SET Weekend Oct 1 & 2, 2022

Just a reminder for those who will be checking in on Saturday 10/1/2022 or Sunday 10/2/2022 – please check in using non-commercial power such as batteries, generators, HT or mobile radios. When checking into OCTEN on this particular weekend, please remember to advise net control when checking in, that you are using emergency power or /E. Please test your emergency back up stations, check battery voltage, etc. While running generators and batteries, its a good time to do a safety check and ensure that all off-gassing or emissions producing products are placed in a safe manor in well-ventilated areas and that if close to a building, proper smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are installed and functioning as designed.

New Assistant Net Manager

We welcome John Perkins K2VTT as the new Assistant Net Manager for OCTEN. John comes highly recommended and is a dedicated traffic handler. John has some big shoes to fill, but we know he is up to the task.

This comes after former Assistant Net Manager, Dick KA2JFU resigned, citing personal reasons. Dick will be missed on the net and we wish him the best of luck going forward. Dick served OCTEN for many years and took on the role of Assistant Net Manager upon the resignation of Jack KA2ZNZ amid health concerns in March of 2021. Dick has always been an excellent example of a traffic handler and will be missed by the net. We hope that he will return to the net, when able, to share his knowledge with the new generation of traffic handlers.

Net Controls & Liaisons WANTED!

Interested in taking control of the net as a net control station? This is one place where you’re encouraged to try it out without making a commitment. If you enjoy it, we can always use alternate or standby net control stations to fill in when our regular stations are not available. In addition, we are looking for General Class license holders that may be interested in being a liaison from OCTEN to NYPON (New York Public Operations Net) which meets daily at 5PM on 80 meters (3925 kHz). If you are interested in either being a liaison to other nets or trying out net control, email OCTEN@WNYHAM.COM to get started!

WebSDR

If you’re looking for a way to listen to some HF activity, but don’t currently have an HF radio or maybe you’re lacking an antenna or live in an area with a heavy noise level – you can try using WebSDR to receive. http://www.websdr.org has a bunch of receivers on air that are broadcast over the internet, including one in Northern PA that’s great to listen to NY State/Section and Regional nets with. Examples being the New York Public Operations Net at 5PM daily on 3925 kHz or Second Region Net (2RN) at 6:30PM daily on 3926 kHz.

Traffic Packets!

Traffic handlers reference material packets are available by mail for those who may be interested in tangible documents. Requests can be made by sending a postcard with your callsign, name and address to OCTEN at PO Box 216, Hinckley, NY 13352. Packets are provided free of charge as a public service, courtesy of WA2U.

OCTEN has a new net time!

4/11/2021

As of Monday, April 12, 2021 OCTEN will meet on the MOARC 145.170 (-) CSQ repeater one and one half hours earlier at 8PM! Satellite repeaters will continue to be checked a few minutes before in the southern tier (between 7:45 and 8PM daily) and a few minutes after (between 8 and 8:10PM) on the others. All amateurs are encouraged to check in, listen in, ask questions and try your hand at taking and passing formal written traffic. If you have questions, you can email octen@wnyham.com for more information.

OCTEN mourns the loss of W2JPS

3/26/2021

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John P. Schiavo, Jr – W2JPS of Cooperstown, New York in Otsego County. John joined the ranks of the amateur radio community in 2017. Shortly after, he joined the Oneida County Traffic and Emergency Net (OCTEN) and became the calling station for the two southern-most OCTEN satellite repeaters, the 146.850 in Otsego County, owned by the Oneonta Amateur Radio Club and the 146.685 in Chenango County owned by the Chenango Valley Amateur Radio Association. He was not only the voice you expected to hear every night, but was also a vital link to the NTS for these communities. John passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his loving family after suffering a stroke the week before. Per John’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. His kind words, positive outlook and his commitment to both the NTS and to the amateur community will not soon be forgotten. In addition to John’s many contributions to OCTEN, he also held the appointment of Official Relay Station and also was a regular net control station for ECARS.