Grant: Central Michigan Emergency Network Mi6 WAN Project

Date: May 2022
Amount: $250,945

The Central Michigan Amateur Network started back in 2000 as a group of friends who wanted to link their repeaters and create more repeater sites to enable them to talk to one another as they travelled around the state. The group’s mission now is to create, operate, coordinate, and maintain free communications networks for emergency and public service communications and communications network research and development. The use of its networks is free of charge for anyone who is or becomes a licensed radio amateur.

When complete, the Mi6 WAN will have over 610 miles of point-to-point microwave links connecting 59 different sites ranging from southeastern Michigan to the western shores of Michigan. The network will also include the State Emergency Operations Center and a number of county emergency operations centers. The Mi6 network will support a number of large groups around the state, which in turn serve a number of local agencies and community projects. This funding will ensure that the organization can continue to provide these services and expand to include often overlooked areas of the state.

For more information about the Central Michigan Emergency Network, go to