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    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.

    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

    Ham Cram Class San Francisco, BAERS, Jan 25, 2020, 8 am to 5 pm, Archbishop Riordan High School.

    download flyer

    visit website

    Ham Cram Class Los Gatos, February 8 am to 5 pm. (probably Feb 22 - check website)

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

    download flyer  (coming soon...)

    visit website

    register with eventbrite.

     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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