SJC1 - 147.210 + 114.8 Stockton (Stockton Pri)
SJC2 - 146.655 - 100.0 Tracy (County Pri)
SJC3 - 145.210 - 100.0 Tracy (County B/up)
SJC4 - 147.090 + 114.8 Lodi (North Pri)
SJC5 - 146.985 - 100.0 Manteca
SJC6 - 147.165 + 107.2 SDARC
SJC7 - 147.015 + 114.8 Copperopolis
SJC8 - 147.105 + 94.8 Stockton
SJC9 - 146.895 - 114.8 Mt. Oso - Disabled
SJC10 - 444.400 + 114.8 Copperopolis
SJC11 - 444.325 + 94.8 Stockton (Stockton Pri)
SJC12 - 443.825 + 107.2 Mt. Oso
SJC13 - 444.575 + 107.2 Stockton
SJC14 - 444.850 + 114.8 127.3 Tracy 
SJC15 - 444.500 + 114.8 Stockton
LLNL - 146.775 - 100.0 Livermore

TAC1 - 146.550

TAC3 - 146.535
TAC4 - 146.430
TAC6 - 156.565
TAC7 - 146.595
TAC8 - 146.445
All simplex

Opinions expressed are my own. I hope they are useful, but policies and procedures vary widely from one location and group to another.

What I describe may not work for you and may even be unsafe. Always follow your local policies and procedures!

Also, unless specifically mentioned, this site is about VHF/UHF operations and not HF, which is very often different for very good reasons.

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Stockton: 147.210 + N5FDL and 444.500 + K6TRK Both PL 114.8 (linked)

Copperopolis/Gopher Ridge: 147.015 + and 444.400 + N5FDL UHF is Yaesu System Fusion analog and digital — tone on analog only

Mt. Oso: 146.895 - N5FDL and 443.825 + PL 107.2 (not linked)

Tracy: 444.850 + KB6EMK PL 127.3

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Bear Mtn.: 146.090 + and 444.250 + WB6ASU Both PL 114.8 (linked)

Mt. Delux: 145.210 - PL 100.0 WA6SEK (10mi S of Tracy)

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Leaders Need a Ham Radio Business Card

Sample ARES business card (Click for larger image)I think every ARES/RACES/ACS leader should have a business card. They are easy and inexpensive to make or have printed and improve the professional image we seek to create as emergency communicators.

Recently, someone sent an email asking to see my card. I wasn’t able to scan the actual card—it’s a VistaPrint design with a U.S. flag and, yes, maybe I am overdoing it.

Based on a design by David Gillespie (Click for larger image)So, I created this new sample card, similiar to one I have used in the past. It’s really pretty simple. I didn’t include my address because it’s not really necessary.

I like to add a message to the back side of the card that explains who we are and promotes licensing:

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service of San Joaquin County is a volunteer group of ham radio operators who provide emergency and public service communications to our community.

To find out more—including how to become a licensed ham in just one day (no Morse code)—please contact us.

You might also want to add a line to the front or back that tells how a served agency can activate your group in an emergency. Something like:

Emergency activation via Sheriff’s Dispatch

That isn’t how we activate—we are updating the plan right now—but words to that effect might help make sure people can find you when emergency communications are needed.

You can print surprisingly nice cards on a color inkjet or laser printer using specialty card stock (Avery). The cards turn out better, I think, if you have them professionally printed. Any card, however, is better than no card.

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Taking a hint from your very good idea. Here is Zazzle card you can customize, front and back.

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Apr 12, 2009 at 8:53AM | Registered CommenterDavid Gillespie

I created a new "When All Else Fails" design based on your Zazzle card. Thanks! I don't like mine as much -- I didn't have a bold Futura or one that would size below 9 points.

Apr 12, 2009 at 10:50AM | Registered CommenterDavid Coursey, N5FDL
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