[OhQP-mail] EOC category

wf5x wf5x at interserv.com
Sat Jul 1 20:37:08 CDT 2017

Any site recognized by a local ARES group as a place that can be activated during a disaster or other declared emergency for support of emergency communications is considered an established EOC site.
A Red Cross chapter house, or even a shelter location, would be considered such given that a local amateur radio emergency communications group could set up a station there to meet emergency communication needs.
In Michigan, we just operated 2F during Field Day from the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac. We are able to do so since the NWS is considered part of the facilities that need backup comms in the event of a weather related disaster. 

-------- Original message --------
From: K9TM <k9tm at buckeye-express.com> 
Date: 7/1/17  9:16 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Ohio QSO <ohqp-mail at ohqp.org> 
Subject: Re: [OhQP-mail] EOC category 

The EOC category rules for OhQP and MiQP are identical.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (EOC): Ohio entries located at an established EOC site, activated by an individual or group. An EOC category entry may utilize permanently installed equipment and antennas, or equipment/antennas temporarily installed at the EOC for the event. EOC entries are not categorized by the number of transmitters, the power used, or the number of operators. All EOC entries are classified as mixed mode.

Seems that whoever has the authority to designate an EOC site can decide if it is a governmental site or a non-governmental site or permanent/semi-permanent/temporary.
I don’t think we need to over think this.  The intention is to include EOC folks in the QSO party as it is beneficial to both groups.  The intention of the rule is that I can’t just designate my station or some location to be an EOC site and enter the EOC category.  If someone uses an established EOC site (hopefully with permission) or a site that the proper authorities deem to be an EOC site and coordinate with them, then it seems it would be OK.
<K8MP> Who makes the final decision?The decision would be made by the OhQP committee.
73, Tim K9TM
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