Saturday, August 24
8:00 AM
 Ham Cram (for Technician License) - open to the general public
WhenSat, Aug 24, 8:00 AM -
WhereLos Gatos EOC (15900 LG Blvd)
Description This listing is to help us advertise the class to CERT and other neighborhood groups whose members might be interested in getting a ham license.  It's a great way to increase the ranks of local ARES-RACES teams.  We see many of our graduates at the County ARES-RACES Saturday classes.  We encourage all of our graduates to start with the county Intro to and Fundamentals of Emergency Communications classes and then continue with all the valuable classes that County A-R puts on for adding to and maintaining emergency radio skills. This is the 16th Ham Cram put on quarterly by the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno ARES-RACES group as a public service to all who wish to support their family and community in an Emergency (or Public Service Event).  It is an instructor-led Ham Cram with 4-6 instructors for the day.  The slides were originally created by the Saratoga Amateur Radio Association (SARA). There have been well over 300 graduates since 2016 with a 95% pass rate.  Attendees come principally from Santa Clara County, but have included participants from San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Sacramento counties, among others, even several from out of state. The class starts promptly at 8:00a and ends at 4:00p with lunch and other breaks.  The FCC Volunteer Examiners (SVVE.org) take over at 4:00p to manage the testing process. Spread the word to everyone who might benefit.  There will be one additional ham cram classes in 2019 on Nov 23.  You can't sign-up here, but you can on EventBrite, so ... EventBrite signup Ham Cram Class flyer
Saturday, August 24
9:00 AM
 Los Altos ARES packet station upgrade workshop
WhenSat, Aug 24, 9:00 AM -
Where181 Hillview Ave, Los Altos
Description Purpose: Upgrade and reconfigure the LAARES packet stations. We will be updating packet station laptops to current software revisions including Windows and SCCo packet software, go-kit forms and frequency lists. Packet radios will be programmed using the current Los Altos frequency list that incorporates all SCCo voice frequencies. Attendees are encouraged to bring their HTs to update to the current Los Altos frequency list. Attendees: Los Altos packet operators and hams and anyone interesting in getting an introduction to packet equipment. Agenda: TBA Location: Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022 Parking: Please park on the street or in the lot next to the Los Altos community center.  
Saturday, August 24
9:00 AM
 Los Altos Radio Programming
WhenSat, Aug 24, 9:00 AM -
WhereNeutra House, Los Altos
Description For Los Altos Hams: bring your HT radio to the packet build today (runing at the same time as this event) and we can program your radio with the standard Los Altos frequency lineup.  We will do as many types of radios as we can.  To get your radio programmed, sign up below and send an email to jim_clark@pacbell.net to let us know what type of radio you want us to program.  If you have a programming cable to go with your HT, please bring that, too. Hams from other cities: you are dordially welcome to get your HT programmed as well. Just sign up below and drop us an email with your radio type.  We will be using a combination of RT Systems software and Chirp software to do the programming.  The frequency lineup is based on the County voice frequency list that is located on the County web site.
Saturday, August 24
9:00 AM
 Work Party--County Communications Trailer
WhenSat, Aug 24, 9:00 AM -
WhereSheriff's Office
Description The County Communications trailer will be checked in preparation for the Countywide Communication exercise in September.  Radios will be tested, batteries checked, some cleaning if needed, and old/broken equipment removed, repaired or replaced. No experience necessary, just a desire to work and gain some familiarity with the Communications Trailer. Those that sign up will be given instructions on how to enter the trailer storage location.
Thursday, August 29
7:00 PM
 Countywide Communications Exercise Planning
WhenThu, Aug 29, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Attendees: Minimum:  Leadership for each activity Also welcome:  All other City ECs and AECs, plus county ADECs. Agenda: See email sent on drill-planning list.  For each activity, we will review: Detailed participant assignment What will the participant be doing from the time they arrive until the time they depart your activity? How is goal #1 achieved:  How will each person be a better operator after they leave the activity than when they arrived? How is goal #2 achieved:  How will people have fun? Detailed message traffic PDFs of all messages to be sent We will be looking for a good assortment of prowords We will evaluate traffic load on the nets Review initial frequency plan Review final logistics needs list Review staff sign-ups 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.  No permit is needed after 5pm.
Saturday, September 7
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Sep 7, 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.
Wednesday, September 11
7:00 PM
 SARES Member Meeting
WhenWed, Sep 11, 7:00 PM -
WhereSNY FS2 at Arques & Wolfe
Description Training meeting for SARES members.
Thursday, September 12
7:00 PM
 Countywide Communications Exercise Planning
WhenThu, Sep 12, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Attendees: Minimum:  Leadership for each activity Also welcome:  All other City ECs and AECs, plus county ADECs. Agenda: See email sent on drill-planning list.  For each activity, we will review: Finalize participant assignments Finalize message traffic Finalize frequency plan Finalize logistics plan 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.  No permit is needed after 5pm.
Tuesday, September 17
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Sep 17, 8:30 PM -
WhereResource Net Repeaters
Description This is the monthly Message Passing Training Net held on the third Tuesday of each month. The training net will be be held on the Resource Net Repeaters (AA6BT 146.115, N6NAC 444.625, and W6ASH 440.800) which will be linked for the net. This net will consist of passing 3rd party messages.  The messages will be beginner to intermediate level with the use of prowords.  Read the job description for the positions. We will take participants in the order noted.  If you have volunteered in previous nets please let others have an opportunity to send and receive messages.  If positions are still open a few days before the net, then at that time previous senders/receivers may sign up.   Expected Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 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, September 21
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 21, 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.
Thursday, September 26
7:00 PM
 Countywide Communications Exercise Planning
WhenThu, Sep 26, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Attendees: Minimum:  Leadership for each activity Also welcome:  All other City ECs and AECs, plus county ADECs. Agenda: See email sent on drill-planning list.  For each activity we will review any last minute updates. 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.  No permit is needed after 5pm.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET - EVENT STAFF
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description THIS SIGN-UP IS FOR EVENT STAFF ONLY.  Participants should sign-up for the positions/activities they wish to take part in (Field Ops, Net Control, Packet, Shadowing, Cross-Band, etc.). To sign up for staff you need prior permission from the planner for the activity. 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  Each activity will have introductory level tasks for those new to the activity as well as tasks for experienced operators.  Participants can chose which acticvities they want to take part in.  Of course, standard County procedures will be used:  Resource Net, ICS documentation, Performance Standards and Best Practices.  Location:  Edith Morley Park, 615 Campbell Technology Pkwy., Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. Credential Evals:  The following Credential evaluations will be offered for those want them:  F3, F2, N3, N2, P3, P2, S3, and S2.  Those who want an evaluation need to sign up on the appropriate activity listed. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins. NOTE: To sign up for staff you need prior permission from the planner for the activity.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Cross-Band Repeat-Experienced
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  Know what cross-band repeat is? Maybe you’ve even set it up once or twice? Come experiment with configuring it on different types of radios. Learn which radios have which features. Also, explore other alternatives, such as lock-band repeat, and learn which alternative is best for different situations. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Cross-Band Repeat-Introductory
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  Never used cross-band repeat before? Not even sure what it is? Come learn about what cross-band repeating is, how it works, and in what types of situations you may need to use it in the field. Mentors will explain how it works and show you how to set it up in different types of radios (hopefully, one that is similar to what you have). Then use it to send a message. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Field Operations-Experienced
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This activity is for those with experience in Field Operations.   Experience a simulated deployment to different field environments, such as a hospital, a shelter, or District Operations Center  You’ll send different types of messages appropriate to the different simulated locations. If you’re not familiar with how to voice some of the forms, mentors will be available to help.  The most experienced operators will be able to show up, get a briefing, and get to it!  Expect to send 4 to 6 formal messages from each station per hour. Credential Evals:  If you would like a credential evaluation for F3 or F2, please sign up accordingly and plan for at least a one and a half hour "shift" including assignment briefing. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Field Operations-Introductory
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This is for those new to Field Operations. Two activities in one! Passing messages from a field location, such as a neighborhood CERT Command Post, quickly and correctly is an important communication skill. At this session you’ll do two activities: 1) practice off-air, to properly pace yourself so your messages are received without errors. 2) Gain radio experience sending and receiving both informal and formal Santa Clara County ICS-213 messages on the air. More experienced participants can go directly to activity 2. This session is ideal for new ARES/RACES operators and CERT Command Post radio staff who need a refresher. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Net Control-Experienced
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This activity is for those with experience as a Net Control operator.  Individuals at this activity will gain additional experience operating as both a net control and scribe in a no-stress, low to medium traffic net environment. You will gain experience in net control techniques, logging, and message handling procedures using various third-party message forms and operational traffic.  Those with additional experience and desire will be able to operate the Resource Net as participants travel to and from the event. Participants will come away with increased confidence in their Net Control skills and abilities. Plan on a two-hour shift for these positions.  Attendance at the Net Control Type 3 class is recommended. Credential Evals:  If you would like a credential evaluation for N3 or N2, please sign up accordingly and plan for an extra 30 to 45 minutes beyond the 2 hour activity time to include assignment briefing, operation, shift relief briefing, and eval debrief. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Net Control-Introductory
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  Interested in being a Net Controller but not sure how to get started? Feeling a bit timid about doing it for the first time?  Or maybe you just want try it once for fun.  Whatever your motivation, this activity will give you both the opportunity to try Net Control and the preparation and coaching that will assure your success. You'll get experience in leading a Tactical net where operators are reporting from field positions, and in running a Resource net with operators travelling to their assignments.  The experience will include practice, and advice as needed, on completing the appropriate logs for these activities.  We'll supply all the forms and equipment that you'll need. Interested?  Then reserve a time slot below, or you can participate as a drop-in on the day of the drill. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Packet-Experienced
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This activity is for those with some Packet operations experience. If you do not have a packet station one will be avalable for you to use. You will assemble a packet station with the items provided and use it to send message traffic.  You will get a chance to use the new PackItForms. If you have your own packet station you can set it up in an outdoor location with a generator or with your own battery or other power source and send mesage traffic provided to you. Credential Evals:  If you would like a credential evaluation for P3 or P2, please sign up accordingly. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Packet-Introductory
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This activity is for those new to Packet Operations.  A packet station will be set up and ready for you to use.  We will show you how to log into Outpost and how to select a form and generate a message.  Mentors will walk you through the process of sending plain text messages and using message forms. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Radio Programming-Experienced
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This activity is for those who have experience programming their radios but are looking for something more.  As you become more active in being an Emergency Responder, you will be faced with operating radios other than your own.  This activity will give you "cheat sheets" for all the common radios and practice using them.  We will have a large collection of mobile and HTs for you to get experience operating and programming from the keypad. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Radio Programming-Introductory
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  This activity is for those who need help with programming their radios. It is common to have a radio that someone else configured for you or you programmed using computer software. That works well until you are in a situation of needing to use a station not already stored in your radio.  This activity will give you a "cheat sheet", and practice using it for contacting stations not already stored in your HT or mobile radio. The cheat sheet will be on paper as well as a file that you can download onto your smart device.   We will include a list of stations for you to contact during this event as practice using what you have just learned.   The instruction will be one-on-one using your own radio. We will have a collection of all the most popular HTs and mobile radios, so you can see how other radios are programmed if you are curious. Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Shadow-Experienced
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  Are you familiar with shadowing but want more practice? If you have been a shadow before, we will give you the opportunity to work at this event where we can pair you up with one of the event staff principals who have an intermediate level of radio traffic or move around between locations. This would simulate the conditions during a real event at a command post or shelter. Please plan for the duration of an assignment to be about one hour, but you could stay on the job longer if we don't have more operators lined up requesting to take their turn. This activity is the equivalent of a "pop up practice" but we provide the principals and an event net.   Credential Evals:  If you would like a credential evaluation for S3 or S2, please sign up accordingly and plan for at least a one and a half hour "shift" including assignment briefing, meet & great with principal, shift debrief.  Schedules will most likely match those of event staff.   Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, September 28
8:00 AM
 Countywide Exercise & SET • Shadow-Introductory
WhenSat, Sep 28, 8:00 AM -
WhereEdith Morley Park, Campbell
Description 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.  It will include several fun and challenging assignments.  This event will also serve as our annual ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) drill for 2019. Scenario:  Are you new to being a shadow? If you have recently taken the Shadowing Level III class and never had the opportunity to be the communicator for a principal, then this activity is for you. We will pair you up with an experienced principal who can also mentor you what it takes to be a shadow while you perform all radio communications on behalf of the principal. Please plan for the duration of an assignment to be about one hour, but you could stay on the job longer if we don't have more operators lined up requesting to take their turn. This activity is the equivalent of a "pop up practice" but we provide the principals and an event net.   Location:  Edith Morley Park, Campbell DSW:  You need a County DSW registration to participate. If you do not have a valid County DSW registration you will be able to register for DSW at the event. More Details:  Visit the drill page for additional details and overall schedule.  Make sure you understand the schedule and the need to arrive at the drill location 30 minutes before your shift begins.
Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 5, 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.
Wednesday, October 9
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 9, 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
Friday, October 18
8:00 AM
 Pacificon 2019
WhenFri, Oct 18, 8:00 AM -
WhereSan Ramon, CA
Description Pacificon 2019 (Oct 18-20) When: Friday through Sunday October 18-20, 2019 Where: San Ramon Marriott 2600 Bishop Drive San Ramon, CA  94583 More Info: http://www.pacificon.org
Saturday, October 19
9:00 AM
 Jamboree on the Air
WhenSat, Oct 19, 9:00 AM -
WhereLos Altos Youth Center
Description Los Altos will be hosting a Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) station to introduce youth (and everybody else) to ham radio.  Estimated time of operation will be 9 AM to 5PM but that may change.  If you are interested in helping, please sign up.  We will have at least one HF station, a UHF/VUF station and hopefully several other activities such as a fox hunt.  We are in the early planning stages so everything is quite fluid.  If you would like to help out with the planning, let us know.
Saturday, November 2
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 2, 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.
Wednesday, November 13
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 13, 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 14
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 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, November 16
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, Nov 16, 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, November 21
8:00 AM
 Statewide Medical Health Exercise (SWMHE)
WhenThu, Nov 21, 8:00 AM -
WhereVaries, see sign-ups
Description This is the 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.
Sunday, November 24
4:30 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Nov 24, 4:30 PM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description Assistance is needed for the Festival of Lights Parade.  Briefings will be around 4:45 to 5:50 so you can be on station for the 6 PM parade start.  Dress warmly, bring fresh batteries and join in the fun. 5 watt HT required and headset highly encouraged. Shadows will work on 440. There are three positions available: Checkpoint, Shadow and Net Control.  Shadows: up to 14 Shadows are required. Net Control: will be around 4-6.  When signing up, indicate your preference.  We will do the best we can to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to move hams to other positions based on the needs of the parade.  Thank you for understanding. MAC evaluations may be available at this event.
Saturday, December 7
10:00 AM
 Annual Los Gatos Children's Holiday Parade
WhenSat, Dec 7, 10:00 AM -
WhereSanta Cruz Ave@Main Los Gatos
Description The 63rd annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday,  December 7, 2019 in downtown Los Gatos, rain or shine. The parade starts at 11:00a and ends at approximately 1:30p. Again, this year, Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation, LG Lions Club, and the LG/MS PD have asked the LG/MS ARES-RACES group to provide a cadre of hams for help in providing communications during the parade in case of emergencies, as well as to help locate lost parents, children, and dogs. This is an easy way to help out the community, enjoy the parade (over 200 "floats", and put a smile on all of us “kids”). We would like to field a team of ARES Ham operators for this event. We usually have an equal number from Los Gatos/Monte Sereno and from other parts of Santa Clara County.  The positions include Incident Control, Planner, Logistics, Operations, Net Control, Scribe, and Rover. You will need a hand-held ham radio (5W output + spare battery). A better antenna than the standard “rubber ducky” is recommended. Wear an ARES or similar bright green vest and dress in layers as it is likely to be cold in the morning but may warm up. While it may rain, it has only once in 61 years. The streets will be closed at 9:00a so parking becomes a challenge as the morning progresses. Our Incident Command Post will be at the Town Plaza (corner of Main St and N. Santa Cruz Ave). In addition, we will have pop up tents with chairs, water, etc. on the grass outside for radio operations. Be sure to arrive before 10:00a. Allow extra time due to need to find parking. We will gather at the Incident Command Post (ICP) location at 10:00a for a briefing and confirmation of assignments. Have your radios programmed for the following frequencies:  * Resource Net = W6PIY 2m: 147.390 MHz, + offset, PL 151.4 Hz.  Resource net will be active by 9:00a for those who wish to checkin when leaving home.  Be sure to start your ICS-214 and 309 when you leave home. Best to bring them on a clipboard. * Primary Message Net (Parade 1) = 441.000 MHz (LG/MS Tac3). Optional PL 88.5 Hz when transmitting. Once you arrive at the ICP, you should sign in on the ICS-211, and switch to this Message Net. * Secondary Message Net (Parade 2) = 146.595 MHz (LG/MS Tac2). Optional PL 88.5 Hz when transmitting. Used when Message Net 1 is not available. * Tertiary Message Net (Parade 3) = 147.480 MHz (LG/MS Tac1). Optional PL 88.5 Hz when transmitting. Used when Message Nets 1 & 2 are not operational.  If you can not communicate on the current Message Net, contact Resource Net for instructions. To sign up, "click" the box below. For questions contact Peter Hertan at 1-408-315-0209 or K6PLH@yahoo.com.
Saturday, December 14
9:00 AM
 2019 End of Year Summary
WhenSat, Dec 14, 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.  The 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 handouts.  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 hams or MACs.  This class is intended to provide updates on any new or updated materials presented in the current year..  It is NOT intended to be a review for already presented core classes.  This class will be different year to year as we update existing classes or add new materials. LOCATION: Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office Auditorium on the first floor of 55 W Younger St. San Jose. 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.