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QuakeEX I 2015 SET State AAR


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Crook Cty AAR_AshEX

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Harney County AshEX AAR

Hood River AshEX AAR





Multnomah County AshEX AAR

Washington_County_AshEX_ AAR

Linn-County_ AshEX_AAR


 Fall 2014 Mash Up

MashUp Wash Co

 The “Mash Up” was a simple contest between participating Oregon ARES/RACES groups to contact one another using as many different modes (HF SSB, VHF FM simples, etc.) as possible. Sixty five volunteers participated. Station scores are shown below. Washington County WC7EOC operating in the field (above) won the Mash Up County and Best Station categories.

Mash Up Scores by Station


Fall 2013 “Hack Attack” SET



On August 27, 2013, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned her successor that “a massive and “serious” cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming, and a natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.” (Source: ABC News).

If such an event were to take place, emergency managers would likely turn to ARES/RACES and Auxiliary Communications groups to provide critical, regional-scale communications. To prepare for this contingency, Oregon ARES/RACES in cooperation with Oregon Emergency Management organized this fall’s “Hack Attack” SET as a four-state exercise involving the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.

Held November 2nd, all participants used a similar cyber attack/power/internet outage theme: repeaters, internet, cell phones and local internet-connected VHF Winlink gateways were dis-allowed while VHF/UHF simplex modes, peer-to-peer packet connections and voice relay stations on VHF and HF were all allowed. An HF “Hack Attack” net was activated on 40 meters and used to coordinate activities and pass traffic. HF Pactor Winlink traffic had to go through gateways outside of the affected 4-state region. Gateways throughout Canada, the US and in Hawaii and Alaska were among those used. There was a very high level of Winlink traffic passing through gateways in many southwestern US states.

County-level cyber attack/power outage scenarios were played out by participations exchanging tactical and ICS traffic involving simulated County EOC – Red Cross shelter deployments. County and city transportation agencies communicated with their respective EOC to clear simulated traffic accidents/congestion. County EOCs on emergency power simulated traffic with local hospitals and medical centers. Oregon Emergency Management staff used MARS and FEMA frequencies to communicate with Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security in Boise. Some 25 Oregon County EOCs were involved in the SET in some way. Many transmitted ARES unit activation messages, SITREPS and coordination ICS traffic to staff emergency managers at Oregon Emergency Management.

In all, 25 Oregon, 16 Idaho, 5 California and 4 Washington counties participated with at least 135 stations on the air over the 4 state region during the 6 hour SET. This includes 25 hospitals, two power utility companies, American Red Cross, an Oregon National Guard support unit, CERT and ACS groups.

SET planning took 4 months and involved ARRL ARES Section Emergency Coordinators in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Sacramento Valley Section, California. Experience gain during the SET will direct future training programs and regional communication system planning.

Oregon ARES/RACES wants to thank all who participated in the development and coordination of the SET as well as to the many net controls, Winlink operators, HF net relays, emergency managers and exercise coordinators that made all of this possible. Initial reports are that it was a professionally done, very successful exercise that will likely be repeated soon. Thanks to all for your service!


At least 225 Oregon ARES and Auxcomm operators participated in this SET. Totals by county were Benton 8, Clackamas 20, Coos 19, Crook 12, Deschutes 12, Douglas 33, Washington 25, Harney 6, HEARTNET 2, Lincoln est. 26, Linn 7, Malheur 2, Multnomah 30, Tillamook 2, Yamhill 25, Red Cross 5 and Portland General Electric 7. Eastern Washington reported 28 participants, Sacramento Valley Section 13 and Idaho about 150. Although records are incomplete (some counties did not submit after action reports), it is likely that the total number of participants well exceeded 400.

More Information

1. QST Magazine, Public Service Column January, 2014

2. SET After Action Report download: