[commcamp] Civil Air Patrol / Ham Radio Communications Camp Instructors Invited

  • From: FloridaCyclist@xxxxxxx
  • To: commcamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, flwgcommunications@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 12:13:51 EDT

To interested hams and CAP members
The Civil Air Patrol / Amateur Radio Communications Camp planning is  
proceeding very well, but we still need bodies to fill the slots, both student  
staff. If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, please  visit 
 for details. To summarize, we are taking a group of Civil Air Patrol members 
 (primarily cadets, age 12-19), and in a 9-day Summer Camp setting, putting 
them  through the following classes: Amateur Radio Technician Class (inc 
testing),  Emergency Communications Level 1 (inc testing), FEMA ICS 200 and 
CAP  Basic and Advanced Communications Training, All task training for Mission 
Radio  Operator and Communications Unit Leader. Several intense practical  
exercises are also planned. Graduation is set for the afternoon of Jun 3,  2007.
In spite of having many names listed as being interested in helping, we are  
waiting to hear back from instructors on the scheduling. Some will be here for 
 the duration of the course, so their reluctance to commit to a specific slot 
is  understandable when they may be more useful to fill in at a later date, 
but we  do need to start somewhere. As it is, if it really came down to brass 
tacks, we  could cover the classes with the people we have; honestly though, it 
would  be very tough on both the instructors and students to have the same 
people in  front of the class day in and day out as well as much less effective 
than  rotating teams of instructors.
We also welcome new instructors from our partner, the Tallahassee Amateur  
Radio Society as well as other amateur radio clubs and organizations. This is 
 excellent way to get young people involved in radio communications  as not  
only do they get the training, but through CAP it has immediate relevance and  
usefulness. By the same token, having a ham license will make it easier for 
our  radio operators to practice on-the-air and sharpen their knowledge and 
skills. I  hope we can all get behind this class and make their start into our  
hobby a good one. _Please feel free to forward this email to interested parties 
 and mailing lists as needed.
We are also looking for donations of old (working) radios so we can give  
them out as door prizes and to recognize academic excellence. Please email me 
you think you can help.
For those who will be taking off work don't forget: if you are a FL state  
employee (or are otherwise eligible for mentoring leave), this counts as paid  
administrative "mentoring leave". I do need to write a letter for your  
employer, so we really need to get you plugged into the schedule. 
We are supplying all teaching materials including ARRL instructor manuals,  
Powerpoint supplies and presentations; you may also bring your own 
presentations  if you have something that you are familiar with and is 
compatible with our 
 curriculum. The Powerpoints will be available for download by approved  
instructors for practice and possible modification.
We are looking at approximately 30 students for each class, so it is  
probably not going to be as crowded as originally feared although we do have  
for up to 60 students. We have opened up the door to some of our other  partner 
agencies as well for the amateur radio portions of the training; Red  Cross, 
South East K9 Search and Rescue etc, but I do not foresee a human wave of  
additional  students; these are just agencies that we need to build  
relationships with from both the CAP standpoint and ARES/ham radio. In 
addition,  the 
testing sessions are open to the public. All classes and testing sessions  will 
at Ft McGee, 9991 Elgin Rd, Woodville, FL. There is a map about halfway  down 
our primary website at _http://www.tallahasseecap.org/commcamp/_ 
All selected instructors are invited to the end-of-camp cookout and  swimming 
party at Wakulla Springs on the afternoon of Saturday, Jun 2nd. To show  
their appreciation for your efforts, the North Florida Ranger School  
Communications Camp will be picking up the tab for your dinner and entry fee 
and  would 
also like the chance to present a few token gifts.

To be specific, we need instructors for the following classes and times.  
Hopefully as time goes on, this email will go out with fewer and fewer blank  
slots and in the future will only go to the commcamp and Florida Wing Comm  
mailing lists, so if you are interested at all (even from the standpoint of  
how we do with things) please email me to add your name to the  list.
Please email me with your chosen slot(s) and qualifications. A website will  
be posted with an up-to-date instructor roster/schedule.

0800-1100: Amateur Radio Technician License

Chapter 1: Ham Radio Technician Class Licensing Course Intro And  Overview 
Chapter 2 hour-1: Equipment Definitions 
Chapter 2 hour-2:  Basic Electricity Pt1  

1100-1430(inc 30 min lunch) : Amateur Radio Technician License

Chapter 2 hour-3: Basic Electricity Pt 2 
Chapter 2 hour-4: Antennas  Feed lines and Propagation 
Chapter 3 hour-1: Transmitters Receivers and  Transceivers  

1430-1730:  Emergency Communications Level 1

Chapter 1: Introduction to Emergency Communication 
Chapter 2:  Amateurs as Professionals - The Served Agency Relationship 
Chapter 3:  Network Theory and the Design of Emergency Communication Systems  


0800-1100:Amateur Radio Technician License

Chapter 3 hour-2: Repeater Operation and Data Modes 
Chapter 3  hour-3: Practical Antennas 
Chapter 3 hour-4: Power Supplies and  Batteries Handheld Transceivers RF 
Interference (RFI)  

1100-1430(inc 30 min lunch)  :Amateur Radio Technician License

Chapter 4 hour-1: Making Contact 
Chapter 4 hour-2: Nets and  Emergency Communications 
Chapter 4 hour-3: Special Modes and Techniques  

1430-1730:Emergency Communications Level 1 

Chapter 4: Emergency Communication Organizations and Systems  
Chapter 5: Served Agency Communication Systems 
Chapter 6: Basic  Communication Skills  


0800-1100::Amateur Radio Technician License

Chapter 5 Hour-1: Licensing  Regulations 
Chapter 6 hour-1: Operating  Regulations 
Chapter 7 hour-1: Electrical and RF Safety   

1100-1430(inc 30 min lunch):Amateur  Radio Technician License
1430-1730::Amateur Radio Technician  License
Amateur Radio VE Testing Session   


0800-1100: Emergency Communications Level 1

Chapter 7: Introduction to Emergency Nets 
Chapter 8: Basic Message  Handling - Part 1 
Chapter 9: Basic Message Handling - Part 2   

1100-1430 (inc 30 min lunch): Emergency Communications Level 1 

Chapter 10: Net Operating Guidelines 
Chapter 11: The Incident  Command System 
Chapter 12: Preparing for Deployment   

1430-1730:Emergency Communications Level 1 

Chapter 13: Equipment Choices for Emergency Communication 
Chapter  14: Emergency Activation 
Chapter 15: Setup, Initial Operations, and  Shutdown  


0800-1100  Emergency Communications Level 1 

Chapter 16: Operations & Logistics 
Chapter 17: Personal Safety,  Survival, and Health Considerations 
Chapter 18: Alternative  Communication Methods  

1100-1430(inc 30 min lunch):Emergency Communications Level 1 

Chapter 19: What to Expect in Large-Scale Disasters 
Chapter 20:  Hazardous Materials Awareness 
Chapter 21: Marine Communications   

1430-1730:Emergency Communications Level 1 

Chapter 22: Other Learning Opportunities 
Chapter 22: Modes,  Methods, and Applications 

Note EMCOMM testing Wed night. FEMA training, CAP comm training, practical  
exercises, and testing/evaluation take up the remainder of the week.
Gene Floyd, Capt CAP / AI4KK
Project Coordinator
North FL Ranger School Communications Camp

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