Invitation: Local Net Coordination


Last year, the Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) had a highly successful ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), with fifteen sessions and over 100 pieces of traffic moved during the SET. This year we'd like to make it even better by coordinating with the other local traffic nets around the Ohio Section to see that we’ve got participating stations in other areas to receive the traffic that we’re originating and to originate traffic that we receive. We want your net’s help!

COTN normally meets once daily but during SETs we hold frequent special sessions to ensure that traffic can keep moving. We’ll be holding at least ten sessions on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Holding special sessions will help to ensure that traffic your stations originate in the morning can be relayed across the state, and that replies can be relayed back for receipt to your net the same day.

If your net would like to coordinate with COTN, please send me no later than September 5, 2015 the following details either by email at or radiogram to Matthew Curtin KD8TTE, Bexley, Ohio:

    • Participating Net Name

    • SET Coordinator: name, callsign, email address

    • Coverage Area (Counties)

On September 6, I will set the list of coordinating nets and begin working with the representatives of the nets to share ideas for how to ensure that local arrangements can be made to support an exercise that is fun and supports the primary purpose of the SET: to find strengths and weaknesses in systems like ARES, NTS, and RACES.

Our intention is to coordinate with other local nets first, and then to approach the section-level nets to ensure that they’re prepared to handle the traffic that local nets will need them to move.

We’re looking forward to a great SET, and hope that you’ll coordinate your SET with us!

Matthew Curtin, KD8TTE/ORS, Bexley, Ohio

Central Ohio Traffic Net (Board Member)

Ohio Section ASEC (ARESMAT)