for your info fellas, and ex-sigs lads mite be interested; Armour/Pheonix in conjuction with Spectra Telecom Solutions (www.spectrats.co.uk) has put together a coms alternative to the main CP course. Its a new course running for little over a year. Designed as a resolve to a number of problems that occured in various theatres as a result of sigs cell staff without proper training on the civi, off the shelf kit, currently used within the industry. These problems resulted in the loss and near loss of contracts as well as causeing an unacceptable operational risk. The course covers a theory refresh, HF, VHF and satcom systems, setup, programming, operating and maintanence. GPS tracking, IT module, vehcile fitting, CP apprication (so you know what your supporting, it runs next to the CP course anyway), ECM (jammers) and U/IED apprication. It also takes a look at infrusture design and procurment. Instructors are a good professinal spread from UKSF sigs and civi telecoms companies. All with a lot of ground experience. Class sizes are very small and its taught progressivly and informaly in the way sigs should be taught. All who attended have now gained employment as watchkeepers, tech supt, ground deployable signallers (with convoys or to FOB's) in the sigs cell of various PMC's/PSC's. It also gives transferable skills to work with enginnering/mining/UN/NGO's. Anyone interested PM me, if your serious about doing it PM and I can pass you on to the chief instructor if need be. Be interested to hear what people think of the initotive of the course, relevent to the industry/good as a cross train for CPO's/deffantly needed within companies?