Sullivan County Memorial Hospital
Emergency Radio Station

This is the "radio room", actually in the mail & copier room. Below the radio shelf is a fold-down desk shelf for the operator. If needed, the mailing machine can be wheeled out of the way to make room. Located just a few steps from the Nurses' Station, it is handy to the center of activity in any emergency.

The equipment is powered by the common building power which is equipped with an emergency generator.

Two antennas are on the roof: a dual-band VHF/UHF vertical and a Windom OCF Dipole for HF.

Our equipment is as follows:

  • Yaesu FT-8800R Dual-band VHF/UHF Transceiver and power supply
  • Yaesu FT-897D All-band transceiver with LDG AT-897 tuner and power supply
  • (2) Yaesu FT-60R Hand-held Dual-band VHF/UHF Transceivers with charger bases and power supplies
Here is a diagram of our system. The computer is to be brought in as needed.

This station is to be operated by licensed Ham Operators, to provide communications to outside agencies in case of failure of all other methods.

Currently, we can reliably communicate with Kirksville, Trenton, Brookfield, and Chillicothe on VHF; Marceline on UHF; and the Missouri Emergency Services Net on the 75 and 40 meter HF bands.

The station is presently setup to operate in voice mode only but will be equipped for digital modes as time and resources permit.