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!


Flash party produces more Mesh Nodes

Flashing a Ubiquiti radio

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 10 Sep 2015

Who knew that a (firmware) flash party would be so popular! We had 8 CARES members participating with 2 new Linksys and 5 new Ubiquiti Mesh Network nodes being added to our resource pool. Next up: run a Pilot Test to check node coverage.


  


What if we lost communications in the City?

Broken Cable

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 6 Sep 2015

This was the topic for the September CARES meeting on dealing with a Communications Outage. As the first of 3 sessions leading up to our November drill, it sets the stage for how we will support our city residents who lose the capability to initiate a 9-1-1 call.   More Details...


Mesh network workshops held

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 1 Sep 2015

CARES held 2 Mesh Network workshops, one in July and the other in August, with a total of 25 members participating! Our first look at how we could deploy Mesh will be November 7th for the Sheriffs Heroes Run. Check out this link for information on setting up your node.   More Details...


Mesh Networking in Cupertino

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 5 Jun 2015

Looking to try out a new mode of operations? Well, then think Mesh Networking! Mesh combines the best of Amateur Radio and contemporary Wi-Fi technologies, and gives us an opportunity to enhance our response for our Served Agencies. Interested? For starters, see the Mesh Network Introduction and check out what Santa Clara County RACES has been doing as well.   


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Upcoming Activities


5 Oct 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

14 Oct 2017, SCC RACES Exercise
The plan is to set up alternate EOCs. Ed Levin County Park, Milpitas, 8:00am to 4:00pm. Details to follow.   

2 Nov 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

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...

7 Dec 2017, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

10 Feb 2018, Introduction to Emergency Comm
Presented by SC County ARES/RACES. Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center 9:00am-12:00pm   

17 Mar 2018, Fundamentals of Emergency Comm
Presented by SC County ARES/RACES. An essential class for new MACs. Cupertino Room, Quinlan Center 9:00am-12:00pm