Wednesday, December 2
7:00 PM
 SARES Member Meeting
WhenWed, Dec 2, 7:00 PM -
WhereZoom
Description This will be a Zoom meeting.  Sign-up is required.  Zoom meeting information will be sent by email the day of the meeting to those who have signed up for this meeting on this site by 1500 hours on the meeting day.
Saturday, December 5
10:00 AM
 Sunnyvale Fall Citywide Drill
WhenSat, Dec 5, 10:00 AM -
WhereOperation from Home
Description This is an open event and non-SARES participants are welcome. The drill involves contacting other stations using simplex radio frequencies.  Each operator will exchange specified information including identifing which Sunnyvale Fire District you are operating from or, if not operating within Sunnyvale, your city.  Participants are required to maintain an ICS-309 log containing the exchange information for each contact. The logs will be turned in at the end of the drill. Drill specifics will be sent before the drill to those who have signed up for this event on the county event page.
Saturday, December 12
9:00 AM
 2020 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 12, 9:00 AM -
Wherevia 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 should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training. 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 that sign up.
Tuesday, December 15
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Dec 15, 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, January 30
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part A (Zoom)
WhenSat, Jan 30, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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 have their own printed copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location of the training: Will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. 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 40 people that sign up.
Saturday, February 6
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part B (Zoom)
WhenSat, Feb 6, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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 have their own printed copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. The course materials will include homework that is to be completed prior to arriving at the class. Homework assignments are to be turned in at the end of the training class. Location of the training: Will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. 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.
Thursday, February 11
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting (Zoom)
WhenThu, Feb 11, 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 Feb 20 More TBD Roundtable Location: Will be held via Zoom.  Those signed up will receive an email with the Zoom link.
Saturday, February 20
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, Feb 20, 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 its own event to capture sign-ups, then sign up on your city's event. If not, then you can sign up here.
Saturday, February 20
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Feb 20, 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. Credential Evaluations:  Credential 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 27
9:00 AM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications (Zoom)
WhenSat, Feb 27, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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) CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP Location: This class will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class.    
Saturday, March 6
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type II (Zoom)
WhenSat, Mar 6, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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 will be updated a few days prior to the class.   Location of the training: Will be conducted via Zoom.  A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class.   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 who sign up.  
Saturday, March 27
9:00 AM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications (Zoom)
WhenSat, Mar 27, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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.   CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) LOCATION:  Will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class.
Saturday, May 1
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A (Outdoors)
WhenSat, May 1, 9:00 AM -
WhereTBD
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 The training presentation may be updated 2-3 days prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email.   Location: TBD Unique Evironment: Since we will be outdoors and very spread out for "social distancing", there will be a couple of differences in how we conduct this class.  Specifically, We will use our radios instead of a microphone and speakers.  Students will listen to the instructor, ask questions, and interact with other students over the radio. There will be no projector.  Everyone will need to bring a copy of the course presentation that is big enough to read easily--either printed or on a tablet or PC. What You Need To Bring (in additional to the course materials): Face mask HT with plenty of battery for 3 hours. You should be able to operate on extra low power, so it shouldn't be a problem. Minimum of earbud or headphones, so we don't bother others in the park with radio chatter. A headset (headphones with boom microphone) is recommended for best audio quality (hearing and speaking). If you come without a headset or earbud you will be asked to leave. A lawnchair suitable for setting up in the grass or dirt of a park setting. As an alternative, you could sit on a blanket or tarp. Clipboards (preferably 2-3). One to hold the presentation. The other to hold other exercise papers. Electronic or printed copy of the classroom presentation. If you bring an electronic device, make sure your device will last 3+ hours. If you are using paper copies the one or two slides per page format would be your best option. The 3, 4, and 6 per page printed format is small and probably won’t work. Printed copies of all other course materials (see the course description page for all course materials - link above). The in-class exercises require you to write on the various forms. Hat and sunscreen. We will be outdoors so prepare accordingly. Water or other beverage and snacks as you desire. As an added precaution, we will not share any food or beverage containers. So bring your own. Tote bag or backpack to carry your materials. We will probably set up some distance away from the parking lot to reduce noise. So, you'll need something to make carrying your stuff easier. Safety:  Follow all recommendations from health officials Review these screening questions and, if you have any of the listed symptoms, please remain at home. If you are in the higher risk category (see County health guidelines), it's best to stay home. Practice social distancing (maintain at least 6 feet separation from others) at all times Wear a mask at all times. Check-In: When you arrive at the training area, someone will be available to sign you in on the ICS-211. Please do NOT bunch up at check-in. Stay 6 feet apart at all times. 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 30 minutes due to the unique teaching environment. Class size is limited to the first 40 people that sign up. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz, + offset, PL 100.0 Hz,  the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc. If you need help finding the location, this will be the talk-in frequency.
Thursday, May 13
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting (Zoom)
WhenThu, May 13, 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 May 15 More TBD Roundtable Location: Will be held via Zoom.  Those signed up will receive an email with the Zoom link.
Saturday, May 15
10:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - CITY participation
WhenSat, May 15, 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 its own event to capture sign-ups, then sign up on your city's event.  If not, then you can sign up here.
Saturday, May 15
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, May 15, 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 5
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II (Outdoors)
WhenSat, Jun 5, 9:00 AM -
WhereTBD
Description Prerequisites, Course Description, and Course Materials: See the Field Communicator Type III Part B and Type II page for complete information prerequisites, course details, and to download the course materials. The training presentation may be updated 2-3 days prior to the class and those registered will be notified by email.   Location: TBD Unique Evironment: Since we will be outdoors and very spread out for "social distancing", there will be a couple of differences in how we conduct this class.  Specifically, We will use our radios instead of a microphone and speakers.  Students will listen to the instructor, ask questions, and interact with other students over the radio. There will be no projector.  Everyone will need to bring a copy of the course presentation that is big enough to read easily--either printed or on a tablet or PC. What You Need To Bring (in additional to the course materials): Face mask HT with plenty of battery for 3 hours Minimum of earbud or headphones, so we don't bother others in the park with radio chatter.  A headset (headphones with boom microphone) is recommended for best audio quality (hearing and speaking). If you come without a headset or earbud you will be asked to leave. A lawnchair suitable for setting up in the grass or dirt of a park setting. Clipboards (preferably 2-3). One to hold the presentation. The other to hold other exercise papers. Electronic or printed copies of the presentation Printed copies of all other course materials (see the course description page for all course materials--the link is above).  The in-class exercises require you to write on the various forms. Hat and sunscreen.  We will be outdoors so prepare accordingly. Water or other beverage.  As an added precaution, we will not share any food or beverage containers.  So bring your own. Tote bag or backpack to carry your materials.  We will probably set up some distance away from the parking lot to reduce noise.  So, you'll need something to make carrying your stuff easier. Safety:  Follow all recommendations from health officials Review these screening questions and, if you have any of the listed symptoms, please remain at home. If you are in the higher risk category (see county health guidelines), it's best to stay home. Practice social distancing (maintain at least 6 feet separation from others) at all times Wear a mask at all times Check-In: When you arrive, someone will be available to sign you in on the ICS-211. Please do NOT bunch up at check-in.  Stay 6 feet apart at all times. 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 30 minutes due to the unique teaching environment. 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 9
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS (Zoom)
WhenWed, Jun 9, 6:00 PM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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 handouts (PDF format) Location: This class wil be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up.
Saturday, July 10
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III (Zoom)
WhenSat, Jul 10, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
Description The course description and handouts are available via the link below. Click here complete course information, including downloadable course materials Attendees must have their own printed copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location of the training: Will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. Class size is limited to the first 40 people that sign up.
Wednesday, July 14
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS (Zoom)
WhenWed, Jul 14, 6:00 PM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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:  This class will be conducted via Zoom. A Zoom invitation will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up.
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:  This class will be conducted on-line via Zoom.  A Zoom invitation will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. Class size is limited to the first 50 people that 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 More TBD Roundtable Location: Will be held via Zoom.  Those signed up will receive an email with the Zoom link.
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.
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 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 11
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals (Zoom)
WhenSat, Sep 11, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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:  The instructor will arrange a time for those people that want to test their cross-band radios. Location of the training: Will be conducted via ZOOM.  A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class. 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, October 2
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B (Zoom)
WhenSat, Oct 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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:  This class will be conducted online via Zoom.  A Zoom invitation will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class.
Wednesday, October 6
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS (Zoom)
WhenWed, Oct 6, 6:00 PM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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 mut have their own printed copy of the course materials.    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: This class will be conducted via Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up prior to the class.
Wednesday, November 3
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS (Zoom)
WhenWed, Nov 3, 6:00 PM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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 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:  This class will be conducted on-line via Zoom.  A Zoom invitation will be sent to those who are signed-up. Class size is limited to the first 30 people that sign up.
Saturday, November 6
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting (Zoom)
WhenSat, Nov 6, 9:00 AM -
WhereConducted via Zoom
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: Conducted via Zoom. Those signed up here will be provided with the Zoom registration link before the class. 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 (Zoom)
WhenThu, Nov 11, 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:   More TBD Roundtable Location: Will be held via Zoom.  Those signed up will receive an email with the Zoom link.
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.