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Annual Los Gatos Children's Holiday Parade

Date: 12/01/18 Start: 10:00 AM End: 2:00 PM Location: Santa Cruz Ave@Main Los Gatos
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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, as well as to help locate lost parents, children, and dogs.

This is an easy way to help out the community, enjoy the parade (over 200 "floats", and put a smile on all of us “kids”.

We would like to field a team of 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. In addition, 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 151.4 Hz.

* Primary Message Net = 441.000 MHz (LG/MS Tac3) PL 88.5 Hz

* Secondary Message Net = 147.480 MHz (LG/MS Tac1) PL 88.5 Hz

* Tertiary Message Net = 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

The following positions are available for this event. You can state your preference when you sign up for the event. The event coordinator will attempt to accommodate your request. Based on the event and its requirements, the event coordinator may move hams to positions other than those requested.

Click on a position title for a description of the specific requirements for that position

Net Control2
Scribe, and backup Net Control2
Event Manager0
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