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ARRL International DX Contest 2018

This contest was hosted by Gene AB8KP at his QTH. Other participants included Rich N8PFK, Mike N8MRC, Jay K8DC , Liz K8DCL and Jeff WD8JM. Gene set up two HF stations using his main rig plus the club’s ICOM 746 Pro, and his antennas included a G5RV, 160 meter off-center fed and a Sterba Curtain.

State of Michigan Emergency Operations Center

On February 16th 2018, six of us traveled to the State of Michigan Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Lansing. Present were Mike N8MRC, Robert KD8TOV, John KD8WZH, Del W8WDW, Jay K8DC, and Liz K8DCL. The SEOC is where state, local and federal agencies coordinate the response to a disaster, emergency or terrorist event. The governor, state director of emergency management and homeland security and other agencies direct all state resources at this center when responding to and recovering from an event. We met with Don Bouffard, Engineering Specialist, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and he graciously gave us a tour. Don was involved in the design and construction of the facility and is very knowledgeable about how the various systems work together. As ARES/RACES members we were of course interested in the Auxiliary Communication (AUXCOMM) systems. Below is a gallery of photos taken during our visit.

Police Headquarters Entrance