New Training Video: Demonstration of Radio Net Control

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  1. KD8TTE

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    Demonstration of Radio Net Control (Radio KD8TTE 037)

    See behind the scenes of Central Ohio Traffic Net (COTN) in the regular daily session held 31 October 2021. COTN is a training net operating almost entirely on VHF, helping even the newest of amateur radio licensees to learn the art of originating, relaying, and delivering messages for third parties. This net is highly structured but less formal and rigorous than HF nets we demonstrate here like BLACK SWAN Net (or the Buckeye Net Mixed that predated it).

    Get the COTN Net Control Station (NCS) script yourself and follow along!

    00:00 Introduction
    00:17 What we will demonstrate
    01:13 Starting the net: prepare log and read from the script
    02:30 First sign of trouble
    03:30 First stations in
    03:53 Directing stations to secondary channel to relay reporting into the net
    05:08 Stations returning to control channel
    05:44 Station reporting in with traffic (messages to send)
    06:48 Sending stations to secondary channel for message relay
    07:42 Stations reporting into the net on control channel as messages relay on secondary
    08:53 End of call-up on control channel
    09:11 Stations returning to control channel (acknowledgement edited out for brevity)
    09:47 Closing the net
    10:15 Time-lapse of after-net session reporting
    10:34 Conclusion: You can do it!

    COTN meets on-air daily according to our operating schedule and as required for emergency and disaster message relay service.
    Standard Operating Procedures, including the signal operating instructions, are on the web site.

    COTN is an independent net in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Ohio Section, affiliated with the National Traffic System (NTS), Radio Relay International (RRI), and with liaison to other independent message relay systems. The net is able to provide message relay service for the public, agencies, non-government organizations, and other amateur stations such as those in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

    Related nets of note include (but are not limited to):
    Ohio Single Sideband Net (HF, Voice, Ohio):
    See also the list of other NTS affiliated nets in Ohio:

    BLACK SWAN Training Net (HF, Multi-mode, Ohio and beyond):

    If you are (or are interested in being) an amateur radio licensee and would like to work in emergency, auxiliary, disaster, or public service communication, find your local amateur radio net or club to help you get connected.
    * ARRL Net Directory
    * RRI Traffic Net Directory
    You might also find a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) that uses amateur radio or otherwise is looking for radio operators with these skills.

    Thanks go to many:
    * All participants (who did not have warning that the session would be recorded): W8SGM, KD8KBX, KD8UUB, K3AUX, KV8Z, AD8CM, and KJ8AM.
    * W8RIH for the audio of the 76 machine used to show secondary channel operation.
    * Central Ohio Radio Club (CORC) for the '97 and '76 repeaters used in the session.

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