The test request message forces a heartbeat from the opposing application. The test request message checks sequence numbers or verifies communication line status. The opposite application responds to the Test Request with a Heartbeat containing the TestReqID.
The TestReqID verifies that the opposite application is generating the heartbeat as the result of Test Request and not a normal timeout. The opposite application includes the TestReqID in the resulting Heartbeat. Any string can be used as the TestReqID (one suggestion is to use a timestamp string).
The '^' character is used to represent SOH character.