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Net Control and Liaison Training Thu 9 Feb

posted Feb 5, 2017, 6:28 AM by C. Matthew Curtin   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 6:30 AM ]
Are you interested in learning how to run a directed net, or act as a liaison between nets? COTN will hold in-person training on these vital skills at the next in-person training session, to be held on Thursday 9 February 2017. We'll begin gathering at 18:00 EST, and get training underway at 18:30 EST.

Whether you are experienced or a novice, training on the skills of net control and net liaison is imperative to functioning well. Most amateur radio nets convened for public service—including traffic nets, ARES, and RACES—are directed nets. The same net structure is used in other avenues of service available to amateur radio operators including the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS).

We invite you to join us for training. Sessions will be led by Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE. He is COTN Net Manager, and maintains ARRL appointments as Ohio Section Assistant Emergency Coordinator, Official Emergency Station, and Official Relay Station. He regularly relays traffic on COTN, Ohio Single Sideband Net (OSSBN), Indiana Traffic Net (ITN), Eighth Region Net (8RN), and Eastern Area Net (EAN). He is a frequent trainer and lecturer at amateur radio, cybersecurity, and legal conferences throughout the United States. He spent fifteen years as part-time faculty at The Ohio State University in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, most recently as Sr. Lecturer.

Bring writing instruments, your logbook or other notebook, and a 2M HT or mobile if you've got one. Be sure that you can operate your radio on the COTN fallback simplex frequency, 147.51 MHz FM.


 18:00 Welcome and introductions. Arrive at or after 18:00. We will monitor the 146.97 repeater for anyone having trouble with directions.
 18:30 Overview of radio nets: Purpose and operation of a directed net.
 18:40 Introduction to net liaison: Purpose and function of liaison.
 18:45 Check-in to Ohio Single Sideband Net, listen for liaison to Central Ohio
 19:15 Check-in to Central Ohio Traffic Net, listen for liaison from OSSBN
 19:50 Break and time to originate traffic
 20:00 Exercise: operation of special session
We will begin with a demonstration, and then have small nets, giving opportunities to act as net control and liaison stations.
 20:30 Wrap up. 


As usual, we'll hold the training at Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd., Columbus, Ohio.