On Saturday, November 17th, “Ham” radio operators in Jefferson County will test their emergency communications skills and capabilities during a three hour Simulated Emergency Test (SET).The annual exercise, administered by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), is organized and conducted by JCARES (Jefferson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and is designed to identify strengths and weaknesses in managing voice and digital communications. In addition, the exercise helps radio operators gain experience in communications using standard operating procedures as well as a variety of methods under simulated emergency conditions including loss of electric power.

All FCC licensed radio operators (there are over 180 in Jefferson County!) are invited to participate in this year’s test. Non-JCARES members should pre-register by sending an e-mail to: or by calling (865)-437-9955.

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