Simulated Emergency Test

The Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is an annual nationwide emergency communications exercise with three goals:

  • Test the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and National Traffic System (NTS) capabilities and performance in a realistic scenario,

  • Demonstrate amateur radio's ability to perform in emergency and disaster-response conditions, and

  • Give operating experience to licensed amateur radio volunteers.

SET occurs in the first weekend of October every year, and is part of a larger government and military exercise known as BLACK SWAN.

The most recent After-Action Report/Improvement Plan can be found here.

Past COTN SET operations: