SARES - Sunnyvale Amateur Radio Emergency Service
(01/17/2013) Jerry Thalls, KG6HI, has accepted the role as the new Emergency Coordinator for Sunnyvale ARES/RACES. We are grateful and would like to welcome him into this new position. We would also like to express our Thanks to Bob Gundrum, K6RWG, for many years of service and excellent leadership during his time as EC. Bob has agreed to stay on as an AEC. And finally another big Thank You to Rich Bennett, W7UYJ, who acted as the interim city coordinator for the past months.
(07/01/2009) The City of Sunnyvale Summer 2009 Quarterly Report (link) on page 7 honors SARES amateur radio operators who helped out at the April 2009 fiber optic cut that left large parts in the south of Santa Clara County without telecommunications and only limited 9-1-1 service during the day.
Amateur Radio Saves the Day
In the early morning of April 9, vandals damaged part of the critical fiber-optic backbone for Southern Santa Clara County, creating a phone outage that affected not only normal phone service, but ATMs, cash registers, cell phones, alarm systems and Internet service.
Santa Clara County put out a call for emergency communication assistance and the Sunnyvale Office of Emergency Services (OES) answered. Under the direction of Lt. John Gienger, volunteer amateur radio operators trained in emergency communications through ongoing participation with the OES sponsored Sunnyvale Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SARES) organization provided emergency communications through the day and into the night at strategic points in the County. Sunnyvale supplied the largest number of amateur radio responders of any city in the North County, providing communication to schools, fire stations, key public access intersections, Cal Fire Command Posts and St. Louise Hospital. Emergency communications throughout the South Santa Clara County continued uninterrupted thanks to these well trained volunteers and their personal equipment, which they keep at the ready for emergencies.
What is SARES?
EC and AECs (alphabetical by call suffix)Jerry Thalls KG6HI, EC [e-mail] [phone]
Andreas Ott K6OTT, AEC [e-mail] [cellphone 408-431-8727]
Phil Stewart K6PHL, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Richard Bennett W7UYJ, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Bob Gundrum K6RWG, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Tom Spyrou WA6TS, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Walt Lee K6WAL AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Skip LaFetra AA6WK, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
To get more information about Sunnyvale ARES, please send e-mail to the EC Jerry Thalls KG6HI.
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