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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.

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Monta Vista ARK Open House

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Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 12 Sep 2021

Can you believe that's its been 3 years since our last ARK discussion? So, with September being National Preparedness Month, this was the perfect time for a refresher. Ken KI6SYY presented CARES with a terrific Cupertino ARK Refresher on what they are, what's new, and procedural changes on their operation.

And, what's an ARK presentation without a field trip to check them out! Cupertino Citizen Corps hosted the Monta Vista ARK open house on Sunday for CERT, MRC, and CARES members. Twenty-five CCC members turned out and re-familiarized themselves with this site with plenty of hands-on activities, questions, and renewed interest in how the City will respond.

With the first one behind us, we will hold an Open House for each of the other ARKs over the next 5 weeks; watch your email for details. Thanks for everyone who came out... and we look forward to seeing you at Regnart School ARK next week!   

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.   

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Upcoming Activities

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