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July 18, 2014 - ARRL and DHS/FEMA signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of disaster communication.
January 7, 2014 - Today accepting appointment to the position of ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) of greater Loma Prieta/Summit area is Gary Watson K6PDL. This EC position had been vacant since George Smith AE6KE stepped down. Thanks to Gary and to George. -ke6afe
October 23, 2013 - Santa Cruz FM station KUSP 88.9 broadcast a interview with local ham volunteers this morning. Listen to the story.
June 13, 2013 - The Mayor of Capitola has issued a Proclamation naming June 16-23, 2013 as Amateur Radio Week and calling on residents to support ARRL Field Day and to recognize the tremendous contributions that amateur radio operators have made to the community.
June 21, 2011 - The Mayor of Santa Cruz has issued a Proclamation naming June 20-26, 2011 as Amateur Radio Week and calling on residents to support ARRL Field Day and to recognize the tremendous contributions that amateur radio operators have made to the community.
March 11, 2011 - We had a tsunami strike our Pacific coast this morning and it caused damage here too. ARES volunteers assisted again. View our tsunami ARES Press Release
February 23, 2011 - Today accepting appointment to the position of ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) of greater San Lorenzo Valley area is Donald Kerns AE6RF. Since 2004, our SLVARES EC had been Ray Rischpater KF6GPE. Thanks to Donald and to Ray and to all of you. -ke6afe
August 18, 2009 - The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) website has a news article about our involvement during our Operational Area's 7,163 acre Lockheed Fire. With this fire and our atypical experience gained while providing communications support during three major wildfires in our County in 2008, and our wide-area fiber cable outage communications emergency this Spring, we are getting better organized and operating more effectively on the air. Thanks all! -ke6afe
April 15, 2009 - The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) website has a news article about our support during the area Fiber Cable Outage on Thursday April 9.
June 20, 2008 - A third major wildfire, the Trabing Fire CA-CZU-00558 has burned homes with hundreds of people and animals evacuated.
June 18, 2008 - The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) website has a news article about our support during the Martin Fire.
June 14, 2008 - Oops, we've just had a couple of major wildfires within our Operational Area, the Summit Fire CA-SCU-002548 and the Martin Fire CA-CZU-005238. Deep thanks to all those many who have supported the management of these disasters. We're getting better with practice.
Our Web-based ARES registration form helps provide Santa Cruz County ARES ECs and the DEC with information about amateur radio Operators willing to volunteer their communications support during emergencies or for community service. This information will be shared only with ARES members and only as needed for member callout purposes. When you submit the form, you'll get a review screen to check your entries for accuracy before you send them. To update your information in the future, simply submit another copy of the form.
Primary Santa Cruz County ARES Repeaters
|WR6AOK||147.120+ PL94.8||BEN LOMOND|
|K6BJ||146.790- PL94.8||SANTA CRUZ|
|AB6VS||440.550+ PL94.8||W of Loma Prieta|
|W6WLS||147.180+ PL94.8||EMPIRE GRADE|
|W6JWS||146.745- PL94.8||EMPIRE GRADE *|
|AE6KE||146.835- PL94.8||SUMMIT/LOMA AREA *|
|W6TUW||145.290- PL94.8||Portable *|
* Furnished by Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services
Santa Cruz County Net and ARES repeater locations
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Other Frequency Lists below, farther down on this page.
Local Radio Nets
Monterey Bay weekly Radio Nets
|Monday 7:30 PM||SCCARC, Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club||K6BJ (146.790- PL94.8//440.925+ PL123.0) & KI6EH (147.945- PL94.8) & W6WLS (147.180+ PL94.8) repeaters|
|Monday 8:00 PM||FPRA, Fremont Peak Repeater Association||K6JE repeater, 145.470- PL 94.8|
|Tuesday 7:15 PM||LPARC, Loma Prieta Amateur Radio Club (and LPARES)||AB6VS repeater (440.550+ PL 94.8) Loma Prieta & AE6KE (146.835- PL94.8) Skyland|
|Tuesday 7:30 PM||Santa Cruz County ARES||W6WLS (147.180+ PL94.8), linked with KI6FKX (147.270+ PL94.8) if available.|
|Tuesday 8:00 PM||LPRC, Loma Pioneer Repeater Club||WR6ABD repeater (146.640- PL162.2)|
|Tuesday 8:00 PM||SVECS, Santa Clara Valley SVECS net||N6NAC repeater (444.625+ PL110.9)|
|Tuesday 9:00 PM||NTS_SCV, Santa Clara Valley Section Traffic Net|| |
WR6ABD Repeater (146.640- PL 162.2), atop the ridge between San Jose and Watsonville.
|Wednesday 7:30 PM||Monterey County ARES (& ECTAR)||K6LY (146.970- PL 94.8), K6LY (444.700+ PL 123.0), W6TAR (145.430- PL 94.8), N6SPD (441.650+ PL 94.8) (linked)|
|Wednesday 8:00 PM||NPSARC, Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club||K6LY repeater (146.970- PL 94.8 & 444.700+ PL123), N6SPD (441.650+ PL 94.8) (linked)|
|Thursday 7:30 PM||SLVARC, San Lorenzo Amateur Radio Club||WR6AOK repeater, 147.120+, PL 94.8 Ben Lomond|
|Thursday 7:30 PM||San Benito County ARES||N6SBC repeater, 147.315+, PL 94.8 downtown Hollister|
|Daily||NTS Local Nets||NTS Region 6 (RN6) Nets|
|San Lorenzo Valley ARES||Third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM at CAL FIRE Conference Room at Felton HDQ (Highway 9 and Plateau Dr.)|
|Loma Prieta ARC and LPARES||First Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM at Burrell CAL FIRE Station, 25050 Highland Way, Los Gatos|
|San Lorenzo Valley ARC||First Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at Zayante Fire main station, East Zayante Road, Felton|
|Santa Cruz ARES||Third Friday of each month at 6:30 PM (to 7:20 PM) at Dominican Hospital Education Center, Santa Cruz|
|Santa Cruz County ARC||Third Friday of each month at 7:30 PM at Dominican Hospital Education Center, Santa Cruz|
|Monterey County ARES||Fourth Thursday of odd months, located at a served agency|
Audio Tapes of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake amateur radio net, S.Clara Co. For chronological order, listen first to the "loma1" audio file, then loma2, then loma3, then loma4
READY.GOV (emergency preparedness tips from U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Disaster Information! (CDC)
Other Frequency Lists
Emergency Communications Organizations
ECTAR Inc. (Emergency Communications Through Amateur Radio – Monterey County)
Served agencies include:
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a nationwide field activity of the American Radio Relay League, consisting of amateur radio operators who have voluntarily registered their services and become part of an organized team.
ARRL has working MOUs (Memoranda of Understanding) with Department of Homeland Security - Citizen Corps, FEMA, NVOAD, American Red Cross, APCO, and others.
The trained operators of Santa Cruz County ARES provide reliable primary and secondary communication links for the Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Operations Centers and Public Safety Agencies throughout the county, as well as organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the major local hospitals.
ARES® and Amateur Radio Emergency Service® are registered servicemarks of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used by permission.
Local ARES members are also registered in the Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), which are administered by local, county and state emergency management agencies, supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to provide radio communications for periods of local, regional or national civil emergencies or disasters.
Santa Cruz County ARES Organizational structure
|DEC for Santa Cruz County and RACES/ACS Officer|| |
Cap Pennell KE6AFE
EC, Santa Cruz
|Jerry Inman AE6I |
|EC, South Santa Cruz County || Bob Wiser K6RMW |
|EC, Summit-Loma Prieta||Gary Watson K6PDL|
EC, San Lorenzo Valley
Donald Kerns AE6RF
|ARRL Official Emergency Station (OES)|| |
Bob Wolbert K6XX
|Monterey County DEC and ACS Radio Officer||Lou Arbanas, NJ6H |
35 Sunny Way
Watsonville CA 95076
|San Benito County DEC and ACS Radio Officer||Tim Takeuchi, W6TST |
1760F Airline Hwy, #135
Hollister, CA 95023-5634
|Santa Clara County DEC and ACS Radio Officer||Scott Morse, KC6SKM |
2488 Golf Links Circle
Santa Clara, CA 95050-7011
|Santa Clara Valley SEC |
Santa Clara Valley SM
Pacific Divison Director
|Larry Carr, KE6AGJ |
Brandon Bianchi, NI6C
Bob Vallio, W6RGG
For more information on Santa Cruz County ARES: Cap Pennell KE6AFE, DEC for Santa Cruz County.
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