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Progress at the Gun Barrel City EOC

The Gun Barrel City Emergency Operations Center is coming together! The weather station is now installed and sending real-time information to Weather Underground.

The Amateur Radio equipment is also up and running. For its inauguration, the Henderson County ARES training net for March was conducted from the EOC. The antenna is mounted but we’re waiting for a feed through in the building for our coaxial cable to be run. In the meantime, we’re using a magnetic mount antenna on a file cabinet, which works well enough to access the repeater on low power.

Many thanks to individual members of the CCARC that donated equipment for this installation, and to the club for purchasing the transceiver.

Here are a few photos.

GBC Central Fire Station. You can see the weather station on the far right, and the tip of the antenna to the left.

GBC Central Fire Station. You can see the weather station on the far right, and the tip of the antenna to the left.

A better photo of the weather station and dual band antenna.

A better photo of the weather station and dual band ham antenna.

The ham station is in an office off the front of the training room, which will function as the EOC as needed.

The ham station is in an office adjoining the front of the training room, which will serve as the EOC as needed.

The operating desk. The rig is a Kenwood dual bander. The weather station console is on the left, and the Virtual Weather Station display is on the new Windows 8 computer.

The operating desk. The weather station console is on the left, the Kenwood VHF/UHF transceiver is in the center, and the Virtual Weather Station program is displayed on the new Windows 8 computer.

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