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 2020
Dues are only $5 and you can pay online with Paypal or credit card.
Coming Events and Classes
Monday Night Net, every Monday night beginning at 19:30. Members check in on UHF and/or VHF. Learn more
Ham Cram Class Redwood City, CANCELED. It will be rescheduled when it is safe (coronavirus concerns.) Check the website for updates.
Normally classes run on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm, $35 fee at the door. Produced by BAEARS, Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society.
Download the flyer
Ham Cram Class Los Gatos, TBA, 2020, 8 am to 5 pm.
NOTE: You will need a FRN number (FCC Registration number) in order to sign up. The flyer explains how to get one.
HAMFEST, Saturday March 21, 2020, Loomis California. Hosted by Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club. Instead of a presentation there will be a workshop on DStar, Fusion, and Hot Spots with a table dedicated to each mode and Elmer's to explain how these work and help you program your radio.
Download the flyer
Visit the website at W6EK.org
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