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Robert B. Zimmerman, W8OLO (SK)

posted Feb 13, 2018, 4:24 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

I am sorry to report that our own Bob W8OLO has passed away. Thanks to WA3EZN for bringing the announcement from OSSBN. Funeral arrangements are as of this writing incomplete. Details should be available at http://www.powerskell.com/notices/Robert-Zimmerman.

Bob was a traffic handler not only on COTN, where he often served as CW liaison, but also OSSBN—and could often be heard checking into the net mobile from his truck as he drove throughout the state and region. He was also net manager of the Ohio Slow Net. Patient and supportive of new operators, Bob helped me (KD8TTE) become a CW operator. We will miss him.

Net Control and Liaison Stations Wanted

posted Jan 16, 2018, 6:15 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

The Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) is a training net. We train in the art of originating, relaying, and delivering messages by amateur radio—as well as in the business of operating nets.

The Net Control Station (NCS) is responsible for establishing circuit discipline while the net is in operation. NCS calls up the net, takes check-ins, directs traffic, and sees to it that the business of the net is handled.

Because not all traffic is from a local person to a local person, we have a need for Liaison Stations, the traffic handlers that can take messages from COTN to wider-area nets. We're interested in phone, CW, and digital operators to ensure that we maintain good liaison to the Ohio Section traffic system as well as the Digital Traffic System.

If you think that you might be interested in serving as one or both of these roles one session per week, please let us know. If you don't know how it's done or are not comfortable, don't fret. We still want to talk to you, and can get you connected to our training officer and the schedule for our conduct of in-person and on-air training to make sure that you're competent and confident before taking your turn at the mic.

Please indicate your interest by advising our Operations Officer, Mike Walker AB8MW.

December 2017 QNI Available

posted Dec 16, 2017, 2:47 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

The December 2017 (Volume 6, Issue 5) issue of QNI is available online at https://qninewsletterdotnet.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/qni-2017-12.pdf.

In this issue:
Grand Old Party, Grand Old Morse
Case for Common Denominators
The App Mentality
VHF SSB for EMCOMM
Old Fashioned Paper and Pencil
Training Column: It’s Your System
ShakeOut Section Emergency Test
A Call for Unity
The First Police Radio System
QRP for EMCOMM?
Training Manual Released
Please Register Your Net

Find all issues of QNI online at https://qni-newsletter.net/.

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KD8TTE Elected Net Manager 2018

posted Dec 14, 2017, 10:54 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

At the close of the nominations time we had one nominee for the COTN Net Manager, C. Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE. Matthew graciously agreed to serve another year. In as much as there was only one uncontested nomination, KD8TTE was declared the winner of the election. Thanks to Matthew for his willingness to continue his excellent leadership of the net.

Stan Sutton KD8KBX
COTN Teller, 2017

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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