We are a volunteer group of amateur radio operators that train and prepare to offer our services as emergency communicators to the City of Santa Clara. We do this through several organizations such as the civil defense RACES organization and the American Radio Relay League's ARES organization.
We try to have a meeting once a month but not always, on the fourth Wednesday of each month except November or December, due to the holidays. Please check the calendar above if there is an actual meeting scheduled for the month.
The meetings typically start at 19:30 hours (7:30 pm) in training rooms 1 & 2 of Santa Clara's Fire Station 2 but not always so please check the weekly roster that is emailed out, the Google Calendar above or check in to the weekly Tuesday night net for details about the monthly meeting.
Santa Clara Fire Station 2 is located at 1900 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, CA, just east of the Walsh Ave and Scott Blvd intersection. If parking at the fire station (both at the entrance or behind the station) is taken, you may be able to park in EOC parking which is just west of the fire station or in the city's corporation yard parking to the east of the fire station. View Map.
There is a city check-in net every Tuesday night at 1930 hours on the Santa Clara tactical frequency of 147.510 MHz. A tone of 100 Hz should be used on this frequency since during the net, this frequency is also linked to the K6SNC repeater which gives net access on 442.025 MHz +100 and on 927.7375 MHz -100. All members and visitors are encouraged to check-in using this net control script (PDF) for that process.
In corporation with the Intel Radio Club, there is a noon time net that occurs (currently) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 1215 hrs on the Santa Clara tactical frequency of 147.510 MHz (again, should use with a tone of 100 Hz since this frequency is linked to the K6SNC repeater). All members and visitors are encouraged to check-in.
There is a packet net each Tuesday night which concludes prior to the start of the County voice net at 2000 hrs. Check in by sending a message containing your callsign, first name/handle, city (City of Santa Clara) via Outpost/PACforms (see Santa Clara County Outpost/PacFORMS for more details), addressing the message to PKTTUE and sending to W6XSC-1 (144.900). (more details)
There is a county SVECS net done every Tuesday night at 2000 hrs (8 pm), right after our city's evening net. It is done on the AA6BT repeater at 146.115 MHz, +offset, 100pl and also on the linked N6NAC repeater at 444.625 MHz, +offset, 110.9pl. This net is used to report each cities totals to the county for their record keeping and reporting to ARRL. Members are encouraged to listen and follow along with this net as each city will get a chance to be net control as it rotates from one city to the next each week. The script for this net may be found on the Silicon Valley Emergency Communication System (SVECS) web site both a html and a PDF versions are available.
Please check the event calendar above to see when will be Santa Clara's next opportunity to be net control.
Santa Clara participates in two hospitals nets each month and both occur on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for Thanksgiving and Christmas).
The first net is the Kaiser Hospital Net which starts at 1200 hours (noon). Members participating in this net for Santa Clara should arrive at Kaiser Santa Clara at least 15 minutes before noon in order to meet with our hospital liason and fellow HAM, Rick Filippuzzi, and then proceed to setup the radio gear for the net. Please contact Bill, K6WAR, for more information.
The second net is the county wide hospital net done at 1900 hours (7pm). It is done on the N6NFI repeater at 145.230 MHz, -offset, 100pl. Here is the most recent version of the Hospital Net Script (Acrobat File, Updated, April 2015). Please contact Bill, K6WAR, for more information.
Members are encouraged to listen from home. Those member wishing to participate,
please meet in front of the elevators in the hospital's Courtyard Lobby.
Consider parking on the north side of
Kaiser Santa Clara,
in Parking Lot A, which is the first lot you will come across when entering from Homestead Rd.
You should arrive at least 15 minutes before the net. Use 147.510Mhz as the talk in frequency to reach other members
arriving to support the hospital net.
We just completed our biggest annual event which is being communication support for the city's annual Arts & Wine Festival which is a two day weekend event that takes places on the 2nd or 3rd weekend of September. Other events we support are the city's Easter Egg Hunt and Fourth of July celebrations.
We recommend members consider starting with the following introductory courses:
Here is the upcoming schedules of county courses and events:
For more information or to sign up for a course or event, visit the county's Training & Events System
A necessary part of our operations is following the tenents of the Incident Command System. To become familiar with ICS, we recommend that each of our members go through an introductory training such as this one offered by FEMA: IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
There is a Santa Clara ARES/RACES specific group on Yahoo! Groups.
In order to become a member, candidate must fill out this membership application. The filled out and signed form may be either:
After which, please send an email to staff at santaclara dash ares dot org to notify us of the pending application. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by the staff and then forwarded to the city's Emergency Services Coordinator who will then schedule a Live Scan for the applicant. Once the Live Scan is complete, then next step will be getting the applicant signed up and sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker. That will complete the membership application process.
To operate a radio in the amateur radio bands, one would start with getting a "Technician" level license which is obtained by passing an exam. (more details)
One way to do this is to attend what is called a "HAM CRAM" where part of the day is spent learning enough of the ins and outs of amateur radio to pass the Technician exam and then later that day, take the Technician exam.
Here are some several organizations which offer training and testing sessions (called HAM CRAMs) in our area:
For more information, you can either join our Tuesday evening net as a visitor and ask questions then or you can send email to staff at santaclara dash ares dot org.