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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 Stockton Club
SJC7 - 147.015 + 114.8 (East)
SJC8 - 147.105 + 67.0 Stockton
SJC9 - 146.895 - 114.8 Mt. Oso
SJC10 - 444.400 + 114.8 (East)
SJC11 - 444.325 + 94.8 Stockton (Stockton Pri)
SJC12 - 443.825 + 107.2 Mt. Oso
SJC13 - 444.575 + 107.2 Stockton (Pri)
SCJ14 - 444.850 + 114.8 Tracy (testing)
SJC15 - 444.500 + 114.8 Stockton
LLNL - 146.775 - 100.0 Livermore

Linked repeaters - SJC1/10 SJC2/LLNL SJC7/10

Tac1 - 146.550
Tac3 - 146.535
Tac4 - 146.430
Tac6 - 156.565
Tac7 - 146.590
Tac8 - 146.445
All simplex
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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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All PL 114.8 Unless Noted

Stockton: 147.210 + N5FDL and 444.500 + K6TRK (linked)

Copperopolis/Gopher Ridge: 147.015 + and 444.400 + N5FDL (linked)

Mt. Oso: 146.895 - N5FDL and 443.825 + PL 107.2

Affiliated Repeaters

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

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

All repeaters are open to all users.


No More Color-Coded Terror Alerts!

Secretary Napolitano Announces New National Terrorism Advisory System to More Effectively Communicate Information about Terrorist Threats to the American Public


Release Date: January 27, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

DHS Discontinues Color-Coded Alert System

Washington, D.C. - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will discontinue the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) in favor of a new system, the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), that will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

The National Terrorism Advisory System will be implemented over the next 90 days in order for DHS and our federal, state, local, tribal, community and private sector partners to transition to the new system.

“Security is a shared responsibility, and we must work together to keep our nation safe from threats,” said Secretary Napolitano. “This new system is built on a clear and simple premise: when a credible threat develops that could impact the public, we will tell you and provide whatever information we can so that you know how to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe.”

HSAS was first introduced on March 11, 2002. In July 2009, Secretary Napolitano formed a bipartisan task force of security experts, state and local elected and law enforcement officials, and other key stakeholders—co-chaired by Fran Townsend, former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security, and Judge William Webster, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)—to assess the effectiveness of HSAS. The results of this assessment formed the basis of the National Terrorism Advisory System.

Under the new system, DHS will coordinate with other federal entities to issue formal, detailed alerts when the federal government receives information about a specific or credible terrorist threat. These alerts will include a clear statement that there is an “imminent threat” or “elevated threat.” The alerts also will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals and communities, businesses and governments can take.

The National Terrorism Advisory System alerts will be based on the nature of the threat: in some cases, alerts will be sent directly to law enforcement or affected areas of the private sector, while in others, alerts will be issued more broadly to the American people through both official and media channels—including a designated DHS webpage (, as well as social media channels including Facebook and via Twitter @NTASAlerts

Additionally, NTAS will have a “sunset provision,” meaning that individual threat alerts will be issued with a specified end date. Alerts may be extended if new information becomes available or if the threat evolves significantly.

Secretary Napolitano announced this change today during her “State of America’s Homeland Security” address at the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. A copy of her prepared remarks is available here.

For more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System, visit


vCARD's Help ARES Members "Remember" Emergency Inf

This is an idea so simple that I am kicking myself for not thinking of it years ago: Distributing an ARES vCARD to members that contains contact information and the frequencies we might use during an incident.

Microsoft Outlook and Mac Mail support them, for sure, and I think Google Apps does, also. As far as I know, when you click on a vCARD pretty much any PC or Mac address book knows how to create a new entry containing the information. 

Since many people now carry copies of their address books with them, this could be an excellent way to make sure they have your emergency information available. (I am wondering, however, whether all address books pickup the “notes” field from the vCARD. Please tell me how this works for you!)


Urban Search for CERT and ARES

A one-day workshop for volunteer responders: March 19, 2011, Stockton, CA. Register here. 20 people registered the first day.

Ham radio operators and CERT members can learn to help save lives by searching for missing children and at-risk adults during a one-day training event to be held Saturday, March 19, in Stockton.

The “Urban Search for CERT and ARES” workshop will kickoff creation of a new rapid-response program that uses Amateur Radio operators and Community Emergency Response Team members as searchers. Volunteers attending the class will become the program’s first members.

Taught by leaders of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, the class will give volunteers the basic skills necessary to safely look for missing kids and at-risk adults in the urban or suburban environment. 

The event will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the San Joaquin County Agriculture Center in Stockton and runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is sponsored by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service of San Joaquin County. 

The workshop is open to anyone interested, however, seating is limited and priority will be given to current ARES and CERT members. You need not be a San Joaquin County resident to attend. Feel free to forward this information.

There is no fee for the class, although donations will be accepted to support the event and search program.

The workshop marks the second anniversary of the search for Sandra Cantu, an 8-year-old Tracy girl who was abducted near her home on March 27, 2009. Her body was discovered just over a week later.

The organizers and instructors were involved in the search for Sandra. While later investigation found the child was likely deceased even before she was noticed to be missing, San Joaquin ARES hopes this program will make a difference in the lives of children in the future.

Elders with dementia or other cognitive disorders are a second focus of the program. Statistics show that many of these patients will wander from facilities and caregivers. If not found quickly, a significant number will eventually be discovered deceased.

The goal of the program is to, in cooperation with law enforcement, get 10 two-searcher teams on-scene within one hour of notification. Such a response would dramatically increase the resources available to search for the missing person.

Attendance in the current room is limited to 50 persons. If necessary, we will attempt to find a room large enough to hold everyone who wants to attend.

Registration for the event is now open online at For additional information, please contact David Coursey, ARES Emergency Coordinator (


The Return of "Duck and Cover"

Bert the Turtle is very alert!Here in an excerpt for an article published in the online version of The Atlantic magazine:

But now “duck and cover” is back, not as kitsch but once again as serious advice from the federal government. Faced with growing concerns about a nuclear attack on one or more major cities — this time from terrorists, or bombs smuggled instead of dropped by countries like Iran or North Korea — authorities are once again looking to educate citizens about what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. And that advice sounds a lot like what they were saying in my grandfather’s day: Duck and cover.

Well worth reading. 



Wal-Mart Emergency Power

Here's a combo rechargeable battery and inverter combo, spotted tonight at Wal-Mart. Might be a nice addition to a go-kit or even for use at home.