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Field Operations - Type III Part B and Type II

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This course is the second part of a two-part course designed to prepare individuals to perform field communicator duties as a fully independent operator.
Intended Audience: Hams with interest in emergency communications who are interested in performing Field Communicator duties.

Prior to attending this class, the student should have completed the following prerequisites:

Note:  The above prerequisites are not strictly enforced. But in order to get the most out of this course, you should have previously attended the above courses. If you have not yet attended one or more of the prerequisites, you should carefully review the course materials for the missed prerequisites prior to attending this course. Then, be sure to attend any missed prerequisites at your earliest opportunity.

Pre-Class Preparation:

Prior to class, read the following:


3 hours

NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.

Students should bring:
  • Copy of all course materials (see below)
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
  • HT with headset or ear bud and batteries to last on low power for class time
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this two-part course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the field operator, including
    • Served agency needs, field assignment types, SCCo ARES/RACES credentialing system
  • Explain and perform basic safety procedures
  • Properly execute an assignment, including
    • Mobilization, selecting equipment, field operations, dealing with problems, demobilization
  • Understand and use field operations checklists
Topics Covered:

The first part of this course included:

  • Mastering Field Communications
  • Supporting Our Served Agencies
  • Field Communications Assignments
  • Credentials
  • Safety
  • Simulated deployment
    • Mobilization
    • Setting up a Station

This part of the course continues with:

  • Simulated deployment (continued)
    • Type III Field Equipment
    • Type II Field Equipment
    • On Site Operations
    • Traffic Types
    • Message Passing Intro
    • Advanced Techniques
    • Dealing With Problems
    • Demobilization
  • Checklists
Scheduling Info:
Course Materials:

Classroom presentation (26-Jan-2024):

Prior to coming to class:

Print out and bring the following to class:

IMPORTANT: See additional location-specific items on the sign-up page


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