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Comm Outage Exercise, this time by Packet

Field Teams

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 7 May 2016

CARES hosted a second Communications Outage exercise with the support of Cupertino Citizen Corps, the big difference was passing all simulated 911 message traffic by packet. How did we do? Eleven field teams were deployed with scenarios heavily weighted toward 911 traffic. Considering the time to set up individual packet stations, and that this was a predominantly off-the-grid event, we passed more 911 traffic to County Comm in less time! And, they were all legible!

See the entire list of 911 Messages that were received by our simulated County Comm packet station as well as the event's After Action Report. Also, check out the Photo Album for a look at some of the field stations!   More Details...


Big Bunny Fun Run a hit!

Pre-event briefing

28 Mar 2016

Cupertino Citizen Corps turned out in force to support the City's 11th Annual 5K race, an event where proceeds go to "Charity: Water", an organization whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world.

Over 30 CARES, CERT, and MRC members supported the event throughout the course. Watch for the After Action Report for a summary on how it went.   


ARKnet, Lehigh Sector Site on line

ARKnet Lehigh Build Team

Posted by Marcel AI6MS, 27 Feb 2016

It brings me great pleasure to inform you that we have successfully deployed the Lehigh Sector Site today at the Lehigh Permanente Cement Plant. The installation went very smoothly and all systems are fully operational at this time. The Lehigh Plant has been exceptionally welcoming and accommodating for this project. Their approval for using this site was the final step in making this project possible. Check out the Photo Album for a look at the action.

A special thanks to Judy KK6EWQ, Allan KD6QPP, Kenneth W6KWF, and Jim KN6PE for their assistance in the installation and preparations for this site deployment!

In the coming months, we'll be deploying multiple client sites for ARKnet around the city. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more or helping with these client sites.   More Details...


15th Annual PSA performed in record time

Filling out the COES 105 form

Posted by Jim KN6PE, 16 Jan 2016

CARES completed its annual Preliminary Safety Assessment exercise with 15 members participating. PSA messages were passed with terrific efficiency with the drill wrapped up in under 45 minutes! Even after 15 years of PSA drills, there were still new learning that were uncovered, the top one being how to handle multi-unit dwellings in the roll-up. We recognize this needs to be sorted out before next year's drill. See the After Action Report link here.   More Details...


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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.