October - S.E.T.


Exercise: To find out the strengths and weaknesses of the ARES, NTS and other groups providing emergency communications.

To help you gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated-emergency conditions.

Simulated Emergency. Want to help? Email

Gather on air to:

  1. use on-air skills you rarely use
  2. get to know your neighbourhood
  3. join international Amateur Radio Emergency Service event
  4. practise some disaster response skills (field observer and EyeWARN)

An on-air exercise involving net control and radio operators distributed throughout the city. Amateur radio organizations organize local SET’s on the globally scheduled date.

Example scenario

A major wind and snow storm struck Vancouver. Pockets throughout the city lost power. Snow and debris blocks streets differently all over.

City of Vancouver asks operators to help collect reports on local conditions* for initial situation awareness.

Example itinerary

  1. Set up ad hoc net control
  2. Collect check-ins and advise report needs (local conditions*)
  3. Collect reports
  4. Transfer net control
  5. Play a power drop at net control station
  6. Play a power failure at net control station
  7. Send formal message to EOC to request local aid
  8. Debrief roundtable on-air (I like, I wish)

* Examples of local conditions to note

  • Do you have power?
  • Is there traffic moving on your street?
  • Does your local reception Centre have power? Can you get there by car, by foot?
  • Does your local school have power? Can the students get home?

Past Events

  • last VECTOR SET was many years ago
  • VECTOR exercises shifted to smaller scale: focused on DSA’s and nets for a while