Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Counties Public Service Communications Organization
CCECPSCO - Public Service, RACES
The Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Counties Public Service Communications Organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public service organization located in Northern Michigan and formed to train Amateur Radio volunteers to be capable of providing assistance to area professional emergency communications services, increasing the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties emergency response effectiveness, and speeding the recovery effort in the event of a communications emergency. The CCECPSCO maintains communications facilities at the emergency centers in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, and Emmet Counties, participates in emergency drills and activations, and is the "go-to" organization for RACES activites in those counties. Licensed Hams are encouraged to join, learn, and participate to advance their skills and provide a benefit back to the community.
RACES is the "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service". The CCECPSCO is proud to be chosen by our three-county government Emergency Manager as the organization providing trained Ham Radio operators for RACES operations in his counties. RACES is activated by a state, county, or local government to provide communications in time of a civil emergency. To participate in RACES, an Amateur Radio operator must have the training and certification as required by the government body doing the activation. The CCECPSCO was formed for the purpose of organizing and training such participants and to provide other types of communications support to our three counties, our communities, and the surrounding areas in Northern Michigan.
Otsego County EOC Work Party
There was a short work party at the Otsego County EOC this past weekend (6/14/2014) to connect the antennas that were installed last fall. That work has been completed and the antennas tested except that the ground panel hasn't been installed yet. That will probably be completed later this month during the Field Day Weekend.
This pretty much completes the CCECPSCO work helping to stand up the Otsego County EOC for Ham operations. The CCECPSCO will be celebrating the establishment of the RACES group there by conducting Field Day activities this year (2014) at University Center in Gaylord where the EOC is located. Members and visitors are welcome.
CCECPSCO News Items
Status - 11/25/13
* The N8DNX 442.375 analog repeater in Stustmanville, CCECPSCO W8CCE 443.375 D-STAR repeater in Stutsmanville, KD8QCC 440.0375 D-STAR repeater in Gaylord, and SAARC W8GQN 146.680 repeater in Stutsmanville along with the Stutsmanville IRLP node, are all currently working fine. Both the W8CCE and KD8QCC D-STAR repeaters are normally linked to Reflector 024C for state-wide communications.
* The KD8QCC 444.0375 D-STAR repeater in Gaylord is still operating on the temporary single UHF antenna and using a duplexer till funding can be secured for two new 8-bay UHF arrays as is intended for this installation. The expected budget is between $1,500 and $2,000 to complete the upgrade to the two antennas (one for TX and the other for RX) and the installation of the tower-mounted preamplifier. Any leads on such funding are greatly appreciated.
* The UHF W8AGB 444.375 repeater on the Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum Ship has been re-installed for the summer season and is functional. The VHF 145.110 repeater is still off-line. Plans continue to move both of those repeaters to a better location where they may be operated year-round with better coverage.
* The electronics lab on the Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum Ship suffered water intrusion over the winter and is still being cleaned up and activated. All of the radios in the chart-room and crypto areas are functional although one of the dipole antennas seems to have an issue. Still, most operations are capable from the ship and members are encouraged to visit the ship and activate the station as frequently as possible.