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South County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

South County ARES is primarily for those hams who reside in southern San Mateo County and want to serve their community in an emergency by providing backup communications using amateur radio.

Training and practice are emphasized. One of the biggest challenges in an emergency is passing messages accurately and in the briefest way possible. These are covered in our training sessions and the weekly Net provides a way to improve those skills.

Participation in events is a wonderful way to improve skills and build confidence and connections with other hams who will likely be serving during an emergency.

Revised Net Procedure 3/25/2024
The July / August 2024 Newsletter is on-line
Revised Membership Lists Available 5/8/2024

See our Monthly Calendar format for Events
We are a non-profit organization. Our members donate hundreds of hours supporting community events and training for emergency services. Donations are most welcome and needed.
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  San Mateo County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services Ham Radio Frequency Plan Recommendation
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2017 Chirp-compatible CSV files for Baofeng radios: SMCOE 2017 Frequency plan REVISED 1/9/2018
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Thinking about volunteering?
A must-read is "Practical Reasons for Ham Radio Volunteering" linked to our Resouce page
Weekly Net
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  • Net Control Proc (PDF)  3/25/2024
  • Roll Call (PDF) 5/8/2024
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    The purpose of the South County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (SCARES) group is to provide emergency communication for Belmont, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Menlo Park/Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, and Woodside/Portola Valley when called upon by police, fire or an office of emergency service.

    We do not collect dues because our members contribute extensively with their time and expertise. We rely on donations from our supporters.

    For our out-of-area visitors, these cities are in the southern portion of San Mateo County on the San Francisco Peninsula.

    San Mateo County Emergency Information

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    Thanks to all these communities for their support by providing space and equipment for emergency communications.


    Menlo Park

    Redwood City

    San Carlos

    San Mateo

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