Coming by way of a student I’ll simply refer to as ‘Dakar’, this is a review for the first RTO Course which encompassed two days of training. The goal of the course is to make you competent at local communications in the field, creating infrastructure where there otherwise would be none utilizing basic, inexpensive and improvised equipment. I’ve got another one coming up in November in NC.

Wyoming RTO Class AAR

I’ve participated in many different types of seminars, classes and camps in the past, but the two days I spent at NC Scout’s Basic RTO class rank as some of the best training I’ve ever received. Here’s a little slice of what I liked:

The instructor, Scout, definitely has the heart of a teacher. He ran a very efficient classroom, not too serious but definitely businesslike. He had a good agenda for each day’s instruction and managed to cover all the material with plenty of time for questions. I particularly liked the way he managed our class time and kept the discussions focused. So many instructors allow excessive questions to derail the lesson plan, but Scout did a great job with this and as a result we were able to cover so much more in class.

I’d say the students in this class were an even mix of veterans and non-vets, but there was no distinction made between the two groups and we all meshed together very well. I’m sure Scout has war stories galore but he kept the story telling to a bare minimum. I think this again points out his dedication to teaching the material. He is truly a subject matter expert by the way, and his experiences in the military form the basis for the class.

The training was an even mix of classroom theory and hands-on field work. In today’s world of online learning there is really no way you could get the same benefits without the hands-on experience. Being in teams of 5-7 students made this even better since we could learn by listening and observing the others as they practiced alongside us. And as is usually the case, the other students were really great people and it was fun to connect with them during class and in the evenings around the campfire.

I came into the RTO class as a licensed Ham but without any real skills in field radio operations. What I learned in the two-day basic course has really rekindled my interest in VHF-UHF radios and given me a new context for operating in a non-permissive or hostile environment. I’m eagerly sharing this with my friends and rural neighbors at home, and I think that’s really the goal of Scout’s training classes. Did I get my money’s worth from this class? Definitely so, and I’m eager to attend his RTO Advanced class next year.

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