Manual prepares fiber technicians to master the OTDR

86-page manual from Pearson Technologies draws on the experience of more than 31,000 OTDR traces.

Mastering the OTDR - Trace Acquisition and Interpretation is a new 86-page training and field-reference manual available from Pearson Technologies Inc. "This manual enables the reader to develop the 14 abilities essential to acquire and interpret traces correctly," Pearson Technologies said when announcing it. "OTDR testing and interpretation are the two aspects of fiber-optic installation that cause the most difficulty to the largest number of novice installers. This training and field text is designed to reduce such difficulty significantly. For some readers, this manual eliminates difficulty completely."

The 86-page manual includes five chapters that Pearson describes as concise yet comprehensive in delivering knowledge and understanding. A total of 120 figures are included, and each of the five main chapters includes a summary of key concepts, of which there are 66 total. Mastering the OTDR - Trace Acquisition and Interpretation includes two additional chapters - one that presents a brief summary of steps to take during field testing, and another that includes 151 review questions and exercises, which can be used as a study and training guide.

The manual's author, Eric R. Pearson, has made and interpreted more than 31,000 OTDR traces over 34 years. The book will be available beginning on October 24. It costs $29. You can get more information on the manual by visiting this page on the Pearson website or by emailing its author Eric Pearson.

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