Kent County HosCom is the amateur radio link between emergency services in Kent County Michigan established by RACES. The hospitals, ambulance services and Michigan Community Blood Center have this system should telephone failure occur. The system is comprised of Icom ID-800 digital radios and roof top antennas to form a stand alone simplex net of communications that is not dependant on any repeating towers. Every location has back up auxiliary power making it ideal for disaster communications.
RACES members cross train from the different hospitals to facilitate readiness in time of need. Currently efforts are being made to identify amateur radio operators in each facility that are available in time of disaster to assist in manning operating positions.
If you are a civic minded amateur radio operator and can help us to help others in time of great need please consider joining RACES.