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COTN Calendar Updated

posted Feb 3, 2019, 6:42 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

We have updated Central Ohio Traffic Net's posted schedule to show activity where we have regular contact. The schedule, as always, can be found on our Net Schedule, Frequencies, and Event Calendar Page.

We have removed references to the Eighth Region nets (8RN) and Eastern Area  nets (EAN) since we do not maintain direct liaison with them. We have added all Ohio Section nets and independent nets where we have regular liaison. We now show meeting times and frequencies for:
  • Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN), ARRL Ohio Section Traffic Net
  • Buckeye Net (Early), ARRL Ohio Section Traffic Net (CW)
  • Buckeye Net (Late), ARRL Ohio Section Traffic Net (CW)
  • Ohio Slow Net, ARRL Ohio Section Traffic Net (Slow CW)
  • Ohio HF Emergency Net, ARRL Ohio Section ARES Net
  • Ohio Digital Emergency Net (OHDEN), ARRL Ohio Section ARES Net
  • Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) and Hit and Bounce Slow Net (HBSN) (CW and slow CW), Independent Traffic Net
  • 75 Meter Interstate Sideband Net (75M ISBN), Independent Traffic Net
All of these serve as outlets for outbound traffic; which we'll use depends on such factors as precedence of traffic, meeting times, and modes of operation. Of course we also maintain liaison to the Radio Relay International (RRI) Digital Traffic Net (DTN), which as an automated store-and-forward system does not have net schedules.

Emergency and Priority traffic will continue to relay immediately, without waiting for meeting times.

We can take inbound traffic through any of these routes, and are able to relay to any of the stations on our Roster, including stations at Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio Military Reserve, and Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). COTN can also move traffic to other services including Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) and SHARES.

ARRL Board Adopts Traffic System Resolution

posted Jan 31, 2019, 4:39 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

Today, the American Radio Relay League released its formal minutes of ARRL Board of Directors Annual Meeting January 18-19, 2019. As always they can be found online at

We draw attention to two points as related to the handling of third party traffic on amateur radio.

The first refers to discussion led by our own Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams WA8EFK.

24. Mr. Williams opened the discussion on the work of the Public Service Enhancement Working Group and entertained questions. He updated the Board on how the committee had incorporated comments gathered from last fall’s survey into the report. After finishing the ARES portion of this area, they will move to work on the National Traffic System. 

The second refers to both Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System. Roanoke Division Director George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU moved, and our Mr. Williams seconded.

36. On the motion of Mr. Hippisley and second of Mr. Williams, it was voted that:

Whereas the National Traffic System (NTS) is active 365 days a year; and

Whereas the NTS provides a large corps of operators experienced in formal 3rd party message handling and routing procedures and dedicated to providing emergency communications via radio; and

Whereas the NTS uses all modes – including “traditional”, digital, and yet-to-be developed modes – as appropriate and needed;

Therefore, be it resolved that:

1. The PSWEG is commended for their work in bringing the ARES Plan this far.
2. The ARRL affirms its support for the National Traffic System and all amateurs involved in traffic handling, and their role as partners to ARES in ARRL’s public service toolkit.
3. The Board recognizes the role and value of ARES and NTS in directly serving the public in addition to partnering with served agencies. 

COTN is a part of the Ohio Section of the National Traffic System and welcomes proper attention given to third-party traffic handling by the League. As a net also affiliated with Radio Relay International (RRI), we are anxious to see amateur radio organizations working together to develop, train, and hold to a single standard.

COTN 2018 Annual Report Available

posted Jan 20, 2019, 4:38 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) is happy to announce the availability of its 2018 Annual Report. The sixteen page report summarizes the mission of COTN, its personnel, operations, training, and partners.

As one of the most active traffic nets in the amateur radio traffic system, COTN meets at least once daily to exchange traffic and to participate in training. Monthly, COTN gathers on the second Thursday of the month for in-person training and business.

Summary of statistics for 2018
Sessions Held 380
Checkins 3,639
Minutes of Net Operation 7,244
Messages Handled 1,059
Number of Net Control Stations 13
Number of Net Liaison Stations 7

The Annual Report has been added to the Net's archive of Reports.

SCARFfest Nelsonville Hamfest cancelled

posted Jan 18, 2019, 9:42 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

Due to the approaching winter weather, the Sunday Creek club has decided to cancel Sunday's Nelsonville Hamfest in the interest of everyone's safety. Please spread the word.

Jeff Slattery, ARS N8SUZ
District Emergency Coordinator
ARRL - The National Association For Amateur Radio™

Arnold Medical Team Looking For Radio Operators

posted Nov 29, 2018, 5:50 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

CQ, CQ, CQ. Calling all HAMs! Are you looking for something to do in the middle of winter? Do you want to get out and stretch your legs? We are currently taking volunteers for the 2019 Arnold Medical Team. This event will provide an opportunity to practice your ARES skills in a climate controlled setting with experienced team members. If you have never worked the event or are a little unsure of your skills, we have a mentorship program that will provide on the job training until you are comfortable with working the events on your own. You will not be placed at an event alone as you will serve as the communications component of the onsite medical teams consisting of a doctor, RN, EMT, and/or medical student. The only requirement to participate is a Dual-Band handheld radio, valid amateur radio license, and a great attitude!

The 2019 Arnold Sports Festival starts on Thursday, February 28, 7am and ends on Sunday, March 3, 7pm.

Signup for any shift on any day or the entire weekend. If you know of any doctors, nurses, or EMTs that would be interested, please encourage them to sign up!

Meals are provided and parking is partially reimbursed. Check out the Team website for more information at

Sign up today at

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an email at or call me at 614.496.5345

Patrick Gibson - KD8ION
Arnold Medical Team - Deputy Director
Central Ohio Grotto

Net Manager Election Looming; Troy McDonald KE8DWX Named Teller

posted Nov 26, 2018, 1:30 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

In accordance with By-Laws 2 and 3, the Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) today appoints Troy McDonald KE8DWX Teller for the annual election of the Net Manager.

Each year, COTN membership nominates candidates for the position of Net Manager, and votes from among the candidates to elect the Net Manager to a term of one year.

Important Dates:

December 1–7, 2018: Teller calls for nominations and accepts nominations in the form of a Radiogram delivered on-air or by email.

December 8–15, 2018: Teller calls for and accepts votes from members of the roster in the form of a Radiogram delivered on-air or by email.

December 16, 2018: Teller announces the result of the election.

January 1, 2019: Net Manager term begins.

New Roster Active!

posted Nov 11, 2018, 4:46 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

Recent reorganization and validation of the roster is complete. Please check the Roster page, and if you're expecting to see yourself there but you don't, or you'd like to get on the roster, please be sure to  submit your information to join the roster. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for details.

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.

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