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
!!!! BULLETIN! W6ASH IMPORTANT NEWS !!!!
We are in the process of moving the W6ASH repeater system to its new location at El Camino Hospital. This will affect availability of some frequencies over the next few weeks.
The 224.140 repeater will be shut down, and will be off the air until the move is complete.
Linking of W6ASH to AA6BT (for the county Resource Net, Travel Net, and training events) will not be available during this transition.
The Monday Night SPECS Net can continue to use the 145.270 and 440.800 repeaters. Net control operators, please check in advance to make sure you can reach the temporary 440.800 repeater with acceptable signal strength and quality.
We'll update this notice when we know more about when the repeater system will go "on the air" from its new location.
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
A list of trainings offered by Santa Clara County ARES/RACES is available here.
Amateur Radio Classes and Licensing
BAEARS HAM CRAM Class
The July class had a 94% pass rate, with 5 new Generals and 3 new Extras! The next class will be in San Bruno, Saturday, September 10, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The fee is $35 at the door. See the flyer for more information. Registration is normally done on their website, but it is temporarily under construction. They hope to have it available before the class, but if not, there will be an alternate way to register. Check here for an update.
FREE Technician Class Trainings
A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Sept 8, and will run through Thursday, October 20 (7 sessions). The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. These are the classes that have been held for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum. Those wishing to sign up should email Rol Anders, K3RA: firstname.lastname@example.org
A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, October 27, and will run through Thursday, January 5 (9 sessions, plus break for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas week). The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time. These are the classes that have been held for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum. Those wishing to sign up should email Rol Anders, K3RA: email@example.com
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