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 and staff. If you are not familiar with what I am talking about, please visit _http://www.tallahasseecap.org/commcamp_ (http://www.tallahasseecap.org/commcamp) 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 IS700, 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 an 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 if 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 books 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 be at Ft McGee, 9991 Elgin Rd, Woodville, FL. There is a map about halfway down our primary website at _http://www.tallahasseecap.org/commcamp/_ (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 seeing 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. Saturday 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 Sunday 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 Monday 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 Review 1430-1730::Amateur Radio Technician License Amateur Radio VE Testing Session Tuesday 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 Wednesday 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 Review 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 (850)284-3677 ************************************** See what's free at http://www.aol.com.