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ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation

Date: 05/18/19 Start: 9:00 AM End: 1:00 PM Location: SCC EOC
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 here

Sign-up Cut-off:

Sign-ups end at Noon on the Wednesday before the drill.  We need to submit the list of attendees to the Sheriff's office for pre-approval by close of business on Wednesday.


  • 09:00 - Check-in
    • This will give you time to set up and get familiar with the equipment, as well as receive your briefing.
  • 10:00 - 12:00 - Drill Activity
  • 12:00 - 13:00 - Clean-up and Debrief


There will be two types of 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 MACs and MITs.  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 is 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 MACs and MITs.

MAC Evaluations: 

MAC Evaluations may be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 qualifications, providing we have evaluators.  Please sign up accordingly.  The evaluations will include the operator skills area, as well as the knowledge area.  Depending on the weather, we may also offer equipment evaluations in the parking lot after the event is over.


The County EOC is located on the 4th floor of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office, which is located at 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose. 

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

Enter the front door and go to the window on the left.  Inform the deputy that you need to go up to the 4th Floor EOC.  Your ID will be checked.  You need to be on the pre-approved list.

The deputy will unlock the door to your right.  Go through the door and up the elevator to the fourth floor.  Exit the elevator to the left.  You will see the double doors for the EOC.  Sign in at the reception counter.  Then go to the right to find the radio room.

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 Control1
Pkt Op0
Cnty Staff/Evalyes
Radio Room Support0
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