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COTN After-Action Report Field Day 2020 Available

posted Jul 2, 2020, 9:03 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) recently completed its operation in Field Day, the annual amateur radio exercise demonstrating and testing the ability to operate in field conditions similar to what might be called for in an emergency.

Offering message-routing services for the ten counties of American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Ohio Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) District 7, COTN operated eight net sessions, took forty station check-ins, moved thirty-four messages, and operated for seven hours and fifty-nine minutes over two days. Franklin, Marion, Licking, Delaware, Fairfield, and Union counties all had stations joining the nets.

The complete accounting for our operation can be found on the COTN web site's reports section at http://www.cotn.us/reports; see COTN AAR FIELD DAY 2020.

Thanks to all participating stations, and we look forward to working with you again.

Activation Notice ARRL Field Day 2020

posted Jun 27, 2020, 10:06 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

NR 3228 TEST P HXC KD8TTE NOGR BEXLEY OH 1645Z JUN 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
ARES OHIO SECTION EC N8BHL
NTS OHIO SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER WA3EZN
NTS OHIO SECTION OSSBN KC8WH
NTS OHIO SECTION BN(E) WB8YLO
NTS OHIO SECTION BN(L) WB9LBI
ARL OHIO SECTION MANAGER N8SY
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CENTRAL OHIO TRAFFIC NET
www.cotn.us


ACTIVATION NOTICE


I. Situation. ARRL event Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 14:00 ET until Sunday, June 28 at 16:59. Stations throughout the US and beyond will be in continuous operation during this time. The event awards points for various tasks including handling of amateur radiograms. Field Day stations need traffic nets to take their outgoing messages and to pick up incoming messages. 

II. Mission. COTN will operate special sessions to accommodate Field Day stations with traffic needs.

III. Execution.
   A. Intent. COTN will operate frequent sessions to move traffic on behalf of Field Day stations and their recipients.
   B. Concept of Operations.
      1. COTN will operate net sessions for movement of traffic. Contacts will not be eligible for Field Day Contact Points.
      2. COTN will operate on the usual program of repeaters for control. The net control operator may direct stations to any channel for movement of traffic.
      3. COTN will operate special sessions for each NTS Cycle to move traffic expeditiously in and out of the Section nets.
         a. Saturday 15:00
         b. Saturday 17:00
         c. Saturday 19:15
         d. Saturday 21:00
         e. Sunday 09:00
         f. Sunday 12:00
         g. Sunday 15:00
         h. Sunday 16:00
      4. COTN will take all traffic, not leaving stations bringing traffic to the net with no outlet, requiring them to return to a later session or to find another net.
      5. COTN operators taking traffic for delivery will do so as soon as practicable between the hours of 0800 and 2000. Traffic received for delivery outside of those hours will be delivered only in person, by email, or on the air if the recipient is available to avoid making phone calls at potentially disruptive times.
      6. COTN will relay traffic through voice procedure with the most efficient procedure for taking the traffic from the sending station.
         a. Voice procedure may be used at any time.
         b. NBEMS may be used as available on any simplex circuit or 6C1. Use of NBEMS on repeaters 2C1, 2C2, and 2C3 is unauthorized.
      7. COTN will route traffic through liaisons if necessary.
         a. OSSBN Cycle One (10:30)
         b. OSSBN operators will monitor during Cycle Two hours but might not operate
         c. OSSBN Cycle Three (16:15)
         d. OSN Cycle Four (18:00, CW)
         e. OSSBN Cycle Four (18:45)
         f. BN Cycle Four Early (18:45, CW)
         g. BN Cycle Four Late (20:00, CW)
         h. DTN (any time)
         i. Winlink (any time)
      8. Net Control will open the net session at the scheduled time and start as a directed net. Net control and liaison stations will remain in the net until the top of the hour (i.e., special sessions will be one-hour sessions).
      9. Field Day stations bringing traffic to the net may be excused by net control after releasing their traffic.
   C. Coordinating Instructions.
      1. Stations volunteering for net control and liaison duty have been given assignments that now appear on the schedule. 
      2. This activation’s manager has published a schedule and net control script on the activation web site at http://www.cotn.us/field-day-2020.

IV. Administration.
   A. 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.
   B. Contacts made on COTN will not count as Contact Points for Field Day scoring. At the discretion of net control, COTN may be used as a spotting net for arranging contacts compliant with Field Day scoring rules.
   C. COTN operators will be self-sufficient.
   D. COTN operators will maintain detailed records of the traffic received and relayed, allowing for accounting and traceback as needed, for 90 days.
   E. Net control stations will provide session reports similar to SET sessions, reporting all stations in the net and precedence for all traffic moved.

V. Command.
   A. This activation is managed by Net Manager Matthew Curtin KD8TTE.
   B. Standard Signal Operating Instructions will apply.
   C. References.
      1. ARRL. Field Day 2020 Rules. http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/1_61-2020%20Rules.pdf. 
      2. Central Ohio Traffic Net Standard Operating Procedures. http://www.cotn.us/sop.  
This activation is for an exercise.
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KD8TTE NET MANAGER COTN
AR

Activation Warning ARRL Field Day 2020

posted Jun 22, 2020, 12:37 PM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Jun 22, 2020, 12:41 PM ]

NR 3215 TEST P HXC KD8TTE NOGR BEXLEY OH 1845Z JUN 22

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

ARES OHIO SECTION EC

NTS OHIO SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER

ARRL OHIO SECTION MANAGER

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CENTRAL OHIO TRAFFIC NET

www.cotn.us


ACTIVATION WARNING


  1. Situation. ARRL event Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 14:00 ET until Sunday, June 28 at 16:59. Stations throughout the US and beyond will be in continuous operation during this time. The event awards points for various tasks including handling of amateur radiograms. Field Day stations need traffic nets to take their outgoing messages and to pick up incoming messages. 

  2. Mission. COTN will operate special sessions to accommodate Field Day stations with traffic needs.

  3. Execution.

    1. Intent. COTN will operate frequent sessions to move traffic on behalf of Field Day stations and their recipients.

    2. Concept of Operations.

      1. COTN will operate net sessions for movement of traffic. Contacts will not be eligible for Field Day Contact Points.

      2. COTN will operate on the usual program of repeaters for control. The net control operator may direct stations to any channel for movement of traffic.

      3. COTN will operate special sessions for each NTS Cycle to move traffic expeditiously in and out of the Section nets.

        1. Saturday 15:00

        2. Saturday 17:00

        3. Saturday 19:15

        4. Saturday 21:00

        5. Sunday 09:00

        6. Sunday 12:00

        7. Sunday 15:00

        8. Sunday 16:00

      4. COTN will take all traffic, not leaving stations bringing traffic to the net with no outlet, requiring them to return to a later session or to find another net.

      5. COTN operators taking traffic for delivery will do so as soon as practicable between the hours of 0800 and 2000. Traffic received for delivery outside of those hours will be delivered only in person, by email, or on the air if the recipient is available to avoid making phone calls at potentially disruptive times.

      6. COTN will relay traffic through voice procedure with the most efficient procedure for taking the traffic from the sending station.

        1. Voice procedure may be used at any time.

        2. NBEMS may be used as available on any simplex circuit or 6C1. Use of NBEMS on repeaters 2C1, 2C2, and 2C3 is unauthorized.

      7. COTN will route traffic through liaisons if necessary.

        1. OSSBN Cycle One (10:30)

        2. (Reserved for OSSBN Cycle Two)

        3. OSSBN Cycle Three (16:15)

        4. OSN Cycle Four (18:00, CW)

        5. OSSBN Cycle Four (18:45)

        6. BN Cycle Four Early (18:45, CW)

        7. BN Cycle Four Late (20:00, CW)

        8. DTN (any time)

        9. Winlink (any time)

      8. Net Control will open the net session at the scheduled time and start as a directed net. Net control and liaison stations will remain in the net until the top of the hour (i.e., special sessions will be one-hour sessions).

      9. Field Day stations bringing traffic to the net may be excused by net control after releasing their traffic.

    3. Coordinating Instructions.

      1. Stations volunteering for net control and liaison duty shall do so by completing the online form at https://forms.gle/t23PJdYAWsrvhnUW8

      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/field-day-2020.

  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. Contacts made on COTN will not count as Contact Points for Field Day scoring. At the discretion of net control, COTN may be used as a spotting net for arranging contacts compliant with Field Day scoring rules.

    3. COTN operators will be self-sufficient.

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

    5. 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 Net Manager Matthew Curtin KD8TTE.

    2. Standard Signal Operating Instructions will apply.

    3. References.

      1. ARRL. Field Day 2020 Rules. http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/1_61-2020%20Rules.pdf

      2. Central Ohio Traffic Net Standard Operating Procedures. http://www.cotn.us/sop.  

This activation is for an exercise.

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KD8TTE NET MANAGER COTN

AR


After-Action Report Emergency Communications Nationwide Radio Simulation May 30, 2020

posted Jun 17, 2020, 8:05 PM by C. Matthew Curtin

Central Ohio Traffic Net has released its After-Action Report on its recent participation in the Red Cross / ARES Emergency Communication National Radio Simulation. COTN operated as the net for Ohio ARES District 7, a ten-county area of Central Ohio. In keeping with the spirit of the exercise's operation under emergency conditions and without commercial power, the net operated without the support of repeaters. Not all counties were in play for the exercise, but the communication plan established by COTN allowed for Marion, Delaware, Union, and Franklin Counties to move the messages they needed to move.

We affirm and refine our training goals based on these results:
 1. Maintain flexibility in operation,
 2. Conduct more simplex nets, 
 3. Conduct small-scale activations, and
 4. Coordinate with county ARES.


Thanks to all who participated!

COTN Videoconference Thursday 11 June 2020

posted Jun 9, 2020, 5:01 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) will conduct its monthly "in-person" meeting by videoconference as we continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will be hosted on Google Meet. You can join with your browser, the Meet app on a mobile device, or by phone. If you join by phone you'll miss the video and slides but you can hear the audio.

Date: Thu 11 June 2020
Time: 1945 EDT
Duration: about 45 minutes
We'll open up the Meet about 1930 to give everyone a chance to connect, work out the kinks, etc.  

Please sign up so we can be prepared for you and we'll send you the link and phone number to join! Sign up at https://forms.gle/6b9HXeE2QhPFuZ7KA or with the embedded form below.

Congratulate Astronauts Behnken and Hurley By Amateur Radio!

posted Jun 5, 2020, 7:59 AM by C. Matthew Curtin

During the month of June, you can congratulate NASA Astronauts Behnken and Hurley on their first American commercially built and operated spaceflight to ISS thanks to amateur station K8AMH in Little Elm, TX. He's personally going to create received radiograms for delivery to NASA in time for the July 4, 2020 holiday.

If you'd like to originate your own radiogram, you may do so with the information below. If you'd like for KD8TTE to originate one on your behalf, you may use an online form at https://forms.gle/r6cGvZjL493RoRVj9.


To send traffic to Bob Behnken

BOB BEHNKEN KE5GGX C/O K8AMH
PO BOX 479
LITTLE ELM TX 75068

To send traffic to Doug Hurley

DOUG HURLEY C/O K8AMH
PO BOX 479
LITTLE ELM TX 75068

To send traffic to both Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in one piece of traffic instead of two separate ones

BOB BEHNKEN KE5GGX AND DOUG HURLEY C/O K8AMH
PO BOX 479
LITTLE ELM TX 75068


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.

BT

KD8TTE NET MANAGER COTN

AR


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

BT

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 

BT

KD8TTE NET MANAGER COTN

AR


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.

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