Archive for March, 2009

Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

This April 18, 2009, is the Amateur Radio International Day, with the theme “Radio Amateur, Your Resource in Disaster and Emergency Communications”.

Also, on this day, IARU Region 1 invites the HQ-Stations of all IARU member societies and stations of Emergency Communications Groups to participate in a Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET).

The operation will take place on and near the emergency
Centre-of-Activity (CoA) frequencies on 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 metres (+-
QRM ).

The objectives of the test are;

  1. increase the common interest in emergency communications.
  2. test how usable the CoA frequencies are across ITU regions.
  3. create practices for international emergency communication and
  4. practice the relaying of messages using all modes.

The exercise will build on earlier GlobalSET exercises by starting to pass messages in a format which we may have to use for the agencies we may serve. The message exchange will take longer than in previous exercises and stations will have to be patient to transmit their messages across country and language boundaries.

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), Data or CW modes as detailed below.
Voice mode
Each IARU Region will have a HQ station operating on voice as follows:
Region 1 – GB4NRC
Region 2 – TG0AA
Region 3 – TBA

HQ stations will be QRV simultaneously on all CoA frequencies
appropriate to their region +- QRM as shown below.

Region 1

3760, 7060 or 7110, 14300, 18160, 21360
Stations intending to participate are requested to register through
their IARU Regional/National Emergency Communications Co-Ordinators as
Region 1 –

A list of participating stations will also be available at
Participating stations should call ‘CQ GLOBALSET’ giving their callsign
and organisation ( AREN,RAYNET, DARC etc. ).

Trailer Commissioning.

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Last Saturday, the 7th of March, the recently refurbished AREN Mobile Command Post was commissioned. More information on the work and background will be in the upcoming Echo Ireland, the Journal of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society. It is planned to have the MCP at the IRTS AGM the weekend of the 25th/26th of April.

MCP Commissioning 7 Mar 09

Pictured above are Tim, EI5GPB, John EI2GN, Dave EI4BZ, Conor EI4JN, IRTS President Finbarr EI1CS, Laurent EI8JV and John EI7IG.