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Citizen Corps completes the Zone 6 Assessment

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 29 Oct 2016

It looked like it was going to rain. But fortunately, the weather held up allowing the Cupertino Citizen Corps (CCC) to complete its Zone 6 Assessment Drill from the Hyde Middle School ARK.

With 25 CERT and 15 CARES members participating, CCC deployed 10 teams of 2 or 3 responders into the neighborhoods to simulate identifying, collecting, and reporting on injuries and damage that could have occurred from an earthquake that was simulated to occur the night before.

We set up a local Net Control Station to manage communications with all field teams... all accounted for at all times! We also maintained voice and packet communications with the EOC, sending ARK status messages and receiving PIO notices for local posting.

This was a terrific drill where CERT and CARES tried some new things, we learned a lot, and have plenty to work on in anticipation for a real activation. Thanks to all for your participation.   


Packet Party Time!

Packet Party Ops

Posted by Jim  KN6PE, 17 Sep 2016

What's more fun than pond full of ducks? How about no pond, no ducks, but a Packet Party in the Park! CARES hosted a hands-on packet session today to give our members a chance to get more up close and personal with packet operations.

This idea came from one of the recommendations from our Comm Outage Exercise held back in May where packet was the main player for passing 9-1-1 messages (see the story further down in this list). Eleven CARES members came out with their own kits, or borrowed some of ours. We operated off the grid using newly created battery paks as well as one generator. With exercises in hand, everyone had plenty of time work packet!

Watch for more hands-on packet sessions planned for later this year!   


Cupertino Hazards and Risks Update

USGS Cover

1 Sep 2016

During the September General meeting, we took time out to review the various hazards that we face within the City, as well as what CARES, and Citizen Corps, has done to prepare for them.

The top city hazards include dam failure, earthquakes, power failure, terrorism/WMD, and wildland fires. Cupertino Citizen Corps has had some type of exercise in almost all of these areas to test our readiness and refine our response.

To this end, there are exercises planned for later this year -- in October, Cupertino Citizen Corps will take the lead on testing our ARK Zone Safety Assessment process. In December, CARES will use an earthquake scenario where we will open all City ARKs for a Zone Reporting/Communications exercise. See the calendar for events leading up to both drills.   More Details...


City Hall & De Anza ARKnet Sites Deployed!

City Hall Antenna Roof Rack

Posted by Marcel AI6MS, 27 Aug 2016

It's been a busy few months for the ARKnet project since the Lehigh Sector Site was deployed in February. Today, we successfully deployed the City Hall Client Site and brought the initial system online! A HUGE thanks to Ken Erickson from the City and our amazing volunteers Hella KJ6OHF, John KI6QDF, Javen KF7JO, and Paul for helping during each of these recent deployments. The De Anza ARK site was deployed on Saturday 7/16/2016 and is now our second fully off-grid solar-powered radio site and ready to be tested out in our next communications drill.

The ARKnet project network now has three functional sites which are the City Hall/EOC, De Anza ARK, and Lehigh Sector Site. With these three sites now deployed, we can start testing out the system and working with CARES and CERT to determine how we want to use the system and what our next features and sites will be.

If you want to learn more about this system, Marcel AI6MS will be giving a presentation on the ARKnet Project at the Pacificon Amateur Radio Convention on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in San Ramon. More information at www.pacificon.org.
  


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Upcoming Activities


26 Sep 2021, Open House
Creekside ARK, North side of the Creekside Park, behind 19475 Calle De Barcelona, 1:30p to 3:30p   More Details...

2 Oct 2021, Open House
DeAnza ARK, DeAnza College, Lot C, 10:00a to 12:00p   More Details...

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

9 Oct 2021, Open House
Lawson ARK, Across from 10304 Vista Drive, Lawson School yard, next to Track, against exterior fence, 10:00a to 12:00p.   More Details...

17 Oct 2021, Open House
Garden Gate ARK, next to 21103 Greenleaf Drive, School yard, facing Greenleaf Drive. 1:30p to 3:30p   More Details...

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

20 Nov 2021, Comm Exercise
PSPS And Comm Outage, 8:00a to 12:00p   

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