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Training Classes
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Milpitas ARES®/RACES

Ham Radio is a Hobby...
Emergency Communications is a Commitment


The time for training is before a disaster...not during one!

Local Training

Meetings are held for MARES members once each quarter where training is offered on local specific topics. These meetings are shown on the MARES calendar.

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Santa Clara County ARES/RACES/ACS offers a number of training courses. These classes can be taken by any interested Amateur Radio Operator. The classes are free and are generally held on a Saturday morning for 3 hours.

This training also meets the requirements for participation in the Mutual Aid Communicator MAC program. You do not need to participate in the MAC program to take these classes.

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FEMA courses provide background into the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). These independent study courses explain how an agency or agencies responded to an event and are required by the City of Milpitas for all RACES members. These free courses can be completed on-line using the links provided.

  • IS-100c "Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)"

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

  • IS-700b "National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction"

  • IS-800c "National Response Framework, An Introduction"


ARRL offers a basic course (EC-001) to raise awareness and provide additional knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. This course has a reduced fee for ARRL members. A second course (EC-016)is designed for those who will be in leadership and managerial roles organizing other volunteers to support public service activities and communications during emergencies.

  • EC-001 "Introduction to Emergency Communications"

  • EC-016 "Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs"

  • EC-015 This is a basic training course for Public Information Officers (PIO) and anyone interacting with the media and promoting Amateur Radio.

Last Updated:  September 5, 2018