb9vbr@winlink.org

The District will be monitoring the following wide area linked repeaters to receive traffic:

  • NE Voice repeater: 444.425 MHz PL114.8 Wausau  (linked to 442.550 Suring repeater)
  • WIN Voice Repeater: 442.200 MHz PL 114.8 Wausau (linked statewide)
  • Onedia/Vilas Counties: 146.94 MHz PL 114.8 Rhinelander (will be monitored in Wausau)

To contact via the Badger Emergency Net (BEN) please format your traffic as an NTS radiogram and submit it to the noon BEN net.

Information to pass to the district

As part of the SET you should send one peace of voice traffic via any method to the district who will pass the information to the SEC and the ARES training ASEC outlining the following:

  • Number of members our your roster,
  • Number taking part in the drill,
  • Location of your remote operating site,
  • if you will be having a social event after the drill to “Debrief “.


At the conclusion of your county SET, county ECs should fill out the ARRL SET Form A. District and State nets will fill out the SET Form B. Email a copy of your Form A to your DEC and directly to the ARRL.


Set Scenario SET

SET Outline (WI ARES/RACES) Set Outline 2013

SET Scorecard SET Scorecard

SET Form B (ARRL) Form B SET 2013

SET Form A (ARRL) Form A SET 2013