Jim Hayes, President of The
FOA, made a presentation to the TIA TR-42.8 committee at the
June 8, 2004 meeting in Providence, RI, covering the recommendations
of the FOA for revisions in the "C" version of TIA-568
standard for structured cabling. 568 is currently in the "B"
revision but work should begin soon on the "C" version.
Until 568B, fiber optics was
an afterthought. 568B added a separate section to cover the unique
aspects of fiber, enhancing the attractiveness of fiber to many
users. However, there are still issues with 568B, including test
requirements, that make fiber optics confusing to many potential
The FOA board, members of which
have over 20 years experience in fiber optics on the average,
reviewed the 568B standard and discussed these issues at length,
then produced a document with our recommendations. You
can read the whole PDF document here.
Jim will continue attending
TR-42.8 meetings to work with the committee in developing 568C
and representing the interests of our organization and our CFOTs.
Training For Advanced Certification?
Once you have your CFOT, what
is the next level of certification? The FOA offers four advanced
certifications, called CFOS (Certified Fiber Optic Specialist)
in specialties of connectorization, splicing, testing and instructing.
In our experience, CFOTs are not sure how to get there. The explanation on our website provides the
requirements, but how do you qualify? Consider it to be three
steps: 1) Get your CFOT, 2) Get field experience and 3) Get more
Where is advanced training available?
Ask the school where you got your CFOT training what they recommend.
Check the school listing on the FOA website for schools offering
And don't forget manufacturers
- they offer specialized training in their products, exactly the
kinds of specific training you need for unique products that we
expect you to have when you take the CFOS exams. the FOA is developing
a list of manufacturer training we recommend for our CFOTs and
will have it posted in the near future.
If you think you will aspiire
to CFOS, download and print yourself a FOA
Logbook to keep track of your experience and training.
It will help you qualify for the CFOS
Ohio Installs America's Most
Advanced Fiber Optic Network
A clipping from the CIncinnati
Enquirer on April 27, 2004 says that Ohio has installed a 1,600
mile fiber network to link Ohio's colleges and universities,
their business partners, hospitals and K-12 schools. The goal
is more than just the sharing of information, it involves the
sharing of equipment among institutions, reducing costs for capital
equipment like MRI machines. The "Ohio
Academic Resources Network" has been founded to install
and support the network.
Advance Toward Practicality
The so-called "holey fibers,"
more precisely "photonic bandgap" fibers we have mentioned
several times before (Dec '03,
Nov '03) are being developed by
R&D labs into what appears to be practical devices. The Univ
of Bath in the UK has gotten attenuation down to 1.7 dB/km at
conventional wavelengths but is working on longer wavelengths
- perhaps around 2 microns (2000 nm) where they expect to be
able to take advantage of the fiber's lack of rayleigh scattering.
have higher losses than epoxy/polish connectors even though they
have a factory polished ferrule. Why?
New PowerPoint Presentation
Introduces Fiber Optics
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/
Singlemode Fiber Nomenclature
Plastic Optical Fibers (POF)
Eric Pearson's Newsletters - with
some tests on connectors.
New sections of "Lennie Lightwave's
Guide To Fiber Optics" covers loss
testing of fiber optic cables and OTDRs.
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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F. Douglas Elliot, Past President
William H. Graham
Jim Hayes, President, Treasurer
John Highhouse, Past President
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