2023 Simulated Emergency Test

QST QST QST – Calling All Radio Amateurs

This bulletin is for all Radio Amateurs residing in or near Leavenworth County. On Saturday morning, October 7, 2023, Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®), will be conducting a Simulated Emergency Test concurrent with many other counties in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  The test is used to sharpen the skills of Radio Amateurs to keep communications going when phones and internet becomes degraded or fails.  

Sponsored by the Metropolitan Emergency Coordinators Council (MECC) and supported locally by Leavenworth County Emergency Management and Saint John Hospital, the exercise will be used to demonstrate the ability to find a lost person using radio location techniques. At the same time, the group will be testing hospital-to-hospital communications and supporting other jurisdictions with their simulated emergencies. All Radio Amateurs with current licenses are invited to participate with your Ham neighbors in the KC metro-wide annual emergency communities communications preparedness exercise.

Leavenworth ARES® members are also members of the Pilot Knob Amateur Radio Club which has been award the distinction as a Special Service Club by the ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio.  They recognize the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial emergency communication service. If you are interested in becoming a licensed Radio Amateur or want to get back into the hobby, this is a perfect opportunity.

Listen to Leavenworth County repeater on 147.000 MHz (+) 151.4 Hz beginning at 6:30 AM on Saturday, October 7, 2023 for additional instructions. We will meet for the 8:00 AM for the Incident Briefing in the Emergency Management conference room, Court House, 300 Walnut, Ste 50, Leavenworth. If you want to participate, be prepared to stay with the group until noon. If you plan to come, please let us know in advance by filling out the form below.