Saturday, April 13
6:00 AM
 2024 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour
WhenSat, Apr 13, 6:00 AM -
WhereChristmas Hill Park, Gilroy
Description Tierra Bella is a bicycle tour through South County starting and ending near Christmas Hill Park (7050 Miller Ave, Gilroy). It takes place on Saturday, April 13, 2024 and consists of four simultaneous routes: a 30 mile, 50 mile, 74 mile, and a 101 mile route. There will be up to 1,500 official riders out on these routes.   “This is different than a drill or parade. Here you will be directly working with individuals directly who need your help. It’s the best kind of one-to-one activity. You will end the day knowing that you made a difference.” -R.R. ARES Communicators are needed to staff the communications Incident Command Post (ICP), up to 15 SAG vehicles, and  fixed locations along the route.  Please refer to the individual job descriptions for additional information. Please note that the "Rest Stop Lead" job is an all-day commitment.  Rest Stop Leads are responsible for providing the communications gear and setup used at the stop.  If you're familiar with the tour, and have a preference about which rest stop you'd like to staff, contact the event organizer at operations @ sjraces.org For positions other than "Rest Stop Lead", operators need not serve the entire event period.  After sign-up, please contact the event organizer for limitations and/or preferences on shift hours. The following are approximate shift times for the different positions: ICP AM (0600 to 1300) PM (1100 to 1800) Rest Stops Gilroy Hot Springs (0600 to 1330) San Martin (0700 to 1430) Henry Coe (0800 to 1530) Uvas (0800 to 1800) SAG AM (0630 to 1130) Mid-Day (1030 to 1530) PM (1430 to 1800) Resource NC (0530 to 1930)
Tuesday, April 16
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Apr 16, 8:30 PM -
WhereResource Net Repeaters
Description This is the quarterly Tuesday evening Training Net. The training net will be be held on the Resource Net Repeaters (AA6BT 146.115, N6NAC 444.625, and W6ASH 145.270) 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.  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 on their techniques and use of procedures. You should expect that the first message to be passed will only include prowords required in F3 evaluations (see page 36 of the Credentialing Program Handbook). Overall, it is anticipated 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
Wednesday, April 17
9:00 AM
 Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise
WhenWed, Apr 17, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC BBS Packet Network
Description The Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise will be held on the third Wednesday of most months.  Please read the Training page for this event for additional information you need to know before starting this exercise. The intent of this exercise is to provide an environment to pass packet messages that simulate participation in a real event as an experienced county packet operator who has been assigned for mutual aid support for Xanadu County and City.  During the course of each monthly exercise, participants will be asked to pass at least two 3rd party messages in each direction (PacketItForm) and at least two operator-to-operator messages in each direction. The simulated scenario will be different for each month.  Likewise, the messages and the forms used will vary from event to event. This exercise will last for one week.  The session starts at 09:00 on the Wednesday scheduled for the event.  The session ends at 17:00 on the following Wednesday afternoon.  An "review and debrief" Zoom meeting will be held that Wednesday evening at 19:30 following the end of session. You can join this event at any time during the operational period to participate. An assignment email will be sent to those that signed up before 20:00 on the Tuesday evening prior to the Wednesday start.   Please use your assignment information only for the duration of this practice session. Please email the instructor: If you expected to receive an assignment on Tuesday night and didn't, or If you sign up for the event after the Tuesday 20:00 evening prior, or Have to drop or cannot complete the event for any reason Instructor email for this month: Mark Laubach, K6FJC -at- ARRL -dot- NET Zoom office hours information will be sent a few days after the events starts. To increase preparedness, it is suggested that every 3 to 4 months, you tear down the packet station equipment you would use for a mutual aid assignment and set it up in alternate location (e.g., garage, back yard, local park, etc.).  Create a checklist of all the items you need for the alt location.  This is only a suggestion and if you are inclined to give this a go, let us know with your participation sign-up. ----------------------------------------- The simulated scenario for this month:  T.B.D. Late sign-ups are accepted for this event.  However, you must notify the instructor by Internet email in order to receive the assignment for this practice.  The instructor will try to respond to late signup requests within 24 hours of email receipt. REMINDER: Yes, there are SCC County Standards for packet messages.  See here. ----------------------------------------- Participation will be logged for all participants that send all the requested PackItForms and packet ICS309 for this exercise.  See the training page for details.
Saturday, April 27
9:00 AM
 Field Packet Mini-Drill
WhenSat, Apr 27, 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. Ypu can attend to practice sending and receiving packet messages only, or you can get a Credential evaluation for either P3 or P2. For more info about this event, see the event web page.
Saturday, May 4
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type II
WhenSat, May 4, 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 or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location of the training:  The location for this trainng is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Click here for a map showing parking and the building entrance. What You Need To Bring: Bring your own copy of the course slides--either printed or on a tablet or PC. Printed copies of all other course materials (see the course description page for all course materials - link above). The in-class exercises will require you to write on the various forms. Water or other beverages, as you desire. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 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.     
Wednesday, May 8
7:00 PM
 SARES Member Meeting
WhenWed, May 8, 7:00 PM -
WhereSunnyvale DPS, old classroom
Description Find out what's happening at SARES.  Details of the program are still being worked out.
Thursday, May 9
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, May 9, 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 (will be published to the EC list during the week before meeting) 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. The front doors of the Sheriff's office are locked at 6pm. You will need to push the buzzer to the right of the double doors to gain entrance and provide your name.  We will provide a list of attendees before the meeting.  EVERYONE will need to sign up here in advance to be on that list by Monday 5/6 at 7pm.
Saturday, May 18
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, May 18, 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. Schedule: 08:00 Resource Net opens for travel to drill 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. If you have volunteered in previous drills for a position in the last year, please let others have an opportunity to take that position first.  If positions are still open 2 weeks prior to the drill, then at that time previous participants may sign up Credential Evaluations:  Credential Evaluations will be offered for N3, F3 and F2 qualifications.  Please sign up accordingly.  The evaluations will include the operator skills area, as well as the knowledge area. The Field evals will take place in the parking lot and not in the EOC.  You will need to bring your radio equioment and complete go-kit to operate. .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. Those signed up for an F3 or F2 eval will park in the parking lot and keep at least one parking space between their vehicle and other vehicles.   Set up your equipment in the space next to your vehicle. All others will go to the EOC. The front door is locked on weekends, you will need to use the button on the right hand side of the double doors to get buzzed into the lobby. 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 for the drill. Your ID will be checked. You are on the pre-approved list which is based on the sign-ups on this page. The deputy will buzz you into 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 doors for the EOC. Sign in at the reception counter. Then go down the hall to the right to find the radio room.   Sign-ups will close at 7am on Wednesday May 15th.  
Saturday, May 18
9:00 AM
 Los Altos Pet Parade
WhenSat, May 18, 9:00 AM -
WhereDowntown Los Altos
Description Join us for an hour of fun watching furry pets take over downtown Los Altos.  We will have a briefing at 9:30 and be on station for the start of the parade at 10AM.  The parade ends at 11 AM.  This is a low-key event meaning that it is a good time to test out your radio and gear.  Additional information will be sent to those who sign up. Los Altos DSW is required but if you still want to join us, contact us and we might be able to work something out.
Saturday, May 18
9:00 AM
 SARES (Sunnyvale) Quarterly Drill
WhenSat, May 18, 9:00 AM -
WhereAt home
Description We'll try to receive various county forms by using fillable pdf forms.  Some may find is more convenient or faster to use the computer than filling in paper forms.  This is you chance to find out. 
Saturday, June 1
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Tabletop
WhenSat, Jun 1, 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 or electronic 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 at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Click here for a map showing parking and the building entrance.  Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's 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, May 31. 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 12
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 12, 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 or electronic copy of the course materials.    Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format). Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Click here for a map showing parking and the building entrance. Class attendees may 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 Tuesday, June 11. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 WHO SIGN UP.             
Saturday, June 15
9:00 AM
 Shadowing
WhenSat, Jun 15, 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 or electronic 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 Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Click here for a map showing parking and the building entrance. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's 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, June 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.    
Saturday, July 6
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, Jul 6, 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 at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's 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, July 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.  
Wednesday, July 10
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 10, 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 or electronic copy of the course materials.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's license or agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, July 9.  
Saturday, July 20
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Jul 20, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger, Ave., San Jose
Description Prerequisites, Course Description, and Course Materials: See the Field Communicator Type III Part A page for complete information on prerequisites, course details, and to download the course materials. Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. Park in the large lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building.. What You Need To Bring: HT with plenty of battery for 3 hours. You should be able to operate on extra low power, so it shouldn't be a problem. Minimum of earbud or headphones, so we don't bother others with radio chatter. A headset (headphones with boom microphone) is recommended for best audio quality (hearing and speaking). If you come without a headset or earbud you will be asked to leave. Course slides: Bring your own copy of the course slides--either printed or on a tablet or PC. Clipboard or other writing surface. There may not be tables, only chairs, in the room. Printed copies of all other course materials (see the course description page for all course materials - link above). The in-class exercises will require you to write on the various forms. Water, as you desire.  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 40 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 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 3
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Aug 3, 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 or electronic 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 at 700 All America in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's license of 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.  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 8
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 8, 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 (will be pubished the week before meeting) 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. The front doors of the Sheriff's office are locked at 6pm. You will need to push the buzzer to the right of the double doors to gain entrance and provide your name.  We will provide a list of attendees before the meeting.  EVERYONE will need to sign up here in advance to be on that list by Monday 8/5 at 6pm.
Saturday, August 17
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Aug 17, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger, Ave., San Jose
Description Prerequisites, Course Description, and Course Materials: See the Field Communicator Type III Part B and Type II page for complete information on prerequisites, course details, and to download the course materials. Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts will be updated a few days prior to the class. Location:  This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. Park in the large lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building.      Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. NOTE: Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 40 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, August 16. 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 24
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 24, 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. 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. If you have volunteered in previous drills for a position in the last year, please let others have an opportunity to take that position first.  If positions are still open 2 weeks prior to the drill, then at that time previous participants may sign up. 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. The front door is locked on weekends, you will need to use the button on the right hand side of the double doors to get buzzed into the lobby. 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 for the drill. Your ID will be checked. You are on the pre-approved list which is based on the sign-ups on this page. The deputy will buzz you into 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 doors for the EOC. Sign in at the reception counter. Then go down the hall to the right to find the radio room.   Sign-ups will close at 7am on Thursday August 22th.  
Saturday, September 7
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 7, 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 or electronic copy of the 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 Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendess may need to show a photo ID (driver's license of 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 6.
Saturday, September 21
8:30 AM
 County-wide Communication Exercise
WhenSat, Sep 21, 8:30 AM -
WhereTBD
Description The annual County-wide Communications Exercise for 2024 will be held on September 21. Please save the date on your calendar, and check back here for the exercise details and sign-ups in August or September.
Saturday, October 5
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 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 or electronic copy of the course materials. Homework: Packet Operations Type III, Part B is a follow-on course to Packet Operations Type III, Part A. It includes both lecture and hands-on packet activity. The lecture is focused on details of Outpost and PacFORMS setup. Message addressing within the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES BBS network is also discussed. For the post-class exercises, students will need to use a packet station to send and receive messages and answer questions about packet operations. The packet station can be one that the student owns or one that they borrow. It must be capable of connecting to at least one of the Packet BBSs via RF (2M, 220, or 440) Location of the training:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All Amerca Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's 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 Wednesday, October 2.  Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz, + offset, PL of 100.0 Hz, the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.    
Wednesday, October 16
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 16, 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 or electronic copy of the course materials.    Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's license or agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 15.
Saturday, November 2
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 2, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvalu Public Safety HQ
Description Course Details: Click here to visit the course description and download the course materials Attendees should have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials. Handouts may be updated prior to the class, and those registered will be notified via email. Homework: For the post-class exercises, students will need to use a packet station to send and receive messages and answer questions about packet operations. The packet station can be one that the student owns or one that they borrow. It must be capable of connecting to at least one of the Packet BBSs via RF (2M, 220, or 440) Location of the training:  The location of the training is the Sheriff's Auditorium  at Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's 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 Wednesday, October 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.    
Thursday, November 7
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 7, 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 (will be pubished to the EC list the week before meeting) 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. The front doors of the Sheriff's office are locked at 6pm. You will need to push the buzzer to the right of the double doors to gain entrance and provide your name.  We will provide a list of attendees before the meeting.  EVERYONE will need to sign up here in advance to be on that list by Monday evening 11/4.
Wednesday, November 13
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 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 or electronic copy of the course materials.   Click here to see a printable flyer and the course materials (PDF format) Location of the training: The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's license or agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 30 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14.  
Saturday, November 16
9:00 AM
 County EOC Radio Room Orientation
WhenSat, Nov 16, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger Ave., San Jose
Description   Prerequisites, Course Description, and Course Materials: Please read the EOC Radio Room Orientation page for complete information on prerequisites, course details, and course materials. We will follow the prerequisites closely for this class. Location:  This class will be held in the EOC, located in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in 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. Push the button on the intercom outside the front door to the building, and inform the deputy that you need to go up to the 4th floor EOC for a training class. After asking your name and verifying that you’re on the attendees list, the deputy will unlock the front door.  Enter and go to the window on the left. 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 down the hall to the right, past the radio room, to the main EOC room. 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 Tuesday, November 12.            
Sunday, December 1
4:00 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Dec 1, 4:00 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: eight Shadows are required. Net Control: will be around 4-6.  When signing up, indicate your preference.  We will do the best we can to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to move hams to other positions based on the needs of the parade.  Thank you for understanding. Evaluations for N3 and S3 should be available at this event. We are still working out the details. DSW Information: DSW  coverage for the County of Santa Clara -or- the City of Los Altos is required.  If you do not have either of these, you will be sworn in at the event.  Non-DSW personnel are required to arrive 15-30 minutes because of this.
Saturday, December 14
9:00 AM
 2024 End of Year Updates
WhenSat, Dec 14, 9:00 AM -
Where55 W. Younger, Ave., San Jose
Description This class presents any training material that was updated in the current year.  Missed a class but still want to know what's new?  You can attend this class to get a quick overview of this year's changes.  Note that this class is not a substitute for taking the original class - only updated material will be covered.  Agenda: The high-level agenda is similar each year, although the specific topics covered will vary year to year.  We cover the following: A summary of things that changed over the past year Reinforce key information or procedures Preview things to come in the new year Course Details: The course details page, and the course handouts will be available a few days prior to the class.  Attendees must have their own printed or electronic copy of the course materials.  Intended Audience: Any new or experienced ARES/RACES members. NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes. Location of the training: This class will be held in the Sheriff's Auditorium in the County Sheriff's building at 55 W. Younger Ave. in San Jose. Park in the large lot across the street from the building. Do not park in the smaller lot next to the building. NOTE: Sign-ups will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 13.  Class size is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.