Fall SET

The 2016 Fall SET will use the Amateur Radio COMMEX developed for Cascadia Rising 2016 and will be Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 0900-1300 local.


Before the SET:
Based on the Cascadia Rising Scenario Document which has been widely distributed (and also available at this URL), familiarize yourself with the estimated earthquake damage in your county, municipality, or area.  Please involve all your ARES/RACES team members including those operating from their home stations in support of their local EOC.  Please remember that in a real catastrophic earthquake your EOC may not be operational or difficult to access.

1) Distribute the following as widely as possible within ARES Teams. Note that some material here is intended not only for the SET Exercise, but also for general reference going forward. 

2) Attached please find (COMEX), "Instructions Amateur Radio COMMEX 6-7-2016.docx"; the original COMEX that was prepared to be independently used by Amateur radio assets during the time period of Cascadia Rising 2016 (CR-16), and later canceled without action. This message is for reference only. 

3) The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016. The "core activity participation interval" is 1000 to 1200 PDT. As always, the actual time frame for an individual jurisdiction's participation is flexible and may be determined at the discretion of the local EC/DEC. The content and goals of the exercise are also locally flexible. For those Teams desiring to participate in the ARRL SET (see ARRL web site), including collecting points for specified activities, that is authorized. If possible, please use at least part of the period 1000-1200 to participate in the "core activities" and work within the exercise goals.

4) The following Core Activities are encouraged for this SET Exercise:

    A) Use 60-meter voice to contact Camp Murray, and as many neighboring jurisdictions as possible.  Purpose is to get a feel for propagation on this band, and promote the adoption of this band by our ARES Teams and their EM partners. When discussing station equipment with your Emergency Management Professional(s), WWa ARES stresses that 60-meter voice capability is highly desirable, providing unique advantages in propagation characteristics and interoperability with Amateur and non-Amateur Agency disaster communications.  

    B) Use Winlink (VHF & HF) to send simulated message(s) to Camp Murray in either ISNAP or Logistical format (or both). Use of the following email addresses is authorized for this SET Exercise and also for future exercises, unless/until otherwise directed:

   W7EMD@winlink.org        (General messaging to the Washington State EOC @ Camp Murray).
   ISNAP@mil.wa.gov         (For ISNAP Forms)
   RFA@mil.wa.gov           (For logistical messages)

Note: for Exercise Traffic and actual operational messaging, use the W7EMD address on all traffic, and also either the ISNAP or RFA address as appropriate (multiple addressees). Duplication is not a problem but the possibility of a communications outage that would lead to missed messages in a real event could be. This was determined during the After Action Debrief to be the preferred format.

5) One training issue that arose in CR-16 is that message originators must insure they include both name & POSITION on ICS 213 and similar messages, whether sent via voice or WL2K.  After the initial surge of messages we received on the first half-day of CR2016, we got a slew of kick backs because the POSITION of the originator was not specified.  We sent loads of "Who are you?" WL2K reply messages.   In our ramp-up exercises there were no sharp-eyed EM folks reading the messages so, understandably that went unnoticed.  In CR2016 as well as the real world the EM folks are looking for appropriate authority, and in the absence of name recognition, requests are delayed until that key piece of info gets added.   Our operators could easily anticipate that sort of glitch if we all coach them to question originators for any omissions prior to launching a message.


Frank Wolfe, NM7R

Instructions and Supporting Documents: