Captain Jordan Hayes, from Squadron 188, and Captain George Gadd, from Squadron 80, led an advanced communications class for Group 2 on 12 November 2016, held at Hayward airport (HWD).
|Class participants arriving before the start of class at HWD, photo by Lt Roudnev|
The primary focus of this class was HF radios, but we also spent some time discussing recent changes to the CAP communications regulations and general communications topics.
|Getting set up for class (Capt Hayes, center background, and |
Capt Gadd, right), photo by Lt Roudnev
Participation was from throughout most of Group 2 and included Squadrons 188 (Oakland), 10 (Palo Alto), 13 (Watsonville), 80 (San Jose - seniors), 36 (San Jose - cadets), and 44 (Concord).
Squadron 188 members that participated included:
- Lt Col Tinnirello
- Maj Maggie Wang
- Capt Hayes (instructor)
- Capt Don Eichelberger
- 1st Lt Al Chavez
- 1st Lt Hollerbach
- 2d Lt Scott Booth
- 2d Lt Alexei Roudnev
- 2d Lt Tim Roberts
|Capt Hayes, leading the classroom|
discussion, photo by Lt Col Tinnirello
If you weren’t there, you missed a really great class, with excellent classroom instruction as well as show-and-tell with our HF and other radio and communications equipment.
|Capt Hayes discussing HF radios with cadets and senior|
members, photo by Lt Col Tinnirello
|Demonstrating use of some of the portable communications|
equipment, photo by Lt Hollerbach
- Challenges facing communicators when infrastructure breaks down
- Formal message passing
- HF radios
- Relays and repeaters
- Portable equipment
- Basics of radio wave propagation and antennas
- Sources of interference, natural and man-made
- National and regional nets
For additional training, see the learning management system for modules on generators, repeaters, relays, multi-net operations, base operations, and other topics.
|Capt Hayes demonstrating the use of an InReach,|
photo by Lt Roudnev
For all of you communicators out there, please join us at Constant Watch 2017 in the spring (more info to follow).
|Capt Hayes operating one of the HF radios,|
photo by Lt Hollerbach
|What is so fascinating over there, that everyone is staring off to the left? It's an HF antenna! photo by Lt Hollerbach|
|CAP vehicle used by ground teams, with portable communications equipment, photo by Lt Roudnev|