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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!


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.


  


What if we lost communications in the City?

Broken Cable

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 6 Sep 2015

This was the topic for the September CARES meeting on dealing with a Communications Outage. As the first of 3 sessions leading up to our November drill, it sets the stage for how we will support our city residents who lose the capability to initiate a 9-1-1 call.   More Details...


Mesh network workshops held

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 1 Sep 2015

CARES held 2 Mesh Network workshops, one in July and the other in August, with a total of 25 members participating! Our first look at how we could deploy Mesh will be November 7th for the Sheriffs Heroes Run. Check out this link for information on setting up your node.   More Details...


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Upcoming Activities


23 Mar 2019, Preparedness Fair
Memorial Park, behind Quinlan Community Center, 10:00am to 3:00pm   

6 Apr 2019, W6TDM Repeater Traning
Learn the basics of how repeaters work and how to be a W6TDM controller. This is knowledge all CARES members should have. City Hall EOC Room, 9:30-11:00 am   

13 Apr 2019, Pop-Up Packet Practice
SCCOo RACES opportunity for field packet practice. 9:00am to 12:00pm, Location TBD,   More Details...

20 Apr 2019, Big Bunny 5K
CARES support for this annual family friendly 5K run/walk. 8:00am to 11:00am, Cupertino City Hall.   More Details...

4 May 2019, Spring Communications Exercise
Save the date!   

22 Jun 2019, Field Day
National Amateur Radio event that promotes emergency communications preparedness. Location TBD, 8:00am to 5:00pm.   More Details...

4 Jul 2019, Fireworks Event!
CARES, CERT, and MRC support for Cupertino's annual Fireworks event. 4:30pm to 11:00pm.   More Details...

2 Nov 2019, Sheriff's Heroes Fun Run
Public service event and fund raiser that directly benefits children’s health services at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. City Hall, 8:00am to 12:00pm   More Details...