Interim thoughts – 2016 RRI Global Simulated Emergency Test
In a word? Incredible!
I’ve participated in perhaps four of the Global SETs in recent years, but this one? This one was superb on several levels.
First, the preparations beforehand were of great value. Special thanks to G0DUB and DL4FN for providing me with the EU (and beyond) addresses of those wishing to participate. Together, we sent out inquiries, asking who would like to exchange traffic with the other participants, and about how many they’d consider receiving and/or sending.
It was interesting to see how many stipulated “no maximum” or “gimmee whatchagot!”. It reminded me of the Hit and Bounce Net’s W4PL (SK) who mused back in 1957 something along the lines of:
"QSP Anytime, Anywhere, Any Number."
along with my own: "Moorer is Gooderer" Always.
Secondly, the SET texts had to be created. It was my goal to come up with 15 distinct texts, to be sent to each of the several hundred addressees. Looking at the spreadsheet, I can clearly see that I failed there. Some folks got four or five. Some got 10. I did get a couple of inquiries later in the month along the lines of “uh, where’d all the traffic I was supposed to get go?”. My fault; sorry folks.
Thirdly, the returning traffic – especially from the EU stations – was exceptional. A lot of thought went into them, and it was clear that they understood the importance of testing their stations and their networks. Here’s a couple that you might find interesting:
29 R YO3HJV 60 BUCHAREST 0950 OCT 19
BYRON HURDER WA4STO
439 N SCHOOL ST
WILBER NE 68465
RE NR 1415 X
WE SENT VIA FEDEX
8 PACCOM TNC 320 DUAL PORT COMMA
1 VX 1210 MANPACK KIT COMMA
1 FT 857 COMMA
2 FT 60 WITH SPARE BATT AND CHARGERS X
PICKUP WILL BE AT FEDEX DEPOSIT AT INDIAN CREEK MALL X
THEY DO NOT HAVE THE DATE OF ARRIVAL PSE CHEK WITH THEM X
AWB 12345678 X
NR 3009 R EI4JN 24 CORK IRL OCT 14
VIA WA4STO WILBER NE
TEST MESSAGE RECEIVED YOUR 1141
X MOST HOMES HERE ARE
DUAL FUEL X GOOD AVAILABILITY
OF TIMBER AND TURF X
DIESEL PRICE NOT EFFECTED
CONOR O NEILL
Turf? When I get some time, I really need to ask Conor about that. I’ve got almost 5 cords of wood ready for the winter. But turf? Hmmm…
I’ll have a better article for QNI regarding the 2016 RRI Global SET. 73 - WA4STO