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

WE ARE CURRENTLY IN CONDITION GREEN. It is a great time to check your gear and charge your batteries.

Please insure that your radios are


set for the following frequencies 

in the event of an emergency:

Primary: K6JE VHF repeater, 145.470, -0.6, 94.8

Alternate Primary: K6JE UHF repeater, 441.450, +5.0, 123.0

Click HERE to go to the band plan 

page for more frequencies.

Please note:  

The September meeting 

will be on zoom!

Click HERE to see Net Control assignment Schedule


News alert 

The south county KC6ERT UHF repeater is on the air in the lockwood area!

TX = 443.800 Mhz
RX =448.800 Mhz
PL = 100.0 

The repeater will be on the air 24/7 for those in the South County area and will be linked to the K6JE Fremont Peak VHF repeater during emergencies and during nets to allow North County and South County hams to communicate with one another.


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

Note, you must be a member of this website to be able to post messages on the blog page.

Click HERE to view the latest blogs.


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 1126 Castroville, CA 95012-1126

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 


is a Weather-Ready 

Nation Ambassador.


Sunday, Oct 25 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sunday, Oct 25 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday, Oct 26 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday, Oct 26 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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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 1126

Castroville, CA 95012-1126