Packet Operations Type III, Part B is a follow-on course to Packet Operations Type III, Part A. It includes both lecture and hands on packet activity. The lecture is focused on details of Outpost and PacFORMS set up. Message addressing within the Santa Clara County ARES/RACES BBS network is also discussed.
Santa Clara County has a significant packet Bulletin Board network that would be used in emergency situations where large amounts of information can be sent via Amateur Radio Packet when there is little or no phone capability.
Communications in emergencies is usually from cities to the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The Amateur Radio Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) / Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) have several training classes that teach all aspects of using amateur radio in emergencies including packet.
There are amateur radio station located at both El Camino Hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, including a packet capability that is tested every month by local Amateur radio operators.
Free and open to the public (primarily for Amateur Radio Operators) but registration is required. Prerequisite: Packet Operations Type III, Part A. To register and for more details, please visit the Santa Clara County OES, California ARES/RACES website:
Set-up begins at 8:00 - 8:30 am
Activity/Radio Test 12:00 - 1:00 pm