Thursday, July 26
7:00 PM
 SCCo ARES/RACES Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
WhenThu, Jul 26, 7:00 PM -
WhereSCCo EOC
Description The SIG meeting brings together ARES/RACES members from anywhere in Santa Clara County to discuss, define and develop projects and programs for use county-wide.  Attendance is open to other interested individuals. Topics vary from month to month, depending on what is of interest to the group at the time.  If a specific topic is planned for a particular meeting, it will be listed in the agenda below as far in advance as possible.  An open roundtable is always part of the agenda. Date/Time:  4th Thursday of each month, 7pm, no longer than 2 hours Location:  SCCo EOC, 4th floor, 55 W Younger Ave. (Sheriff's Bldg), San Jose Agenda: Update on tools and processes to improve performance, including message passing, packet, etc. (Tim Howard) Annual county-wide drill planning Open roundtable
Saturday, July 28
9:00 AM
 San Jose RACES New Members Orientation - SJ RACES MEMBERS ONLY
WhenSat, Jul 28, 9:00 AM -
WhereSan Jose BOS
Description New to the San Jose ARES/RACES/ACS team?   A seasoned veteran in need of a refresher on SJ RACES' practices and procedures?  Then the N-M-O is for you! Please join us at the SJ RACES "New Member Orientation" and learn: What ARES, RACES, and ACS are, how they're related, and how they differ Basic Emergency Communications radio skills How the SJ RACES team will respond during an emergency What you need to do to make yourself ready to respond to an activation About the various assignments you may be asked to perform About advanced training available to you This class is a requirement for team members interested in earning their SJ RACES Responder status and the accompanying "Yellow Shirt" uniform! Location: San Jose BOS 255 S. Montgomery St. San Jose, CA 95110 The class is scheduled to convene in the Mobile EOC Trailer, which is the ginormous black trailer against the back fence in the San Jose BOS parking lot. Materials: Class materials will be posted to the "Files" area of the SJ RACES Groups.io: https://sj-races.groups.io/g/Main/files/Training/Classes/N-M-O Note:  This class is only open to San Jose RACES team members. Not an SJ RACES member yet, but interested in joining?  Send a note to membership@sjraces.org to get the scoop!
Saturday, July 28
9:00 AM
 SVECS BREAKFAST
WhenSat, Jul 28, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara Senior Center
Description SVECS (Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System) will be having a Quarterly Breakfast on July 28th, 2018. The breakfast will be held at the Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont Street, at Monroe, in Santa Clara. An all you can eat breakfast for $5 will be served at 0900 followed by a program at 1000.   Our guest presenter will be Magdy Zakhary with TEAM RUBICON. He will speak of their mission and deployments far and wide. TEAM RUBICON is non-profit organization that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Visit their web page at: www.teamrubiconusa.org So as to know how many attendees to expect please RSVP to WA6QYS@arrl.net Since this is an all voluntary effort please consider coming at 0730 and help to unload supplies, help in the kitchen or help set up the auditorium. If you can help, please e-mail me your availability. Many hands make light the work. If you have any surplus items please bring them, as donations for the raffle table are greatly appreciated.  
Saturday, August 4
8:00 AM
 Ham Cram (for Technician License) - open to the general public
WhenSat, Aug 4, 8:00 AM -
WhereLos Gatos EOC (15900 LG Blvd)
Description This listing is to help us advertise the class to your CERT and other neighborhood groups that might be interested in getting a ham license.  It's a great way to increase the ranks of your local ARES-RACES team.  I see many of our graduates at the County ARES-RACES Saturday classes.  We encourage all of our graduates to start with the County Intro and Fundamentals of Emergency Communications classes and then continue with all the valuable classes that County A-R puts on for adding to and maintaining emergency radio skills. This is the 12th Ham Cram put on quarterly by the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno ARES-RACES group as a service to all who wish to support their family and community in an Emergency (or Public Service Event).  It is an instructor-led Ham Cram with 4-6 instructors for the day.  The slides were originally created by the Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA). There have been well over 250 graduates since 2016 with a 95% pass rate.  Attendees come principally from Santa Clara County, but have included participants from San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Hollister, and Sacramento; even one visiting from NJ.   The class starts promptly at 8:00a and ends at 4:00p with lunch and other breaks.  The FCC Volunteer Examiners (SVVE.org) take over at 4:00p to manage the testing process. Help us spread the word to everyone who might benefit.  There will be an additional ham cram class in 2018 on November 17. Link to the August 4, 2018 Ham Cram Class flyer
Saturday, August 4
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III
WhenSat, Aug 4, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format)  Be sure to print out the handouts in the format you like best, and bring them with you to the training.  NO handouts are available at the class. 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.
Thursday, August 9
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 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: Monthly EC Reports Packet check-in participation Training vs. drill/exercise philosophy New On-Air message passing training (Tim Howard) Targeted drill planning and execution (Jim Oberhofer) Per-city plans for Aug 18th drill Roundtable (any relevant topics) 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 11
8:30 AM
 RDF Search and Locate Mini-drill
WhenSat, Aug 11, 8:30 AM -
WhereTBD
Description NOTE:  DATE HAS CHANGED to August 11th 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, F3, and S3 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:  TBD 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 18
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Aug 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, August 18
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 18, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC EOC
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill.  This sign-up is for participation at the county EOC.  You MUST have approval from your city EC First. Time: All operators must be at the county EOC no later than 09:00 for the briefing and to prepare the equipment.  The drill runs from 10:00 - 12:00.  After the drill, we will conduct a debrief.  You should be done no later than 13:00. Positions: Two types of operators are 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.  At least one of the Net Controls must be an experienceed 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 the automated logging and printing software installed at the county.  Again, preference is given to existing MACs and MITs. Access: In order to participate, you must be signed up in advance.  Please sign up at least one week in advance to allow us to plan.  MACs must bring and wear their MAC badge to gain admittance.  Note:  If you do not have a MAC badge, you MUST sign up no later than one week in advance so we can make arrangements to approve your access with the Sheriff. 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.  Park in the lot across the street. 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 for the drill.  You will need to show your MAC badge or, if you were pre-approved, get a temporary badge. 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. MAC Evaluations: Depending on availability of evaluators, MAC Evaluations can be offered for N3, N2, P3, P2, and sometimes F3, F2 qualifications.  Individuals requesting MAC evals should sign up and then contact the MAC Program Manager.  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.
Thursday, August 23
7:00 PM
 SCCo ARES/RACES Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 23, 7:00 PM -
WhereSCCo EOC
Description The SIG meeting brings together ARES/RACES members from anywhere in Santa Clara County to discuss, define and develop projects and programs for use county-wide.  Attendance is open to other interested individuals. Topics vary from month to month, depending on what is of interest to the group at the time.  If a specific topic is planned for a particular meeting, it will be listed in the agenda below as far in advance as possible.  An open roundtable is always part of the agenda. Date/Time:  4th Thursday of each month, 7pm, no longer than 2 hours Location:  SCCo EOC, 4th floor, 55 W Younger Ave. (Sheriff's Bldg), San Jose Agenda: Update on tools and processes to improve performance, including message passing, packet, etc. (Tim Howard) Annual county-wide drill planning (Drill IC) Open roundtable
Thursday, August 30
10:00 AM
 Yellow Command - Training for All Participants
WhenThu, Aug 30, 10:00 AM -
WhereWebinar
Description This is a mandatory training class for all participants in the 2018 Yellow Command exercise.  Yellow Command is a Bay Area-wide EOC Exercise.  In Santa Clara County, the county EOC and most city EOCs will be participating. Audience:  All who will be participating in 2018 Yellow Command. Location:  Webinar.  Info will be posted when available.  Sign-up below to receive a reminder and, possibly, last minute webinar instructions.
Thursday, September 6
8:00 AM
 Yellow Command - City/Agency Participation
WhenThu, Sep 6, 8:00 AM -
WhereVarious
Description Yellow Command is a Bay Area-wide EOC Exercise designed to engage all levels of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).  It is designed to promote collaboration and coordination between jurisdictions and agencies as will be necessary in a catastrophic incident with regional impacts.  The Santa Clara County EOC will be activated.  Most cities will activate their EOCs and have internal city response activities such as shelter support. We will also be communicating with other county EOCs. Pre-Exercise Training:  Participants must attend a pre-exercise training webinar.  A separate sign-up for the webinar is here. Time:  Plan on 08:00 to 16:00.  But consult with your city EC for specific details.  Some cities may not operate for the entire length of the drill. Exercise Schedule: 08:00 - 08:30  Participant arrival and check-in 08:30 - 09:00  Safety/Orientation Briefing 09:00 - 15:00  Exercise (working lunch) 15:00 - 15:30  Hot Wash; Turn in feedback forms 15:30 - ...        Demobilization; Exercise tear-down Exercise Activities:  In addition to city/county EOC communications, each city will have its own activities that may require amateur radio support.  For example, your city may stand up a shelter (or simulate doing so).  Consult your city EC for details. If You Wish To Participate At Your City:  Sign up below. If Your City Is Not Participating:  There may be two or three cities that do not participate in the Yellow Command exercise.  In that case, there are three possibilities for you: Your city EC may still request activation of ARES/RACES and conduct an amateur radio-only response.  In that case, sign up here and contact your city EC regarding details. Your city ARES/RACES group will not participate and you want to help as a field simulator.  In that case, sign up here and we can use you to simulate a remote site. Your city ARES/RACES group will not participate and you want to work at the county EOC.  In that case, make sure you meet the requirements and then sign up on the county EOC sign-up page.
Thursday, September 6
8:00 AM
 Yellow Command - County EOC
WhenThu, Sep 6, 8:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Note:  To sign up for this event, you must have approval of your city EC. Yellow Command is a Bay Area-wide EOC Exercise designed to engage all levels of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).  It is designed to promote collaboration and coordination between jurisdictions and agencies as will be necessary in a catastrophic incident with regional impacts.  The Santa Clara County EOC will be activated.  Most cities will activate their EOCs and have internal city response activities such as shelter support. We will also be communicating with other county EOCs. The exercise will simulate a response to a major disaster.  The simulation starts at E+96 (96 hours after the emergency incident occurs) and will be played out in real time.  It is intended to focus on the following core capabilities: Mass Care Services Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services Situational Assessment Public Information and Wanring Logistics and Supply Chain Management ARES/RACES support was specifically requested and we've been asked to help design some of the activities. Pre-Exercise Training:  Participants must attend a pre-exercise training webinar.  A separate sign-up for the webinar is here. Time:  Be at the county EOC no later than 08:00.  Plan to be at the EOC until approximately 16:00. Exercise Schedule: 08:00 - 08:30  Participant arrival and check-in 08:30 - 09:00  Safety/Orientation Briefing 09:00 - 15:00  Exercise (working lunch) 15:00 - 15:30  Hot Wash; Turn in feedback forms 15:30 - ...        Demobilization; Exercise tear-down
Saturday, September 8
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Sep 8, 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 15
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 15, 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.
Thursday, September 27
7:00 PM
 SCCo ARES/RACES Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
WhenThu, Sep 27, 7:00 PM -
WhereSCCo EOC
Description The SIG meeting brings together ARES/RACES members from anywhere in Santa Clara County to discuss, define and develop projects and programs for use county-wide.  Attendance is open to other interested individuals. Topics vary from month to month, depending on what is of interest to the group at the time.  If a specific topic is planned for a particular meeting, it will be listed in the agenda below as far in advance as possible.  An open roundtable is always part of the agenda. Date/Time:  4th Thursday of each month, 7pm, no longer than 2 hours Location:  SCCo EOC, 4th floor, 55 W Younger Ave. (Sheriff's Bldg), San Jose Agenda: Update on tools and processes to improve performance, including message passing, packet, etc. (Tim Howard) Annual county-wide drill planning (Drill IC) Open roundtable
Saturday, October 6
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 6, 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.
Wednesday, October 10
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 10, 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
Thursday, October 11
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Oct 11, 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: TBD Roundtable (any relevant topics) 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.
Friday, October 19
9:00 AM
 Pacificon 2018
WhenFri, Oct 19, 9:00 AM -
WhereSan Ramon Marriott
Description When:  October 19 (Fri) - 21 (Sun) Where:  San Ramon Marriott; 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon, CA More Info:  http://www.pacificon.org This is a calendar entry only.  We are not affiliated with Pacificon and will not be taking sign-ups. 
Thursday, October 25
9:00 AM
 SCCo Alternate EOC Exercise
WhenThu, Oct 25, 9:00 AM -
WhereCounty Comms
Description -- Placeholder.  More information will be forthcoming. -- The Alternate EOC Exercise focuses on continuity of operations.  That is, can we get people to the alternate location, bring up the equipment that is not normally used, and begin to operate?  As such, we anticipate a smaller crew at the alternate EOC -- perhaps 2-4 people maximum. We're currently investigating whether the alternate radio room operating position will be available on that date (it has other uses during non-emergency situations).  So we don't know yet if we will participate.
Thursday, October 25
7:00 PM
 SCCo ARES/RACES Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
WhenThu, Oct 25, 7:00 PM -
WhereSCCo EOC
Description The SIG meeting brings together ARES/RACES members from anywhere in Santa Clara County to discuss, define and develop projects and programs for use county-wide.  Attendance is open to other interested individuals. Topics vary from month to month, depending on what is of interest to the group at the time.  If a specific topic is planned for a particular meeting, it will be listed in the agenda below as far in advance as possible.  An open roundtable is always part of the agenda. Date/Time:  4th Thursday of each month, 7pm, no longer than 2 hours Location:  SCCo EOC, 4th floor, 55 W Younger Ave. (Sheriff's Bldg), San Jose Agenda: Update on tools and processes to improve performance, including message passing, packet, etc. (Tim Howard) Annual county-wide drill planning (Drill IC) Open roundtable
Saturday, October 27
8:00 AM
 County-wide Communications Exercise and SET
WhenSat, Oct 27, 8:00 AM -
WhereMoffett Field (tentative)
Description Purpose:  This is our annual large-scale, county-wide communications exercise.  It is intended to exercise individuals, teamwork and equipment.  We will offer activities for field communicators, net controls, packet operators and shadows.  Individual equipment and the county communications trailer equipment will be used.  MAC evaluations for advanced qualifications will be available. Note:  SET = Simulated Emergency Test, an annual ARRL activity. Primary Scenario:  This year we plan to integrate with the county-wide CERT drill, similar to what was done in 2016.  CERT teams will be conducting searches, surveys and other activities within simulated neighborhoods and report back to their simulated neighborhood incident command posts.  Amateur radio will provide communications between the incident command posts and the simulated EOC. The CERT group has not yet selected individuals to perform the key roles of Incident Commander and general staff.  They expect to define their management team by July 17th.  If unable to do so, they may not have enough time to plan the drill. Alternate Scenario:  If the CERT group is unable to select their management team in time to plan their part of the drill, we will still conduct our own drill.   So, the drill date is firm, but the drill activity and location may change.  For example, we might conduct a team-based exercise, similar to what we did in 2017, or a more varied, individual-focused exercise, like we did in previous years.  Both options were popular.  And, in either case, we'll switch it up a bit to keep things interesting. Sign-ups:  As soon as we know for sure which scenario we're going with, we'll post the specific roles and open up sign-ups.  In the meantime, reserve the date on your calendar and plan to attend.  It will be a fun and challenging experience either way.
Saturday, November 3
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 3, 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.
Wednesday, November 14
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 14, 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 15
8:00 AM
 Statewide Medical Health Exercise (Hospital Drill)
WhenThu, Nov 15, 8:00 AM -
WhereVaries, see sign-ups
Description This is a Statewide Medical Health Exercise that will involve Santa Clara County Hospitals and the County EOC.  Some allied agencies (Clinics) may also be involved.  More details will be provided as they become availalbe. Only sign up for a Hospital location if you have the appropriate credentials to access that facility
Saturday, November 17
8:00 AM
 Ham Cram (for Technician License) - open to the general public
WhenSat, Nov 17, 8:00 AM -
WhereLos Gatos EOC (15900 LG Blvd)
Description This listing is to help us advertise the class to your CERT and other neighborhood groups that might be interested in getting a ham license.  It's a great way to increase the ranks of your local ARES-RACES team.  I see many of our graduates at the County ARES-RACES Saturday classes.  We encourage all of our graduates to start with the County Intro and Fundamentals of Emergency Communications classes and then continue with all the valuable classes that County A-R puts on for adding to and maintaining emergency radio skills. This is the 13th Ham Cram put on quarterly by the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno ARES-RACES group as a service to all who wish to support their family and community in an Emergency (or Public Service Event).  It is an instructor-led Ham Cram with 4-6 instructors for the day.  The slides were originally created by the Saratoga Amateur Radio Assocation (SARA). There have been well over 250 graduates since 2016 with a 95% pass rate.  Attendees come principally from Santa Clara County, but have included participants from San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Hollister, and Sacramento; even one visiting from NJ.   The class starts promptly at 8:00a and ends at 4:00p with lunch and other breaks.  The FCC Volunteer Examiners (SVVE.org) take over at 4:00p to manage the testing process. Help us spread the word to everyone who might benefit.  This is the last class in 2018, but there will be four more in 2019. Link to the November 17, 2018 Ham Cram Class flyer
Sunday, November 25
4:30 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Nov 25, 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. 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: up to 16 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 1
10:00 AM
 Annual Los Gatos Children's Holiday Parade
WhenSat, Dec 1, 10:00 AM -
WhereSanta Cruz Ave@Main Los Gatos
Description The 62th annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday,  December 1, 2018 in downtown Los Gatos. The parade starts at 11:00a and ends at approximately 1:30p. Again, this year, the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation Asso, 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, 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 at least 18 ARES Ham operators for this event. We usually have 9 from Los Gatos/Monte Sereno and 9 from other parts of Santa Clara County.  The positions include Net Control, Scribes, and Rovers. 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 cold in the morning but may warm up. This is a rain or shine event.  It has rained only once during the parade in 61 years. The streets are closed at 9:00a so parking becomes a challenge as the morning progresses. The Net Control station is at the Town Plaza (corner of Main St and N. Santa Cruz Ave).  We plan to operate out of the town's CERT trailer for the first time, and we will have a pop up tent with chairs, water, etc. outside for R&R.  We will gather at the Net Control location at 10:00a for a briefing, last minute information and assignments. Have your radios programmed for the following frequencies:  * Resource Net = W6PIY 2m: 147.390 MHz, + offset, PL of 151.4 Hz. * Primary Message Net is: 441.000 MHz (LG/MS Tac3) PL 88.5 Hz * Secondary Message Net is: 147.480 MHz (LG/MS Tac1) PL 88.5 Hz * Tertiary Message Net is: 146.595 MHz (LG/MS Tac2) PL 88.5 Hz To sign up, "click" the box below. For questions contact Peter Hertan at 1-408-315-0209 or K6PLH@yahoo.com.
Saturday, December 8
9:00 AM
 2018 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 8, 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.