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This blog area is where we share info regarding ARES and our "Served Agencies" and it is a good area to talk about DIY projects so you can be an Elmer to our newer hams.

If you are aware of an emergency in your area then please post a comment here in the BLOG so we can all monitor the situation.

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Posted by N5ILN on November 18, 2021 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lou Arbanas, NJ6H, District Emergency Coordinator for Monterey County, became a Silent Key on Sunday, November 14th, 2021. 

Lou's devotion and dedication to amateur radio will not be forgotten.

VHF/UHF SSB Simplex Contest Sat & Sun Sep 8-10

Posted by K6GRL Linda on September 8, 2018 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2018 Sept VHF/UHF SSB simplex contest happens this weekend Sep 8-10. The event begins Sat Sept 8 11:00 AM PST (1800 UTC) and ends Sun 8:00 PM (Mon 0259 UTC)

Bands: 6 M, 2 m USB, 70 cm USB

You will need a multimode radio and a valid ham license to tx

For 2 m, listen on 144.200 up or down

For 70 cm, listen on 432.100 up or down

You will need your Grid Square for exchange; Latitude, Longitude, CQ and ITU zones for logging.

Locate them here http://www.lev...

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FPRA needs Certified tower climber service

Posted by Bob Wiser K6RMW on April 6, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Fremont Peak Reeater Association (FPRA), the owners of the K6JE repeaters on Fremont Peak, are in need of the services of a certified tower climber.  Our K6JE repeater on Fremont Peak has a static sounding noise problem that is the result of an old abandon dipole antenna at the top of our 50' (approx.) tower.  It is located right next to our 2 meter K6JE repeater antenna.  When the wind blows on the hill, the old dipole antenna rubbs on the tower structure, causing the n...

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Noise on K6JE repeater when the wind blows

Posted by Bob Wiser K6RMW on February 17, 2016 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The noise problem currently being experienced by the K6JE repeater, is a very common problem for repeaters.


There is a chain link fence at the base of the tower we currently have our active 2m antenna on. The fence surrounds the anchor point of several guy wires for another structure. Our 1/2” hard line and messenger line were both rolled up and lashed to the chain link fence when we weren’t using it.


We removed the coax / messenger line roll...

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Close to Home

Posted by KJ6BQK-Glen on July 2, 2015 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Well it's hitting close to home.  Today's thunderstorm touched off a small fire on the ridge behind Tom (N6FVY) and Grace's (W6ULW) barn.  Folks do we all have 72 hour bug out kits, and radio go kits ready?  It's gonna be a long hot summer.  BTW fortunately the airtankers seem to have gotten the fire before it got away; but in south county we are a bit on edge!


Posted by K6GRL Linda on June 21, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Suggested Simplex frequency for SSB operation is 144.225 MHz plus or minus 10 khz in case the frequency is in use.


First MoCo SSB Simplex Exercise scheduled for Wednesday 6/24/15 at about 7:50 pm PST, following the ARES net.


SSB SIMPLEX on VHF or UHF bands can support communication over surprising distances and over rough terrain. [Reference: Intro to EMCOMM, ARR...

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IRLP-Echolink and HF Nets of Interest to ARES

Posted by K6GRL Linda on June 20, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Here are weekly nets that can be heard via IRLP or Echolink, and you may hear them on the K6BJ repeater, 146.790 -Pl94.8


When linked, you may hear these nets on the K6BJ repeater, 146.780 MHz Pl -94.8

The Skywarn/ Hurricane net at 5:00 pm PST (0000z) every Saturday, can be heard via IRLP 9219 or Echolink node 7203, followed by

The REACT net every Saturday at 6:00 pm PST, can be heard on the Wester...

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Seaside-Marina-CSUMB Regional EOC

Posted by Andrew on February 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Lyle Meek and I are hard at work trying to reestablish relationships with Seaside-Marina-CSUMB Regions.  I have made contacts with Seaside and they do not have any Ham equipment.  Lyle Meek and myself have visited with the Chief of Marina Fire and they have theirs set up ready for us to use.  They invited use their facitlities for training and to run our weekly net from if we desired.  It was a great day and we will be hopefully visiting CSUMB by the end of the month. ...

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2015 New Year

Posted by Louis Arbanas on January 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy 2015


My personal hope is that everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy the past holiday season and is ready to go back to work. I would hope that together we may now look at all of the bright opportunities for MCAEC-ARES in this new year.


As 2014 ended and we cancelled the last two monthly Leadership meetings to allow for our personal holiday scenarios (really only 45 days) a flood of information and events have taken place during that recess th...

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Posted by Jim Tripp / WA6DIJ on December 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year 2015 to all ARES members.  Looking forward to the new year and more emergency training in store for all of us.

Jim Tripp / wa6dij