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Controller Guide

Guide to controlling the 2016 SET

John J. McDonough, WB8RCR

American Radio Relay League Michigan Section

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This document outlines the expectations for the District Emergency Coordinators or alternates who will act as controllers for the 2016 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test.
The exercise simulates the effect of a large scale coronal mass ejection striking the earth. The intent is to test the Section's ability to relay messages using only VHF/UHF circuits.

1. Introduction

Each year the Michigan Section uses the annual ARRL SET as an opportunity for an exercise. Exercises are intended to test specific capabilities. This year the Section has decided to test VHF relays.
The scenario this year will be around a massive coronal mass ejection (CME). Large CMEs can have a devastating effect on the infrastructure. Satellites, obviously, are at extreme risk, but other infrastructure can be damaged. Even a moderate CME results in an HF blackout.
This scenario allows the Section to simulate massive infrastructure assaults in the context of an HF blackout.
District Emergency Coordinators will act as exercise controllers, inserting a few injects into their District, and providing context to exercise players.
The load on any individual county will be light. This allows the individual counties to design activities to test those capabilities important to the local jurisdiction.
In addition to specific actions, this document, along with the MSEL, provides controllers with context to assist in responding to any queries from the players.

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