New FOA Benefit For CFOTs
- A Searchable Database of Installers, Contractors and Consultants
The FOA is compiling a database
of CFOTs who do installation, contracting or consulting. Our
goal is to have it as a searchable database for everyone needing
a contractor, many of which call us at the FOA for advice.
The database lists CFOTs according
to their areas of expertise and locations where they will do
installs, plus a short description of their organization, work
experience, etc. The database can be searched by any parameter
so the user can get a close match to their needs for fiber optic
If you are a CFOT who wants
to be listed, go to the FOA
Installer Database and register now. As soon as the database is ready, we'll announce
it to the world of end users.
FTTH Council Show in Vegas
Eric Pearson and Jim Hayes attended
the FTTH Council show in Las Vegas, where The FOA had a booth.
As usual, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that
FTTH/FTTP work is going ahead at a good pace, with about 1 million
US homes connected in the last year. Japan is way ahead of the
US with about 3 times that many. Even South Korea is a challenger.
US companies are certainly aiming lots of new products at the
FTTH market. Wall-mounted enclosures, pedestals for PON devices,
drop cables, etc. were everywhere perhaps a record number
of "better mousetraps" were introduced at this show.
Sessions we attended were well-presented by knowledgeable people.
But are the telephone companies promoting the installations or
just doing more field trials? Discussions with vendors gave mostly
guarded responses. It was hard to get a handle on component sales,
technical directions or future possibilities. The fact that 1
million new homes were connected last year is very encouraging.
In four days at the show, attendee traffic was very light. Mostly
we saw vendors, not unusual at trade shows these days, and we
saw only a few companies that were likely customers for these
products. We saw one person from Verizon, although a group was
rumored to have attended. Nobody we asked saw anyone from SBC
or BellSouth. A few municipalities were represented.
We did use that show to introduce the FOA to participants, many
of whom were not aware that we've been around for ten years and
have certified over 16,000 CFOTs. We also talked up the idea
of an FOA FTTH certification which was well received by most
people we talked to. We gave out FOA/NECA installation standards,
which was appreciated by all.
While we were not overwhelmed
by the show, it gave us some good ideas to pursue. We plan to
get out and interview some FTTH installers and users to see what
they think - and see if they think it's worth it!
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.,
located in Worcester, MA, is seeking to hire a part time fiber
connector termination person.
Experience is a must. If you know of anyone interested in part
time, flexible hours, please ask them to forward their resume
to : <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com.
See previous newsletter issues
for earlier job listings.
A new PowerPoint presentation
in Spanish for instructors and anyone else interested has been
posted on the FOA website for free 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.
been waiting for this" department: 3M Introduces Hot Melt
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)
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 manner."
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.
What happens when you mate a
FDDI-grade 62.5/125 fiber to a Laser Optimized 50/125 fiber?
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.
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.
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Puzzler: The larger core
of the 62.5 micron fiber is bigger than the core of the 50 micron
fiber so you will see an excess loss of 2-4 dB in this direction.
In the opposite direction, the loss will be minimal going from
a small core to a large core.