South Dakota Contest Club

From Matt (K7BG) and Todd (WD0T), “We thought it might be fun to see if we could get interest in a statewide contest club. If nothing else, it would be fun to fill in the CLUB space with a common name in our logging software so we can compete on a club level with other contest clubs in the medium club category. While there are mileage limits in the ARRL club rules, those mileage limits are waved if we all live and operate within the same ARRL section. That means all operators who live and operate within the state can count their scores toward a common club total.

So, we are in the process of getting an ARRL affiliated club set up for this purpose and wondered who may be interested? We just thought it would be a little added fun in addition to our regular contesting activities. I was inspired by the SD license plate to use the name Great Places Contest Club. We thought this would have statewide appeal. The name could be changed if club members wanted another name.

No dues are anticipated unless members see the need to do so and this club would not compete with other local radio club activities since this club would be primarily designed around contesting.

More to come.

Parc meeting

This is just a friendly reminder that the PARC monthly meeting will be held this Thursday night at fire station #4 in Pierre.

PARC Club Meetings: The Pierre Amateur Radio Club meets every month. The regular PARC monthly business meeting will be held at 7:00 PM, the 2nd Thursday of every month at fire station #4 unless posted otherwise. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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ARRL Simulated Emergency Test

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The main weekend for the 2019 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is this weekend. The primary League-sponsored national emergency exercise is designed to assess the skills and preparedness of ARES and other organizations involved with emergency/disaster response. The SET has never been more important than now given the emphasis on training, the Incident Command System (ICS) and emergency management at large.

Local ARES teams and ARRL Sections as a whole will conduct exercises on scenarios and work with served partner entities including local, regional and state emergency management agencies and organizations with which ARRL holds formal memoranda of understanding (MOU) such as the American Red Cross and many others. Although the primary SET weekend is in October, SETs can be scheduled at the local and Section levels and conducted throughout the fall season to help maximize participation.

ARRL Field Organization Leaders — Section Managers, Section Emergency Coordinators, Section Traffic Managers, District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators, and all of their Assistants and Net Managers — are among those tasked with developing plans and scenarios for this year’s SET.

The object of the annual nationwide exercise is to test training and skills and to try out new technologies and methodologies while working with partners to cement relationships in advance of real world need. The resulting networking helps ARES members and leaders get to know their counterparts that they would be working with during actual incidents.