SPECS serves the communities of Palo Alto, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale by helping to recruit, train, and maintain a crew of amateur radio operators ready to provide emergency communication services in a time of need.

To learn more about the importance of amateur radio in a time of need, read this article from The Atlantic and this article from PAARAgraphs related to the recent PSPS power outages, titled "Do Hams Still Matter?"

We welcome participation from anyone with an interest in volunteer emergency communications who lives or works within our service area on the San Francisco peninsula in California.  For more information, please browse the links on this site.  If you already have an amateur radio license, please join us on the Monday night net.

Sign up form for 2021

Dues are only $5 and you can pay online with Paypal or credit card.

W6ASH repeater

installed December 2006

 Coming Events and Classes 

Monday Night Net, every Monday night beginning at 19:30.  Members check in on UHF and/or VHF. Learn more


SPECS Board meeting, Thursday July 15, 2021, 7 pm on zoom. Contact a board member  for the link.

Ham Cram Class Los Altos, Saturday September 25, 2021, 8 am to 5 pm. Fee $35, at the door.

Class is limited to 20 students (unless covid-19 restrictions are lifted.)

Sponsored by Los Altos ARES and BAEARS.  See the flier for registration link and more information.

NOTE:  You will need a FRN number (FCC Registration number) in order to sign up.  The flyer explains how to get one.

Download flyer

visit BAEARS website

 Amateur Radio Classes and Licensing 

HAM CRAM Classes

Several cities and radio clubs in the area offer classes on becoming a ham and earning a "technicians" license.  Some also offer opportunities to take a test for a "general" license.  Visit our page on Becoming a Ham to view details on what is available locally.

Search for a class: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

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