County Seal
Santa Clara County ARES®/RACES
Welcome, Visitor

Event Detail and Sign Up

(Scroll down if sign-up options are not visible)


Date: 04/27/19 Start: 9:00 AM End: 12:00 AM Location: Santa Clara Sr. Center
Credential Credit (What's this?): No

You are invited to the Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System (SVECS) Quarterly Breakfast on April 27th, 2019 at the Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont Street, in Santa Clara. The all you can eat breakfast is a bargain at $6, payable at the door. The meal ticket will also give you a chance at the $100 door prize. The delicious meal will be served at 0900 followed by a program at 1000.


Our guest speaker, Alan Thompson, W6WN, will give a presentation on the Camp Fire.

“The Camp Fire-Phones, Fires and Failures”.

Here's an outline of Alan's talk:

  • Time Line detailing events that unfolded on November 8, the first day of the fire

  • Catastrophic points of failure that impacted emergency communications, alerts, and evacuations

  • Our Team's role in restoring damaged cell phone service, and questions about why our services were even needed there in the first place

  • Suggestions for actions we can all take right now to help save lives in our local communities

  • Implementation of a "Community Radio Watch," and other early-warning tools

  • How Hams can be the Vanguard in these efforts

Alan further states:

I've updated this presentation with more emphasis on emergency communications planning and execution that went badly wrong and some suggestions on how to help reduce loss of life in other communities equally at risk for disasters on this scale. Working in Paradise and Magalia made me realize that a disaster just like the Camp Fire could happen anywhere in the Sierra Foothills. It could happen anywhere in California.

We need to know how many attendees to plan for, so please RSVP on your city nets or to:



Since this is an all voluntary effort if you could come at 0730 your help would be appreciated....many hands make light the work. If you have any surplus items, donations to the raffle table would be graciously accepted.



Please log in if you want to participate in this event.