If you’re aware of a SET taking place in your state, let us know!  Shoot me an email with details to JohnJacob@RadioFreeRedoubt.com



UPDATED INFORMATION (VHF Information affects Kootenai County and Spokane County – Washington)

Statewide HF voice net on 3929 LSB.
Kootenai Co. VHF/UHF voice on KARS 146.980/443.975,
due to malfunctioning 147.08 repeater.
Also expect VHF PSK31 on 145.600, as well as packet on
145.090(?) (probable, not specified).
Overview: http://www.idahoares.info/exercise_state_wide.shtml#2015_SET



Hello Idaho AmRRON Members!  (and surrounding states)

The western states emergency/disaster services, both government and volunteer organizations, are planning for a massive disaster training exercise in June of 2016 (named Cascadia Rising).  It is an earthquake/tsunami scenario based exercise that I’ll be talking about more in the near future.
However, many state-level ARES groups are planning ahead of time to help become more prepared.  The Idaho ARES will be conducting a SET (Simulated Emergency Test) on October 17th.  I’ve included the HF frequencies and modes below, but for more information, you can go to the Idaho ARES website at http://www.idahoares.info/exercise_state_wide.shtml.
Once there, scroll down until you see the banner titled: October 17, 2015 – 0800 PDT to 2200 PDT
WHY and HOW?
Why:  Anytime there’s emergency communications training happening in your community or state, it provides a great opportunity for you to practice tuning in, familiarizing yourself with your equipment, and listening to see how traffic is passed.  This way in a real-world emergency you’ll know where to go to find information about a developing disaster situation.  And those in your local network can benefit as well – those who will be tuning in to listen for information that you will be relaying to your network and your community.
How:  Go to the website I’ve linked above.  Note the frequencies and the guidance outlined there.  You should also be identifying the local EOC (Emergency Operations Center) frequencies that your county ARES groups will be using, such as the repeater frequencies.  Those should also be in your comms binder by now.  Plan ahead with others in your community and your network, so that you can cover all the bands and modes (HF, VHF, Voice, Digital, CW) and conduct regular net check-ins in your local AmRRON network.  Relay any updates or information about what you’ve heard during your monitoring sessions to your AmRRON net.  Don’t forget about the folks tuning in on CH3!  Get creative, and hold your own ‘mini’ comms exercise, incorporating what you monitor from the ARES nets.  It can be a fun and educational experience.
Now, go get your comms up!

MODULATION       NIGHT PRIMARY kHZ          DAY PRIMARY kHZ        MODE                NOTES

VOICE                                  3929                                        7229     LSB

DIGITAL                              *3678.5  [3578.5]                                                     USB PSK-31     OFFSET 500 Hz On Waterfall


Same information in Table format:

VOICE 3929 7229 LSB
DIGITAL *3678.5  [3578.5] USB PSK-31 OFFSET 500 Hz On Waterfall

*The frequency listed on the ARES site is for EXTRA CLASS ONLY.  This may have been a misprint, as their digital nets are normally at 3578.5, USB, 500Hz on the waterfall.  We’ve contacted AmRRON members who are in Idaho ARES to seek clarification and to make the appropriate corrections to the Idaho ARES website.  If you are not EXTRA CLASS, do not transmit on 3678.5 in any mode.  Plan on comms taking place on 3578.5    -JJS