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Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in joining San Jose R.A.C.E.S. The following has been set up to help guide you go through the process of becoming a volunteer.

We are a group of volunteer disaster service workers who enjoy helping out our community during times of disasters, but we also do parades, races, and events throughout the year using our own equipment and the amateur radio frequencies. You do not need to have your amateur license in order to join but we do encourage it. There is a list of ham classes on our classes page.

Our meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at either the Police communications building or the Fire Battalion Field Operations (BFO or Fire Training Center). We will have you sign in and obtain a visitor badge while you’re in the building.  There is a lot of information handed out during the meetings. Please don’t feel shy about asking questions and participating in all of the fun events.

When you come to the meeting you will want to bring your application with you. Please complete the application and turn it into our Membership Officer (Bob Van Tuyl, K6RWY). Your photograph will be taken for badge information and you will be sworn in as a Disaster Service Worker in subsequent meetings.

The next thing to work on is getting your "go-kits" together. We request that everyone have a 24-hour and a 72 hour kit. Please check out the go-kits section or the application, for examples of kits and other useful information.

To become a full-fledged volunteer of San Jose RACES, some training classes will be requested of you.
     The following Emergency Management Institute for NIMS/ICS Courses:
         IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
         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
     Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
     San Jose Prepared Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
     Course 3 and Course 4 (Detailed explanations of RACES responses)

If you already have your ham license, we encourage you to participate in our weekly nets. Simplex nets begins Tuesday nights at 1930 (7:30pm) on the simplex frequency 146.475MHz PL 100. The simplex net is followed by a repeater net at 1945 (7:45pm) on the W6UU repeater. Part of the training will also consist of you running three nets.

There are more training, classes, and events throughout the year. Please make sure to check the calendar often and join our Yahoo group for email updates!

We hope this helps you along your journey to become an active volunteer of the San Jose RACES organization. We have a great time getting together and being an active part of the community, so come join us for the fun! If you have any additional questions please don’t hesitate to ask any one of the members or send an email info(at)sjraces.org.