Chief Communications - Bill LaBell
Bill moved to the small U.P. town of Allouez from Southeast Michigan in 1992. He is the owner / mechanic of Quincy Hill Auto Repair. He has been a amateur radio operator (Ham) since 2008.
On most Sundays in the summer time he can be found at the Houghton County Historical Society running their 1915 Steam Locomotive. He is also the Vice President/Treasurer of the Keweenaw County Repeater Association, Inc..
He has been with the CopperDog since its first year, where he worked radio at a road crossing and then the finish. The second year he assisted at net control and then ran it for the 2012 and 2013 races. Net control is the communications center and also where social media updates take place during the race.
For the 2014 race, his responsibilities will include running net control, recruiting and assigning radio volunteers. Radio operators consist of amateur radio operators (Hams) and local firemen. A radio operator’s responsibilities are to report crossing times and most important to relay all safety communications.