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Volunteers Needed for CERT Exercise Thursday 18 October 2018!

posted Oct 13, 2018, 2:25 PM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Oct 13, 2018, 2:26 PM ]

Central Ohio Traffic Net will be in special session in support of Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) exercise on the evening of Thursday 18 October 2018. We need volunteers to operate as net control, origination, relay, liaison, and delivery stations.

Please complete the form below to advise us of your interest and availability.

Update your roster entry by November 12

posted Oct 8, 2018, 3:56 AM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 4:50 PM ]

The Central Ohio Traffic Net maintains an active roster of traffic handlers and those who are learning the skill. To ensure that we understand our capability and properly represent it to the public and agencies we serve like Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, we also want to know about your qualifications.

On November 12, 2018, we will replace the roster with everyone who has completed this form. We will also resume the usual practice of taking new members by radiogram.

Thank you!

posted Oct 7, 2018, 12:15 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

Stan Broadway N8BHL has issued a "thank you" for the Central Ohio Traffic Net. With regular, ongoing nets, staffed by net control, liaisons, and relay stations, the operation made a valuable addition to the ARRL Ohio Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

Thank you, also from the COTN net manager and staff. We're grateful for your valuable time and skill.

Stations Needed for SET / BLACK SWAN 18

posted Sep 24, 2018, 8:25 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

COTN is still looking for stations to cover Net Control and various liaison duties during the 2018 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), part of BLACK SWAN 18.

COTN plays a critical role this year in acting as traffic liaison for Ohio Emergency Management Agency AUXCOMM station W8SGT, and will need to be able to take traffic from HF statewide HF nets and relay to W8SGT. See our present schedule for opportunities to volunteer.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far, and to those who sign up after seeing this reminder!

C Matthew Curtin KD8TTE
COTN Net Manager
Exercise Director, BLACK SWAN 18

Help COTN During SET / BLACK SWAN 18!

posted Sep 15, 2018, 2:12 PM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Sep 15, 2018, 2:17 PM ]

The Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) will play a critical role in the Ohio Simulated Emergency Test, part of BLACK SWAN 18. We're going to need net control stations, sideband liaison, CW liaison, digital liaison, and W8SGT/Ohio EMA liaison stations, as well as stations for originating, relaying, and delivering traffic.

Please head over to the COTN SET 2018 for details and in particular the Call for Volunteers page to sign up, indicating your capability and availability. 

Looking forward to a great SET this year and getting the Ohio Section to #1 in the League!

C. Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE
Net Manager, Central Ohio Traffic Net

September Meeting: SET Planning

posted Sep 12, 2018, 3:05 PM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 4:50 PM ]

The Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) will once again participate in the annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET). We'll be participating in the BLACK SWAN 18 scenario and have a critical role this year, receiving TEST PRIORITY traffic for the Ohio EMA station W8SGT as it comes to Columbus from all over the state. We'll then be relaying the traffic to W8SGT via VHF.

Incoming traffic will be coming in through the section nets, and DTN. We're also expecting some Winlink traffic.

Making this work is going to require some planning and coordination. Please join us at Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd in northeast Columbus on Thursday September 13. We'll start gathering about 1800 and get the meeting started at 1830. 

Looking forward to seeing you!

Will You Get Your AUXCOMM Qualification?

posted Sep 6, 2018, 3:56 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) strongly encourages all members to take the three-day (or, four-day, depending on the format) course to learn the role of auxiliary communications, the staffing of units to provide the service in an incident, and how to cover the spectrum of planning and maintaining communications in an emergency.

Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEMHS) relies on COTN as one of the partners that provides its auxiliary communications function. When exercises and real events require additional or specialized communications resources, its Franklin County Auxiliary Communications Club activates, bringing in operators and resources from ARES, COTN, CORC, and others.

Department of Homeland Security has for several years offered a course formalizing auxiliary communications, which it now abbreviates AUXCOMM. Completing this course will make any operator more valuable.

Franklin County Emergency Coordinator John Montgomery N8PVC is working with FCEMHS to host an AUXCOMM course. Qualified instructors for the course are scarce, so courses can be scheduled where there is a demonstration of demand. No delivery date has been set but if you are interested in taking the course, please let our District Emergency Coordinator Mark Griggs KB8YMN know of your interest by email:

Call for Volunteers: Red White & Boom

posted Jun 22, 2018, 3:00 PM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 3:03 PM ]

COTN is looking for volunteers to operate during Red White & Boom. We need net control operators, traffic handlers, and relay stations to act as liaisons. We'll be operating a special session of COTN for the duration of the event.

Amateur Radio “Field Day” June 23–24, 2018 at Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security

posted May 29, 2018, 12:04 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

The Franklin County Auxiliary Communications Club (FCACC) will be hosting operators from the Franklin County Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service (FCOH ARES) and Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN), as well as personnel from Ohio Military Reserve, during the 2018 American Radio Relay League (ARRL) “Field Day” Exercise on June 23-24, 2018.  The 24-hour exercise will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at FCEM&HS, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., Columbus and will demonstrate the science and skill of Franklin County’s Amateur Radio capabilities.  This event is open to the public during certain periods.  Visitors are encouraged to attend from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM Saturday and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Sunday.

Amateur Radio, often called “ham radio,” is a worldwide community of licensed operators who use radio airwaves to transmit voice, data and pictures when normal infrastructure is offline.  The systems function completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes.  Operators are trained in basic electronics and radio communications and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.  The Franklin County Auxiliary Communications Club (FCACC) helps to ensure amateur radio communication capabilities for FCEM&HS in the event of an emergency or disaster in Franklin County. 

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States and Canada.  On the fourth weekend in June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs will gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to demonstrate ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location.  During the 24-hour exercise, operators will communicate with as many other stations as possible and practice their emergency response plans. 

For anyone interested in Amateur Radio operations or becoming a licensed Amateur Radio operator, the event will also feature demonstrations on how to use the equipment and the opportunity for residents to send an actual message through the system.  Currently, there are over 725,000 licensed operators in the United States, ranging in age from as young as 5 and as old as 100. 

To sign up to operate or to visit, please register online at

April 2018 Issue of QNI Available

posted Mar 31, 2018, 4:50 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

The April 2018 issue of QNI is now available. Just take a look at the titles of the articles therein:

First Quarter Exercise
The Origins of the Radiogram
VEC Data Harvesting Program
Enlightened Leadership?
Delivering Radiograms
Restoring a Neutrodyne
Proposed Policy Governing Bulk
Registered Radio Operators to be Paired with REACT Units
WTSHTF: Why We Do This
Service Message Rehash
Traffic Load Distribution
ALERTEX-A 2018 Exercise Evaluation Report
RRI to Forgo Dayton Hamvention
RRI First Quarter EMCOMM Exercise
RRI Announces Mentoring Program

As always, QNI is available online at

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