Saturday, August 19
2:00 PM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Aug 19, 2:00 PM -
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 19
1:00 PM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 19, 1:00 PM -
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 Resource Net Control and scribe must be an experienceed N2 NCO and able to handle a very busy net at Level 1, 2, and 3.  This position must be approved by Staff Start time is 13:00 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 17:00. There will be three types of operators needed for the county radio room.  N2 resource net control operators, N2 or N3 message net operators, and P2 or P3 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 not be offered for this particular event. 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 9
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Sep 9, 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 copy of the course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training. 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. Thomas Brothers Map 832-D1 Class attendees will be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. 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 9
12:00 PM
 Packet TNC/Radio Deviation Tune-Up
WhenSat, Sep 9, 12:00 PM -
WhereSNY Public Safety HQ
Description This event is separate from the packet class.  You must sign up separately. Following the training class, we will have a calibrated service monitor available for anyone who wishes to check their TNC/radio for deviation or other parameters.  We will have 120V AC and 12V DC (Powerpoles) available.  We will also have adapters to connect to SMA, BNC, UHF and N-type connectors on your radio's antenna port. If you wish to check/adjust your radio/TNC, come prepared with: Radio (no antenna is required) TNC-to-radio cable TNC TNC-to-PC cable PC with PuTTY or Outpost/Ipserial or other terminal emulator Knowledge of how to put your TNC into calibration mode and produce mark and space or square-wave tones (read your manual and practice the steps before coming) Knowledge of how to set your radio frequency, tone, etc. Unless you are an expert with your TNC and radio, it is recommended to bring the manuals for both Important notes: If you wish to attend, you MUST sign up in advance.  Please arrive on time.  Anytime between 12:00 and 12:30 is fine. We can not let you in before noon because the training class will still be in session and we don't want to disturb the class.  If you arrive too late, we may not have time to work on your system before we have to vacate the room. 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 (Driver License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted.
Saturday, September 9
8:00 AM
 Urban Shield CERT Training Exercise Radio Support
WhenSat, Sep 9, 8:00 AM -
WhereAlameda County Fairgrounds
Description Palo Alto OES has taken the lead, to run a new training element in Urban Shield, consisting of a CERT training exercise.  Palo Alto OES putting the plan together and working to fill their exercise staff now, and there is a need for a handful of amateur radio operators similar to the County CERT exercise from the past years. Radio operators will support one of four Site Captains by operating a communications node at Site Command Posts, or at the Exercise Command Post.  The exercise itself is a Bay Area event, and we are having CERT members participate from around the Bay.  We are also drawing the exercise staff, including amateur radio operators, from around the Bay as well.  The Exercise is September 9th, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, and will run from 0800-1700.  Information on Urban Shield Can be found at www.urbanshield.org This is not a Santa Clara County ARES/RACES event and participation is on a volunteer basis, only. Contact Nathan Rainey to register Nathan Rainey Emergency Services Coordinator | Office of Emergency Services 275 Forest Avenue | Palo Alto, CA 94301 Desk:650-617-3197 | Non-Emergency: 650-329-2413
Thursday, September 14
9:00 AM
 Prepare Santa Clara, 2017
WhenThu, Sep 14, 9:00 AM -
WhereCity of Santa Clara
Description The City will be conducting the Prepare Santa Clara, 2017 Full Scale Exercise. The City’s Alternate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated at the Fire Training Center from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM and the field component will be an emergency shelter exercise, Sheltering Santa Clara, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM in partnership with the Red Cross, Silicon Valley Chapter.
Thursday, September 14
9:00 AM
 Santa Clara County EOC Activation Training Event
WhenThu, Sep 14, 9:00 AM -
WhereCounty EOC
Description Santa Clara County will be activating the County EOC from 0900 to 1500.  One objective is to verify communications links from the County EOC to all of the City EOCs.  Traffic is expected to be light.
Friday, September 15
9:00 AM
 Santa Clara County Alternate EOC Training Event
WhenFri, Sep 15, 9:00 AM -
WhereCounty Communications
Description Santa Clara County will be activating the County Alternate EOC from 0900 to 1500.  One objective is to verify communications links from the County EOC to all of the City EOCs.  Traffic is expected to be light.  It will be necessary to set up a field radio room since the Alt EOC Radio Room will not be available.
Saturday, September 16
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 16, 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. NOTE:  Please remember to bring your HT's and cross band capable radios and manuals for the cross-band repeating class. LOCATION: 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. 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.
Saturday, September 16
9:00 AM
 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival 2017 Day 1
WhenSat, Sep 16, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara Central Park
Description City of Santa Clara 2017 Art & Wine Festival first day of activity. The day will be split up into 2 shifts. Positions available consist of tactical net control, resource net control, and rovers.  Contact KD6DIF for specific position requests. This will be an approved event for MAC credit.  There will be a county activation number available as well as a City of Santa Clara activation number.  MACs must use the resource net and follow all standard county procedures.  Evaluations for MAC qualifications are currently not anticipated. NOTE: To support this event, all operators must have a valid Live Scan from his/her local city in Santa Clara County, or from the County of Santa Clara, or from the City of Santa Clara. All operators who are not MACs or City of Santa Clara RACES members must show proof of valid Live Scan or they will not be allowed to work the event. All operators with valid Live Scan who are not MACs nor City of Santa Clara RACES members will be required to sign a DSW registration form and be sworn in on site before their shift begins which will cover the operator for the duration of the shift. If you have any questions, please contact Terry Hoffman, KD6DIF at either kd6dif@santaclara-ares.org or (408) 750-6640. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; line-height: 14.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; line-height: 14.0px; font: 18.0px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
Sunday, September 17
9:00 AM
 Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival 2017 Day 2
WhenSun, Sep 17, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara Central Park
Description City of Santa Clara 2017 Art & Wine Festival second day of activity. The day will be split up into 2 shifts. Positions available consist of tactical net control, resource net control, and rovers.  Contact KD6DIF for specific position requests. This will be an approved event for MAC credit.  There will be a county activation number available as well as a City of Santa Clara activation number.  MACs must use the resource net and follow all standard county procedures.  Evaluations for MAC qualifications are currently not anticipated. NOTE: To support this event, all operators must have a valid Live Scan from his/her local city in Santa Clara County, or from the County of Santa Clara, or from the City of Santa Clara. All operators who are not MACs or City of Santa Clara RACES members must show proof of valid Live Scan or they will not be allowed to work the event. All operators with valid Live Scan who are not MACs nor City of Santa Clara RACES members will be required to sign a DSW registration form and be sworn in on site before their shift begins which will cover the operator for the duration of the shift. If you have any questions, please contact Terry Hoffman, KD6DIF at either kd6dif@santaclara-ares.org or (408) 750-6640. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; line-height: 14.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; line-height: 14.0px; font: 18.0px Arial; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
Saturday, October 7
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 7, 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. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the handouts.  NO handouts will be available at the training. Location of the training:  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 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 7
12:00 PM
 Packet TNC/Radio Deviation Tune-Up
WhenSat, Oct 7, 12:00 PM -
WhereSNY Public Safety HQ
Description This event is separate from the packet class.  You must sign up separately. Following the training class, we will have a calibrated service monitor available for anyone who wishes to check their TNC/radio for deviation or other parameters.  We will have 120V AC and 12V DC (Powerpoles) available.  We will also have adapters to connect to SMA, BNC, UHF and N-type connectors on your radio's antenna port. If you wish to check/adjust your radio/TNC, come prepared with: Radio (no antenna is required) TNC-to-radio cable TNC TNC-to-PC cable PC with PuTTY or Outpost/Ipserial or other terminal emulator Knowledge of how to put your TNC into calibration mode and produce mark and space or square-wave tones (read your manual and practice the steps before coming) Knowledge of how to set your radio frequency, tone, etc. Unless you are an expert with your TNC and radio, it is recommended to bring the manuals for both Important notes: If you wish to attend, you MUST sign up in advance.  Please arrive on time.  Anytime between 12:00 and 12:30 is fine. We can not let you in before noon because the training class will still be in session and we don't want to disturb the class.  If you arrive too late, we may not have time to work on your system before we have to vacate the room. 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 (Driver License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted.
Tuesday, October 10
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenTue, Oct 10, 6:00 PM -
WhereMorgan Hill 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 handouts.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format) LOCATION:  Morgan Hill PD EOC/Training Room, 16200 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037.  The training room is directly accessible from the parking lot. 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 30 people that sign up.
Thursday, October 12
7:00 PM
 EC Council Meeting Reminder
WhenThu, Oct 12, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Quarterly EC Council Meeting. Attended by City ECs / AECs / or their delegates. Review of upcoming drills or exercises, and any other relevant topics affecting both County and City RACES.
Saturday, October 14
8:00 AM
 County-wide Communications Exercise
WhenSat, Oct 14, 8:00 AM -
WhereEd Levin County Park-Milpitas
Description More Details:  Visit the drill page. Overall Event:   Each city/agency is invited to send a team to set up an alternate EOC radio room that is independent of commercial power and able to operate day and night, rain or shine, as if your City EOC was being operated from an alternate location.  These radio rooms will demonstrate the ability to communicate by UHF and VHF voice and packet radio with the alternate County EOC radio room, and optionally with additional field teams from your city.  A competition will be held to select by vote of participants the best alternate EOC radio rooms and the best in several categories. Winners will receive fame, glory, admiration of all Santa Clara County ARES/RACES members, and awards will be given.  Individuals may participate whether or not their city sets up an alternate EOC radio room.   Positions will be available in the alternate County EOC radio room and in the field.  All position types will be available, including field communicator, shadow, net control operator, and packet operator. Evaluations for MAC qualifications will be available. Enjoy a delicious grilled lunch provided by the County OES! Sign-ups will be made available as plans are completed. Individuals who do not have a current DSW registration with Santa Clara County ARES/RACES can register when they arrive at the drill.  Registering for DSW during check-in at the drill may delay check-in by as much as 20 minutes, so plan accordingly. All MACs and MITs are required to use the Resource Net for travel, all others are encouraged to do so.
Saturday, November 4
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 4, 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 outlets. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the handouts.  NO handouts will be available at the training. 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 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.
Tuesday, November 14
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenTue, Nov 14, 6:00 PM -
WhereMorgan Hill 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 handouts.  NO handouts will be available at the training.  Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format) LOCATION:  Morgan Hill PD EOC/Training Room, 16200 Vineyard Blvd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037.  The training room is directly accessible from the parking lot. Class size is limited to the first 30 people that sign up.
Sunday, November 26
4:30 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Nov 26, 4:30 PM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description Assistance is needed for the Festival of Lights Parade.  Briefings will be around 4:45 to 5:51 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. In case of a rain-out (hasn't happened yet), the parade will be delayed to the following Sunday. There are four positions available: Checkpoint, Rover, Shadow and Net Control.  Shadows may be limited to 8, and 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 9
9:00 AM
 2017 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 9, 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.  Course materials will be posted prior to the class. 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. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the handouts.  No handouts will be available at the training. LOCATION: Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office Auditorium on the first floor of 55 W Younger St. San Jose. Class size is limited to the first 80 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.