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Packet BBS Service Notices



The Santa Clara County ARES/RACES network provides a standard amateur radio packet BBS (Bulletin Board System) service. The service provides full-service BBS functionality (messages and bulletins) throughout Santa Clara County even if the entire Internet is completely down. The service can also send and receive e-mail to/from Internet e-mail addresses. But the service is not in any way dependent on the Internet.


Service and Network Info

Packet BBS Service Description

Packet Frequency and BBS Listings

Packet BBS Forwarding Links

Packet Network Addressing

The Packet BBS Service can be accessed using any of the following technologies. Click on the following links for detailed station configuration and usage information.




Older Presentations



Outpost and PackItForms are the standard client software used in Santa Clara County ARES/RACES.  Outpost provides an easy to use, e-mail-like user interface for sending, receiving and managing packet messages.  PackItForms provides an HTML representation of many standard county forms and optimizes the sending and receiving of forms-based information over a packet network. 

Download Packet Client Software


Application Notes

Configuration and Set-up Instructions

Operating and Usage Instructions


Reference Info


Weekly Nets

Join us for the Weekly Packet Practice on Mondays and Tuesday evenings. Everyone is welcome.  Consult the Weekly SPECS/SVECS Packet Practice page for complete details.




Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Instructor-led Packet Courses
Covers everything from assembling and using an existing packet user station up through building your own user station and using advanced BBS features.

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Self Study
Covers building and running your own packet BBS and how to become a Santa Clara County BBS operator.


User Group

A discussion/e-mail group is available for SCCo ARES/RACES members interested in packet networking.

To Join: Visit our Discussion Groups page to learn how to subscribe to our main Announce group. Once approved, you can subscribe to the Packet group.


Technical Support

How to Request Packet Networking Technical Support


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This page was last updated 03-Nov-2022