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.
Signups or Renewals for 2022
Dues are still only $5.
The online payment system uses Square, but you don't need a Square account - just use your credit card. The form asks for Call Sign, whether or not you are an ARRL member, and your contact information. Click the button below to join or renew for 2022.
You can also renew by snail mail. Send a check and the membership form to the address below. Make your check out to SPECS.
P.O. Box 1491
Mountain View, CA, 94042
Coming Events and Classes
Subscribe to our Trainings Opportunities list.
We use this list to send announcements about training opportunities that may be of interest to our members and ham radio operators in our area. We send emails about once a week listing trainings and events available in our area. You will be able to opt out if you wish to in the future. Click on Join Trainings Announcements
Monday Night Net, every Monday night beginning at 19:30. Members check in on UHF and/or VHF. Learn more
HAM CRAM Class Saturday July 16 in San Jose. They typically have a 95% success rate and you can be tested for Technician and/or General license. For information and reservations please check the BAEARS.COM website. Download flyer.
Flea Market Saturday, July 9, from 6 am to noon, at the Sunnyvale Public Library.
The flea market raises money to support our radio associations. The event is free to buyers, and focuses on electronics and amateur radio gear. SPECS will be hosting the Flea Market in July. We'll need volunteers to help - please save the date.
A list of trainings offered by Santa Clara County ARES/RACES is available here.
Amateur Radio Classes and Licensing
HAM CRAM Classes
The next ham cram class held by BAEARS will be April 30, 2022 in San Francisco. You can download a flier for more information. Their website gives details on how the class is conducted. Their last session in San Carlos, CA had a 93.10% pass rate for new licensees. There were also 10 upgradess to General class and 3 upgrades to Extra.
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