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 - 08-14-18

Mountain View Antenna Drops

Webmaster Phil Henderson (


Monday Net Signup

Sign-up for Monday night nets


ARES/RACES County Drill - Earthquake Reporting - August 18, 2018

As part of Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Communications drill, Mountain View is participating by practicing reporting Earthquake damage using the Modified Mercalli scale, or as we call it the Mike-Mike scale.   You can find the scale and associated decriptions at

Most of you do not need to go anywhere. You can report from your home or where ever you are.   We will need a few of you to help at the radio room at 1000 Villa. The drill will start at 1000 and run thru 1200.

For those who wish to help record the responses as a radio operator, sign up below. We will have two time periods: 1000 to 1100 and 1100 to 1200 and be listening on a simplex and repeater frequency.   If you want to sign up for the County/Packet position, it is assumed that you have had county Packet training.

Frequency and additional information can be found at: HERE.

Signup for Operator positions HERE


Thursday, August 23th, 1000 Villa from 1900 to 2100 hours
This class is aimed at the newly licensed ham looking for a quick understanding of ham radio operations and Emergency Communications in our area.   This is a jumpstart class to help fill some of the voids before the newly licensed ham can take the County's Intro and Fundamentals classes.

This class does not replace either of those County classes but lays some basic foundation so the ham can participate in local city nets and drills before those classes are offered.   This class will provide quick overviews of how ham radio is used in emergency communications.   Hams attending this class are also recommended to sign up for the County's Introduction to Emergency Communications and Fundamentals of Emergency Communications when those classes become available.

Handouts of the slides will be available at the class.

This class is open to ARES members of surrounding cities.

Sign up HERE:


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, 07-13-18)

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)