Training Schedule, 2021Q4
COTN as usual will hold monthly training on the second Thursday of the month. As has been our practice since April 2020 we'll hold them by Google Meet videoconference. As with all meetings, see the COTN Schedule, Frequencies, and Event Calendar page for details.
COTN, and amateur radio more broadly, provide an important public service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets forth the "Basis and Purpose" for the Amateur Radio service in the United States in 47 CFR 97.1, where the first provision is,
(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
Radio amateurs serve the public not individually and haphazardly but through coordinated efforts. Who coordinates those efforts? Other radio amateurs who take on the responsibility of serving other radio amateurs. Service to the amateurs serving the public happens by managing organizations like COTN.
For the training and planning meetings in the fourth quarter of 2021, we'll present a three-part series, "How COTN Works." Designed to introduce radio amateurs to the workings of public service, and message relay nets in particular, these sessions should show volunteers how they can provide critical support to other radio operators. Whether you're curious about what happens behind the scenes of nets you've heard and may participate in, are looking to take on a particular role to support your fellow radio amateurs, or just want a refresher course, this series of one-hour sessions is for you.
Please join us, get answers to your questions, and share your experience.