Santa Cruz County
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

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Events

Santa Cruz County ARES Events CALENDAR

Latest Emergency Bulletins, EDIS

Current SITUATION STATUS website links

Twitter tweets containing "ares_xcz"

News

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.

News archive


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(or update your roster info)

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.


Frequencies


Santa Cruz County ARES frequencies
Consider pre-programming these frequencies into your radios.


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 *
K6RMW 147.000+ PL94.8 WATSONVILLE
KI6EH 147.945- PL94.8 WATSONVILLE
W6TUW 145.290- PL94.8 Portable *

* Furnished by Santa Cruz County Office of Emergency Services

Santa Cruz County Net and ARES repeater locations
(click here for full-size view)

Packet frequencies, Monterey Bay area

Santa Cruz County CERT frequencies

Northern California 2 Meter Band Plan

Other Frequency Lists below, farther down on this page.


Local Radio Nets


Weekly Schedule of Ham Nets and Meetings, Monterey Bay Area

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


Meetings


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


Training

ARES Training

ARRL emergency communications Backgrounder

Nice public info, EMERGENCY-RADIO.ORG

Amateur Radio Public Service Manual

local CERT for all, Community Emergency Response Teams

FEMA free online, Intro to NIMS

ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (C-CE)

Voice net procedures, S.Clara Co. audio tape transcript (small filesize text file)

Voice net procedures, S.Clara Co. audio tape (1.3MB large filesize .mp3 audio file)

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

ARES Resources

blank FORMS for ARES operators

ARES Net Control Station Scripts

ARES Operating Aids

ARRL Public Service Communications Manual, ARES and NTS

ARES E-Letter

When All Else Fails...

Preparedness

EDIS email ALERT SYSTEM

Weather Warnings, NWS

SantaCruzREADY.org

READY.GOV (emergency preparedness tips from U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Disaster Information! (CDC)

What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly (CDC)


Other Frequency Lists

Northern California Mutual Aid/Contact Frequencies, ARRL

Monterey County ARES frequencies

Santa Clara County ARES frequencies

San Mateo County ARES frequencies

Northern Amateur Relay Council of California Repeater Lists


Emergency Communications Organizations

Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 (Netcom)

Cal E.M.A., California Emergency Management Agency, formerly California OES

California State Auxiliary Communications Service

Monterey County Amateur Radio Emergency Services

San Benito County ARES

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES

San Mateo South County ARES

Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)


Clubs

Santa Cruz County Amateur Radio Club

San Lorenzo Valley Amateur Radio Club

Loma Prieta Amateur Radio Club

Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio Club

Monterey Bay Amateur Radio Asociation (MBARA), N6IJ

ECTAR Inc. (Emergency Communications Through Amateur Radio – Monterey County)


Served agencies include:


About Us

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
140 Belvedere Terrace
Santa Cruz CA 95062-1002
831-429-1290

EC, Santa Cruz

Jerry Inman AE6I
831-334-4086
EC, South Santa Cruz County
Bob Wiser K6RMW
831-840-8228
EC, Summit-Loma Prieta Gary Watson K6PDL
408-691-5649

EC, San Lorenzo Valley

Donald Kerns AE6RF
831-338-1214

ARRL Official Emergency Station (OES)

Bob Wolbert K6XX
831-426-5699


Neighbors:
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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