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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.

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:

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