Saturday, February 1
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Feb 1, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and materials are available via the link below. Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training. LOCATION: Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. That location is given below. 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, February 5
7:00 PM
 SARES Member Meeting
WhenWed, Feb 5, 7:00 PM -
WhereSNY FS2 at Arques & Wolfe
Description Training meeting for SARES members.
Saturday, February 8
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Feb 8, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Prerequisite:  Field Operations Type III, Part A 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 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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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, February 8
9:00 AM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Feb 8, 9:00 AM -
WhereCupertino City Hall/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 course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 THAT SIGN UP Location: Cupertino EOC,  10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Thursday, February 13
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Feb 13, 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:  several topics in the works Each city's plans for the quarterly drill on Feb 22 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.
Tuesday, February 18
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Feb 18, 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 a few days before 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, February 22
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Feb 22, 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.
Saturday, February 22
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Feb 22, 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 MACs and MITs.  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 is 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 MACs and MITs. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. MAC Evaluations:  MAC Evaluations may be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 qualifications, 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, February 22
9:00 AM
 Los Altos City Drill
WhenSat, Feb 22, 9:00 AM -
WhereLos Altos
Description Los Altos hams wishing to participate in the city portion of the County drill should sign up here.
Saturday, March 7
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Mar 7, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and materials are available via the link below. Click here to see the course description and the course materials (PDF format)  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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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, March 14
9:00 AM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Mar 14, 9:00 AM -
WhereCupertino City Hall/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 course materials.  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 materials (PDF format) LOCATION: Cupertino EOC, 10300 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Saturday, March 21
9:00 AM
 Pop-Up Net Control Practice
WhenSat, Mar 21, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W Younger Ave., San Jose
Description Pop-Up Net Control Practice Pop-up Net Control is a great way to gain and practice Net Control skills. The concept is simple.  Participation is quick and easy.  Here's how it works: Travel to the pop-up net control location Send/receive a few messages under the guidance of experienced NCOs Be home for lunch Easy peazy Details: Most information is located on the Pop-Up Net Control Practice web page Note that each position has prerequisites.  So check the above page before signing up. Information specific to this event is located below. Location: SCCo EOC 4th floor, Sheriff's Office Building 55 W Younger Ave San Jose, CA Parking: Park in the big lot across the street from the Sheriff's Office building.  No permit is required on the weekend. Do NOT park next to the Sheriff's Office Building. Access: Enter the front door and go to the Operations desk on the left Tell the deputy your name and that you are there for the amateur radio practice session in the EOC The deputy will check your name against the sign-ups, give you a visitor badge, and buzz you through the door to the elevator lobby Take the elevator up to the 4th floor Exit the elevator to the left and enter the EOC through the double-doors
Wednesday, March 25
8:00 AM
 Statewide Medical Health Exercise (2019 SWMHE)
WhenWed, Mar 25, 8:00 AM -
WhereVaries, see sign-ups
Description This is the rescheduled 2019 annual Statewide Medical Health Exercise (SWMHE). Event Details:  See the 2019 Statewide Medical Health Exercise details page. Sign-ups:  Are currently disabled.  They will be enabled closer to the event. Only sign up for a Hospital location if you are familiar with that facility.  Consult with the Hospital Net coordinator before signing up at the MHJOC.
Wednesday, April 1
10:00 AM
 Santa Clara County EOC Orientation
WhenWed, Apr 1, 10:00 AM -
WhereCounty EOC
Description Santa Clara County EOC Orientation Intended audience:  Those who want to earn the SCCo ARES/RACES EOC Radio Operator Credential. Course Info:  This course is taught by the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management.  We are posting it in our event calendar as a convenience for our ARES/RACES community. If you need more information, use the contact info on the sign-up page below. Location:  4th Floor, 55 W Younger Ave, San Jose Sign-up:  Sign-up using County OEM's sign-up page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eoc-orientation-april-1-2020-tickets-87497694961
Saturday, April 4
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type II
WhenSat, Apr 4, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here to view the course description and download the course materials (PDF format)  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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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, May 2
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, May 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Good message passing skills are critical to effective communications. This class will start with a review of basic message passing skills and work up through tips and techniques for accurate and clear communications.  It will include numerous exercises for practicing learned skills and techniques. Click here to see a printable flyer and the course handouts (PDF format)  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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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, May 14
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, May 14, 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:  TBA 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, May 16
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, May 16, 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.
Saturday, May 16
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, May 16, 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 MACs and MITs.  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 is 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 MACs and MITs. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. MAC Evaluations:  MAC Evaluations may be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 qualifications, 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, June 6
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Table Top
WhenSat, Jun 6, 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 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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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.
Wednesday, June 10
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 10, 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 50 people that sign up.
Saturday, June 27
9:00 AM
 Field Packet Mini-Drill
WhenSat, Jun 27, 9:00 AM -
WhereTBD
Description Field Packet Mini-Drill The Field Packet Mini-Drill is a short, focused drill designed to simulate a brief but real-world field packet deployment. It's a simple and fun way to gain practical experience deploying your packet station in a field setting and accomplishing a set of objectives patterned after real-world assignments. For complete details about this mini-drill, see the Field Packet Mini-Drill web page.   Important note:  This exercise is being held at the same time and place as the Pop-up Packet Practice session.  But the activities you will perform are different.  For info about practice, see the Pop-up Packet Practice web page .
Saturday, June 27
9:00 AM
 Pop-Up Packet Practice
WhenSat, Jun 27, 9:00 AM -
WhereTBD
Description Pop-Up Packet Practice Pop-up Packet is a great way to practice packet preparedness. The concept is simple.  Participation is quick and easy.  Here's how it works: Travel to the pop-up packet location Set up your station Send/receive a few messages Pack up your station Be home for lunch Easy peazy Location: TBD (somewhere fairly centrally located in Santa Clara County) For other details about this practice session, see the Pop-Up Packet Practice web page   Important Note:  This practice session is being held at the same time and place as the Field Packet Mini-Drill.  But the activities you will perform are different. For info about the mini-drill, see the Field Packet Mini-Drill web page .
Wednesday, July 8
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 8, 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 course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.  Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (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 a photo ID (agency issued ID or Drivers License) to the Records staff. Class size is limited to the first 50 people that sign up.
Saturday, August 1
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Aug 1, 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 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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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 13
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 13, 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:  TBA 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, August 22
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Aug 22, 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.
Saturday, August 22
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 22, 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 MACs and MITs.  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 is 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 MACs and MITs. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. MAC Evaluations:  MAC Evaluations may be offered for the N3, N2, P3 and P2 qualifications, 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, September 12
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III
WhenSat, Sep 12, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here complete course information, including downloadable course materials Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts were updated on 07/30/2019. 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.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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 19
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 19, 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.  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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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, October 3
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 3, 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.  If you do not have packet eqyuipment you can complete the course exercises using a laptop with Wi-Fi capability. 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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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. 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 10
8:00 AM
 Countywide Communications Exercise
WhenSat, Oct 10, 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. Details:  To be provided. DSW:  County DSW is required.  But we'll have someone there to sign you up if you don't already have it.
Wednesday, October 14
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 14, 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 course materials.  NO handouts will be available at the training.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 THAT SIGN UP Location: Mtn. View Fire-Police Admin. Bldg.,  1000 Villa Street
Saturday, November 7
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 7, 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 power outlets. 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 physical street address is: 700 All America Way Cross Street is Olive Ave.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. 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 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, November 12
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 12, 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:  TBA 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.
Wednesday, November 18
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 18, 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 course materials.  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 materials (PDF format) LOCATION: Mtn. View Fire-Police Admin. Bldg.,  1000 Villa Street
Thursday, November 19
8:00 AM
 Statewide Medical Health Exercise (SWMHE)
WhenThu, Nov 19, 8:00 AM -
WhereVaries, see sign-ups
Description This is the annual Statewide Medical Health Exercise (SWMHE). Event Details:  TBD. Sign-ups:  Are currently disabled.  They will be enabled closer to the event. Only sign up for a Hospital location if you are familiar with that facility.  Consult with the Hospital Net coordinator before signing up at the MHJOC.
Saturday, December 12
9:00 AM
 2020 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 12, 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.  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 Recognition Course Details: See the course details page for more a detailed course description and downloadable classroom materials will be available for download a few days prior to the class at the link below.  Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Intended Audience: Any new or experienced ARES/RACES members. Location: Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office Auditorium on the first floor of 55 W Younger St. San Jose. Parking:  Please park in the large lot across the street from the front of the Sheriff's office building.  Do NOT park next to the Sheriff's office.  (It's 2 hrs only and it needs to be open for folks who have business with the Sheriff.) 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 that sign up. No coffee or food is allowed in the room, only water.  Because of the large number of attendees there will be no tables, only chairs.