Wednesday, February 8
7:00 PM
 SARES Member Meeting
WhenWed, Feb 8, 7:00 PM -
WhereSunnyvale EOC, room 105
Description Find out what's happening at SARES.  We talk about the credential mentoring program.  Thomas will talk about software TNC for packet operation.
Thursday, February 9
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Feb 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 and encouraged to attend. 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 Tuesday evening 2/7.
Saturday, February 11
9:00 AM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Feb 11, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Congratulations! You just got your Ham Radio license and are anxious to get started... but how? There were plenty of new terms and concepts that you came across as you studied for your FCC exam, but what do they really mean? Puzzled by simplex vs. repeaters? Can't tell a PL tone from an offset? And, how do I get on the air with my radio? If this sounds like you, then this class – An Introduction to Emergency Communications – will give you plenty of the basics about your new hobby with hands-on exercises that should get you started with Ham Radio and Emergency Communications. This is the first of two basic courses designed to get new hams familiar with some common operating procedures, emergency communications, and getting on the air. Attendees must have their own printed 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 Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (drivers licesne or agency-issued ID) to be admitted.  Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 10. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 31 WHO SIGN UP.  
Wednesday, February 15
9:00 AM
 Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise
WhenWed, Feb 15, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC BBS Packet Network
Description The Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise will be held on the third Wednesday of the scheduled month.  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 "office hours" Zoom meeting will be held that Wednesday evening following the end of session. You can join this event at any time during the operational period to participate. However, please don't wait until the last day as it takes some time for the instructor to become aware of the addition and also send out your tactical assignment.  Contact the instructor if you are unable to sign up for the event. An email will be sent on the Tuesday evening prior to the Wednesday start including scenario details and tactical assignments. If you do not receive this email by Wednesday at 09:00, please contact the event instructuor Mark Laubach at email: k6fjc -at- arrl -dot- net. NOTE: please use your assignment information only for the duration of this practice session. 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: Xanadu County Evacuation Event Your specific assignment will contain further details. Begins: Wednesday, 02/15/2023 at 09:00 Ends: Wednesday, 02/22/2023 at 17:00 (closes promptly) Zoom: Wednesday 02/22/2023 from 19:30 until 21:30 Late sign-ups are accepted for this event - notify the instructor by email if you sign up late. ----------------------------------------- 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.
Saturday, February 18
9:00 AM
 Sunnyvale Citywide Communication Drill
WhenSat, Feb 18, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale
Description This will be an armchair exercise and does not involve travel.  We will practice MM reports and use of the latest version of the Sunnyvale 911 form.  Stand by for more details.
Tuesday, February 21
8:30 PM
 Training Net - Prowords Practice (ZOOM)
WhenTue, Feb 21, 8:30 PM -
WhereZoom
Description This is the monthly Monthly Training Net held on the third Tuesday of each month. This month the training net will be held on Zoom. The activities of this net will vary from month to month, providing practice in a range of skills and techniques. The difficulty of the exercises may vary from month to month, depending on the activity, and many months there will be opportunities for multiple levels of expertise. Read the job descriptions for the positions each month. This month we will be practicing prowords used in message passing.    Expected Difficulty:  Easy to Challenging This training will be similar to the prowords practice in the Message Passing class, but with a few differences. Short phrases and groups will be displayed one at a time, and a participant will voice each one as though it was part of a message being passed. Immediate feedback will be given. Participants will be called on in a rotating basis so everyone should have several opportunities to practice. To minimize any stage fright, the participants will be anonymous, identified only by number. Participants will want to review the Message Handling Procedures. Anyone wishing to participate or to listen in must sign up in order to receive the Zoom meeting invitation. The Zoom invitation will be emailed around noon on the day of the event so sign up before then if you wish to participate.
Friday, February 24
7:30 AM
 Oakridge Winter Walk
WhenFri, Feb 24, 7:30 AM -
WhereWestfield Oakridge Mall
Description The organizers of the Westfield Oakridge Winter Walk held the morning of Feb 24, 2023 is requesting support from both RACES and CERT to monitor the mall's hallways during the event.   This event provides practice working in an indoor environment with different challenges as well as an opportunity to practice operating adjacent nets with CERT. For any questions regarding this event, please contact operations@sjraces.org  Location: Westfield Oakridge -  925 Blossom Hill Rd., San Jose, CA 95123
Saturday, February 25
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Feb 25, 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 February 23rd.  
Saturday, February 25
9:00 AM
 Creek and Shelter Survey
WhenSat, Feb 25, 9:00 AM -
Where1000 Villa, Mountain View
Description This drill is in Mountain View, but is open to operators from other cities. Scenario:  Second day of a very heavy rainstorm with possible flooding.  Operators will meet at 1000 Villa and set up a mobile command post (canopy, tables & chairs, radio equipment, antennas). Some operators will staff the command post and others will disperse to the field to survey creek height and shelter status.  This is a credentialed drill (standard forms, H&W checks etc).  The drill will be held "rain or shine".  Contact EC Leslie Grimm,  KK6EKN@ARRL.NET, with any questions.
Saturday, February 25
9:00 AM
 Morgan Hill Communications Drill
WhenSat, Feb 25, 9:00 AM -
WhereMorgan Hill PD EOC
Description Santa Clara County and City Quarterly Drill. This sign-up is for participation in Morgan Hill. 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 city EOC radio room--Net control operators and packet operators.  We will also use deployed field communicators. Directions: The Morgan Hill EOC is located on the south end of the Morgan Hill Police Department 16200 Vineyard Blvd, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.  The EOC door is locked. Knock on the door and someone will let you in.  
Saturday, March 4
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Mar 4, 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. Pre-class Homework: IMPORTANT: There will be homework that must be completed BEFORE attending class. Watch your email for details. Location of the training:  The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale Class attendees may 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 interactions, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.   Class size is limited to the first 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 1.
Saturday, March 11
9:00 AM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications
WhenSat, Mar 11, 9:00 AM -
WhereSunnyvale Public Safety HQ
Description Can you describe all of the major nets used within Santa Clara County? Do you know which nets are used for mobilization and message passing? Can you describe the three operational levels of the Resource Net and the procedures for each level? Do you understand how all of the fields of the Message form are to be used? Do you know what you need in order to get started as a net control? This Fundamentals course covers basic operating principles that Santa Clara County hams responding as DSWs should know and understand. This is the second of two basic classes designed to get new hams feeling comfortable with city and county operating procedures. It is also an excellent introduction for experienced hams who are new to Santa Clara County operations and an excellent refresher for experienced Santa Clara County hams as well. Attendees must have their own printed 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 Sunnyvalue Department of Public Safety at 700 All America Way in Sunnyvale. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's or agency-issued ID) to be admitted. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 10. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. Class size is limited to the first 31 people who sign up.      
Wednesday, March 15
9:00 AM
 Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise
WhenWed, Mar 15, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC BBS Packet Network
Description The Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise will be held on the third Wednesday of the scheduled month.  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 "office hours" Zoom meeting will be held that Wednesday evening following the end of session. You can join this event at any time during the operational period to participate. However, please don't wait until the last day as it takes some time for the instructor to become aware of the addition and also send out your tactical assignment.  Contact the instructor if you are unable to sign up for the event. An email will be sent on the Tuesday evening prior to the Wednesday start including scenario details and tactical assignments. If you do not receive this email by Wednesday at 09:00, please contact the event instructuor Mark Laubach at email: k6fjc -at- arrl -dot- net. NOTE: please use your assignment information only for the duration of this practice session. 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. Your specific assignment will contain further details. Begins: Wednesday, 03/15/2023 at 09:00 Ends: Wednesday, 03/22/2023 at 17:00 (closes promptly) Zoom: Wednesday 03/22/2023 from 19:30 until 21:30 Late sign-ups are accepted for this event - notify instruction by email if you join late. ----------------------------------------- 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.
Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM
 Field Packet Mini-Drill
WhenSat, Mar 25, 9:00 AM -
WhereSheriff's Office parking lot
Description Field Packet Mini-Drill The Field Packet Mini-Drill is a short, focused drill designed to simulate a brief but real-world field packet deployment. It's a simple and fun way to gain practical experience deploying your packet station in a field setting and accomplishing a set of objectives patterned after real-world assignments. For complete details about this mini-drill, see the Field Packet Mini-Drill web page. Important note:  This exercise is being held at the same time and place as the Pop-up Packet Practice session.  But the activities you will perform are different.  For info about practice, see the Pop-up Packet Practice web page.
Saturday, March 25
9:00 AM
 Pop-Up Packet Practice
WhenSat, Mar 25, 9:00 AM -
WhereSheriff Office parking lot
Description Pop-Up Packet Practice Pop-up Packet is a great way to practice packet preparedness. The concept is simple.  Participation is quick and easy.  Here's how it works: Travel to the pop-up packet location Set up your station Send/receive a few messages Pack up your station Be home for lunch Easy peazy For other details about this practice session, see the Pop-Up Packet Practice web page Important Note:  This practice session is being held at the same time and place as the Field Packet Mini-Drill. For info about the Mini-Drill, see the Field Packet Mini-Drill web page
Saturday, April 1
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Apr 1, 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. Pre-class Homework: The course materials will include homework that is to be completed prior to arriving at the class. Homework assignments are to be turned in at the end of the training class. Location of the training:   The location for this training is the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety 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. What You Need To Bring: Face masks are optional. Attendees should bring their 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 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 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, April 19
9:00 AM
 Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise
WhenWed, Apr 19, 9:00 AM -
WhereSCC BBS Packet Network
Description The Monthly Packet Message Passing Exercise will be held on the third Wednesday of the scheduled month.  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 "office hours" Zoom meeting will be held that Wednesday evening following the end of session. You can join this event at any time during the operational period to participate. However, please don't wait until the last day as it takes some time for the instructor to become aware of the addition and also send out your tactical assignment.  Contact the instructor if you are unable to sign up for the event. An email will be sent on the Tuesday evening prior to the Wednesday start including scenario details and tactical assignments. If you do not receive this email by Wednesday at 09:00, please contact the event instructuor Mark Laubach at email: k6fjc -at- arrl -dot- net. NOTE: please use your assignment information only for the duration of this practice session. 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. Your specific assignment will contain further details. Begins: Wednesday, 04/19/2023 at 09:00 Ends: Wednesday, 04/26/2023 at 17:00 (closes promptly) Zoom: Wednesday 03/22/2023 from 19:30 until 21:30 Late sign-ups are accepted for this event - notify instruction by email if you join late. ----------------------------------------- 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.
Saturday, April 22
6:30 AM
 2023 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour (AM shift)
WhenSat, Apr 22, 6:30 AM -
WhereGavilan College, Gilroy
Description Tierra Bella is a bicycle tour through South County starting and ending near Gavilan College (5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020). It takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 and consists of four simultaneous routes: a 33 mile, 55 mile, 77 mile, and a 100 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 5 fixed locations along the route.  Please refer to the individual job descriptions for additional information. Sign-ups for the tour have been split across two event pages, one for the AM shift, and another for the PM shift.  Operators may sign-up for either or both shifts. This sign-up page is for the AM shift. The PM shift sign-up page is here. Please note that the "Rest Stop Lead" job is an all-day commitment, covering both the AM and PM shifts.  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
Saturday, April 22
11:45 AM
 2023 Tierra Bella Bicycle Tour (PM shift)
WhenSat, Apr 22, 11:45 AM -
WhereGavilan College, Gilroy
Description Tierra Bella is a bicycle tour through South County starting and ending near Gavilan College (5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA 95020). It takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 and consists of four simultaneous routes: a 33 mile, 55 mile, 77 mile, and a 100 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 5 fixed locations along the route.  Please refer to the individual job descriptions for additional information. Sign-ups for the tour have been split across two event pages, one for the AM shift, and another for the PM shift.  Operators may sign-up for either or both shifts. This sign-up page is for the PM shift. The AM shift sign-up page is here. Please note that the "Rest Stop Lead" job is an all-day commitment, covering both the AM and PM shifts.  Sign-ups for "Rest Stop Lead" may be found on the AM shift sign-up page. If you have any questions about working this event, please contact the event organizer at operations @ sjraces.org for more information.
Saturday, May 6
9:00 AM
 Net Control - Type II
WhenSat, May 6, 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. Class attendees may need to show a photo ID (driver's license or agency-issued ID) to be admitted. What You Need To Bring: Face masks are optional. 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz, + offset, PL of 100.0 Hz, the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.     
Thursday, May 11
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, May 11, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Purpose: Discuss organizational and management ideas, strategies, best practices.  Synchronize planning, operations, expectations. Attendees: City ECs and AECs and county ADECs are welcome. Agenda: TBD (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 Tuesday evening 5/9.
Saturday, May 20
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, May 20, 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 May 18th.  
Saturday, June 3
9:00 AM
 Event Planning Tabletop
WhenSat, Jun 3, 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. 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 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, June 14
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jun 14, 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 (Drivers License or Agency-issued ID) to be admitted.  Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 13. Click here for information about Covid precautions and in-person classes. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 31 WHO SIGN UP.             
Saturday, June 17
9:00 AM
 Shadowing - Type III
WhenSat, Jun 17, 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. 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 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, July 1
9:00 AM
 Message Passing - Tabletop
WhenSat, Jul 1, 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 28.  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 12
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Jul 12, 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 31 people who sign up.       
Saturday, July 15
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Jul 15, 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 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, August 5
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part A
WhenSat, Aug 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: 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 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 31 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 10
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Aug 10, 7:00 PM -
WhereSanta Clara County EOC
Description Purpose: Discuss organizational and management ideas, strategies, best practices.  Synchronize planning, operations, expectations. Attendees: City ECs and AECs and county ADECs are welcome. Agenda: TBD (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 Tuesday evening 8/8.
Saturday, August 19
9:00 AM
 Field Operations Type III, Part B and Type II
WhenSat, Aug 19, 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 18. Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz, + offset, PL of 100.0 Hz, the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.    
Saturday, August 26
9:00 AM
 ARES/RACES Communications Drill - COUNTY participation
WhenSat, Aug 26, 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 24th.  
Saturday, September 9
9:00 AM
 Cross-Band Repeating / Antenna Fundamentals
WhenSat, Sep 9, 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Friday, September 9.
Saturday, September 23
9:00 AM
 County-wide Exercise - SAVE THE DATE
WhenSat, Sep 23, 9:00 AM -
WhereTBD
Description The 2023 county-wide exercise will be held on September 23. Details will be provided closer to that date.
Saturday, October 7
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations Type III, Part B
WhenSat, Oct 7, 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 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 4.  Monitor AA6BT, 146.115 MHz, + offset, PL of 100.0 Hz, the morning of the class for any changes relative to the class, location, etc.    
Wednesday, October 18
6:00 PM
 Introduction to Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Oct 18, 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 17.
Saturday, November 4
9:00 AM
 Packet Operations - Type II - Adv / Troubleshooting
WhenSat, Nov 4, 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. 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 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 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.    
Thursday, November 9
7:00 PM
 EC/AEC Council Meeting
WhenThu, Nov 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 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 Tuesday evening 11/7.
Wednesday, November 15
6:00 PM
 Fundamentals of Emergency Communications - NIGHT CLASS
WhenWed, Nov 15, 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 31 people who sign up. Sign-ups will be closed at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14.  
Saturday, December 9
9:00 AM
 2023 End of Year Updates
WhenSat, Dec 9, 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 8.  Class size is limited to the first 100 people who sign up.