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ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Service 
RACES: Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

WE ARE CURRENTLY IN A CONDITION GREEN STATUS. THERE ARE NO CURRENT ALERTS. Please check the status of your batteries and radios. Check back to this banner anytime you have a question about our current status.

Click HERE to see Net Control assignment Schedule

In the event of an emergency, please post a notice on the blog page of this website describing the nature of the emergency and stating the level of ARES involvment

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Wednesday evenings at 1930 hours on the following freq;

K6JE 145.470, -600, PL=94.8

located on Fremont Peak

We thank the Fremont Peak Repeater Association for the use of their repeater on a weekly basis.

Visit FPRA website at


The trained operators of Monterey County ARES provide reliable primary and secondary communication links for the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Operations Centers in cities throughout the county, as well as organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the major local hospitals. Local ARES members are registered in the Monterey County Disaster Service Worker Volunteer Program.

Any licensed amateur can join ARES without being a member of ARRL.  There are no membership fees required to become a member of Monterey County ARES.

Monterey County 
Amateur Emergency Communications

Monterey County ARES is supported by the MCAEC club. MCAEC is a governing organization responsible for fund raising and is fully sanctioned as an operating club by ARRL National. You can visit the club website by clicking HERE.

If you would like to become an ARES member, please click HERE for the application form. Fill it out and email it to Lou Arbanas

You can send mail to PO Box 1411 Castroville, CA 95012-1411

Monterey County is around 100 miles long from north to south with varing terrain. The long Salinas Valley runs down the eastern center of the county and then there are coastal mountains on the west side of the county and the land to the east of the Salinas Valley is also pretty rugged. This results in sheltered valleys within the coastal range that cannot be reached by fixed repeater locations so it places the emphasis on the need for mobile, aka relocatable, repeater stations in order to provide the needed emergency communications for the County.

Monterey County ARES 

is a Weather-Ready 

Nation Ambassador.

Sunday, Sep 22 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, Sep 22 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, Sep 23 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, Sep 23 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Served Agencies Include:

Monterey County OES

American Red Cross


Salvation Army

City of Seaside EOC

CHOMP, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. 

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital

Natividad Medical Center

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Mee Memorial Hospital, King City

We support the 

Big Sur International Marathon

We also support the 

Sea Otter Classic.

Above is a view of the Pfeiffer Big Sur Fire event Dec. 16, 2013 that Monterey ARES supported.

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This page was last updated 

on Nov. 12, 2018

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Monterey ARES is an all volunteer organization that is self supporting.  If you would like to make a donation you can send a check to:

Monterey ARES

PO Box 1411

Castroville, CA 95012-1411