Saturday, October 1
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 1, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Homework: 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 setup. Message addressing within the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES BBS network is also discussed. 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) Location of the training:  This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. This is a large room with a capacity of 300 people. Park in the lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28.  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, October 15
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Oct 15, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose
Description Prerequisites, Course Description, and Course Materials: See the Field Communicator Type III Part A page for complete information on prerequisites, course details, and to download the course materials. Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:   This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's buliding at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. This is a large room with a capacity of 300 people. Park in the lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building. Click here for information about COVID precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, October 14.  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 18
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Mike Mike Reports, continued
WhenTue, Oct 18, 8:30 PM -
WhereResource Net Repeaters
Description This is the monthly Monthly 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. The activities of this net will vary from month to month, providing practice in a range of skills and techniques. The difficulty of the exercises may vary from month to month, depending on the activity, and many months there will be opportunities for multiple levels of expertise. Read the job descriptions for the positions each month. This month we will be simulating a Level One Resource Net, sending and receiving Mike-Mike reports.   Expected Difficulty:  Net Participant: Easy       Net Control: Challenging Net Controls will want to review slides 57-72 from the Net Control Type A, Part 1 class and will need to have a blank copy of the Mike-Mike Summary form. Net Participants should have a copy of the Mike-Mike scale at hand and may want to review this page for the format of a Mike-Mike report and other information. Anyone wishing to receive pre-event communications (plans for the net, advance materials regarding the exercise, etc.) should sign up. While not required, sign-ups are encouraged and help staff with event planning.  Although not required, all net participants will be invited to call Net Control to submit a Mike-Mike report. In addition, there are up to 5 opportunities to serve as Net Control for a portion of the training net.
Wednesday, October 19
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 19, 6:00 PM -
Where1210 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale
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 or electronic 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 Sunnyvale Fire Station 5 at 1210 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale. When you arrive, enter the driveway on the North side of the station and continue around to the back of the building. Park in the asphalt parking lot, not on the concrete. We will use the entrance facing the concrete lot. See the photo here. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18.
Saturday, November 5
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 5, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class, and those registered will be notified via email. Homework: 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) Location of the training:  The location of the training is the Sheriff's Auditorium at 55 W. Younger Ave., in San Jose. Please be sure to park in the large lot across the street from the Sheriff's Office building, and not in the smaller lot next to the building.  Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2. 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 10
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 10, 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 (All) 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, November 11
8:00 AM
 2022 San Jose Veterans Day Parade
WhenFri, Nov 11, 8:00 AM -
WhereDowntown San Jose
Description ARES/RACES/ACS operators are needed to help provide communications support for the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown San Jose.  We'll need a dozen or more communicators to provide shadows for parade personnel, in addition to staffing fixed locations on the parade route. This will be an ARES event, and a city DSW is not required for participation.
Tuesday, November 15
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Prowords Practice
WhenTue, Nov 15, 8:30 PM -
WhereZoom
Description This is the monthly Monthly Training Net held on the third Tuesday of each month. This month the training net will be held on Zoom. The activities of this net will vary from month to month, providing practice in a range of skills and techniques. The difficulty of the exercises may vary from month to month, depending on the activity, and many months there will be opportunities for multiple levels of expertise. Read the job descriptions for the positions each month. This month we will be practicing prowords used in message passing.    Expected Difficulty:  Easy to Challenging This training will be similar to the prowords practice in the Message Passing class, but with a few differences. Short phrases and groups will be displayed one at a time, and a participant will voice each one as though it was part of a message being passed. Immediate feedback will be given. Participants will be anonymous, so there's no reason to be shy. Participants will want to review the Message Handling Procedures. Anyone wishing to participate or to listen in must sign up in order to receive the Zoom meeting invitation.
Wednesday, November 16
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 16, 6:00 PM -
Where1210 Bordeaux Dr, Sunnyvale
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 or electronic 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 Sunnyvale Fire Station 5 at 1210 Bordeaux Dr., Sunnyvale. When you arrive, enter the driveway on the north side of the station and continue around to the back of the building. Park in the asphalt parking lot, not on the concrete. We will use the entrance facing the concrete lot. See the photo here. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15.  
Saturday, November 19
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Nov 19, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose
Description Prerequisites, Course Description, and Course Materials: See the Field Communicator Type III Part B and Type II page for complete information on prerequisites, course details, and to download the course materials. Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. This is a large room with a capacity of 300 people. Park in the lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building.    Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 18. 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.    
Sunday, November 27
4:30 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Nov 27, 4:30 PM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description DSW Status: please read the note on DSW at the end of this 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. There are three positions available: Checkpoint, Shadow and Net Control.  Shadows: up to 14 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. Evaluations for N3 and S3 should be available at this event. We are still working out the details. DSW Information: DSW  coverage for the County of Santa Clara -or- the City of Los Altos is required.  If you do not have either of these, you will be sworn in at the event.  Non-DSW personnel are required to arrive 15-30 minutes because of this.
Saturday, December 10
9:00 AM
 2022 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 10, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger, Ave., San Jose
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 or electronic 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. Location of the training: This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. This is a large room with a capacity of 300 people. Park in the large lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building. NOTE: Sign-ups will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 9.  Class size is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.