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Activation Notice May 30, 2020

posted May 29, 2020, 4:41 AM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated May 29, 2020, 4:42 AM ]

NR 3183 TEST P HXC KD8TTE NOGR BEXLEY OH 1145Z MAY 29

ALL COTN STATIONS

ARES COUNTY EC DELAWARE N8BHL

ARES COUNTY EC FAIRFIELD KD8SSJ

ARES COUNTY EC FAYETTE N8ORJ

ARES COUNTY EC FRANKLIN N8PVC

ARES COUNTY EC KNOX KD8WHQ

ARES COUNTY EC LICKING KD8SCL

ARES COUNTY EC MADISON N8ME

ARES COUNTY EC MARION KE8ECT

ARES COUNTY EC PICKAWAY KC8ITN

ARES COUNTY EC UNION KE8ANU

ARES DISTRICT EC District 7

NET MANAGER Buckeye Net

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CENTRAL OHIO TRAFFIC NET

www.cotn.us


ACTIVATION NOTICE


  1. Situation. ARRL Ohio Section ARES will be operating in support of Red Cross EmComm Nationwide Radio Simulation (“PART A”) on Saturday, May 30 from 0900 until 1200. County ARES organizations will be conducting on-air operations on their nets and need an outlet for exchange between counties and for the rest of the Section, and beyond.

  2. Mission. COTN will operate as the ARES District 7 net, accepting liaisons for each of the ARES District 7 counties and maintaining liaison to the ARRL Ohio Section.

  3. Execution.

    1. Intent. COTN will operate to provide a net for any ARES District 7 station to join to take incoming traffic and to release traffic headed out of its county. COTN will provide circuits for message relay within D7 and between D7 and the Ohio Section, which will in turn provide outlets to the rest of the amateur traffic system as needed.

    2. Concept of Operations.

      1. COTN will operate a net in support of all of ARES District 7, providing net control, section net liaison, and relay stations. The net will operate simplex, as the scenario calls for conditions that would leave the usual repeater systems unavailable.

      2. All exercise traffic will be handled as TEST PRIORITY unless otherwise designated.

      3. Representatives from ARES District 7 county nets will join COTN to receive and to release traffic. ECs will need to ensure they appoint representatives that can reach into Franklin County, either directly, or by relay.

      4. COTN will control the net with voice procedure. Net control will regularly direct stations on the net to make calls for stations or traffic, to ensure maximum coverage of the 10-county territory of Ohio ARES District 7.

      5. COTN will relay traffic through voice procedure or with NBEMS (fldigi, flmsg), as needed.

      6. COTN will accept traffic in arbitrary format. Amateur radiograms will be handled in the customary manner. Messages of other formats will be likewise routed, using digital procedure to send true copies of electronic messages.

      7. COTN will take exercise traffic to the Ohio Section through the Buckeye Net or Winlink, as directed by Net Control.

      8. Stations unable to make contact with COTN should go directly to Buckeye Net. If District 7 has many stations, Buckeye Net may direct all District 7 stations to a D7 subnet.

    3. Coordinating Instructions.

      1. Stations volunteering for net control and liaison duty shall do so by completing the online form at https://forms.gle/LKExKbyBCFUfp7qh7.

      2. This activation’s manager will organize the volunteers according to interest and capability in a schedule on the activation web site at http://www.cotn.us/2020ecnrs.

      3. All COTN operators are encouraged to join the net and to operate in support of net control and stations with traffic. Relay will be important: even a modest station may provide coverage to an area that will bring into the net a station that would otherwise be isolated.

  4. Administration.

    1. All record traffic will count as messages for the purpose of ARRL Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) and Station Activity Reporting (SAR), as well as reporting of net activity.

    2. COTN operators will be self-sufficient.

    3. COTN operators will maintain detailed records of the traffic received and relayed, allowing for accounting and traceback as needed, for 90 days.

    4. Net control stations will provide session reports similar to SET sessions, reporting all stations in the net and precedence for all traffic moved.

  5. Command.

    1. This activation is managed by Operations Officer Tom Miller W8RIH.

    2. Standard Signal Operating Instructions will apply.

    3. References.

      1. Incident Objectives (Form 202), Red Cross EmComm Nationwide Radio Simulation PART A (ARRL Ohio Section) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dnwH3UdCtND7nwOF10mPxZ4DhfTeIB82A2IHMj8BtVE/edit?usp=sharing

      2. ARRL Ohio Section Message Routing Concept of Operations ARC May 30 Exercise [Rev E] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B41pJiLtPmritpJFPfz17cVdENHZVqpktYllm7AvnyA/edit?usp=sharing

      3. Introduction to Buckeye Net (Rev B). https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jzEIBYkZg6Va5QJhudQyYwhBAjwFyaFCsX8snuEjrnE/edit?usp=sharing

      4. Central Ohio Traffic Net Standard Operating Procedures. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sx6bAaTcB0vacSqnN86_CAfJju6gGasjroOG45S0caQ/edit?usp=sharing 

This activation is for an exercise.

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KD8TTE NET MANAGER COTN

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Activation Warning (Exercise) May 30, 2020

posted May 27, 2020, 5:09 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

NR3177 TEST P HXC KD8TTE 340 BEXLEY OH 2115Z MAY 27

ALL COTN STATIONS

ARES COUNTY EC DELAWARE N8BHL

ARES COUNTY EC FAIRFIELD KD8SSJ

ARES COUNTY EC FAYETTE N8ORJ

ARES COUNTY EC FRANKLIN N8PVC

ARES COUNTY EC KNOX KD8WHQ

ARES COUNTY EC LICKING KD8SCL

ARES COUNTY EC MADISON N8ME

ARES COUNTY EC MARION KE8ECT

ARES COUNTY EC PICKAWAY KC8ITN

ARES COUNTY EC UNION KE8ANU

ARES DISTRICT EC District 7 KB8YMN

NET MANAGER Buckeye Net WB8YLO

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CENTRAL OHIO TRAFFIC NET

www.cotn.us


ACTIVATION WARNING THIS IS AN EXERCISE


  1. Situation. ARRL Ohio Section ARES will be operating in support of Red Cross EmComm Nationwide Radio Simulation (“PART A”) on Saturday, May 30 from 0900 until 1200. County ARES organizations will be conducting on-air operations on their nets and need an outlet for exchange between counties and for the rest of the Section, and beyond. 

  2. Mission. COTN will operate as the ARES District 7 net, accepting liaisons for each of the ARES District 7 counties and maintaining liaison to the ARRL Ohio Section.

  3. Execution.

    1. Intent. COTN will operate to provide a net for any ARES District 7 station to join to take incoming traffic and to release traffic headed out of its county. COTN will provide circuits for message relay within D7 and between D7 and the Ohio Section, which will in turn provide outlets to the rest of the amateur traffic system as needed.

    2. Concept of Operations.

      1. COTN will operate a net in support of all of ARES District 7, providing net control, section net liaison, and relay stations.

      2. All exercise traffic will be handled as TEST PRIORITY.

      3. Representatives from ARES District 7 county nets will join COTN to receive and to release traffic.

      4. COTN will control the net with voice procedure.

      5. COTN will relay traffic through voice procedure or with NBEMS (fldigi, flmsg), as needed.

      6. COTN will accept traffic in arbitrary format.

      7. COTN will take exercise traffic to the Ohio Section through the Buckeye Net.

  4. Administration.

    1. All record traffic will count as messages for the purpose of ARRL Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) and Station Activity Reporting (SAR), as well as reporting of net activity.

    2. COTN operators will be self-sufficient.

    3. COTN operators will maintain detailed records of the traffic received and relayed, allowing for accounting and traceback as needed, for 90 days.

    4. Net control stations will provide session reports in accordance with procedure for Simulated Emergency Test (SET).

  5. Command.

    1. This activation is managed by Operations Officer Tom Miller W8RIH.

    2. Standard Signal Operating Instructions will apply.

    3. References.

      1. Incident Objectives (Form 202), Red Cross EmComm Nationwide Radio Simulation PART A (ARRL Ohio Section) https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dnwH3UdCtND7nwOF10mPxZ4DhfTeIB82A2IHMj8BtVE/edit?usp=sharing

      2. ARRL Ohio Section Message Routing Concept of Operations ARC May 30 Exercise [Rev E] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B41pJiLtPmritpJFPfz17cVdENHZVqpktYllm7AvnyA/edit?usp=sharing

      3. Introduction to Buckeye Net (Rev B). https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1jzEIBYkZg6Va5QJhudQyYwhBAjwFyaFCsX8snuEjrnE/edit?usp=sharing

      4. Central Ohio Traffic Net Standard Operating Procedures. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sx6bAaTcB0vacSqnN86_CAfJju6gGasjroOG45S0caQ/edit?usp=sharing 

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KD8TTE NET MANAGER COTN

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COTN Station Capability Survey 2020

posted May 23, 2020, 4:23 AM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated May 24, 2020, 6:48 AM ]

Please take a few moments to share some information about your station's capabilities presently, and those planned for this year. This information will be used for planning of net operations and become especially important for this year's annual Simulated Emergency Test (SET) in early October. You might like to review the After Action Report (AAR) from last year's exercise as you consider what capabilities your station has and what improvements you want to make.

You may complete the form below, or if you find it easier, go straight to the COTN Station Capability Survey 2020 Form directly at https://forms.gle/r1TqEbZypXa9NF539.
 

Mixed Mode Traffic Handlers Wanted

posted May 8, 2020, 4:09 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

The Buckeye Net is looking for mixed-mode traffic handlers and net control operators for an exercise to be held 30 May.

If you're able to use fldigi and flmsg as well as voice, are able to operate effective on 75m SSB and 80m digital with modes such as OLIVIA and MT63, and are willing to commit to training and practice sessions leading up to the exercise, we want to hear from you. If you're also capable on the Winlink radio email system, that's a big bonus.

Details are few but there will not be time to wait to see all of what's going to happen—we won't actually know until play is over, kinda like a real emergency—so it's important that if you want to be an effective relay or net control station that you commit to train and practice, then to operate. We'll work with everyone to cover as many people in as many sessions as possible.

If interested please send a radiogram to KD8TTE BEXLEY OH 43209 or email to kd8tte@arrl.net.

Columbus Hamfest 2020 Canceled

posted May 5, 2020, 8:44 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

NR 3144 R KD8TTE 9 BEXLEY OH 1642Z MAY 5
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COLUMBUS HAMFEST 2020 CANCELED DUE
TO COVID19 CONSIDERING DEMOGRAPHICS
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JOHN K8PJ
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"Radio for the Rest of Us" Presentation May 6 at 1730Z

posted Apr 18, 2020, 3:08 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

Radio Relay International has added another training opportunity entitled "Radio for the Rest of Us on May 6 at 1730Z."  This is a follow-up to our web-based "Introduction to the National SOS Radio Network and Neighborhood Hamwatch" training class to be conducted on April 29.  

"Radio for the Rest of Us" is a presentation developed by the El Dorado Amateur Radio Club in response to experiences during the recent California Wildfires and wide-spread power outages that disabled Internet and Cellular data networks. The presenter, Alan Thompson (W6WN), will take those attending the class through the sequence of failures in cellular mobile data networks and public safety answering point service and then introduce you to the very constructive approach being taken by the El Dorado Amateur Radio Club to provide their community with an alternative in the form of a "neighborhood radio watch" initiative modeled on Radio Relay International's Neighborhood Hamwatch and NSOS programs. 

Club members are building and maintaining GMRS repeaters, training citizens in basic two-way radio communications and assisting by programming GMRS and FRS two-way radios.  Radio amateurs also serve as gateways to ARES networks interfaced with local public safety services and the traffic system to offer citizens an emergency "life line" in the event of a major disaster that disrupts traditional telecommunications infrastructure.

You will not want to miss this excellent presentation.  There are six slots remaining, with registration for "Radio for the Rest of Us" available at:


If you are not able to attend the RRI presentation on April 29 first, you may want to review these links from the RRI Web Page before the May 6 presentation:


Thank you,

James Wades  (WB8SIW)
Radio Relay International
National Emergency Communications Coordinator

New RRI Training Classes Announced: April 22 and 29

posted Apr 13, 2020, 11:21 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Dear Fellow Radio Amateur:

In light of the very positive response to our on-going Radio Relay International training classes over the past two weeks, we are adding two additional classes to our curriculum.  Registration for these classes is now open:

Emergency Communications Planning:  Wednesday, April 22, 17030Z to 2030Z.

This class targets individuals and organizations involved in emergency communications planning.  This class discusses:

* Disaster telecommunications theory.
* Applying the emergency management cycle to emergency communications.
* The importance of hardening and mitigation procedures.
* Mode diversity.
* Preparedness concepts as applied to local EmComm groups.
* Response considerations.
* Mutual aid issues.
* Last mile versus infrastructure concepts.
....and more.

National SOS Radio Network and Neighborhood Hamwatch Training:  Wednesday, April 29, 1730 to 1930Z.

This class introduces individuals and organizations to innovative RRI programs designed to leverage alternate radio services in a manner that makes maximum use of limited Amateur Radio Service resources.  The class discusses:

* The use of GMRS, FRS and similar resources to support local VOADs and neighborhood organizations responding to disaster.
* The use of alternate radio services as a force multiplier for scarce amateur radio services.
* The use of FRS radios to aid disaster victims in time of emergency.
* How to structure response plans and networks to make use of alternate resources.
* Harvesting situational awareness at the neighborhood and community levels.
....and more.

RRI Classes have been filling up quickly, often within an hour or two of announcement.  If interested in attending, please register soon.  Likewise, feel free to share this announcement with others in your network of traffic operators and local EmComm organizations.  There are 15 slots open in each class.

Register for the classes using this linkhttps://signupschedule.com/jwades

Be sure to include your call sign under the "comments" section of the on-line registration form.

73,

James Wades (WB8SIW)
National Emergency Communications Coordinator,
Radio Relay International
833-377-0722 x 700

March 2020 Issue of QNI

posted Mar 31, 2020, 11:50 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

The March 2020 issue of QNI is out!

Contents of Volume 9, Issue 1:

Commercial Codes
Restructuring the Traffic System
CW: The Cockroach of EmComm
Narcissism, Narratives & Negativism
The War on Winlink
Beware of Incompetent Technicians
Some Thoughts on Winlink
The World’s Longest Telegram
The YTG Story
Local Points of Contact Wanted
Traffic in the Time of COVID-19
RRI Merchandise Order Form
Show us Your Shack

QNI is dedicated to promoting genuine emergency communications preparedness.

Our newsletter is independently published and distributed free of charge to the Amateur Radio and emergency management community. The opinions contained herein do not reflect the policies or opinions of any particular net or emergency communications organization.

Our mission is to provide a forum for EmComm volunteers throughout North America. We operate on the premise that Amateur Radio public service volunteers should be, first and
foremost, communicators and technicians.

Radio Relay International Offers Online Training

posted Mar 29, 2020, 11:23 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Hello Everyone:

With much of the US population stuck inside while engaged in "social distancing," Radio Relay International has decided to take advantage of this lull in economic activity to present some training classes for those interested in emergency communications preparedness and traffic handling.  These classes are intended for beginners and those who are fairly new to the world of public service communications.

For this initial run, we will limit class size to 15 people in each class.  This will allow us to gauge response and make adjustments to the class content and schedule if needed.  

The two classes consist of:

RRI Training Class TR-002: "An Introduction to Professional Emergency Communications Preparedness."

This class covers:

* Basic disaster telecommunications theory.
* The application of various modes.
* The structure of the traffic system.
* The radiogram format and its network management data.

RRI Training Class TR-007: "Basic Radiotelephone Net Procedures." (prerequisite required: TR-002 above).

* The nature of radiotelephone nets.
* The ITU phonetic alphabet
* The prowords (and procedural phrases).
* Basic net procedures.
* Transmitting radiograms and radiogram-ICS213 messages.
* Practical exercises with student participation.

Two hours is allotted for each class, but time may vary somewhat depending on the amount of student participation.

Dates are:  

Series One:  March 31 and April 2 at 1630Z
Series Two:  April 7 and April 9 at 1830Z
           

IT requirements:

Students will be attending a "go to meeting" video conference.  A computer or laptop with both audio and video functions must be available.  

Students should register at:  https://signupschedule.com/jwades

Once registered for either pair of classes, students will receive an e-mail with links to documents they should have available when attending the on-line class.

Please feel free to share this announcement with those who might have an interest in getting started in traffic handling or those who want to brush-up on their skills.

73,

James Wades (WB8SIW), RRI National Emergency Communications Coordinator
Kate Hutton (K6HTN), RRI National Training Manager

Radio Relay International (W6RRI)
833-377-0722 x 700

COVID-19 Impact on COTN and Radio Amateurs in Public Service

posted Mar 15, 2020, 2:54 PM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 7:19 AM ]

The National Traffic System (NTS), its sister service Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), and numerous other programs are designed to organize service radio amateurs' service to the public in times of need. With aggressive action being undertaken in the State of Ohio to contain the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, the question arises: What if anything will amateur radio do to serve the public?

The COVID-19 pandemic is not a communications emergency. Don't expect large-scale requests for assistance but that does not mean that there's nothing for you to do.

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) provides an outlet for third-party message handling. In light of closures and restricted hours for businesses and facilities of all types, people are being encouraged to reach out and stay in communication with one another through means other than face-to-face. Expect more demand on the infrastructure for supporting video feeds, phone calls, and short messages. It's possible that there will be some overloading of the infrastructure, but the most likely scenario is that high-bandwidth applications like videoconference will be unreliable, but text messaging, email, and social media will be widely available. People might use letters sent through the mail or send radiograms as a novelty. Should that happen, treat the traffic well, and be sure to provide good service.

We're more than radio amateurs, however. We're neighbors, friends, and family. Think in practical terms about those around you. You know that schools are closed, so who around you has children who now will be at home? Are they nurses, doctors, or others whose services are most urgently ready? What can you do to help them keep their children well cared-for, without using daycare centers with large populations that could spread the virus?

Serving the public means doing what you can for the benefit of others around you. While there is no need to panic, the best information available is that there is need for action. Each of us needs to ask the question: Who among people I know needs help, and what can I do to help?

The State of Ohio has a website now running at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Please go there for the latest information, checklists to help you protect yourself, and ideas for what other action you can take for the benefit of the entire community.

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

PostScript by Thomas Cox NK3F, PhD, RN

As a nurse and a statistician I want to ask people to please take this seriously.

This is not a hoax, it is an extremely lethal, and very viral disease. We statisticians can argue about how lethal - whether it is 5, 10, 20 times more lethal than the flu, and believe me, we do, but we all agree that it is many times more lethal than the flu and it also seems to have a much higher transmission ratio.

Avoid any social interaction that isn't critical. They keep lowering crowd sizes,so be proactive - the only safe crowd size is 1. Anything over that is less safe, and the higher you go the less safe it is.

I love motorcycles, but we just had the worst thing that could have possibly happened in a pandemic - hundreds of thousands of bikers, from all over the country and the world, traveling to Daytona Beach, partying like there was nothing happening, and now either back home, or still traveling home.

So we have already lost valuable time in shutting down the spread, and we need to work even harder going forward. It is going to be unpleasant, but so is getting sick or dying, or causing someone else to get sick or die, for a few minutes of social interaction.

The health care systems in some areas are already overwhelmed, nurses, doctors and other health care providers are going to have our hands filled trying to meet the demand for care, and as is always the case in such situations, many nurses and doctors and other health care workers are going to get sick and some of them are going to die because most facilities failed to have sufficient quantities of masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves.

Difficult ethical choices are being made in Italy, and other countries, and those difficult choices are coming here to the US.

Take it seriously, practice hygiene, learn about what is actually happening and how to protect yourself and others.

www.cdc.org

Thomas Cox PhD RN

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