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COTN Election Process Underway

posted Dec 5, 2017, 4:10 AM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 7:08 AM ]

Our annual COTN Net Manager election process is underway. Our bylaws call for appointment of a Teller for the election. Stan Sutton KD8KBX has been appointed for to this position this year. Nominations for net manager per the bylaws is to run from December 1 through 7, but due to a scheduling problem we actually made the first call for nominations on December 4. We'll therefore in keeping with the spirit of the bylaws, hold the call for nominations open through December 10.

Our election will be held on December 11 through 18, and Stan will announce the winner on December 19.

If you are interested in nominating a Net Manager for 2018 please send a radiogram with your nomination to Stan KD8KBX on or before December 10. (E-mail, U.S. mail or phone messages will be accepted.) Votes for the net manager should also be made by radiogram.

Thanks to everyone for their participation!

C Matthew Curtin KD8TTE
COTN Net Manager

MARS COMEX 17-4 Underway

posted Nov 4, 2017, 7:11 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

From JERRY KB8MAF/AFA5UK AFMARS:

All Station All Stations...

 

***MARS EXERCISE***   ***MARS EXERCISE***

 

Please be aware of the MARS COMEX 17-4 that is currently underway. The exercise started 021200Z NOV 2017 and runs through 062359Z NOV 2017. This is a catastrophic solar (NATIONAL) storm that will effect all electronic equipment not protected. We are currently under a communications minimize condition until the effects of the storm pass the earth.

 

On 041200Z NOV 2017, COMMS will resume and MARS station will begin to contact amateur stations on K5403.5 to gather information on "County Status", which will be brought to the MARS circuits to be forwarded to MARS HQS for consolidation.

 

If you could be so kind as to pass this information through your sources to make as many amateurs aware of the above situation and to monitor the 60 meter channel "5" (K5403.5 MHz) and be listening for both Army and Air Force MARS stations looking for county status reports. Army and Air Force MARS stations will be using their assigned calls to contact the amateur community.

 

Thanks for taking the time to help get the word out if you can. REMEMBER, THIS IS ONLY AN EXERCISE AND NOT AN ACTUAL EVENT>

 

***MARS EXERCISE***   ***MARS EXERCISE***

Thank you

BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 36

posted Oct 9, 2017, 4:52 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



DE NNO5HD OHMR OH 36

R 091150Z OCT 2017

FM BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 36

  1. BLACK SWAN 17 is now in Recovery period until ENDEX 151000Z Oct.

  2. Participants are asked to send photo, video, and audio from BLACK SWAN 17 affiliated operations to the Exercise Director for inclusion in after-action reports.

  3. Traffic Destinations still available for BLACK SWAN 17 related welfare traffic for Recovery-phase participants.

  4. Participants are asked to answer the survey. We prefer each participant answer individually but the survey does allow for organizations to respond. https://sites.google.com/view/blackswan/2017/participant-survey

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 35

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:26 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



DE NNO5HD OHMR OH 35

R 090015Z OCT 2017

FM BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 35

  1. Thanks to all participating players, controllers, evaluators, and observers involved to date.

  2. BLACK SWAN 17 is resuming once daily OPBULL schedule.

  3. Participating organizations are asked to develop After-Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) documents using HSEEP standard if possible. See Info Packet for template. https://sites.google.com/view/blackswan/2017/info-packet

  4. Participants are asked to deliver AAR/IP documentation to BLACK SWAN 17 Exercise Director for inclusion in BLACK SWAN 17 AAR/IP.

  5. BLACK SWAN 17 will conclude all Intense Activity period actions in place of Recovery period actions at 091000Z Oct 17.

  6. BLACK SWAN 17 ENDEX IS AT 151000Z Oct 17.

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 34

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:25 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081700Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 34

  1. W8SGT has completed emergency operations and secured the stations.

  2. Please direct sitreps through traffic system to:

Ohio EOC W8SGT

Columbus OH 43235

  1. Note that W8SGT traffic sent by Winlink will not be received. Please resend SET related traffic via traffic system.

  2. Preliminary reports include actions by county CERTs, SKYWARN, ARES, traffic nets, and military.

  3. BLACK SWAN will resume once daily OPBULL schedule after 2000L today.

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 33

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:24 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081645Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 33

  1. Many counties have completed emergency operations and secured their stations.

  2. Please direct sitreps through traffic system to:

Ohio EOC W8SGT

Columbus OH 43235

  1. Note that W8SGT traffic sent by Winlink will not be received. Please resend SET related traffic via traffic system.

  2. Central Ohio Traffic Net will continue operations every two hours and resume normal schedule at 1915L.

  3. W8SGT will secure station at 1400L.

  4. Reports for W8SGT may continue to flow through traffic system.

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 32

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:24 PM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081600Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 32

  1. Services being restored throughout much of state of Ohio.

  2. Franklin County has moved to recovery iterations.

  3. Many counties have completed emergency operations.

  4. Reports continue to move throughout traffic system.

  5. Central Ohio Traffic Net will continue operations every two hours and resume normal schedule at 1915L.

  6. W8SGT will secure station at 1400L.

  7. Reports for W8SGT may continue to flow through traffic system.

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 31

posted Oct 8, 2017, 5:41 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 081230Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 31

  1. W8SGT will be visited by exercise observers approximately 1100-1200L today.

  2. W8SGT will appreciate SITREPs delivered while observers are present.

  3. Reports and methods of delivery to W8SGT should follow usual procedure:

    1. Copy any BULLs from OHDEN,

    2. Send direct tactical traffic via Ohio HF Emergency Net, and

    3. Send SITREPs and other formal traffic via traffic system as TEST PRIORITY precedence.

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 30

posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:21 AM by C. Matthew Curtin


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 072150Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 30

THIS MESSAGE IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC.

  1. Operations throughout Ohio are preparing for evening operation.

  2. Relay of welfare and routine traffic are expected on evening nets.

  3. Participants are asked to advise Ohio EOC of their planned operating hours this evening and tomorrow along with SITREPs by way of traffic system with TEST PRIORITY precedence:

OHIO EOC W8SGT
Columbus, OH 43235

THIS IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED UPON THESE SIMULATED REPORTS.

BT

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BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 29

posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:21 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Exercise OPBULLs 12-28 were injects that got increasingly specific about the weather situation: a derecho moving its way from Iowa through Ohio. Those are available on the BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL Archive. We resume posting of OPBULLs with 29, a summary of activity in the COTN operating area.


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BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE DIRECTOR

C.M. CURTIN, SPC (OH), HHC/2/4 OHMR

CHARLES.CURTIN@OHMR.OHIO.GOV

+1 614 398 0045

KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209



R 072115Z OCT 2017

FM NNO5HD OHMR OH

TO ALL BLACK SWAN 17 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

BT

UNCLAS

SUBJ: BLACK SWAN 17 OPBULL 29

THIS MESSAGE IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC.

  1. SKYWARN nets in Franklin Co and Hamilton Co activated. Operators now taking damage reports.

  2. CERT active in Franklin Co for damage assessment operations.

  3. Extensive damage in Ohio. Latest estimates over 300,000 customers without power. Roads blocked, in some cases flooding.

  4. Infrastructure including radio repeater systems returning to service in Central and Southern Ohio.

  5. Sheltering operations getting underway in multiple counties throughout Ohio.

  6. Traffic stations needed for originating outbound welfare traffic from shelters. Stations are advised to notify their net managers of availability and await further instructions per request of local EMAs.

THIS IS EXERCISE TRAFFIC. DO NOT TAKE ACTION BASED UPON THESE SIMULATED REPORTS.

BT

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