Saturday, June 3
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Table Top
WhenSat, Jun 3, 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 Revised handouts will be posted prior to the class. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at 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 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, June 3
9:30 AM
 Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival - 2 Day Event - SARES Members
WhenSat, Jun 3, 9:30 AM -
WhereWashington St & Sunnyvale Ave.
Description This is a two day event held on Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th.  This event is divided into two shift periods per day.  The shifts are 1930 to 1415 and 1415 to 1830 each day.  Sign up for each shift you can work through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfpLpJO8IH7ANyjdoUPovehv_IoBNX-QjlTQNHsnBlQIXqDMw/viewform
Saturday, June 10
12:00 PM
 Los ALtos Packet Tune-up meeting
WhenSat, Jun 10, 12:00 PM -
WhereNeutra House
Description Los Altos packet hams:  please bring your equipment to the Neutra House on June 10, from noon until 2 or 3PM.  There are several updates that need to be made to your equipment.  At a minimum, bring both the packet radio box and the battery box that you have.
Wednesday, June 14
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 14, 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 55 people that sign up.
Saturday, June 17
10:00 AM
 Los Altos Combined Ham/CERT/BAT drill and picnic
WhenSat, Jun 17, 10:00 AM -
WhereGrant Park
Description Los Altos only!  If you are a ham, or a ham/CERT person, please sign up here for our drill.  This is a combination drill and picnic so please bring your family.  In fact, they can participate in the drill with you! After you click on "Sign Me Up", please select which ham position you want to fulfill at the drill.  Each team will be a ham radio operator (bring your own radio), and a packet-capable operator (we will provide packet stations).  To sign up as a packet operator for this drill, you *MUST* have packet experience - this not a training class.  You will be sending ICS213 messages, the Los Altos PSA form, and informal messages.
Wednesday, July 12
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 12, 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 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 be admitted by showing their agency issued ID, to the Records staff. Class size is limited to the first 50 people that sign up.
Thursday, July 13
7:00 PM
 EC Council Meeting Reminder
WhenThu, Jul 13, 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, July 29
9:00 AM
 RDF Search and Locate practice
WhenSat, Jul 29, 9:00 AM -
WhereCuesta Park, Mtn. View
Description NOTE:  DATE HAS CHANGED to July 29th 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 45 minute 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.  Note: anyone can build a cardboard shield tube, see below. 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 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 Bring a compass if you have one (or equivalent) to practice taking bearing measurements. 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 0900-1000, 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. 1000-1200, 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.  This is aided by the use of a cardboard 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 cylinder of shielding 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 5
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III
WhenSat, Aug 5, 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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, 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.
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 -
WhereTBD
Description Overall Event:  This is a county-wide exercise focused on emergency communications.  It is designed to provide participants with valuable in-field operating experience.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  Of course, standard County procedures will be used:  Resource Net, ICS documentation, Performance Standard and Best Practices. More details and sign-ups will be made available as plans are completed. If you do not have a valid County DSW you may attend but not check into the resource net and upon arrival at staging you will be sworn in for the event.
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.