April Meeting

April 7, 2021, from 7:30-9:00 PM

Please join us by navigating to: meeting ( https://zoom.us/j/4086215853 ) You will be prompted to enter your name and the meeting password. In order to minimize the opportunity for zoom bombers or others to hijack our meeting, this page will be updated again with the password on the day of the meeting or we will provide it on our email distribution list.

You can also join by telephone using the following phone number:

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 408 621 5853
Password: 776520
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TOPIC: Emergency Communications

Tim Howard is the ARES District Emergency Coordinator for Santa Clara County and before that was the Emergency Coordinator for Milpitas for 11 years.  In Milpitas, he served for 21 years on the city’s Emergency Preparedness Commission an advisory body to the City Council on matters related to emergency preparedness.

He holds an FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio license (KE6TIM) and was first licensed in 2008.  In addition to the Amateur Radio license, he also holds a commercial FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG1229783).

Tim was an electronic technician in the US Navy working on aircraft communications, radar, and computer systems.  After leaving the Navy, he worked in various technical, instructional, and managerial roles for both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies and taught electronic theory at West Valley College.  He is currently self-employed.

This presentation will cover:

  • How Amateur Radio is utilized by Emergency Managers to gather Situational Awareness in the initial minutes after a natural disaster or man-made event occurs. 
  • The role Amateur Radio plays in supporting our communities.
  • City, County, and State Emergency Managers are moving to credentials for their EOC personnel.
  • Santa Clara County ARES/RACES Training opportunities and Credential programs.
  • Practicing your communication skills in the correct setting makes you a significantly better operator.


Saratoga Frequencies

Everyone should have the following frequencies programmed into their VHF/UHF radios. A complete list of all county frequencies and local jurisdictions can be found at this link.

Channel NameResource NameR/SFrequencyOffsetPL
Tactical AltSimplex146.505
Tactical Alt 2Simplex146.595

Read All About Us

  • Our brochure contains an overview of our club’s history, member interests, net, meetings, activities, and how you might become a member. If you would like to become a member, please complete our membership form and mail it to: Saratoga Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 2034, Saratoga, CA 95070.


  • Facilitate scientific education and knowledge of radio engineering and communication skills by providing training, reference materials for self education and operating practice;
  • Provide voluntary noncommercial communication, particularly providing emergency communication as a public service and without any remuneration; and
  • Promote amateur radio by facilitating the exchange of information, improve individual operating efficiency and strengthen the welfare of amateur radio in the community.


  • Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
  • Location is at the Saratoga Fire Station, located on 14380 Saratoga Avenue at the corner of Saratoga-Sunnyvale and Los Gatos-Saratoga Roads, in Saratoga. Map
  • Prior to the meeting we have dinner at Jake’s of Saratoga Restaurant located at 12175 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (and Prospect Road). Map. We usually meet around 6:00 p.m. Someone will be monitoring the repeater while we are at dinner so check-in and say “Hi” if you are on your way.
  • We strongly suggest you bring your 2M HT in case you have difficulty finding the meeting. If you have difficulty finding the meeting, please contact someone on the club repeater.