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 the DPS Emergency Manager Lt. Mata, 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.
|date / time||event
|alternating Tuesdays, 1130PDT
||Luncheon, check SARES-RG Calendar for details
|Sat. 10/08/2016, 0800-1100PDT
||DPS Community Pancake Breakfast at Firestation 2, Wolfe Rd./Arques Ave.; SARES setup starts at 0730PDT, sign up here, contact Andreas K6OTT with
|Sat. 10/22/2016, details TBA
||SNAP graduation operations at Firestation 2, Wolfe Rd./Arques Ave.;
|Sat. 10/29/2016, 0730-1700PDT
||Santa Clara County Wide RACES/CERT Exercise, at Moffett Field, to support the CERT Search
and Rescue exercise; details and signup on the
What is SARES?
SARES is the local ARES group of radio amateur volunteers serving the
City of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. We provide reliable backup
communication links as well as additional eyes & ears and hands where
needed, always linked with 2-way radio. Under the mutual aid agreement we
also provide services to neighboring cities, the County of Santa Clara
Office of Emergency Services as well as to help organizations such as
the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. SARES also operates a 2m
repeater hosted by the City of Sunnyvale DPS and a 70cm repeater hosted
by K-Comm on Crystal Peak.
How is SARES organized?
SARES is an independent citywide ARES group of the ARRL (American Radio
Relay League) Santa Clara Valley Section. SARES has over 100 members
in Sunnyvale and is led by a team of one Emergency Coordinator with
eight Assistant Emergency Coordinators. SARES is part of the SPECS net
(Southern Peninsula Emergency System) and SVECS net (Silicon Valley
Emergency Communications System).
What is in it for you ?
Free training opportunities as net control station, traffic handler,
VIP shadow, etc.; quarterly meetings with featured speakers; quarterly
exercise drills in the field and tabletop simulated emergency tests to
practice your skills; you can meet fellow hams and last but not least
you give back to your community and earn recognition by your community
by helping in times of need.
Other activities and social events:
Other non-disaster services that SARES provides: locating missing person,
child or vehicle. And don't forget the biggest emergency simulation
event of the year: ARRL Field Day on the last full weekend in June. We
traditionally serve as the primary communicators in the Lakewood Village
Christmas Parade each year. SARES has a traditional bi-weekly luncheon
at a local restaurant where you can meet other members of the group. For
the holiday season you and your family are invited to join us for a
Membership in SARES is at no cost for you, and all services provided
by Radio Amateurs are strictly on a volunteer basis according to
the FCC Rules Part 97, which prohibit compensation for amateur radio
operators. The City of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety provides
us with administrative support.
Please download the SARES Brochure (PDF format, 428463 Bytes) .
EC and AECs (alphabetical by call suffix)
Jerry Thalls KG6HI, EC [e-mail] [phone]
Herb Lewis AF6HL, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Andreas Ott K6OTT, AEC [e-mail] [cellphone +1-408-431-8727]
Phil Stewart K6PHL, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Terry Nakashima WB6PVU, AEC [e-mail] [phone]
Richard Bennett W7UYJ, 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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