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”. 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.
Icebreaker Mackinaw and CCECPSCO QSL Cards
Those who have made contact with the Icebreaker Mackinaw W8AGB, including during Museum Ships Weekend, or with other CCECPSCO operations using the W8CCE call may request a QSL card by sending an SASE along with your QSL card for the contact to the following address…
CCECPSCO QSL CARDS
Via KB8RJ at his QRZ.com address
CCECPSCO News Items
A few years back, CCECPSCO members installed the new Tarheel “screwdriver” antenna on top of the communications trailer. The antenna is mounted to a repurposed satellite antenna mount to provide motorized deployment and storage of the antenna. In the standard configuration the antenna includes the motorized coil section, a short mast, a capacity hat, and a large whip. Other whip configurations have been donated to provide better operation on both lower and higher bands.
The antenna can be set to any angle from stored horizontally through straight up and on to 45 degrees over the back of the trailer to provide for NVIS operations (full regional coverage). Remaining work to complete is extension of the antenna control and coax cables that have already been run to just inside the trailer, and final installation of custom controls for the elevation actuator and antenna adjustment.
Members attending were Mike W8VPC, Ron W8DR, Gary WB8MWR, Chuck N8NXP, and Chuck N8DNX.