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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!

Field Day at Home

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 26 Jun 2021

This is the 2nd year that CARES participated in the annual ARRL Field Day, once again by Zoom. Darryl KI6LDM did another nice job organizing the event providing yet another opportunity for folks who have not tried Field Day to get on the air... even it it was from home!

We had visits from Cupertino's Mayor Paul, Council Member Moore, our Emergency Services Coordinator Tom Chin KN6JVG, Citizens Corps Coordinator Ken Ericksen KI6SYY, SCV Section Manager James Armstrong NV6W, and ARRL Pacific Division Director Kristen McIntyer K6WX. We fielded some pretty good questions from our City visitors about amateur radio who left with a better appreciation about who Cupertino ARES is, what we do, and how we do it.

While Field Day'ing from home allowed more folks get on the air, we do miss the camaraderie of actually holding Field Day... in a field! Looking forward to next year's event!   

ISA Redo... Better than expected

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 27 May 2021

The Spring CARES Field Exercise was a revisit of the Infrastructure Safety Assessment (ISA) process with a twist. Following the November 2020 First Look Area (FLA) exercise, the amount of overlap of the different assessment areas became clear and doing both would be an inefficient use of everyone's time.

Our test would be managed under City activation CUP-21-24T. The ISA Assets were merged in with not only the list of FLA critical roads, but also our City and County Fire facilities. As a result, the new assignment structure worked well with 7 teams covering 10 of the 11 assignment-sets in about 2.0 hours. This was more than twice the number of assets surveyed during the 2017 ISA Exercise using the original survey approach with 5 ISA teams. CARES member message passing helped make this exercise go smoothly.

With the results in, there are several things on which to work including processes, forms, and improved data collection tools; this will definitely keep us busy for a while! Thanks to all members who participated and make this exercise a success.   

CV19 -- Finally turned the corner?

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 14 Mar 2021

updated: 3/14/2021. After the much-anticipated surge over the last few months, do we now see the downward trend in County Covid-19 infections? The Santa Clara County Covid-19 Cases Dashboard seems to point in that direction. That is indeed good news. That, along with reports from some CARES members that they are starting to get appointments for the vaccine, or have received the shorts already, puts us all on the road back to a sense of normalcy.

However, this will not change our operations immediately. We are still operating under the IDR Plan Protocol for responding during an infectious disease. We will still use zoom, possibly through the end of the year. And we will continue to look for ways to exercise safely.   

Lightning Watch; Bay Area Fires

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 26 Aug 2020

After the multitude of files triggered by lightning the weekend of 16-August, and given our proximity to the foothills, the City of Cupertino requested CARES to staff a lightning watch this past weekend. Fortunately, there were no strikes either within or in the surrounding ares of the City.

In the meantime, the Bay Area continues to have fires burning on almost all sides. Track the progress and conditions on our Wildland Fire Resource page.   

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Upcoming Activities

31 Jul 2021, Radio Programming
Get the CARES frequencies loaded in your radio. City Hall, 1:00p to 2:30p. Bring your radio, manual. Click here to sign up.   More Details...

2 Sep 2021, Monthly Meeting
7:30pm to 9:00pm, by Teleconf.   

7 Oct 2021, Monthly Meeting
7:30pm to 9:00pm, by Teleconf.   

4 Nov 2021, Monthly Meeting
7:30pm to 9:00pm, by Teleconf.   

2 Dec 2021, Monthly Meeting
Year in Review, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, by Teleconf.