On October 17th, 2015, Adams County R1D1 ARES participated in a statewide Colorado ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET) which was setup to simulate a wide area power and communications emergency and requires ARES operators to be resourceful in getting the information pass to the State Emergency Operations Center. R1D1 ran a simultaneous test using simplex frequencies to acquaint members with passing traffic across long distances via a relay method. The members that participated were: Norm Brown KB1SGJ, Terry Young N0VE, Steve Taylor KD0CRX, Diane Drake KD0ZXE, Richard Atkins KE5HQK, Eric Bettinger KD0QCJ John Murphy KC0JPO, Derek Jackson KC0LCD and George Rabtzow KD0RLT.
N0VE operated HF from home location; KB1SGJ and KEHQK operated HF from the Adams County EOC and KC0LCD operated HF from a remote Station in Strasburg. All tried to check into the State EOC on 80 Meters SSB Voice, 60 Meters SSB Voice and 40 Meters SSB Voice with no luck. We could here other Regions checking in but could never hear the State respond. KB1SGJ tried connecting with WC0AAX on WinMor on 80 Meter HF Digital; 60 Meter HF Digital and 40 Meter HF Digital with no success. Our NVIS antennas need some work.
At 10:00 AM members tuned to the R1D1 Primary VHF Simplex frequency calling “CQ” to determine whom was within their calling circle. Of all the participants only three could hear each other.
At 10:30 AM members tuned to the R1D1 Primary UHF Simplex frequency calling “CQ” to determine whom was within their calling circle. Of all the participants only three could hear each other.
The R1D1 exercise ended at 1100 with the following results:
The HF SSB voice net was unsuccessful having no contacts being made. It should be mentioned here that most of these in R1D1 live in areas with HOAs and are therefore limited in the types and size of antennas with which to operate with. Most are limited to 20 meters and up and therefore could not operate in the 80, 60 or 40 meter bands. The HF digital operation was also unsuccessful, with no message traffic passed. The R1D1 simplex VHF/UHF part of the exercise was unsuccessful as well, with no message traffic passed. It was agreed by all that we need to get more of our members involved in learning about, and passing, message traffic, as well as get more involved in the digital modes of operations.