About Us

Who we are | Mission | Objectives | What we do
Who we serve | Why CARES works | Membership | Applications | Contact us
Updated: 28 July 2021

Who we are

Our Mission

The mission of Cupertino ARES is to recruit, maintain, and train Amateur Radio volunteers capable of providing professional emergency communications, increasing the City's emergency response effectiveness, and speeding the recovery effort.


Our Objectives


What we do


Who we serve

CARES has formal agreements with its Served Agencies. Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) have been completed, reviewed, and signed with the following organizations:


Why CARES works

CARES members pride themselves on their professionalism. We are "amateurs" only by virtue of volunteering our time, skill, and equipment at no cost to Cupertino residents to help our city, community, and neighbors in time of need.

CARES is open to all Cupertino residents holding a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license. There are no annual dues or fees. The only requirement for CARES membership is an Amateur Radio license and an interest in serving your community.



CARES members are also Cupertino Citizen Corps Volunteers. As City Volunteers, we align our volunteer policies with that of the City.

Criteria to become a Cupertino Citizens Corps Volunteer

Criteria to become a CARES Member

Criteria to become a CARES Associate Member (under 18 years old)

Criteria for Active Membership

Active Members are familiar with the risks the City faces, CARES operations, how we perform, has the tools needed for a field response, and are ready to be successful with a field assignment.

Criteria for Reserve Membership

Reserve Members may not have the time to devote to CARES to meet the Active Membership requirement. In the event of an activation, Reserve members may need time to refamiliarize themselves with CARES policies and procedures before receiving an assignment.



Interested in joining CARES? If you meet the requirements for membership above, then please review, fill out, and bring these 2 applicatons to one of our next General Meetings:

City Volunteer Application The Disaster Working Application (DSW) registers you as a Cupertino Citizens Corps Volunteer. This is required for CARES membership.
CARES Membership This application gets you signed up with CARES.

Contact Us

email cares@cupertino.org
U.S. Mail Cupertino ARES/RACES
c/o Jim Oberhofer KN6PE
10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone Emergency Coordinator, Cupertino ARES/RACES
408 839 8798
Cupertino Office of Emergency Management
408 777 3335
Radio CARES Net every Tuesday night, 7:40pm to 8:00pm PST
* Most Tuesdays: 440.150 MHz, + offset, PL=100.0, W6TDM
* Forth Tuesday: 147.570 MHz, PL=151.4, Simplex
In Person General Meeting is the 1st Thursday each Month, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, located at:
Quinlan Community Center, Social Room
10185 N Stelling Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

NOTE!! Due to Covid-19, meetings will be held by Zoom teleconference until further notice. Members will receive the zoom link the week of the meeting.

NOTE!! no meeting in July or August. Check the weekly net to confirm meeting agenda and schedule.

Upcoming Activities

1 Dec 2022, General Meeting
Topic: Exercise Review (?), Year in Review, 7:30pm, Zoom   

7 Dec 2022, New Member Orientation
A short introduction to CARES. 7pm-8pm, Location TBD   

5 Jan 2023, Drill Prep
Topic: Prep for the January Alt911 Field deployment, 7:30pm, Zoom   

21 Jan 2023, ALT911 Exercise
Field deployment with packet and voice message passing, 8:30am to 12:00pm