ARES Web Links

The following links may be useful to you in connection with your ARES activities:

Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System (SPECS)

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES

ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section

Loma Pioneer Repeater Club

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

PacFORMS Update for MV CERT - 05-03-21

Mountain View Antenna Drops

Webmaster Phil Henderson (KF6ZSQ@yahoo.com)

Events

Monday Net Signup

Sign-up for Monday night nets

To see the results of our reception survey study, click on: k6mtv.org/surveystudy

Current

CITY/COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS DRILL, 15 MARCH 2021, 1000 - 1200 Hours

This drill is not designed as a full fledged drill, but we are designing it to allow MV ARES members to help where you can.   We need your help to test the new Damage Assessment form and the updated software that creates the "whiteboard" display. Voice and packet net control to the county have been assigned.   These two NCs will send and receive messages to and from the county.

We will need one volunteer to be net control for receiving verbal damage assessment summary forms and then sending them via packet.   For those of you who have packet, you can send the damage assessment forms via packet.  You can make up the content of the messages.   We'd like two messages from each volunteer - one with part of the neighborhood surveyed and the second with more of the neighborhood surveyed.

We assume that you will be operating from home.   We will be assigning you a CERT tactical ID to use for your reports.

For those using packet, there is an updated ARES/CERT Damage Assessment Summary form that you need to install for use with Outpost. This is an updated PacFORM that will show up in the Outpost Forms Drop-down list. Click HERE to get to the page to down load the installer.

Sign up for the Drill below.   Also, please sign up on the County web site so that your participation gets included in your county records.

To sign up for the Drill, Click HERE


Past

CITY/COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS DRILL, 20 FEBRUARY, 2021, 1000-1200 Hours

For this drill, ARES members passed messages from CERTs to a simulated EOC and also to and from the county EOC.   The scenario was a severe rain and wind storm under pandemic conditions where operators couldn't gather together.   CERTs sent DA Summary forms to an ARES member assigned to them and the ARES member then entered it directly into packet or sent it to a relay Ham who entered it into the packet system.   This was a credentialed drill using several ICS forms (211A, 205, 214, 309, 213, and 213 DA Summary).

Click HERE to view the After Action Report.


OFF THE GRID COMMUNICATION EXERCISE, 2/23/19

In response to the county ARES Communication Exercise, Mountain View did an "off the grid" exercise where everyone, including operators in the Radio Room at K6MTV operated their systems off batteries.   Some participants traveled to CERT sites and recovered hidden messages to transmit.   Other participants used their home packet system operating on battery power to send/receive messages.   Operators at K6MTV also responded to messages from the County.   There were 14 participants (radio room 4, mobile field 4, home packet 6).

Amateur operators sent/received 67 messages by voice.   96 messages were sent by packet of which 46 were delivered before time ran out.   Operators successfully coped with the "loss" of our primary BBS.   Forms were correctly completed by all participants and all but one participant were able to complete all of their assignments. Traffic was non-stop and we had to deal with outside groups interfering with our simplex frequencies but our operators handled it well.   All the participants acted professionally and correctly completed their ICS forms (214, 213, 213 DA, 309, 211).   Everyone was able to operate from their batteries for the entire drill.   We learned what needs improvement for the future.


PACKET CLASS LITE, 02-21-19, WRAPUP

The purpose of this class was to introduce Outpost Packet operation to hams new to packet with a two fold objective: Introduce Packet operation with the hope that they would contine training with the county classes and to provide them with enough skills with Outpost so that they could relieve a trained packet operator for a breif period of time during an exercise or real emergency.

The class had 14 attendees: 1 presenter, 4 instructor/mentors, 9 students.   Five packet stations and antennas were set up in the auditorium at 1000 Villa.   Following a slide presentation on the components of a packet system and Outpost, the class broke into small groups with an instructor/mentor for every 2 or 3 students.   The students practiced setting up outpost and sending and receiving informal and formal messages to various bulletin board systems. By the end of the class all nine students were successfully using packet to send and receive messages.

For pictures of the class, click HERE


MIKE-MIKE DRILL, 08-18-18, WRAPUP

I want to thank Rick Van Mell, KI6PUR, for cordinating the Mike-Mike drill Saturday.   There were a total of 18 people participating inclucing the 5 of us in the "shack".   Rick sent 84 emails inviting Mountain View hams to participate in the drill, so the response was somewhat dissapointing.   However, those who took the time to send us one or more Mike-Mike reports did a great job.   The reports were generally well distributed around Mountain View.

Leslie, KK6EKN, plotted all the places from which we got reports and put a red dot on a map of Mountain View for each one.   We got reports on simplex using HT's for almost all.   Exceptions were Shoreline and Casey (very far north, received on 440 with an HT) and Piper and Elmira (mobile rig, actually in Sunnyvale).   Operators did a good job of covering wide areas of the city.

Click HERE to view the Acrobat copy of the map.

Again, thanks to those of you who helped today!

Phil Henderson, KF6ZSQ, AEC


CREEK SURVEY DRILL
On February 18, 2017, we participated in the county wide drill, and our drill was to do a survey of the Stevens and Permanente Creeks at prescribed survey locations and record the real status of the creeks.   The goals were to report the status of the information via simplex and repeater radios to net control and take pictures up and down stream.   Mountain View CERT members were invited to assist as observers. The photographic results at each survey location can be viewed at this URL:
Creek Survey Pictures

Resources

Frequencies for Programming Radios

Santa Clara Co. Frequencies - These frequencies are organized by City in Santa Clara County and were prepared by Jerry Haag (SK) to match the order of frequencies programmed into the radios in the ARES shack in Mountain view.   The format is Excel, XLS.

Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties frequencies - There are two sheets to this Excel (XLSX) file.   The first has Santa Clara County frequencies from the County website and they are sorted numerically.   The list is separated into Frequently Used, VHF, UHV and Packet.   The Frequently used frequencies are repeated in the subsequent sections.   The second sheet contains Frequently Used, VHF, UHV and Packet frequencies for San Mateo County.   There is no guarantee that I have captured all of the SMC frequencies.   Note that both sheets are laid out so that you can print a frequency sheet. You will have to do some re-formating to match your radio programming program requirements.   Prepared by Phil Henderson.

Training Information from the County

ICS-214-SCCo Unit Activity Log (About 20 min. - MP4 - 87 MB)

ICS-309-SCCo Communications Log - Part 1 (About 20 min. - MP4 - 184 MB)

ICS-309-SCCo Communications Log - Part 2 (About 15 min. - MP4 - 164 MB)

Packet Exercises Workbook PDF

ICS Forms (PDF format)

ICS-205 MTV Communications Plan

ICS-211A MTV RACES Sign-in

ICS-213 MTV Damage Summary, 3-26-14 CERT

ICS-213 SCC Message Form V.06-28-07 Fillable (Acrobat)

ICS-214 MTV Unit Log

ICS-309 MTV Communications Log

ICS-314 MTV Windshield Damage Survey

911 Emergency Message Form

Current roster of net participants (ICS 211A)

PDF File (Updated, 03-29-21)

Net Control Scripts

MV Script for Monday night net (from K6MTV) (.PDF)

MV Script for Monday night net (from remote location) (.PDF)

MV Script for Monday night net (From Remote, Shelter In Place) (.PDF)

Practice Recording Call Signs with Audio Recordings

Training Presentations

K6MTV Station Operations (.PDF)

Operating in an Amateur Radio Net (3-26-16)

Principles of Net Control (.PDF)

Principles of Message Passing (.PDF)

Introduction to HF Operations, 6/22/19 - 1.8 MB Acrobat file

Hams and Red Cross (large file) (.PDF)

CERT/Ham Communications (large file)

Disaster Service Workers/RACES Activation - 05/20/17 (.PDF, 4 slides/pg)

DSW Guide to Worker's Compensation (.PDF)

Amateur Packet Radio/CERT in Santa Clara County

Powerpoint Presentation (.PPT)

Adobe Format (.PDF)

SEMS/NIMS Combo Class

On-Line Courses

IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System

IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

SEMS G606 Standardized Emergency Management System Introduction; there is no direct link, so to access it:

  • Go to: CSTI web site
  • Use the Search magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner to access the search box
  • Enter: "G606 Online"

Map of the World from Mountain View (.PDF)

Map of Bay Area from Mountain View (.PDF)