How to Join Us

We invite all persons who may have an interest to join us, whether or not you have an FCC Amateur Radio license or two-way amateur radio equipment.  We'll help you get trained to get your license, a radio and to maintain your radio communication skills.

An online enrollment form for "membership" in the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno ARES-RACES (LGMS-ARES-RACES) EmComm group is provided at:

Some of the information solicited is optional (such as your DoB). Other information you may not know unless you are already covered (such as Disaster Service Worker (DSW), the mechanism within the State of California that provides Workers' Compensation to voluntary emergency assistance persons, such as ourselves).

Membership in the LG/MS A-R group signifies that you are willing to volunteer your amateur radio communication services to the towns of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno in the event of a declared emergency or related activities.

Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Liability Insurance
Los Gatos and Santa Clara County both provide members of Los Gatos-Monte Sereno ARES-RACES with DSW registration for activities within their legal jurisdiction during declared emergencies and for activities in which we are trained.  You should not participate in field exercises or emergency communications activities without DSW coverage and never beyond your specific training … to avoid needless risk for you and for us, the city and county.

You will be considered an Active Member if you have participated in any of our activities at least once in the prior 12 months, otherwise you will be considered InActive.  Of course, if you permanently move out of the area you may want to have us delete you from our roster.

You do not need to be a formal member in order to participate in our weekly check-ins, attend our monthly meetings or volunteer for the Children's Holiday Parade (on the spot DSW coverage is provided).  Any of those activities are an easy way to become familiar with our group.  Our monthly member meetings on the second Saturday of the month at the LG-MS Police Operations Center, 15900 Los Gatos Blvd (near Blossom Hill Rd).

We currently have 43 active members from Los Gatos and would like to get to 48 by the end of 2016 and 96 by the end of 2017. 

There are over 450 residents of Los Gatos and Monte Sereno who have current FCC Amateur Radio licenses out of a population of 26,400 aged 18 and older. That is about twice the per-capita ratio of the U.S. population with ham licenses.  While the FCC does not have any restriction on the age of a license holder, for our purposes, members should be at least 18.