Saturday, August 7
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A (ZOOM)
WhenSat, Aug 7, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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)  For the post-class exercises, students will need to use a packet station to send and receive messages and answer questions about packet operations. The packet station can be one that the student owns or one that they borrow. It must be capable of connecting to at least one of the Packet BBSs via RF (2M, 220, or 440) Attendees should have their own printed copy of the course materials.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: This class will be conducted on-line via Zoom. A Zoom invitation will be sent to those who signed up.  Class size is limited to the first 50 people who sign up.  
Thursday, August 12
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting (Zoom)
WhenThu, Aug 12, 7:00 PM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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:   Quarterly Drill on August 21 New EC Monthly Report Roundtable Location: Will be held via Zoom.  Those signed up will receive an email with the Zoom link.
Saturday, August 14
8:00 AM
 RDF Search and Locate Mini-drill
WhenSat, Aug 14, 8:00 AM -
WhereCuesta Park, Mountain View
Description  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 radio operators 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. Covid Procedures: All participants will be required to follow all county and local Covid-19 health orders in force on the day of this event. 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 Credential Evaluations: A limited number of S3, N3 and F3 evaluation positions will be available.  Please indicate your interest when you register for the event and contact k6fjc@arrl.net well prior to the event to confirm availability of an evaluation. 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:  Cuesta Park, Mountain View.  Parking lot entrance at intersection of Cuesta Dr and Montalto Dr.  https://goo.gl/maps/yGNx8iQK9AQ2 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 material. 
Tuesday, August 17
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Aug 17, 8:30 PM -
WhereResource Net Repeaters
Description This is the monthly Message Passing Training Net held on the third Tuesday of each month. The training net will be be held on the Resource Net Repeaters (AA6BT 146.115, N6NAC 444.625, and W6ASH 440.800) which will be linked for the net. This net will consist of passing 3rd party messages.  The messages will be beginner to intermediate level with the use of prowords.  Read the job description for the positions. We will take participants in the order noted.  If you have volunteered in previous nets please let others have an opportunity to send and receive messages.  If positions are still open on Saturday prior to the net, then at that time previous senders/receivers may sign up. Expected Difficulty: Easy to Difficult It is recommended that you have taken the Message Passing Class to participate as  a message sender or receiver; but, is not required if you have sufficient experience and understanding of SCCo message passing procedures, techniques and prowords. Message senders/receivers will be given a critique from the moderator on their techniques and use of procedures. It is antipcipated that the messages will progress from easy to more difficult for each message sent.  The first message will be the easiest and the last more difficult. Anyone wishing to receive pre-event communications (plans for the net, advance look at messages to be used, etc.) should sign up. While not required, sign ups are encouraged  Everyone is encouraged to copy the messages being sent for practice. Several blank message forms will be needed.   If you have all the recommended go-kit forms you will be covered. https://www.scc-ares-races.org/operations/go-kit-forms.html
Saturday, August 21
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Aug 21, 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. Note: This event may require a City DSW card.
Saturday, August 21
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 21, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC EOC
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill. This sign-up is for participation at the county level. You MUST have approval from your EC first. Exercise Details: The drill description page will be provided prior to the drill. Schedule: 09:00 - Briefing 09:30 - Station setup and familiarization 10:00 - 12:00 - Drill Activity 12:00 - 13:00 - Clean-up and Debrief Positions: There will be two types of radio 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 credentialed operators. Note: One Net Control must be an experienced NCO and able to handle a very busy net. This position must be approved by Staff The packet position in the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with a more complicated, two-station configuration. Again, preference is given to existing credentialed operators. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. Credential Evaluations:  Credential evaluations may be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 credentials, 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, which is located at 55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose.  Park across the street. No permit is required on the weekend. Do NOT park in the visitor spots next to the Sheriff's office. 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. Your ID will be checked. You need to be on the pre-approved list. The deputy will unlock the door to your right. Go through the door and up the elevator to the fourth floor. Exit the elevator to the left. YOU WILL see the double doors for the EOC. Sign in at the reception counter. Then go to the right to find the radio room.
Saturday, August 21
10:00 AM
 SARES Citywide Drill
WhenSat, Aug 21, 10:00 AM -
WhereLocations will be Assigned
Description Event signup will end at noon on August 20th and the drill information will be sent by email to those who have signed up on this site before noon Friday August 20th.. 
Saturday, August 28
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Tabletop
WhenSat, Aug 28, 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 the level 2 class 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 may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. 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 street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 40 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 11
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 11, 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 have their own printed copy of the materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. NOTE:  Please remember to bring your HT's and cross band capable radios and manuals for the cross-band repeating class. 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 street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 50 people who sign up.
Saturday, September 25
9:00 AM
 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival 2021
WhenSat, Sep 25, 9:00 AM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description This is a two-day event.  This entry is for Saturday, September 25.  If you want to sign up for Sunday, go here. Hams are needed to support the Arts & Wine Festival in Los Altos.  There will be two shifts available, an AM shift and a PM shift.  Hams will provide additional eyes and ears for both the police department and the event organizer.  With help from the County, we are able to offer evaluations for F3 and N3 only.  Sorry, Shadow evaulations will not be available. The AM shift will run from 9:00 to 1:30 PM.  The PM shift will run from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM.  Note: Hams requesting a Net Control evaluation will receive priority over other Net Control operators. Note: please contact us if you need a F3 or N3 evaluation and this event is full (wild dream on our part). We will adjust the schedule as needed to provide as many evaluations as feasible.
Sunday, September 26
9:00 AM
 Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival 2021
WhenSun, Sep 26, 9:00 AM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description This is a two-day event.  This entry is for Sunday, September 26.  If you want to sign up for Saturday, go here. Hams are needed to support the Arts & Wine Festival in Los Altos.  There will be two shifts available, an AM shift and a PM shift.  Hams will provide additional eyes and ears for both the police department and the event organizer.  The AM shift will run from 9:00 to 1:30 PM.  The PM shift will run from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM. 
Saturday, October 2
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 2, 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. For the in-class exercises, students will need to use a packet station to send and receive messages. The packet station can be one that the student owns or one that they borrow. It must be capable of connecting to at least one of the Packet BBSs via RF (2M, 220, or 440) Attendees should have their own printed copy of the course materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. 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 street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted.  Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes.  
Wednesday, October 6
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 6, 6:00 PM -
WhereTBD
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 must have their own printed copy of the course materials.    Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) 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 street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes.    CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP.  
Saturday, October 9
8:00 AM
 Countywide Communications Exercise
WhenSat, Oct 9, 8:00 AM -
WhereTBD
Description Placeholder:  This is a placeholder so you can SAVE THE DATE.  Sign-ups will open once the activities have been defined. Overall Event:  This is a county wide communications exercise focused on emergency communications.  It is designed to provide participants with valuable in-field operating experience.  Both beginners and experienced operators will find several fun and challenging assignments to choose from.  Of course, standard County procedures will be used:  Resource Net, ICS documentation, Performance Standard and Best Practices. Credential Evaluations ae planned. DSW:  County DSW is required.  But we'll have someone there to sign you up if you don't already have it.
Wednesday, November 3
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 3, 6:00 PM -
WhereTBD
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 used? 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 must have their own printed copy of the course materials.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) 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 street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up.
Saturday, November 6
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 6, 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 should have their own printed copy of the course materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. 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 street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 50 people who 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, November 11
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 11, 7:00 PM -
WhereSheriff's Office - 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:   More TBD Roundtable 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, December 11
9:00 AM
 2021 End of Year Summary (Zoom)
WhenSat, Dec 11, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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.  Agenda: The high-level agenda is similar each year, although the specific topics covered will vary year to year.  We cover the following: A summary of things that changed over the past year Reinforce key information or procedures Preview things to come in the new year Course Details: The course details page, and the course handouts will be available a few days prior to the class.  Attendees must have their own printed copy of the course materials.  Intended Audience: Any new or experienced ARES/RACES members. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.