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1. Overview

1.1. Introduction

Over the past several years, many people have asked for more exercises. This year the section hopes to have at least three, including the annual SET. The first of these is planned for April.

1.2. Driving Forces

The 2009 SET exposed several serious shortcomings in our level of readiness. The target of this exercise will be to help develop capabilities to fill those shortcomings.
  • Lack of leadership within nets
  • Lack of understanding of/interface to ARES
  • Overall lack of planning

1.3. Targets for the exercise

To address these needs, we hope to accomplish one basic target; communications from and to the State Emergency Operations Center using formalized, predefined circuits.
Communications for the exercise will be accomplished using point-to-point phone circuits, both VHF and HF. CW and packet circuits will be available for those counties who wish to test direct communications to the SEOC, but the primary exercise objectives will be carried out over phone circuits.

1.4. Capabilities to be developed

Each net will need to develop some specific capabilities prior to the exercise:
  • A plan for action in response to emergency or unusual needs among the various affiliated nets.
  • An understanding by the Section National Traffic System leadership of the Amateur Radio Emergency Services and its possible needs in the event of an incident.
  • A familiarity by NTS members of the individuals in leadership positions within ARES and their capabilities and assets.