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Special notice:
For the latest National Disaster Communications
frequency information, go to:

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -
The National Weather Service.

Latest nationwide weather information.

For local South Bay-Area 24-hour Weather Information tune to:

162.400 or 162.550MHz.

U.S. Geological Survey
Earthquake and Tsunami information:

Latest Earthquake and Tsunami information.

Mount St. Helens Volcano information:

Latest Mount St. Helens eruption information.

Mount St. Helens Volcano-Cam (Visible during U.S.Pacific Coast daylight hours.)
This is an image of Mount St. Helens, taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
The Observatory and VolcanoCam are located at an elevation of approximately
4,500 feet, and about five miles from the volcano.

Hurricane information:

Hurricane Watch Net:
14.325 MHz
  7.268 MHz

U.S. Coast Guard - Gulf Coast:
  8.291 Mhz USB
(Monitor ONLY, Do-Not Transmit.)

The Florida Emergency Operations Center.
C-Band Satellite feed:
Galaxy 3, Transponder 15 (G3C/XP15) at 95.0° West.
Has occasional live video feeds, bulletins,
and disaster info directly from the EOC.
If no video here, try the other 23 transponders.

Transponder 15 used during Hurricane "Frances." (September 2004)
Transponder 4 used during Hurricane "Charlie." (August 2004)

WBRZ TV Channel 2 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
C-Band Satellite feed:
Telstar 5, Transponder 9 (T5C/XP9) at 97.0° West.
Has occasional live video feeds, bulletins,
and disaster info directly from the EOC.
If no video here, try the other 23 transponders.

Transponder 9 used during Hurricane "Katrina." (August 2005)

WWV Time Standard

WWV Building

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) radio station WWV broadcasts
time and frequency information 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to millions of listeners
worldwide. WWV is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, about 100 kilometers north of Denver.

The broadcast information includes time announcements, standard time intervals, standard
frequencies, UT1 time corrections, a BCD time code, geophysical alerts and marine storm
warnings on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, and 20 MHz.

WWV Time Signal

All about WWVB Radio Controlled "Atomic" Clocks

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Here is a list of some local frequencies for the Greater
South San Francisco Bay-Area. This list is by no means comprehensive,
but covers the basics, and will get you started on the road to hours of
exciting listening. In the event of a major emergency such as an earthquake,
it can provide you with up-to-the-minute life-saving news and information as
it happens; directly from the sources.

*Please Note:
Many of the following City and County departments and agencies are phasing-in
their radios to the new Silicon Valley Regional Communications System,
which uses digital encryption that no scanner or Ham Radio can monitor.

There are still some "in the clear" analog signals available to monitor
in the South-Bay area, but many of the most popular ones are now gone.

The frequencies listed here are for reference purposes.

Amateur Radio
146.115+ PL=100.0Silicon Valley Emergency Communications Service (SVECS)AA6BTSanta Clara County ARES-RACES.
145.190- PL=151.4 TX / 154.4 RXAlmaden Radio Club - KN6NUAWA2IBMAlmaden Valley Repeater
224.100- PL=156.7 TXAlmaden Radio Club - KN6NUAWA2IBMAlmaden Valley Repeater
441.150+ PL=100.0 TX / 100.0 RXAlmaden Radio Club - KN6NUAWA2IBMAlmaden Valley Repeater
146.985- PL=114.8Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association (SCCARA)W6UUSanta Clara County ARES-RACES.
145.270- PL=100.oSouthern Penninsula Emergency Communications Service (SPECS)W6ASHSanta Clara County ARES.Los Altos.
146.970- PL=94.8Naval Postgraduate School Amateur Radio ClubK6LYMonterey County ARES.
146.790- Santa Cruz Radio ClubK6BJSanta Cruz ARES.
147.855- PL=100"Charlie" RepeaterWA6TEMSouth-Bay Area.
224.600- PL=156.7Condor LinkK6GZKState-wide repeater system.
442.900+ PL=162.2WIN System - Loma PrietaWR6ABDWide-area linked repeater system.
444.550+ PL=100.0WIN System - SunnyvaleAF6EQWide-area linked repeater system.
144.930Packet BBSN0ARY-1Digital Packet Data
146.520Two-Meter Simplex Calling  
220.100Two-Twenty Simplex Calling  
222.100Two-Twenty Simplex Calling  
223.500Two-Twenty Simplex Calling  
432.100Four-Forty Simplex Calling  
446.000Four-Forty Simplex Calling  
GMRS Radio
462.725San Jose CERT-1 GMRS Repeater (Members Only)  
San Jose Police Department *Encrypted Digital
460.150Ch.1North & AirportD, R, V (Districts)
460.275Ch.2WestF, N
460.200Ch.3 North East FoothillM, W
460.425Ch.4South East FoothillC, P
460.400Ch.5DowntownE, K
460.325Ch.6CentralL, S
460.475Ch.7South WestA, T
460.525Ch.8South EastX, Y
460.100Ch.9Citywide Common 1Interop
460.050Ch.11Citywide Common 2Interop
460.100Ch.16Tac 4 
460.36250Ch.18Special Events 
San Jose Fire Department *Encrypted Digital
155.025San Jose Fire01 Dispatch PrimaryTone: 173.800 PL
154.430San Jose FireCommand 2Tone: 173.800 PL
154.115San Jose FireCommand 3Tone: 173.800 PL
155.820San Jose FireCommand 4Tone: 173.800 PL
155.880San Jose FireTac 5Tone: 173.800 PL
154.355San Jose FireTac 6Tone: 173.800 PL
154.010San Jose FireTac 7Tone: 173.800 PL
154.310San Jose FireTac 8Tone: 173.800 PL
155.925San Jose FireCommand 11 (Citywide)Tone: 123.000 PL
153.980San Jose FireCommand 12 (North of Hwy 280)Tone: 151.400 PL
154.115San Jose FireCommand 13 (South of Hwy 280)Tone: 136.500 PL
154.430San Jose FireTac 31Tone: 118.800 PL
154.310San Jose FireTac 32Tone: 127.300 PL
151.040San Jose FireTac 33Tone: 103.500 PL
150.775San Jose FireTac 34Tone: 192.800 PL
155.130San Jose FireTac 35Tone: 229.100 PL
150.805San Jose FireTac 36Tone: 225.700 PL
153.830San Jose FireYellowCSQ
153.845San Jose FireBlueCSQ
151.190San Jose Search and RescuePrimary 
155.265San Jose Search and RescueSecondary 
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office *Encrypted Digital
156.210Countywide PrimaryCh.1 Control179.9 PL
155.700Westside PrimaryCh.2 ControlP25 Digital
156.150TacCh.3P25 Digital
154.650TacCh.4179.9 PL
156.150Tac WestCh.5173.8 PL
156.150Tac SouthCh.6 
Santa Clara County Fire
154.250County FirePrimary 
158.355County Fire  
162.200County Fire  
151.625Spring Valley VFDChan. 1173.8 PL
151.925Spring Valley VFDChan. 2173.8 PL
152.945Spring Valley VFDChan. 4 Primary - Fire Tac173.8 PL
153.155Uvas VFDFire Support - Tone 15162.2 PL
153.155Uvas VFDCar to Car162.2 PL
856.4375Paramedic DispatchCh.91 Control 
857.4375Paramedic - HospitalCh.92 Control 
151.370CALSTAR and Lifeflight Dispatch  
130.050Stanford Hospital - Lifeflight  
33.960County Office of Emergency Services (OES)  
37.080Emergency ServicesCh.10 Control 
154.160Fire OES1Intercom 
154.830Gilroy PolicePrimaryCh.1
156.090Gilroy PoliceSecondaryCh.2
155.085Gilroy Tac.Ch.7 
156.180Gilroy TacCh.8 
154.340Gilroy Fire - RescuePrimary 
155.115Morgan Hill PolicePrimary 
Los Gatos
482.9125Los Gatos PolicePrimary 
484.8625Los Gatos PoliceSecondary 
154.250County Fire  
Palo Alto
482.6125Palo Alto PolicePrimary 
153.770Palo Alto FirePrimary 
154.055Palo Alto FireSecondary 
130.050Stanford Hospital - Lifeflight  
State of California
151.445CalFireMorgan Hill ECCSanta Clara County SCU 1600 Units
151.370CalFireFelton ECCSanta Cruz & San Mateo Counties CZU 1700 Units
151.295CalFireAir Tac 5 
159.3675CalFireAir-Ground 3 
42.240California Highway PatrolGilroy/Hollister/Santa Cruz 
42.540California Highway PatrolGilroy/Hollister/Santa CruzGreen
42.280California Highway PatrolSan JoseRuby - San Jose
42.500California Highway PatrolSan JoseRuby - San Jose
42.340California Highway PatrolBlue 
154.905California Highway PatrolMobile Extenders/Direct 
156.0755CALCORDInteragency Comms. 
154.920CLEMARSInteragency Comms. 
37.380Emergency Digital Information System (EDIS)Loma PrietaDigital Packet Data
450.0375Emergency Digital Information System (EDIS)Mt.DiabloDigital Packet Data
Miscellaneous Frequencies
120.500San Francisco Airport (SFO)Tower 
124.000San Jose Airport (SJC)TowerRWY 12R - 30L
120.700San Jose Airport (SJC)TowerRWY 12L - 30R
119.800Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)Tower East (RWY 13L - 31R)
126.100Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)Tower West (RWY 13R - 31L 
125.200Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)ATIS 
120.100Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)NORCAL Approach 
133.950Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)NORCAL Approach 
134.500Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)NORCAL Approach 
121.300Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)NORCAL Depart 
121.650Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)Ground Control 
122.950Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)Unicom 
124.175Reid-Hillview Airport (RHV)NUQ ASOS 
121.500Aircraft Emergency Locating Transmitter (VHF-ELT)  
406.000Aircraft Emergency Locating Transmitter (UHF-ELT)  
156.800Marine Distress and Safety Calling (Ch.16)  
2.182 USBMarine International Distress and Safety Calling  
450.0870NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.KCBS AM SFO.
450.1125NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.KCRA TV Ch.3 Sacto.
450.150NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.KGO TV Ch.7 SFO.
450.250NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.Common
450.4125NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.KRON TV Ch.4 SFO.
450.4625NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.KGO TV Ch.7 SFO.
450.4875NEWS MediaNEWS and Traffic reports.KPIX TV Ch.5 SFO.
162.400NOAA - National Weather Service24-hour Weather reports. 
162.550NOAA - National Weather Service24-hour Weather reports. 
47.420American National Red Cross.Ch.1 
866.2875American National Red Cross.Rptr. 

For more frequencies in your area, see:

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