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 has changed from PayPal to 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
Annual Meeting, January 8, 2022, 9am (zoom)
Our featured speaker/s will show us how the SPECS repeaters came to be, and what we can look forward to in the future. Elections will also be held. See the Officers page for biographies of the nominees listed in the newsletter (many are current officers). Please see the 2021 November Newsletter for details and the zoom link.
Monday Night Net, every Monday night beginning at 19:30. Members check in on UHF and/or VHF. Learn more
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