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Hospital Command Center Equipment

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Summary

Each Hospital Command Center (HCC) will need some basic equipment for amateur radio communications with the county Medical Health Joint Operations Center (MHJOC) and its host city's Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The following recommendations for voice and data communications equipment are provided to help hospitals build a compatible, effective and efficient hospital radio room operating environment.

A summary of the nets that HCCs are expected to monitor can be found here: Hospital Command Center Nets

 

Location

For maximum efficiency and effectiveness, the ideal location of the radio equipment should meet the following requirements

Power

Reliable power is essential for emergency communications.

Essential Equipment

Hospital Station Equipment Diagrams (PDF)

The following equipment is considered the minimum equipment necessary for efficient and effective communications via amateur radio.

 

Recommended Equipment

Hospital Station Equipment Diagrams (PDF)

Line of Sight

If the hospital has a line of sight to one of the county data network hub locations, then a high-speed TCP/IP connection over WiFi can be made to the county network. An additional lower speed TCP/IP connection may be possible over UHF radio, which could provide some backup if the WiFi link fails.

 

No Line of Sight

If the hospital has no line of sight to one of the county data network hub locations, then a lower speed TCP/IP connection may be possible using UHF radio.


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This page was last updated on 16-Oct-2019