ARES Web Links

The following links may be useful to you in connection with your AREAS activities:

Southern Peninsula Emergency Communications System (SPECS)

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES

ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section

Loma Pioneer Repeater Club

American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Sign-up for Monday night VHF net

Sign up for Monday night UHF Net

PacFORMS Update for MV CERT - 10-09-17

Mountain View Antenna Drops

Webmaster Phil Henderson (


Monday Net Signup

Sign-up for Monday night VHF net

Sign up for Monday night UHF Net



Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7 - 8:30 PM, Auditorium, 1000 Villa St., Mountain View

Flood When Coyote Creek flooded and thousands had to evacuate, when wildfires killed 43 people in the North Bay and destroyed whole neighborhoods, and when hurricanes swept through the southern states, emergency operations kicked in.

Here is your chance to listen to and ask questions of Stephanie Charles (KI6PUW) and Stephanie Wilde.   Both are Red Cross volunteers, and Stephanie Charles is also a Mountain View CERT and ham.   Both were deployed to multiple disasters last year, nearby and further afield.

Fire All of these disaster responses involved large, complex operations, and between them, the two Stephanies were involved in many different facets.   They will share their stories about some of the fascinating and challenging aspects of disaster response.   How were these responses organized and how well did various organizations play together?   What worked well and what were some of the challenges?   What role did CERTs and hams play?   How could the public have been better prepared?

Come hear their stories and candid observations about an extraordinary year in disaster response. This will be an interactive session, so think about what questions youd like to ask these two who have been there and done it.

Both Ham and CERT folks are invited, including those from other cities, to this lessons-learned evening.
Sign up HERE:
Attendance is limited to 50 sign-ups.


On February 18, 2017, we participated in the county wide drill, and our drill was to do a survey of the Stevens and Permanente Creeks at prescribed survey locations and record the real status of the creeks.   The goals were to report the status of the information via simplex and repeater radios to net control and take pictures up and down stream.   Mountain View CERT members were invited to assist as observers. The photographic results at each survey location can be viewed at this URL:
Creek Survey Pictures


Frequencies for Programming Radios

Santa Clara Co. Frequencies - These frequencies are organized by City in Santa Clara County and were prepared by Jerry Haag (SK) to match the order of frequencies programmed into the radios in the ARES shack in Mountain view.   The format is Excel, XLS.

Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties frequencies - There are two sheets to this Excel (XLSX) file.   The first has Santa Clara County frequencies from the County website and they are sorted numerically.   The list is separated into Frequently Used, VHF, UHV and Packet.   The Frequently used frequencies are repeated in the subsequent sections.   The second sheet contains Frequently Used, VHF, UHV and Packet frequencies for San Mateo County.   There is no guarantee that I have captured all of the SMC frequencies.   Note that both sheets are laid out so that you can print a frequency sheet. You will have to do some re-formating to match your radio programming program requirements.   Prepared by Phil Henderson.

ICS Forms (PDF format)

ICS-205 MTV Communications Plan

ICS-211A MTV RACES Sign-in

ICS-213 MTV Damage Summary, 3-26-14 CERT

ICS-213 General Message Form. 3-26-14

ICS-214 MTV Unit Log

ICS-309 MTV Communications Log

ICS-314 MTV Windshield Damage Survey

911 Emergency Message Form

Current roster of net participants (ICS 211A)

PDF File (New Format, 04-08-18)

Net Control Scripts

MV Script for Monday night net (from K6MTV) (.PDF)

MV Script for Monday night net (from remote location) (.PDF)

Practice Recording Call Signs with Audio Recordings

Training Presentations

K6MTV Station Operations (.PDF)

Operating in an Amateur Radio Net (3-26-16)

Principles of Net Control (.PDF)

Principles of Message Passing (.PDF)

Introduction to HF Operations, 4/28/18 - 1.6 MB Acrobat file

Hams and Red Cross (large file) (.PDF)

CERT/Ham Communications (large file)

Disaster Service Workers/RACES Activation - 05/20/17 (.PDF, 4 slides/pg)

DSW Guide to Worker's Compensation (.PDF)

Amateur Packet Radio/CERT in Santa Clara County

Powerpoint Presentation (.PPT)

Adobe Format (.PDF)

SEMS/NIMS Combo Class

On-Line Courses

Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001)

IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System

IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

Map of the World from Mountain View (.PDF)

Map of Bay Area from Mountain View (.PDF)