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 2021
Dues are only $5 and you can pay online with Paypal or credit card.
Coming Events and Classes
SPECS Annual Member Meeting, Saturday January 9, 2021 9 am, online. A zoom link is provided in the 2020 December newsletter. We will be electing officers for 2021 and your presence at the meeting is important to establish a quorum. We will also have a speaker, Michelle Thompson, who will be talking about Amateur Radio Satellite. More about the talk is in the newsletter.
SPECS Board Meeting, Saturday Jan 9, 2021, online, immediately following the annual member meeting. Members are welcome to attend.
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.
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