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What's News!


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...


Everyone wins with Sheriff's Heroes Run fundraiser

CARES and SO briefings

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 7 Nov 2015

CARES was back again to support the County Sheriff's Heroes 5K run, a fundraiser for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Pediatrics. CARES deployed 14 members along the race course to provide eyes and ears support for the SO, and there definitely was no lack of radio traffic, making this an excellent field operations and message passing exercise! Thank you CARES participants for a great job!   


CCC Field Drill hit the mark!

CCC drill briefing before deployment

Posted by Allan KD6QPP, 20 Oct 2015

On Saturday October 17, Cupertino Citizen Corps deployed 13 teams of CARES and CERT members into the field as part of a mock earthquake scenario to assess damage and report their findings. Feedback from the event was very positive and the teams worked well together! Watch for the After Action Report for more details.   


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.


  


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Upcoming Activities


3 May 2018, General Meeting
Topic: Cupertino Wildland Fire Threat drill prep. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

12 May 2018, Wildland Fire Threat Drill
Full field deployment exercise. 8:00am to 1:00pm.   

7 Jun 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

4 Jul 2018, Forth of July!
CARES and CERT support for Cupertino's annual Fireworks event. 4:30pm to 11:00pm.   

6 Sep 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

4 Oct 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

1 Nov 2018, General Meeting
Topic: TBD. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

3 Nov 2018, Sheriff's Heroes Fun Run
This public service event and fund raiser supports Santa Clara County Pediatrics. City Hall, 8:00am to 12:00pm,   

6 Dec 2018, General Meeting
Topic: Earthquake Drill Prep. Quinlan Center, Social Room. 7:30pm to 9:00pm   

15 Dec 2018, Earthquake Exercise
Full communications deployment, CARES and CERT, ARK Level 2 Activation, two shifts. 8:00am to 4:00pm