From the ARRL... NEWINGTON, CT, Jan 17, 2001--Once again, registration for the on-line Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course (EC-001) has been filled within 24 hours of the opening announcement. "With approximately 350 folks waiting to take the course, registration is first-come-first-served," said ARRL Certification Specialist Dan Miller, K3UFG. Miller explained that in order to maintain a ratio of 15 students to each mentor, each class can hold only 45 students. "As more folks are added to our mentor list, more on-line classes can be offered," he said. Miller said that after this week's classes, he anticipates a new class will begin approximately every four weeks. "Live" classes also could become a reality later this year. He suggested that those planning on taking the on-line course first check out the sample course offered on the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium Web site, by logging in as a guest. "It's an excellent way to prepare for participation in the future," he said. The ARRL is the first organization to offer a Web-based Amateur Radio Emergency Communications course that qualifies for continuing education course credit. Students have up to eight weeks to complete the interactive course, Level I: Introduction to Emergency Communications. The ARRL will award a certificate bearing a handsome, distinctive logo to those completing the course. The logo may be displayed on QSL cards or stationery. Advanced courses in emergency communications also will become available this year. These include Level II: NCS and Liaison Training and Level III: Emergency Communications Management/Administration Issues. For more information on the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Program, send your request to CCE@arrl.org. The Web address is: www.arrl.org/cce .