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 (



On Saturday January 13th, Mountain View ARES/RACES will be holding its annual Radio and Antenna Tuneup Party. This will take place from 1000 to 1200 or so, in the auditorium at the Police and Fire building at 1000 Villa Street. All Mountain View ARES/RACES members are encouraged to attend, and hams from other cities in our area are also welcome.

This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the ARES/RACES group, and to have your portable and mobile radios and antennas checked and measured. We'll have at least a couple of antenna analyzers for measuring resonant frequency and SWR, a power meter, and a service monitor for checking your transmitter frequency and PL tone and FM deviation levels. If you have any concerns about whether your radio is operating properly, bring it down and we'll find out!

We'll also have a supply of Anderson PowerPole connectors, and the tools needed to install them. Santa Clara County ARES/RACES groups have standardized on PowerPole connectors for radio and power supply and battery cables... they're rugged and reliable, and we encourage our hams to use them wherever practical. If you have a mobile radio or power supply with a manufacturer-specific power plug, we can remove it and install PowerPoles in its place at no cost to you.

Also, we hope to have radio-programming software and cables for most popular radios available. Our former EC Jerry Haag had developed a very complete set of channel-programming data for ARES use in the county, and we can download this data into an unused section of your radio's memory so you'll have all of the channels ready to use. If possible, please bring your radio manual with you.

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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, 01-02-18)

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 Comms June 25, 2016 - 5.9 MB Acrobat files 2 Slides per Page OR 4 Slides per Page

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)