Tuesday, October 15
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Message Passing Practice
WhenTue, Oct 15, 8:30 PM -
WhereResource Net Repeaters
Description This is the monthly Message Passing Training Net held on the third Tuesday of each month. The training net will be be held on the Resource Net Repeaters (AA6BT 146.115, N6NAC 444.625, and W6ASH 440.800) which will be linked for the net. This net will consist of passing 3rd party messages.  The messages will be beginner to intermediate level with the use of prowords.  Read the job description for the positions. We will take participants in the order noted.  If you have volunteered in previous nets please let others have an opportunity to send and receive messages.  If positions are still open 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
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, October 19
12:00 PM
 Sunnyvale CERT Graduation Exercise
WhenSat, Oct 19, 12:00 PM -
WhereEOC and FS2
Description This event will support  the CERT class graduation exercise and is open to all SARES members.
Saturday, October 26
9:00 AM
 SVECS Quarterly Breakfast
WhenSat, Oct 26, 9:00 AM -
WhereSanta Clara Srenior Center
Description You are invited to the Silicon Valley Emergency Communications System (SVECS) Quarterly Breakfast on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 at the Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont Street, in Santa Clara. The delicious meal will be served at 0900 followed by a program at 1000. Rachel Kinoshita KK6DAC, a member of Menlo Park CERT and South San Mateo County ARES will present a very in-depth discussion of batteries for handheld use and also 12 volt portable operations. She made comparisons of different battery chemistries with pros and cons of each and their various characteristics, such as shelf life, current capability, single use/rechargeability, leakage, capacity, and cost effectiveness. The results of Rachel's thorough research and testing will help you decide which batteries would be the optimum choice for your particular application. The door prize will be $100 and the breakfast cost will be $6. We need to know how many attendees to plan for, so please RSVP on your city nets or to: WA6QYS@AOL.COM Since this is an all voluntary effort if you could come at 0730 your help would be appreciated....many hands make light the work. If you have any surplus items, donations to the raffle table would be graciously accepted.  
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.
Saturday, November 2
12:00 PM
 Packet TNC/Radio Deviation Tune-Up
WhenSat, Nov 2, 12:00 PM -
WhereSNY Public Safety HQ
Description This event is separate from the packet class.  You must sign up separately. Following the training class, we will have a calibrated service monitor available for anyone who wishes to check their TNC/radio for deviation or other parameters.  We will have 120V AC and 12V DC (Anderson Powerpoles) available.  We will also have adapters to connect to SMA, BNC, UHF and N-type connectors on your radio's antenna port. Primarily, we will check for and help you adjust for proper FM deviation, so that your packet signal's audio is at the proper level.  This helps ensure the most reliable packet connectivity.  If time is available, we can look at other parameters. If you wish to check/adjust your radio/TNC, come prepared with: Radio (no antenna is required) TNC-to-radio cable TNC TNC-to-PC cable PC with PuTTY or Outpost/Ipserial or other terminal emulator Knowledge of how to put your TNC into calibration mode and produce mark and space or square-wave tones (read your manual and practice the steps before coming) Knowledge of how to set your radio frequency, tone, etc. Unless you are an expert with your TNC and radio, it is recommended to bring the manuals for both Important notes: If you wish to attend, you MUST sign up in advance.  Please arrive on time.  Anytime between 12:00 and 12:30 is fine. We can not let you in before noon because the training class will still be in session and we don't want to disturb the class.  If you arrive too late, we may not have time to work on your system before we have to vacate the room. Location: Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety HQ. The GPS coordinates for the front door of Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety HQ are: N 37* 22.2412 W 122* 2.4012. The physical street address is: 700 All America Way. Cross Street is Olive Ave. Thomas Brothers Map 832-D1. Attendees will need to show a photo ID (Driver License or Agency issued ID) to be admitted by Sunnyvale.
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, December 1
4:30 PM
 Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
WhenSun, Dec 1, 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.