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)

PacFORMS Update for MV CERT - 09-17-18

Mountain View Antenna Drops

Webmaster Phil Henderson (

Ham-Cram License Testing, Jan. 12, 2019, San Francisco. Click this for Flyer


Monday Net Signup

Sign-up for Monday night nets


K6MTV ANENNA PARTY, Saturday Jan. 26, 2019

This is our first activity of the new year and it is a chance to meet your fellow hams and for the new hams in the MV ARES group to meet those who have been around for a while. We historically call this the "Antenna Party" because it is a chance to check your antennas to make sure they are functioning correctly, but it also is a chance to check your radio for frequency accuracy, make power cables with Anderson Connectors, and even program your radios with the local and Santa Clara Co. frequencies. So come and join the party! Sign up below so we have an idea of how many goodies to have.  There will be examples of 2-hour go-kits and a packet station you can try out as well.

Sign up HERE.

K6MTV BASIC OUTPOST PACKET TRAINING, Thursday, February 21, 2019, 1900-2100 hours

This class is a very basic introduction to how we use Packet Radio in Mountain View.   It’s for people who want to have a packet station in the future, but also for people who may not even intend to use packet, but who might be asked to relieve a packet operator during an extended incident, using the equipment already set up.   Note it is on a Thursday evening.

Sign up HERE.



I want to thank Rick Van Mell, KI6PUR, for cordinating the Mike-Mike drill Saturday.   There were a total of 18 people participating inclucing the 5 of us in the "shack".   Rick sent 84 emails inviting Mountain View hams to participate in the drill, so the response was somewhat dissapointing.   However, those who took the time to send us one or more Mike-Mike reports did a great job.   The reports were generally well distributed around Mountain View.

Leslie, KK6EKN, plotted all the places from which we got reports and put a red dot on a map of Mountain View for each one.   We got reports on simplex using HT's for almost all.   Exceptions were Shoreline and Casey (very far north, received on 440 with an HT) and Piper and Elmira (mobile rig, actually in Sunnyvale).   Operators did a good job of covering wide areas of the city.

Click HERE to view the Acrobat copy of the map.

Again, thanks to those of you who helped today!

Phil Henderson, KF6ZSQ, AEC

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, 01-21-19)

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)