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ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation

Date: 02/19/22 Start: 9:00 AM End: 1:00 PM Location: County EOC parking lot
Credential Credit (What's this?): Yes

Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill. This sign-up is for participation at the county level. You MUST have approval from your EC first.

Exercise Details:

See the drill description page for more details and the Instructions to ECs.


  • 09:00 - Briefing
  • 09:30 - Station setup and familiarization
  • 10:00 - 12:00 - Drill Activity
  • 12:00 - 13:00 - Clean-up and Debrief


There will be two types of radio operators needed for the county radio room--Net control operators and packet operators.

The net control position in the county radio room can be non-stop action, so preference is given to existing credentialed operators. Note: One Net Control must be an experienced NCO and able to handle a very busy net. This position must be approved by Staff

The packet position in the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with a more complicated, two-station configuration. Again, preference is given to existing credentialed operators.

We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions.

Scenario and location:

We will be practicing a scenario in which both the County's regular EOC and the alternate EOC have been badly damaged in a disaster and are unusable. As a result, we will set up and operate in the parking lot across the street from the Sheriff's Office building at 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose. 

Park in the lot across the street from the Sheriff's Office building. No permit is required on the weekend. Do NOT park in the visitor spots next to the Sheriff's office.

The following positions are available for this event. You can state your preference when you sign up for the event. The event coordinator will attempt to accommodate your request. Based on the event and its requirements, the event coordinator may move hams to positions other than those requested.

Click on a position title for a description of the specific requirements for that position

Net Control0
Packet Operator2
Cnty Staff/Evalyes
Radio Room Support0
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