About the Estero Radio Club
The Estero Radio Club has been active for more than 40 years. Members come from all walks of life, from engineers to office workers, men and women of all ages. They are very active not only in ham radio as a hobby, but also as members of disaster response teams.
Club members also provide communication assistance during events such as marathons and bicycle races. The club also sponsors ham radio-related activities of interest to the general public as well as other hams. Through mentoring and training, the club assists person interested in ham radio to become licensed and to progress in the experience that is ham radio.
Weekly Ham Speak Meetings: Presentations and demonstrations of interest to all radio hams and prospective hams.
Weekly Informal Breakfast: Hams gather for food and an "eyeball" contact.
SLOECC Monthly Meeting (San Luis Obispo Emergency Coordinating Council) and Estero Radio Club joint meeting.
RACES: (The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) consists of only those amateur radio operators who have previously registered with State and local governments to provide emergency radio communications for them in times of emergency. This service must be activated by the government.
In addition to wartime communications, operations under the RACES rules can provide or supplement communications during emergencies where normal communication systems have sustained damage. It may be used in a wide variety of situations, including natural disasters, technological disasters, nuclear accidents, nuclear attack, terrorist incidents, and bomb threats.
ARES: (The Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is part of the Amateur Radio Relay League's (ARRL) extensive volunteer field organization dedicated to public service. ARES is comprised of amateur radio operators who volunteer to provide a resource of trained operators for reliable primary or secondary communications links for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.
PG&E Siren Tests: Club members participate in the siren tests by monitoring an assigned siren during the test to be sure it is operating correctly. In conjunction with monitoring the sirens, the club conducts a practice net control operation to simulate a tactical situation.
Elmering: Elmers are experienced hams who help educate and mentor new Technician Class amateurs as they become more and more involved in amateur radio and prepare for advancement to General Class.
Field Day: Members set up operating radio stations in a portable situations, providing recreation and training for emergency operation. We often use the parks in downtown areas for this weekend activity. The event is open to the public, especially youth, to see all forms of amateur radio communications in action.