Tuesday, December 18
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Dec 18, 8:30 PM -
WhereResource Net Repeaters
Description This is the first of a monthly Message Passing Training Net to be held normally on the third Tuesday of each month. The training net will be be held on the Resource Net Repeaters (AA6BT 146.115, N6NAC 444.625, and W6ASH 440.800) which will be linked for the net. For this first net we will have demonstations of proper and improper sending of formatted messages (ICS-213) which net listeners will be encouraged to copy. A discussion will be held about both examples after the demonstrations. In future nets will be we asking for additional interaction from net participants. To participate in this net please have 2 blank copies of the ICS-213 message form. You are not be required to sign up to participate, but we would like to get a determination of interest; so, if you plan to participate your sign-up will be appreciated.
Tuesday, January 1
8:00 AM
 Los Altos New Year's Day Fun Run
WhenTue, Jan 1, 8:00 AM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description The annual Fun Run in downtown Los Altos.  Usually Los Altos hams only, but others are welcome.  This is a low-key event (i.e. don't expect a lot of documentation like the Festival of Lights parade...).  We will run a simplex net.  Headset nice, but not required (it's not that noisy). We meet at 8:00, deploy around 8:30, the event starts at 9:00 and the streets are opened by 11 AM.
Saturday, January 5
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Jan 5, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Prerequisite:  Familiarity with the Introduction to Emergency Communications course materials is highly recommended.  Attendance of Fundamentals of Emergency Communincations is required. The course description and handouts are available via the link below and will be updated prior to the class. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials (PDF format) Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Thursday, January 17
7:00 PM
 SARES Member Meeting
WhenThu, Jan 17, 7:00 PM -
WhereSNY DPS Classroom
Description Training meeting for SARES members.
Saturday, February 2
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Feb 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and materials are available via the link below. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training. LOCATION: Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. That location is given below. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave. Thomas Brothers Map 832-D1 Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, February 9
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Feb 9, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Prerequisite:  Field Operations Type III, Part A The course description and handouts are available via the link below and will be updated prior to the class. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials (PDF format) Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, February 9
9:00 AM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Feb 9, 9:00 AM -
WhereCupertino City Hall/EOC
Description Congratulations! You just got your Ham Radio license and are anxious to get started... but how? There were plenty of new terms and concepts that you came across as you studied for your FCC exam, but what do they really mean? Puzzled by simplex vs. repeaters? Can't tell a PL tone from an offset? And, how do I get on the air with my radio? If this sounds like you, then this class – An Introduction to Emergency Communications – will give you plenty of the basics about your new hobby with hands-on exercises that should get you started with Ham Radio and Emergency Communications. This is the first of two basic courses designed to get new hams familiar with some common operating procedures, emergency communications, and getting on the air. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 THAT SIGN UP Location: Cupertino EOC,  10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Wednesday, February 13
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenWed, Feb 13, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Purpose: Discuss organizational and management ideas, strategies, best practices.  Synchronize planning, operations, expectations. Attendees: City ECs and AECs and county ADECs are welcome. Agenda:  TBA Location: Santa Clara County EOC, 4th Floor, 55 W Younger Ave., San Jose (Sheriff's Bldg) Parking: Please park in the lot across the street from the Sheriff's building.
Saturday, February 23
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Feb 23, 10:00 AM -
WhereCounty and City
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the city level.  If you are participating in the drill at the city level, and your city has established it's own event to capture sign-ups, then sign-up on your city's event.  If not, then you can sign up here.
Saturday, February 23
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Feb 23, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC EOC
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the county level.  MUST Have approval from your EC First. NOTE One resource Net Control must be an experienceed NCO and able to handle a very busy net at Level one and level two.  This position must be approved by Staff Start time is 09:00 for all operators.  This will give you time to set up and get familiar with the equipment, as well as receive your briefing. After the drill, we will have a debrief.  You should be done no later than 13:00. 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. The packet position is the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with the automated logging and printing software installed at the county.  Again, preference is given to existing MACs and MITs. MAC Evaluations will be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 (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. Directions:  The County EOC is located on the 4th floor of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office, located at 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose.  Inform the deputy that you need to go up to the 4th Floor EOC.  You will need to show your MAC badge because temporary badges are not available on the weekends.  No MAC badge, no admittance.  The deputy will unlock the door to your right.  Go through the door and up the elevator to the fourth floor.  Exit the elevator and walk down the hall that is straight ahead and slightly to the left.  Enter the EOC and you'll see us.
Saturday, March 2
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Mar 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and materials are available via the link below. Click here to see the course description and the course materials (PDF format)  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, March 9
9:00 AM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Mar 9, 9:00 AM -
WhereCupertino City Hall/EOC
Description Can you describe all of the major nets used within Santa Clara County? Do you know which nets are used for mobilization and message passing? Can you describe the three operational levels of the Resource Net and the procedures for each level? Do you understand how all of the fields of the Message form are to be use? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.  CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 THAT SIGN UP Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) LOCATION: Cupertino EOC, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Saturday, April 6
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type II
WhenSat, Apr 6, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here to view the course description and download the course materials (PDF format)  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, April 13
9:00 AM
 Pop-Up Packet Practice
WhenSat, Apr 13, 9:00 AM -
WhereTBD
Description Pop-Up Packet Practice Pop-up Packet is new way to practice packet preparedness. The concept is simple.  Participation is quick and easy.  Here's how it works: Travel to the pop-up packet location Set up your station Send/receive a few messages Pack up your station Be home for lunch Why do this? We have observed that operators can have difficulty getting their station set up and working in the field, even if they regularly send their weekly practice messages from home.  And being able to set up in the field is what we're all about, right?  So, this mini-drill is designed to give everyone an opportunity to practice a field deployment with packet. Experienced operators will be available to help those who have trouble.  And, you may get some ideas for how to improve your station by observing and talking with other operators. No AC Power There will be no AC power available and we don't want anyone to bring generators.  Remember, this is supposed to be quick and easy.  The operating time will be less than one hour (even less, depending on how fast you are!).  Everyone's station should be able to operate for at least one hour on battery. MAC Evaluations Mutual Aid Communicators who have their own equipment will be able to complete an evaluation for Type III or Type II.  No promises yet, but we will work on having a set of equipment available for those who need a Type III evaluation but don't have their own station. More details to follow ...
Saturday, May 4
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, May 4, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Good message passing skills are critical to effective communications. This class will start with a review of basic message passing skills and work up through tips and techniques for accurate and clear communications.  It will include numerous exercises for practicing learned skills and techniques. Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format)  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Thursday, May 9
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, May 9, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Purpose: Discuss organizational and management ideas, strategies, best practices.  Synchronize planning, operations, expectations. Attendees: City ECs and AECs and county ADECs are welcome. Agenda:  TBA Location: Santa Clara County EOC, 4th Floor, 55 W Younger Ave., San Jose (Sheriff's Bldg) Parking: Please park in the lot across the street from the Sheriff's building.
Saturday, May 18
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, May 18, 10:00 AM -
WhereCounty and City
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the city level.  If you are participating in the drill at the city level, and your city has established it's own event to capture sign-ups, then sign-up on your city's event.  If not, then you can sign up here.
Saturday, May 18
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, May 18, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC EOC
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the county level.  MUST Have approval from your EC First. NOTE One resource Net Control must be an experienceed NCO and able to handle a very busy net at Level one and level two.  This position must be approved by Staff Start time is 09:00 for all operators.  This will give you time to set up and get familiar with the equipment, as well as receive your briefing. After the drill, we will have a debrief.  You should be done no later than 13:00. 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. The packet position is the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with the automated logging and printing software installed at the county.  Again, preference is given to existing MACs and MITs. MAC Evaluations will be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 (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. Directions:  The County EOC is located on the 4th floor of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office, located at 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose.  Inform the deputy that you need to go up to the 4th Floor EOC.  You will need to show your MAC badge because temporary badges are not available on the weekends.  No MAC badge, no admittance.  The deputy will unlock the door to your right.  Go through the door and up the elevator to the fourth floor.  Exit the elevator and walk down the hall that is straight ahead and slightly to the left.  Enter the EOC and you'll see us.
Saturday, June 1
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Table Top
WhenSat, Jun 1, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description This class will address the skills and planning activities necessary to create the plans for drills, public service events, and activations.  The class will include interactive table-top exercises.  Prerequisites:  Must have completed any of the level 2 classes in any of the following areas; Field Ops, Net Control, Packet, and Shadowing.  This class is strongly suggested for ECs and AECs. The course description and classroom materials are available via the link below. Event Planning Table Top - course description and materials This is an advanced level class and does require some pre-class homework. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 40 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Wednesday, June 12
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 12, 6:00 PM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Congratulations! You just got your Ham Radio license and are anxious to get started... but how? There were plenty of new terms and concepts that you came across as you studied for your FCC exam, but what do they really mean? Puzzled by simplex vs. repeaters? Can't tell a PL tone from an offset? And, how do I get on the air with my radio? If this sounds like you, then this class – An Introduction to Emergency Communications – will give you plenty of the basics about your new hobby with hands-on exercises that should get you started with Ham Radio and Emergency Communications. This is the first of two basic courses designed to get new hams familiar with some common operating procedures, emergency communications, and getting on the air. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the handouts.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format) LOCATION:  Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave. Thomas Brothers Map 832-D1 Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Class size is limited to the first 50 people that sign up.
Wednesday, July 10
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 10, 6:00 PM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Can you describe all of the major nets used within Santa Clara County? Do you know which nets are used for mobilization and message passing? Can you describe the three operational levels of the Resource Net and the procedures for each level? Do you understand how all of the fields of the Message form are to be use? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.  Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) LOCATION:  Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave. Thomas Brothers Map 832-D1 Class attendees will be admitted by showing a photo ID (agency issued ID or Drivers License) to the Records staff. Class size is limited to the first 50 people that sign up.
Saturday, July 13
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Jul 13, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Prerequisite:  Familiarity with the Introduction to Emergency Communications course materials is highly recommended.  Attendance of Fundamentals of Emergency Communincations is required. The course description and handouts are available via the link below and will be updated prior to the class. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials (PDF format) Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, July 20
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Jul 20, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Prerequisite:  Field Operations Type III, Part A The course description and handouts are available via the link below and will be updated prior to the class. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials (PDF format) Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, August 3
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III
WhenSat, Aug 3, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here complete course information, including downloadable course materials Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Thursday, August 8
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 8, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Purpose: Discuss organizational and management ideas, strategies, best practices.  Synchronize planning, operations, expectations. Attendees: City ECs and AECs and county ADECs are welcome. Agenda:  TBA Location: Santa Clara County EOC, 4th Floor, 55 W Younger Ave., San Jose (Sheriff's Bldg) Parking: Please park in the lot across the street from the Sheriff's building.
Saturday, August 10
8:30 AM
 RDF Search and Locate Mini-drill
WhenSat, Aug 10, 8:30 AM -
WhereCuesta Park, Mountain View
Description Scenario:  SCC ARES/RACES has been asked to provide and coordinate responders to assist a local agency in finding some lost radios with stuck transmitters in a city park.  Radio Direction Finding (RDF) techniques will be used to locate each transmitter. FUN Part: A 20 minute briefing and short introduction to RDF will be given at the park before the search teams are deployed.  Participants will self-organize into field teams of two or more people. Teams will need to maintain communications with Net Control.  A map will be provided and used to report grid-based locations. DRILL Part:  This event is being conducted as a “mini-drill” and will count for SCC MAC county drill event credit.  All SCC MACs/MITs are to follow county procedures for this event, including: Resource Net mobilization and demobilization, all required forms filled out, procedures, equipment, personal dress, etc. in order to receive drill credit). STAFFING Part: The ICP will include up to four NCO event operators, two NCO resource net operators, and command staff. RDF Equipment and Preparation: Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  If you don’t have any equipment and are interested in direction finding, you are quite welcome to attend. A limited amount RDF equipment will be available for “loan” during this event.  Please read up and be familiar with the Radio Direction Finding course material located under the Training and Events section of the county website.  A homework email will be sent to each participation - you need to complete the homework assignment. Additional information: Plan to walk for 1.5 to 3 miles during the course of the 60 to 90 minute assignment on mostly paved park paths, some grass and/or dirt paths.  No hills.  Dress for the expected weather on the day of the event. Please bring sufficient water and food as for your personal needs. Bring appropriate personal sun protection.  Shorts are permitted at this event. No open toe shoes!!! Bring and wear your lime-yellow identification vest.  This is a very public location and you need to be clearly identified as a ham radio operator participating in the drill. If you have pedestrian 2m RDF equipment, please bring it MAC Evaluations: A limited number of N3 and F3 evaluation positions will be available.  Please indicate your interest when you register.  Tentative Participant Schedule: 0800-0845, participants mobilize, travel, arrive and check-in at staging 0900-0920, incident Briefing, introduction to radio direction finding briefing and demonstration, personal safety and public awareness in a public park briefing, and field team break outs. 0920-1200, field team deployments 1200-1230, participants check out and demobilize LOCATION:  Cuesta Park, Mountain View.  Parking lot entrance at intersection of Cuesta Dr and Montalto Dr.  https://goo.gl/maps/yGNx8iQK9AQ2 Cardboard Shield Tube:  One of the simplest methods for performing direction finding is the body shield technique using a foil shield tube.  Here is what you need to build one: first, a handheld ham radio receiver or transceiver (e.g., an HT or a scanner) on a lanyard.  Go find a cardboard shipping tube that is sized with a large enough inner diameter so you radio fits inside the tube and a long length so your entire receiver + antenna can be fit entirely inside the tube, cut off any unnecessary amount of the cardboard tube. NOTE: the tube does not have to stay perfectly round and you can squeeze the tube if you need to.  Go get tin foil and cover the tube and one of the openings with four layers of foil.  Completely tape over the foil with duct, gaffers, or similar tape to protect the foil.  What you then have is a tubular faraday cage that is open at one end.  Holding vertically, you lower your radio into the tube with the lanyard until the signal of interest disappears.  We’ll show how to use the tube during the introduction. Note:   Please review the prior classroom course material prior to the exercise. Additional Information will be available as we get nearer to the event.  Please make sure all your contact information is correct in the database.
Saturday, August 17
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Aug 17, 10:00 AM -
WhereCounty and City
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the city level.  If you are participating in the drill at the city level, and your city has established it's own event to capture sign-ups, then sign-up on your city's event.  If not, then you can sign up here.
Saturday, August 17
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 17, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC EOC
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the county level.  MUST Have approval from your EC First. NOTE One resource Net Control must be an experienceed NCO and able to handle a very busy net at Level one and level two.  This position must be approved by Staff Start time is 09:00 for all operators.  This will give you time to set up and get familiar with the equipment, as well as receive your briefing. After the drill, we will have a debrief.  You should be done no later than 13:00. 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. The packet position is the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with the automated logging and printing software installed at the county.  Again, preference is given to existing MACs and MITs. MAC Evaluations will be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 (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. Directions:  The County EOC is located on the 4th floor of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office, located at 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose.  Inform the deputy that you need to go up to the 4th Floor EOC.  You will need to show your MAC badge because temporary badges are not available on the weekends.  No MAC badge, no admittance.  The deputy will unlock the door to your right.  Go through the door and up the elevator to the fourth floor.  Exit the elevator and walk down the hall that is straight ahead and slightly to the left.  Enter the EOC and you'll see us.
Saturday, September 7
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Sep 7, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials (PDF format)  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, September 21
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 21, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Two topics are covered in this class: Cross-Band Repeating and Antenna Fundamentals.   Follow this link for the description and class materials for the Cross-Band Repeating class. Follow this link for the description and class materials for the Antenna Fundamentals class. Note: There are separate presentations for the Cross Band Repeating section and the Antenna Fundamentals section. Be sure to print out one of each set.  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. NOTE:  Please remember to bring your HT's and cross band capable radios and manuals for the cross-band repeating class. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 5, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Prerequisite:  Packet Operations Type III, Part A The course description and materials are available via the link below. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials (PDF format) Packet Operations Type III, Part B is a follow-on course to Packet Operations Type III, Part A.  It includes both lecture and hands on packet activity.  The lecture is focused on details of Outpost and PacFORMS set up.  Message addressing within the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES BBS network is also discussed. Students are encouraged to bring their own packet equipment for the hands on activities.  Use of dummy loads is encouraged since the class BBS will be located in the classroom. A list of classroom activities will be provided.  If you do not have packet eqyuipment you can complete the course exercises using a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Wednesday, October 9
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 9, 6:00 PM -
WhereMtn. View Fire-Police Admin.
Description Congratulations! You just got your Ham Radio license and are anxious to get started... but how? There were plenty of new terms and concepts that you came across as you studied for your FCC exam, but what do they really mean? Puzzled by simplex vs. repeaters? Can't tell a PL tone from an offset? And, how do I get on the air with my radio? If this sounds like you, then this class – An Introduction to Emergency Communications – will give you plenty of the basics about your new hobby with hands-on exercises that should get you started with Ham Radio and Emergency Communications. This is the first of two basic courses designed to get new hams familiar with some common operating procedures, emergency communications, and getting on the air. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 THAT SIGN UP Location: Mtn. View Fire-Police Admin. Bldg.,  1000 Villa Street
Saturday, November 2
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts will be available via the link below. Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format) Attendees are STRONGLY encouraged to bring battery operated stations.  There are not enough power outlets. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 50 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Wednesday, November 13
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 13, 6:00 PM -
WhereMtn. View Fire-Police Admin.
Description Can you describe all of the major nets used within Santa Clara County? Do you know which nets are used for mobilization and message passing? Can you describe the three operational levels of the Resource Net and the procedures for each level? Do you understand how all of the fields of the Message form are to be use? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.  CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 THAT SIGN UP Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) LOCATION: Mtn. View Fire-Police Admin. Bldg.,  1000 Villa Street
Thursday, November 14
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 14, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Purpose: Discuss organizational and management ideas, strategies, best practices.  Synchronize planning, operations, expectations. Attendees: City ECs and AECs and county ADECs are welcome. Agenda:  TBA Location: Santa Clara County EOC, 4th Floor, 55 W Younger Ave., San Jose (Sheriff's Bldg) Parking: Please park in the lot across the street from the Sheriff's building.
Saturday, November 16
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, Nov 16, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Good message passing skills are critical to effective communications. This class will start with a review of basic message passing skills and work up through tips and techniques for accurate and clear communications.  It will include numerous exercises for practicing learned skills and techniques. Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format)  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 55 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz ,+ offset, PL of 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.
Sunday, November 24
4:30 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Nov 24, 4:30 PM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description Assistance is needed for the Festival of Lights Parade.  Briefings will be around 4:45 to 5:50 so you can be on station for the 6 PM parade start.  Dress warmly, bring fresh batteries and join in the fun. 5 watt HT required and headset highly encouraged. Shadows will work on 440. There are three positions available: Checkpoint, Shadow and Net Control.  Shadows: up to 14 Shadows are required. Net Control: will be around 4-6.  When signing up, indicate your preference.  We will do the best we can to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to move hams to other positions based on the needs of the parade.  Thank you for understanding. MAC evaluations may be available at this event.
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM
 Annual Los Gatos Children's Holiday Parade
WhenSat, Dec 7, 10:00 AM -
WhereSanta Cruz Ave@Main Los Gatos
Description The 63rd annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday,  December 7, 2019 in downtown Los Gatos, rain or shine. The parade starts at 11:00a and ends at approximately 1:30p. Again, this year, Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation, LG Lions Club, and the LG/MS PD have asked the LG/MS ARES-RACES group to provide a cadre of hams for help in providing communications during the parade in case of emergencies, as well as to help locate lost parents, children, and dogs. This is an easy way to help out the community, enjoy the parade (over 200 "floats", and put a smile on all of us “kids”). We would like to field a team of ARES Ham operators for this event. We usually have an equal number from Los Gatos/Monte Sereno and from other parts of Santa Clara County.  The positions include Incident Control, Planner, Logistics, Operations, Net Control, Scribe, and Rover. You will need a hand-held ham radio (5W output + spare battery). A better antenna than the standard “rubber ducky” is recommended. Wear an ARES or similar bright green vest and dress in layers as it is likely to be cold in the morning but may warm up. While it may rain, it has only once in 61 years. The streets will be closed at 9:00a so parking becomes a challenge as the morning progresses. Our Incident Command Post will be at the Town Plaza (corner of Main St and N. Santa Cruz Ave). In addition, we will have pop up tents with chairs, water, etc. on the grass outside for radio operations. Be sure to arrive before 10:00a. Allow extra time due to need to find parking. We will gather at the Incident Command Post (ICP) location at 10:00a for a briefing and confirmation of assignments. Have your radios programmed for the following frequencies:  * Resource Net = W6PIY 2m: 147.390 MHz, + offset, PL 151.4 Hz.  Resource net will be active by 9:00a for those who wish to checkin when leaving home.  Be sure to start your ICS-214 and 309 when you leave home. Best to bring them on a clipboard. * Primary Message Net (Parade 1) = 441.000 MHz (LG/MS Tac3). Optional PL 88.5 Hz when transmitting. Once you arrive at the ICP, you should sign in on the ICS-211, and switch to this Message Net. * Secondary Message Net (Parade 2) = 146.595 MHz (LG/MS Tac2). Optional PL 88.5 Hz when transmitting. Used when Message Net 1 is not available. * Tertiary Message Net (Parade 3) = 147.480 MHz (LG/MS Tac1). Optional PL 88.5 Hz when transmitting. Used when Message Nets 1 & 2 are not operational.  If you can not communicate on the current Message Net, contact Resource Net for instructions. To sign up, "click" the box below. For questions contact Peter Hertan at 1-408-315-0209 or K6PLH@yahoo.com.
Saturday, December 14
9:00 AM
 2019 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 14, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W Younger, Sheriff's Office
Description This class presents any training material that was updated in the current year.  Missed a class but still want to know what's new?  You can attend this class to get a quick overview of this year's changes.  Note that this class is not a substitute for taking the original class - only updated material will be covered.  The detailed course description and downloadable classroom materials will be available for download a few days prior to the class at the link below.  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the handouts.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Intended Audience: Any new or experienced hams or MACs.  This class is intended to provide updates on any new or updated materials presented in the current year..  It is NOT intended to be a review for already presented core classes.  This class will be different year to year as we update existing classes or add new materials. LOCATION: Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office Auditorium on the first floor of 55 W Younger St. San Jose. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 80 people that sign up. No coffee or food is allowed in the room, only water.