Contacting the State EOC
Whenever the State EOC is fully activated, the State EOC station, KD8MTL, will be operational. This includes statewide drills and exercises, as well as incidents and emergencies.
The station may be activated to support local or District exercises by arrangement with the station manager.
If an actual emergency or incident requires support from the SEOC station and the SEOC has not been activated by the State Police, notify the SEC of the need, ideally via E-Team notification. If the SEOC has been fully activated, the Station Manager and SEC will be notified by the Michigan State Police.
Unless arranged otherwise, the SEOC will monitor 3.932 MHz LSB and 3.563 MHz CW when operational. Other modes are possible by prearrangement. The station is capable of simultaneous operation on these two modes.
When the F2 Critical Frequency (F0) rises above 8 MHz, 7.232 MHz and 7.063 MHz will be used. If the critical frequency falls below 3.5 MHz, 1.932 MHz and 1.812 MHz will be used.
It should be noted that marginal F0 values (between 3.5 and 4 or between 7 and 8) or high Kp values may preclude the use of HF phone. Local EOCs should endeavor to have CW operators available. If the county EOC is not HF-capable, the EC should arrange to have a local strong HF station relay.
In times of adverse conditions, HF digital modes such as Olivia or MT-63 can be effective. Although in most circumstances, MT-63 is preferred, be alert for thunderstorms at either end of the circuit as this can disrupt MT-63. In these cases, Olivia is preferred. Defaults are MT-63 1K/64 and Olivia 8/500.
VHF FM Operation
The station at the State EOC is capable of monitoring local repeaters including the CMEN and IRA link systems. There are both IRLP and Echolink nodes nearby, but neither are reliably available. VHF operations must be planned in advance, although the station will typically monitor any repeater that may make sense for the event.
VHF Packet Operation
The SEOC may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org on the statewide packet system. When active, the station monitors channel 911 on the CONVerse bridge or the channel of the affected county or District.
Liaison with the Military Affiliate Radio Service is generally through VHF packet. ECs should consider developing relationships with local MARS members as potential alternate circuits.
As a general rule, the MPSCS (800 MHz) system is not used. However, if necessary because other circuits are not available, or if desired for a test, arrangements can be made.
When the State EOC is fully activated for a statewide exercise or incident, the station will maintain a situation report in MICIMS (WebEOC). Under partial activations, the SEC will closely monitor MICIMS.
All ECs should make sure that their status is kept current in MICIMS.
There are two telephones at the station operating positions:
The numbers for the AuxComm desk at the State EOC are:
Each EOC should have these numbers available for reference.