IARU Region 1 invites stations of Emergency Communications Groups in Region 1 to participate in a Simulated Emergency Test on;
Saturday 21st May, 2022 14.00 – 16.00 UTC
The operation will take place on and near the emergency Centre-of-Activity (CoA) frequencies on 40 and 17 metres (+-QRM ).
This is a short notice event to test how well emergency communications groups can set up networks from home or temporary locations. Messages will be passed in both directions so please keep notes of who you can work as you may be asked to relay outgoing messages to their destination.
The objectives of the test are;
- increase the common interest in emergency communications.
- test how usable the CoA frequencies are in IARU Region 1.
- create practices for international emergency communication and
- practice the relaying of messages using SSB and CW.
So, please remember that this is not a contest, it is an emergency communications exercise to develop the skills we will need to provide an international emergency network.
Messages may be passed on voice (SSB) or CW modes as detailed below.
Each Band/Mode will have a Control station operating as follows:
40m CW — EH4NET
40m SSB — EH5NET
17m CW — EH8NET
17m SSB — EH9NET
Control stations will be QRV on frequencies ( +-QRM ) as shown below.
Stations intending to participate are requested to register through their IARU R1 National Emergency Communications Co-Ordinators.
Participating stations should call ‘CQ GLOBALSET’.
E70ARA 40m only
E79RZE 40m only
EH9NET (Coordinator National Station)
Each participating station will send messages to the Control station formatted using the IARU HF International Emergency Operating Procedure which can be seen here. That page also has the message forms to be used for the exercise.
Stations should relay messages received towards the Control station for that band or mode.
To comply with licence regulations, all messages should be addressed to a licensed radio amateur taking part in the exercise.
Messages should be less than 25 words and must not include anything which would be considered as a ‘real emergency’ message by a listener.
- Weather report at the station location
- Number of operators available
- Interesting fact about the station
would all be acceptable messages.
There is no limit on the number of messages to be sent but each one must have a unique message number.
To avoid QRMing the control stations, please move to frequencies near the CoA in steps of 5KHz for contacts with others.
To create a more realistic situation, please limit your transmitting power during the exercise to 100 Watts. We are especially interested in stations operating mobile/portable and/or on emergency power.
CW is included in this SET to increase the possibility of stations making contacts in difficult conditions. CW stations should operate near the CoA frequencies where SSB traffic cannot be heard.
CW stations must send the same format as used for voice messages and not exceed 15wpm.
A log sheet for messages passed is provided here so that analysis of the exercise will be easier. Stations are asked to submit logs of the messages relayed to firstname.lastname@example.org , but not the messages themselves.