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 91 
 on: July 16, 2018, 09:59:06 PM 
Started by darkmatter - Last post by Eclipse
Do they stay at nation as advisers to the current commander, or do they go back to their regions?

Yes.  They are just like any other members who are done with a Command or assignment, just with a broader scope then
most.

Generally they continue to participate in ES, Encampments, etc., like anyone else.

 92 
 on: July 16, 2018, 09:57:51 PM 
Started by darkmatter - Last post by NIN


Then they are never heard from again...  >:D

Next time I'm having lunch with General Courter, I'll be sure to remind her to keep a low profile.  :)


 93 
 on: July 16, 2018, 08:59:24 PM 
Started by darkmatter - Last post by FW
Good question.  Former National Commanders (usually) get Life Membership, another DSM, and are appointed to the National Commander's Advisory Committee.  Then they are never heard from again...  >:D

 94 
 on: July 16, 2018, 08:42:11 PM 
Started by darkmatter - Last post by darkmatter
What happens to the national commanders after their tenure is over? Do they stay at nation as advisers to the current commander, or do they go back to their regions? There's no information that I can find on where they go or what their up too it's just like they up and vanish.

 95 
 on: July 16, 2018, 05:15:56 PM 
Started by Paper Machete - Last post by GZCP31

Normally you'd use the 121.5 signal for terminal guidance, but if not available it is possible to geolocate a 407 MHz ELT using signal strength of the data pulse alone, using a common air band radio with digital signal strength indicator.

The method used with success is to carefully note your own location on a good map, record the pulse strength (recommend 2 - 3 pulses for accuracy), then move to a series of new locations and repeat. For example, take data at road intersections, or along a taxiway.  Plot the data, drive back to the high strength plot, and repeat along an intersecting axis. When we came up with this method one dark and stormy night, I used an airfield plate as the map and it worked fine, leading us to the hangar complex behind which the new aircraft (with new beacon) was shielded.

More than I would have believed, we have been called to find unencoded 406 beacons (no tail #, no GPS, no info at all) and this method worked great when we first used it, six years ago now.

R/s
Spam

The nice thing about the system I am working with is if you miss the pulse, you have about 45 seconds or so to look at it in the waterfall portion of the display. The visual of the pulse make it easier to "see" the strength. Similar to what you are doing with the Signal strength meter.  Being recorded visually, you do not have the lag of a mechanical needle.  This equipment has been able to be 1st twice in the two competitions it has been used in. Both times were at an airport with the beacon hidden in areas the 121 signal bounced all over the place. The 406 for some reason went through the metal hangers without much if any reflection.

 96 
 on: July 16, 2018, 05:08:12 PM 
Started by Paper Machete - Last post by GZCP31
Excellent work! The neat thing for me is that I already have all the stuff. Do you mind if I use your presentation in my Squadron ( or Group, and maybe even Wing)? I will, of course, acredit you.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
Yes, you have my permission to present this. I hope to give a presentation this weekend for Texas wing. Depending on time at the SAREX.

 97 
 on: July 16, 2018, 05:00:23 PM 
Started by Spam - Last post by sardak
Same article submitted a month ago with no comments other than the OP's, who points out there was no mention of the USCG Aux. But there could be some bias on the part of both the author and OP.  :)  http://captalk.net/index.php?topic=23302.0

Mike

 98 
 on: July 16, 2018, 04:08:07 PM 
Started by francisderosa16 - Last post by MHC5096
I have bought most of my CGAUX insignia from either local CG exchanges or the Auxiliary Center. Although many of the insignia are made and distributed by Vanguard, the cost of those items are considerably less when purchased at the Coast Guard Exchange than if ordered directly through Vanguard's website. On the plus side, every single CGAUX insignia made by Vanguard is of the same quality level as regular Coast Guard insignia.

 99 
 on: July 16, 2018, 04:07:49 PM 
Started by RiChArD7032 - Last post by RiChArD7032
OK, so you're on the right track here.

First, watch this video:
(yes, its about an hour long.. Use the YouTube speed function to bump it up by 1.25x. And pay attention to that guy in his dining room at your own risk..)

Second, advanced planning is key. Whats the timeline leading up to the event? Whats the schedule that night? Who will do what?  How will we follow up? AND, almost more importantly: "What will we do FOLLOWING this recruiting event to train and engage these members?"  If you wait until the week after the Open House to think about that, you're done like dinner.

Third, advertising: There are several avenues, but USE THEM.  Put your event on any local community calendars (ie. NextDoor, Patch.com, whatever), on your website, on your Facebook page, etc. Boost a couple FB posts or event pages with $25 or $30 of very closely targeted advertising. Throw down some Twitter posts if your unit has a twitter feed. Get the local newspaper to do a pitch about 2 weeks before the event, etc.  This needs a full-court press starting now, not 6 weeks from now.

Social Media Tools For Recruiting and Retention
How to do Facebook Advertising for Your Event

The paid advertising is helpful, but its not everything. Its just one avenue, so don't put all your eggs in one basket.

$25 or $30 is good to start if you've never done it, and be REALLY FOCUSED on your demographics, geographics and interests.  Its WAY too easy to get enamored with the whole thing and say "Yes, everybody within 100 miles, males and females from 13 to 90, with aviation in their profile.."  It will likely come back and say "You will spend that $25 in about 8 minutes.." 

Instead, narrow your focus. Recruiting cadets?  Age range from 13 to 18 (I don't think it lets you narrow the teen years down more) within 10 or 15 miles of your meeting zip code.  Seniors?  Its easy to think "OK, yeah, 18 to 60! Perfect!" or something, but you might be better off with "30 plus" because then you *might* get some overlap to parents with teens. And interests: Aerospace. Aviation. Disaster Relief. Volunteer service. Community Service. Youth Development. Youth Activities. Etc, etc.

Play with it. You can probably blow $25 as a learning exercise here.  Don't be like me and accidentally spend up to $50 each on a FB post and an FB event.  Oops. LOL.

But have flyers, word of mouth, etc, etc, etc.  Not one and done.

Fourth, build a response avenue. A web form, an email address, something, where people with interest & questions can get answers quickly. Build and manage your prospective member list this way.  If its on your website, make it obvious and then put that URL on all your materials, flyers, ads, Tweets, whatever.  EVERYTHING. Or use a link to Eventbrite to sign up (careful, it looks like you're "buying" something on eventbrite if you're not careful and that turns people off)

Fifth, figure out what you want to show people and how you want to tell your story that night.

Because my unit operates on the cohort model, we do things a little different.

1830-1900 - Arrival and "check out what CAP has to offer" (the displays you setup beforehand)
1900-1930 - Brief presentation about CAP (PPT, be careful!) and short Q&A. An "invitation to join" from your cadet commander or a similarly well spoken cadet speaks volumes during this.
1930-2030 - Refreshments, mingle around the activity tables, fly the sim, etc.  During this time, have membership packets available to hand out to people who are actually interested ("buyers," not "tire-kickers"). These membership packets detail how to join, what to expect, what its going to cost, etc. They are FAR more extensive (and expensive) than a $.07 flyer, so hold them in abeyance for the interested parties.
2030          - Start breaking down things, clean up, go home.

We setup a few tables/displays:
Emergency services - JOB (junk on the bunk)-style display of ES gear (again, if you don't have an active US program in your unit, then advertising this in that way is disingenuous. Don't do it), a laptop with a slide show of ES photos, maybe an ELPER and some radios or something,  1-2 ES knowledgeable people to talk about ES and answer questions.  (One of my guys took it on to "spruce up" the execution of our ES display this past spring after all our Hawk Mtn guys have left for them military and whatnot.  He created this neato engaging exercise that simulates airborne search using aerial photos of the ground. "Find the crashed airplane" or something like that. It was *very* cool and interactive.)
 
Aerospace/STEM - Rockets, STEM kits, our RC gliders and quad copters setup alongside our STEM kit flight sim controls on the squadron laptop with the squadron projector. Setup a short scenario ("Land at the airport on a 2 mile final" ) so people can try their hand at landing the plane. Photos of aerospace events, AEO on hand, etc.

The flying & pilots table - Two zipper-suited sun gods to answer flying & ES related questions.  We parked it next to the ES table.

A "Squadron" display that has our photo albums, a rotating PPT of things we do, some graphics, and the 75th anniversary poster series arrayed around.

We used to kick off at 6:30, but NOBODY knows what "6:30 sharp" means anymore, so we welcome people in starting at 6:30 and kick off our presentation right before 7. Maximizes the butts in seats.  The PPT needs to be SHORT. (did I say short?) The *real* recruiting is over a cookie and punch later on when Jr. wants to know when he'll be "flying that plane like Tom Cruise" (bonus points if you get the reference) or mom wants to know what CAP will do for her cherub's chances of getting into the AF academy.

Sixth, follow up! Be sure everybody knows (its in your membership packet) what the follow-on schedule looks like for membership.  Execute your training.

Seventh, rinse and repeat 4-5 months later.


Wow!!!  Thank you very much!!!! You helped lay out a road map that would have taken me weeks to figure out.  You've gone above and beyond and I appreciate it.

 100 
 on: July 16, 2018, 04:06:01 PM 
Started by Paper Machete - Last post by Spam

Normally you'd use the 121.5 signal for terminal guidance, but if not available it is possible to geolocate a 407 MHz ELT using signal strength of the data pulse alone, using a common air band radio with digital signal strength indicator.

The method used with success is to carefully note your own location on a good map, record the pulse strength (recommend 2 - 3 pulses for accuracy), then move to a series of new locations and repeat. For example, take data at road intersections, or along a taxiway.  Plot the data, drive back to the high strength plot, and repeat along an intersecting axis. When we came up with this method one dark and stormy night, I used an airfield plate as the map and it worked fine, leading us to the hangar complex behind which the new aircraft (with new beacon) was shielded.

More than I would have believed, we have been called to find unencoded 406 beacons (no tail #, no GPS, no info at all) and this method worked great when we first used it, six years ago now.

R/s
Spam


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