Saturday, June 2
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Table Top
WhenSat, Jun 2, 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 will be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. 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 2
9:30 AM
 Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival - Day 1 - SARES Members
WhenSat, Jun 2, 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 0930 to 1415 and 1415 to 1830 each day.  Sign up for each shift you can work.
Sunday, June 3
9:30 AM
 Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival - Day 2 - SARES Members
WhenSun, 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 0930 to 1415 and 1415 to 1830 each day.  Sign up for each shift you can work.
Saturday, June 9
8:00 AM
 Ham Cram (for Technician License) - open to the general public
WhenSat, Jun 9, 8:00 AM -
WhereLos Gatos EOC (15900 LG Blvd)
Description This listing is to help us publicize the class to your CERT and other neighborhood groups that might be interested in getting a ham license, especially for Emergency Communications.  It's a great way to increase the ranks of your local ARES-RACES team.  We see many of our graduates at the County ARES-RACES Saturday classes.  The graduates are encouraged 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 11th 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).  This will be the last Technician Ham Cram using the 2014-18 Question Pool. 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, San Benito, and Sacramento counties.   The class starts promptly at 8:00a and ends at 4:00p with breaks for lunch, etc.  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 additional Ham Cram classes in 2018 on August 4, and November 17. This class has been rescheduled from the original June 2, 2018 date to accommodate a group request. Link to the June 9, 2018 Ham Cram Class flyer
Wednesday, June 13
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 13, 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.
Thursday, June 28
7:00 PM
 SCCo ARES/RACES Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
WhenThu, Jun 28, 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., San Jose Agenda: Tools and processes to improve performance (message passing, packet, ...) Open roundtable
Saturday, June 30
9:00 AM
 Work Party--County Communications Trailer
WhenSat, Jun 30, 9:00 AM -
WhereSheriff's Office
Description The County Communications trailer will be inventoried, clean, and old/broken equipment removed or repaired. No experience necessary, just a desire to work and gain some familiarity with the Communications Trailer. Those that sign up will given instructions on how to enter the trailer storage location.
Wednesday, July 4
5:00 PM
 Cupertino July 4 Fireworks
WhenWed, Jul 4, 5:00 PM -
WhereCupertino
Description The City of Cupertino is looking for volunteers to assist with our annual Fireworks show on July 4. Volunteers will act as eyes and ears for the Sheriffs Office, monitoring activity at the viewing venues, street closures and other locations, and provide situation status to the Command Post. This is a low-key event ideal for both experienced and first-time volunteers. Please notice that this is a fairly long assignment and you are expected to work the entire event.    This is intended and expected be a MAC-qualifying event. This is also a city activation, and all volunteers will also be sworn in as Cupertino DSWs for the event. Some MAC evaluations will be offered. If you are interested in an evaluation, please sign up for the appropriate assignment and email halchin@mac.com about your desire for an evaluation.    Additional information will be provided by email for those who have signed up. Please email halchin@mac.com if you have any questions. Note that sign-ups will close at 16:00 on July 2.
Wednesday, July 4
4:00 PM
 Milpitas July 4th Fireworks Show
WhenWed, Jul 4, 4:00 PM -
WhereMilpitas Sports Center
Description Milpitas will be holding its annual fireworks event on July 4th.  Amateur Radio volunteers are needed to monitor safe (fall out) areas, seating areas, and provide situational awareness to city staff.   Milpitas RACES personnel only with city DSW registration.   Additional details will be provide to those who sign-up.
Wednesday, July 11
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 11, 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.
Saturday, July 21
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III/II
WhenSat, Jul 21, 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 copy of the course materials.  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 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, 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 Council Meeting Reminder
WhenThu, Aug 9, 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, 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
2:00 PM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Aug 18, 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 18
1:00 PM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 18, 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.
Thursday, August 30
10:00 AM
 Yellow Command - Training for All Participants
WhenThu, Aug 30, 10:00 AM -
WhereOn-line
Description -- Placeholder.  More information will be forthcoming. -- Yellow Command is a California Coastal Region EOC Exercise.  In Santa Clara County, the county EOC will be activated and most city EOCs will be participating. Audience:  More details to follow.  At this time, we believe the target audience for this training is all who will be participating in Yellow Command.
Thursday, September 6
9:00 AM
 Yellow Command - City Participation
WhenThu, Sep 6, 9:00 AM -
WhereCity EOCs
Description -- Placeholder.  More information will be forthcoming. -- Yellow Command is a California Coastal Region EOC Exercise.  In Santa Clara County, the county EOC will be activated and most city EOCs will be participating. Time:  The exercise will be from 09:00 to 15:00.  Individual cities may request that participants show up earlier for set-up and stay later for debrief.
Thursday, September 6
8:00 AM
 Yellow Command - County EOC
WhenThu, Sep 6, 8:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description -- Placeholder.  More information will be forthcoming. -- Yellow Command is a California Coastal Region EOC Exercise.  In Santa Clara County, the county EOC will be activated and most city EOCs will be participating. Time:  The exercise will be from 09:00 to 15:00.  County EOC personnel should plan to arrive one hour early for setup and testing, and stay one hour late for debrief.
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.
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 handouts.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (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 Council Meeting Reminder
WhenThu, Oct 11, 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.
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.
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 handouts.  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 handouts (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.