Welcome to Cupertino ARES/RACES


This site is operated by and for Cupertino Amateur Radio Emergency Service (CARES) members interested in emergency preparedness and amateur radio communication. Visitors are welcome to check us out.


What's News!


ARKnet, Lehigh Sector Site on line

ARKnet Lehigh Build Team

Posted by Marcel AI6MS, 27 Feb 2016

It brings me great pleasure to inform you that we have successfully deployed the Lehigh Sector Site today at the Lehigh Permanente Cement Plant. The installation went very smoothly and all systems are fully operational at this time. The Lehigh Plant has been exceptionally welcoming and accommodating for this project. Their approval for using this site was the final step in making this project possible. Check out the Photo Album for a look at the action.

A special thanks to Judy KK6EWQ, Allan KD6QPP, Kenneth W6KWF, and Jim KN6PE for their assistance in the installation and preparations for this site deployment!

In the coming months, we'll be deploying multiple client sites for ARKnet around the city. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more or helping with these client sites.   More Details...


15th Annual PSA performed in record time

Filling out the COES 105 form

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 16 Jan 2016

CARES completed its annual Preliminary Safety Assessment exercise with 15 members participating. PSA messages were passed with terrific efficiency with the drill wrapped up in under 45 minutes! Even after 15 years of PSA drills, there were still new learning that were uncovered, the top one being how to handle multi-unit dwellings in the roll-up. We recognize this needs to be sorted out before next year's drill. See the After Action Report link here.   More Details...


Cupertino survives simulated Communications Outage

Radio Operations in the Field and Comm Van

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 21 Nov 2015

Cupertino Citizen Corps held a Communications Outage exercise where we simulated a total loss of landline and cell phone communications throughout the Bay Area. Ten teams, each consisting of a CARES and CERT member, were deployed into the field to establish Community Emergency Assistance Request stations to help distribute information from the City as well as take in and pass simulated 911 requests for help. With the teams handling a total of 52 messages over 2 hours, we confirmed that integrating CCC members is a great way to leverage our resources. We learned a lot and plan to refine our processes based on the feedback we received. Thanks to all who participated for your help!   More Details...


First Mesh Deployment!

Mesh node with camera on Pacifica Avenue

12 Nov 2015

Its been a long time coming. With workshops and flash parties behind us, it was time to see if this really works, and adds value to our served agencies! Our target event was the County Sheriff's Heroes Run on Nov 7. Judy KK6EWQ, Doug KJ6LLY, Skip WA6VFD, and Jim KN6PE fielded 6 mesh nodes supporting 2 webcams and 5 VoIP telephones. Overall, the deployment went per the plan and we definitely see opportunities to refine our solution!   More Details...


More News: Home, Recent 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Previous

Upcoming Activities


6 Apr 2017, General Meeting
Topic: San Jose Water & Emergency Preparedness. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, Social Room, Quinlan Center   

15 Apr 2017, Cupertino's Big Bunny Fun Run!
CARES has been asked to support this family friendly 5K run event. 8:00am to 11:00am, City Hall   More Details...

4 May 2017, General Meeting
Topic: Infrastructure Safety Assessment (ISA) Drill Prep. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall   

13 May 2017, ISA Exercise
CARES Field Deployment to perform the Infrastructure Safety Assessment Exercise. 8:00am to 12:00pm, details to follow.   

1 Jun 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. 7:30pm to 9:00pm, EOC, City Hall   

24 Jun 2017, Field Day!
Annual "Emergency Field Communications" Drill. 8:00am to 4:30pm, Torre Ave between City Hall and the Library   

4 Nov 2017, Sheriff's Heroes Fun Run!
Annual 5K run/walk and kids fun run sponsored by the Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office, County Fire, and Valley Medical Pediatrics. Cupertino Civic Center, 8:00am to 11:00am.   More Details...