Previous Issues: 07/05,
, 8/02, 5/02
- Third edition of The Fiber
Optic Technicians Manual Now Available!
- The third edition of The Fiber Optic Technicians
Manual has arrived and is available from Delmar Learning
or direct from many booksellers, including Amazon.com.
The third edition is about 15% bigger, with new or updated material
on most chapter subjects, including more "hands-on information,
but the price remains the same, $54.95. ISBN
- If you really want "hands-on"
info, the FOTM Lab Manual is also available from
Delmar (ISBN:1418028754, Price: $19.95) with tons of hands on
exercises. Intended as a manual for teaching labs, it has step-by-step
instructions on cable preparation, termination, testing and troubleshooting.
A must for classes, it's also a great reference for any fiber
- An Instructor's Guide
to the FOTM is also available from Delmar. (ISBN: 1401897002,
Price: $33.95 )
For information on the Lab Manual or Instructors Guide, contact
Delmar directly at 1-800-347-7707 for further information.
- Remember the CFOT Test will
use the new edition, along with the new NECA/FOA-301
- FOA Runs Fourth Summer TTT,
Then Trains IBEW JATC Apprenticeship Instructors
- The FOA held its fourth summer
Train-The-Trainer seminar in Cincinnati this past July, then
held two classes for IBEW JATC Apprenticeship Instructors at
the NJATC National Training Institute. Here you see Tom Collins,
who conducted the Cincy TTT course and a hands-on course at NTI,
at the FOA booth during the NIT trade show. Jim Hayes taught
two weeklong TTT sessions where he had 20 JATC instructors (below)
learning the tricks-of-the-trade in teaching fiber optics.
- New PowerPoint Presentation
- A new PowerPoint presentation
in Spanish for instructors and anyone else interested has been
posted on the FOA website for downloading. It is an explanation
of fiber optics in Spanish, created by Francisco Castro Cabrera
of Mexico City, who is starting up our new FOA chapter in Mexico.
It is complementary to our PowerPoint introduction to fiber optics
in English. Here is more information
on the presentation in Spanish.
- Corning Cable Systems Renting
- Need some specialized splicing
or test equipment but don't want to buy it? Corning is offering
rental services now. The big advantage should be knowing you
are getting equipment in good condition and having outstanding
tech support. See the Corning
Cable Systems website for more details
- FOA To Exhibit At NECA &
FTTH Council Shows
- The FOA will exhibit at the
NECA Show in
New Orleans September 18-21 and give a technical presentation
our new NECA/FOA installation standard. We will also be at the
2005 FTTH Council's
Conference & Expo October 3-5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort
in Las Vegas, NV, where we may be ready to discuss a new FOA
FTTH certification program.
- 'We've been waiting for this' department: 3M Introduces
Hot Melt LC Connector
- The LC connector has become
the de facto standard for high speed fiber optic links, but until
now, installers were limited to adhesive (epoxy or anaerobic)
or prepolished/splice versions. 3M is now offering a Hot Melt
version of the LC, which of course, offers all the advantages
of a Hot Melt connector (fast termination, high performance and
the "second chance" where you can reheat it and try
polishing again if you just pull the fiber back a couple of mm
before the adhesive cools and sets.) More information is available
from 3M website (www.3Mhotmelt.com/introducing)
- PS: note how much this duplex
version - actually 2 coupled simplex connectors - looks like
the FOA proposal
for a standard connector!
Fiber-in-a-Box to Improve Contractor
Packaging fiber like UTP in a
box should saves time and money on installation and testing.
Graybar and Berk-Tek have joined together to launch Fiber-in-a-Box,
a fiber optic cable solution designed to help contractors save
time and money. Fiber-in-a-Box is a tight-buffered fiber optic
cable for Plenum or Riser environments. Each box includes 1,000
feet of 6 fiber or 12 fiber multimode Plenum rated (OFNP) distribution
cable (62.5/125 micron) and features Berk-Tek's adjustable EZ-BrakeTM
system with anti-backlash control. Ideal for horizontal, backbone
or centralized optical cabling installations, the all-dielectric
cable construction has 900 micron buffered fibers surrounded by
aramid yarns and jacketed with next-generation lead-free polymer
Contractors gain savings from
the innovative packaging featuring countdown sequential foot
markings every two feet to ensure cable length accuracy and
minimize waste. (That's also a neater way to find out fiber
length than expensive OTDR or OLTS testing!) The compact,
stackable cartons protect the cable from damage that can occur
during traditional pull and cut procedures. Since the packaging
eliminates this kind of handling damage, the factory guarantees
the cable, and pre-installation testing is unnecessary.
Fiber-in-a-Box is available exclusively
at Graybar, a leading North American distributor of high-quality
components, equipment and materials for the electrical and telecommunications
industries. For a limited time while supplies last, purchases
qualify for a $50 rebate on 12 fiber cables and a $25 rebate on
6 fiber cables.
- FOA CFOT Renewals Get Free
Copy of NECA/FOA Installation Standard
- Every CFOT will now receive
a free copy of NECA 301-2004, Installing
And Testing Fiber Optic Cables, produced by The FOA in
cooperation with NECA (The National Electrical Contractors Association).
This is an important reference document for defining the installation
and testing of fiber optic cable plants in a "neat and workmanlike
- The FOA feels this is such an
important document that we are giving a free copy (normally priced
at $15) to every active CFOT when they renew their active status.
- The FOA has also sent free copies
to all FOA-Approved schools. The new FOA CFOT exam to be used
after August, 2005, will include questions from the standard.
Schools should be including information from the standard in
their classes already.
- Job Openings:
- ADC is currently seeking a Product Specialist for
fiber optic cable and related ancillary products to support the
sale of leading edge fiber optic cables in a wide array of applications.
Position is located in Vermont. Responsibilities include support
of the Product Manager- Fiber Optic Cable, in the definition,
direction, profitability, and market share goals of the products
over its entire life cycle. The Product Specialist will assist
in the preparation and implementation of the annual budget. The
Product Specialist also plays a key role as a member of the product
development team through the establishment of the product road
map, development of product requirements, management of changes
to the requirements and the establishment of development and
customer support project priorities. In addition, the Product
Specialist will be responsible for assisting with training of
ADC sales and external customers on the fiber cable products
offered by ADC. The Product Specialist will be expected to exercise
good judgment by operating within broadly defined guidelines
to complete tasks consistent with obtaining product line results
and support of the day-to-day operations of the business.
- ADC is a world leader in providing
global network infrastructure products, services and software
that enable the profitable delivery of high-speed Internet, data,
video, and voice services over our customers' unique networks.
ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT) has sales into more than 90 countries.
- All replies must be submitted
through the ADC
careers website. Search for job opening "02592"
- Diamond USA is looking for a Mobile Fiber Optic
Service Manager. Are you looking for a challenge in the Fiber
Optic and Premises Network Markets? Do you have what it takes
to be an entrepreneur within a company? Are you a "hands
-on" type of person in the field? Diamond USA is looking
for a candidate that has proven field fiber optic technician
experience, strong industry knowledge, excellent customer interaction
skills, the ability to manage multiple jobs and assignments and
train employees and customers. The position will include field
support of installers and designers, certification of installers,
diagnostic and restoration of fiber optic data networks, and
provide field and market expertise to sales team. RCDD is a plus.
Pre-employment drug screening and MVR required. We offer competitive
salary with benefits, 401K.
- Please submit resume with
salary requirements to:
- Diamond USA, Human Resources
- 27 Industrial Ave.
- Chelmsford, MA 01824
- Fax: 978-256-6544 E-mail: email@example.com
- Tech Puzzler
- What's a substitute for index
matching fluid in mechanical splices?
Glass "Flow"? Is it really a liquid?
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
on General Topics and Testing
Fiber Or Copper? Making decisions,
overview and LANs
Happens When You Mate Mismatched MM Fibers?
- New PowerPoint Presentation
Introduces Fiber Optics - in English or Spanish!
- The FOA has created a short
PowerPoint presentation that introduces you to fiber optics and
talks about job opportunities in the field. It was intended for
instructors to introdcue studnets to the field, but it's a good
introduction for anyone. It's about 3 meg file so it takes a
while to download and you need PowerPoint to view it. See http://www.thefoa.org/ppt/
FOA Website Expands To Support
Fiber Optic Educators
Instructors' Home Page And
New Online Train-The-Trainer Program
The FOA has always focused on creating better educational opportunities
in fiber optics - it's our charter: we're a non-profit educational
organization. We've done two things recently to expand that commitment
- both here on the FOA website.
We have over 120 schools and hundreds
of instructors teaching at those organizations, and we'll notify
them about these new web pages, but we invite any instructor interested
in fiber optics to dig in and use these pages too.
First, we've created a home page
for instructors where we'll cover topics just for them, like our
TTT program and resources just for instructors. It's at http://www.thefoa.org/instructors/index.html
Secondly, we've put our TTT seminar
online, in both PPT and PDF format at http://www.thefoa.org/instructors/index.html
- Our online TTT program is the
beginning of qualifying for the FOA CFOS/I Instructor Certification.
Soon we'll have the program set up for instructors to register
to begin qualifying for the certification.
- FOA Certification Top Choice
The FOA CFOT and CFOS programs continue to gain momentum in fiber
optics. Over 15,000 CFOTs have been certified by over 120 schools
as the FOA completed its 10th year. Since our founding in July,
1995, we have dedicated ourselves to promoting fiber optics and
professionalism in fiber optics personnel, focusing on education
and certification. We are continuing to add new schools and more
CFOTs as users of fiber optics learn that a CFOT is the indication
of a professional, well-trained fiber optic technician. Now with
FTTH (fiber to the home) finally taking off, demand for CFOTs
is rising and schools are responding by expanding programs rapidly.
- The FOA now has approved programs
at 125+ organizations, welcoming new additions like the Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee of the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers, Corning Cable Systems for their installation
training programs and NASA's Goldstone Tracking Station. The
complete list of FOA-Approved schools is at http://www.thefoa.org/foa_aprv.htm.
Your Name, CFOT - It pays to
The FOA encourages CFOTs to use
the logo on their business cards, letterhead, truck or van, etc.
and provides logo
files on this site for that purpose. But we are also asked
about how to use the CFOT or CFOS certifications. Easy, you can
refer to yourself as "Your Name, CFOT" or "Your
Name, CFOS/T" for example.
Feel free to use the logo and
designations to promote your achievements and professionalism!
Remember To Renew Your Certification
Remember to renew your FOA certification.
All current CFOTs have a ID Card with their certification data
and we keep a database of current CFOTs to answer inquiries regarding
your qualifications if needed. If you forgot to renew, use the
form or the FOA
online store to renew NOW!
Want To Get FOA Email?
We have been asked if we could send the FOA newsletter by email
or post it on the website. We are looking into that and will definitely
get one started soon. When you renew your certification, you will
be asked if you are interested in email newsletters and if so,
you will be asked to give your email address for us to use in
a mailing list. If you want to get started now, send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject "eMail List"
Note that The FOA never releases its mailing lists for any
use! Your data is always safe with us.
Contact The FOA:
Fiber Optic Association
- 1119 S Mission Road,
- Fallbrook, CA 92028
- Office Hours 10AM-5
PM Pacific Time
- Telephone: 760-451-3655
- Fax: 781-207-2421
- Officers and
- Board of Directors
Hayes, President, Treasurer
- Eric Pearson, Director of Certification
- Tom Collins, Gateway Comm. College
- Bill Graham
- Karen Hayes
- FOA Staff:
Jim Hayes, newsletter, website editor
- Karen Hayes, Administration
- The FOA is managed under contract by:
VDV Works LLC
- 1119 S Mission Road, # 355
- Fallbrook, CA 92028
- Telephone: 760-451-3655
- Fax: 781-207-2421
- email: email@example.com
- FOA Board of Advisors
Elias Awad, Clerk, Director of Education
F. Douglas Elliot, Past President
William H. Graham
Jim Hayes, President, Treasurer
John Highhouse, Past President
Danny S. Lyall
Eric Y. Loytty
Paul Rosenberg, Past President
Richard James Smith
- Dominick Tamone
- Van Ewert
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Puzzler: We've used mineral
oil and vaseline from the local drugstore. Alcohol can be used
also, but it evaporates rapidly, making it only good for temporary
use in testing.