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. Location of the training: This class will be conducted on-line via Zoom. A Zoom invitation will be sent to those who have signed up. NOTE: Sign-ups will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 10.  Class size is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.  
Tuesday, December 21
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Dec 21, 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 1
8:00 AM
 Los Altos New Year's Day Fun Run
WhenSat, Jan 1, 8:00 AM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description The annual Fun Run in downtown Los Altos.  Usually Los Altos hams only, but others are welcome.  This is a low-key event (i.e. don't expect a lot of documentation like the Festival of Lights parade...).  Headset nice, but not required (it's not that noisy). We meet at 8:00, deploy around 8:30, the event starts at 9:00 and the streets are opened by 11 AM.  Join us for an early cup of coffee and welcome in the new year! This year the event may run a bit longer.  The event will have 4 different start times - 9AM, 9:30, 10, 10:30.  It is unclear when they will open the streets so our ending time may be a bit past 11 AM.  But join us for as long as you can stay.
Saturday, January 29
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, Jan 29, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here for the course details, including pre-class homework and in-class course materials Pre-class Homework: IMPORTANT:  See the course details page for homework that must be completed BEFORE attending class Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 26.    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 5
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Feb 5, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed copy of the course materials. Pre-class Homework: IMPORTANT: There will be homework that must be completed BEFORE attending class. Watch your email for details. Location of the training:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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, February 4.  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, February 10
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Feb 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.
Saturday, February 19
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Feb 19, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara County 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: See the drill description page for more details  - posted nearer the event date. Schedule: 09:00 - Briefing 09:30 - Station setup and familiarization 10:00 - 12:00 - Drill Activity 12:00 - 13:00 - Clean-up and Debrief Positions: There will be two types of radio operators needed for the county radio room--Net control operators and packet operators. The net control position in the county radio room can be non-stop action, so preference is given to existing credentialed operators. Note: One Net Control must be an experienced NCO and able to handle a very busy net. This position must be approved by Staff The packet position in the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with a more complicated, two-station configuration. Again, preference is given to existing credentialed operators. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. 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 which is based on the sign-ups on this page. 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 26
9:00 AM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Feb 26, 9:00 AM -
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 must have their own printed copy of the course materials.    Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 25. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP.  
Saturday, March 5
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Mar 5, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to see the course description and 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. Pre-class Homework: 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:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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, March 4.  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 26
9:00 AM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Mar 26, 9:00 AM -
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 used? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees must have their own printed copy of the course materials.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 25. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up.      
Saturday, April 2
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type II
WhenSat, Apr 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to see the course description and 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:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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, April 1.  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, April 30
9:00 AM
 Field Packet Mini-Drill
WhenSat, Apr 30, 9:00 AM -
WhereSheriff's Office parking lot
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, April 30
9:00 AM
 Pop-Up Packet Practice
WhenSat, Apr 30, 9:00 AM -
WhereSheriff Office parking lot
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 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. For info about the mini-drill, see the Field Packet Mini-Drill web page
Saturday, May 7
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, May 7, 9:00 AM -
WhereTo be determined
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 copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  To be determined. 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, May 6.  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 12
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, May 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: 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.
Saturday, May 21
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, May 21, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara County 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: See the drill description page for more details  - posted nearer the event date. Schedule: 09:00 - Briefing 09:30 - Station setup and familiarization 10:00 - 12:00 - Drill Activity 12:00 - 13:00 - Clean-up and Debrief Positions: There will be two types of radio operators needed for the county radio room--Net control operators and packet operators. The net control position in the county radio room can be non-stop action, so preference is given to existing credentialed operators. Note: One Net Control must be an experienced NCO and able to handle a very busy net. This position must be approved by Staff The packet position in the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with a more complicated, two-station configuration. Again, preference is given to existing credentialed operators. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. 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 which is based on the sign-ups on this page. 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 4
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Jun 4, 9:00 AM -
WhereTo be determined
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 copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  To be determined. 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, June 3. 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 8
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 8, 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 must have their own printed copy of the course materials.    Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 25. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP.  
Saturday, June 18
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Tabletop
WhenSat, Jun 18, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description This class will address the skills and planning activities necessary to create the plans for drills, public service events, and activations.  The class will include interactive table-top exercises.  Prerequisites:  Must have completed the level 2 class in any of the following areas; Field Ops, Net Control, Packet, and Shadowing. This class is strongly suggested for ECs and AECs. The course description and classroom materials are available via the link below. Click here to see the course description and materials This is an advanced level class and does require some pre-class homework. Attendees should bring their own printed copy of the course materials.  No handouts will be available at the training.  Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 15 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 17. 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, July 9
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, Jul 9, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here for the course details, including pre-class homework and in-class course materials Pre-class Homework: IMPORTANT:  See the course details page for homework that must be completed BEFORE attending class Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 6.  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, July 13
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 13, 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 used? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees must have their own printed copy of the course materials.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 25. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up.      
Saturday, August 6
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Aug 6, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed copy of the course materials. 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 for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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, August 5. 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 11
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 11, 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.
Saturday, August 13
8:00 AM
 RDF Search and Locate Mini-drill
WhenSat, Aug 13, 8:00 AM -
WhereCuesta Park, Mountain View
Description Scenario:  SCC ARES/RACES has been asked to provide and coordinate responders to assist a local agency in finding some lost radios with stuck transmitters in a city park.  Radio Direction Finding (RDF) techniques will be used to locate each transmitter. FUN Part: A 20 minute briefing and short introduction to RDF will be given at the park before the search teams are deployed.  Participants will self-organize into field teams of two or more people. Teams will need to maintain communications with Net Control.  A map will be provided and used to report grid-based locations. DRILL Part:  This event is being conducted as a “mini-drill” and will count for SCC MAC county drill event credit.  All radio operators are to follow county procedures for this event, including: Resource Net mobilization and demobilization, all required forms filled out, procedures, equipment, personal dress, etc. in order to receive drill credit). STAFFING Part: The ICP will include up to four NCO event operators, two NCO resource net operators, and command staff. RDF Equipment and Preparation: Please bring your own equipment if you have it.  If you don’t have any equipment and are interested in direction finding, you are quite welcome to attend. A limited amount RDF equipment will be available for “loan” during this event.  Please read up and be familiar with the Radio Direction Finding course material located under the Training and Events section of the county website.  A homework email will be sent to each participation - you need to complete the homework assignment. Covid Procedures: All participants will be required to follow all county and local Covid-19 health orders in force on the day of this event. Additional information: Plan to walk for 1.5 to 3 miles during the course of the 60 to 90 minute assignment on mostly paved park paths, some grass and/or dirt paths.  No hills.  Dress for the expected weather on the day of the event. Please bring sufficient water and food as for your personal needs. Bring appropriate personal sun protection.  Shorts are permitted at this event. No open toe shoes!!! Bring and wear your lime-yellow identification vest.  This is a very public location and you need to be clearly identified as a ham radio operator participating in the drill. If you have pedestrian 2m RDF equipment, please bring it Credential Evaluations: A limited number of S3, N3 and F3 evaluation positions will be available.  Please indicate your interest when you register for the event and contact k6fjc@arrl.net well prior to the event to confirm availability of an evaluation. Tentative Participant Schedule: 0800-0845, participants mobilize, travel, arrive and check-in at staging 0900-0920, incident Briefing, introduction to radio direction finding briefing and demonstration, personal safety and public awareness in a public park briefing, and field team break outs. 0920-1200, field team deployments 1200-1230, participants check out and demobilize LOCATION:  Cuesta Park, Mountain View.  Parking lot entrance at intersection of Cuesta Dr and Montalto Dr.  https://goo.gl/maps/yGNx8iQK9AQ2 Cardboard Shield Tube:  One of the simplest methods for performing direction finding is the body shield technique using a foil shield tube.  Here is what you need to build one: first, a handheld ham radio receiver or transceiver (e.g., an HT or a scanner) on a lanyard.  Go find a cardboard shipping tube that is sized with a large enough inner diameter so you radio fits inside the tube and a long length so your entire receiver + antenna can be fit entirely inside the tube, cut off any unnecessary amount of the cardboard tube. NOTE: the tube does not have to stay perfectly round and you can squeeze the tube if you need to.  Go get tin foil and cover the tube and one of the openings with four layers of foil.  Completely tape over the foil with duct, gaffers, or similar tape to protect the foil.  What you then have is a tubular faraday cage that is open at one end.  Holding vertically, you lower your radio into the tube with the lanyard until the signal of interest disappears.  We’ll show how to use the tube during the introduction. Note:  Please review the prior classroom material. 
Saturday, August 20
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III
WhenSat, Aug 20, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed copy of the course materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class, and those registered will be notified via email. Location of the training:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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, August 19.  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, August 27
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 27, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara County 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: See the drill description page for more details  - posted nearer the event date. Schedule: 09:00 - Briefing 09:30 - Station setup and familiarization 10:00 - 12:00 - Drill Activity 12:00 - 13:00 - Clean-up and Debrief Positions: There will be two types of radio operators needed for the county radio room--Net control operators and packet operators. The net control position in the county radio room can be non-stop action, so preference is given to existing credentialed operators. Note: One Net Control must be an experienced NCO and able to handle a very busy net. This position must be approved by Staff The packet position in the county radio room is also non-stop action, plus you gain experience with a more complicated, two-station configuration. Again, preference is given to existing credentialed operators. We also have the need for some radio room support personnel to perform logging, EOC runner function, simulated message injection, and other functions. 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 which is based on the sign-ups on this page. 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 10
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 10, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Two topics are covered in this class: Cross-Band Repeating and Antenna Fundamentals.   Follow this link for the description and class materials for the Cross-Band Repeating class. Follow this link for the description and class materials for the Antenna Fundamentals class. Note: There are separate presentations for the Cross-Band Repeating section and the Antenna Fundamentals section. Be sure to print out one of each set.  Attendees should have their own printed copy of the materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class and those registered will be notified via email. NOTE:  Please remember to bring your HTs and cross-band capable radios and manuals for the cross-band repeating class. Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 9.
Saturday, September 17
9:00 AM
 County-wide Communications Exercise
WhenSat, Sep 17, 9:00 AM -
WhereTo be determined
Description SAVE THE DATE  
Saturday, October 1
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 1, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed 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:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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, September 30.  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 -
WhereTo be determined
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 copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  To be determined. 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.  
Wednesday, October 19
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 19, 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 must have their own printed copy of the course materials.    Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012 The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 25. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP.  
Saturday, November 5
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 5, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials 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. 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 for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave. NOTE: Due to construction, we will not be able to park in front of the building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and 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 4. 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, November 16
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 16, 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 used? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees must have their own printed copy of the course materials.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the "Front Door" of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37 22.2412 W 122 2.4012. The street address is 700 All America Way, and the cross street is Olive Ave.  NOTE: Due to construction, parts of Olive Avenue may be closed, and we will not be able to park in front of the DPS building. Please park in one of the lots shown in green on the map. Click here to see a parking map and access route to the building. Class attendees will need to show a photo ID (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 25. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up.      
Thursday, November 17
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 17, 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.
Saturday, November 19
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Nov 19, 9:00 AM -
WhereTo be determined
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 copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  To be determined. 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.    
Saturday, December 10
9:00 AM
 2022 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 10, 9:00 AM -
WhereTo be determined
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. Location of the training: To be determined. 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.