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Welcome to the Ventura County ACS/ARES Area 2 website.  Add this website to your bookmarks to stay up-to-date on Area 2 amateur radio emergency service and ACS disaster service issues.

Mission -

ACS provides backup communications services during emergencies or disaster situations. This may consist of deploying operators to Emergency Operations Centers, Special Needs Shelters, Tactical First In Teams, Damage Assessment teams, or other locations that have an emergency communications need.

ACS is the network, in Ventura County, that connects public and local communities with hospitals, fire/police departments, first responders, FEMA, other government agencies and resources when emergencies and disasters occur. ACS has working agreements, and conducts tests, with local community networks to ensure that their requests and needs can be relayed through ACS to the proper agency.

When an emergency or disaster occurs members should:

  • Monitor the Area 2 Voice Net  “BOZO” on 147.885 MHz, minus offset, PL 127.3 for instructions
  • Also, tune to the County ACS frequency on “Sulfer Mountain” on 145.200 MHz, plus offset, PL 127.3
  • If both BOZO and South Mountain are inoperative, scan other ACS area frequencies until you find an active ACS net covering the emergency

All the information on this web site plus non-published information including: additional instructions on equipment set up and operation, EOC access, Tactical and Strategic frequencies, message forms and instructions, etc. will be made available to download onto USB “sticks”. This insures that all needed information is always on hand and available for reference. All Area 2 and other area members will have access. Other area information will be included when available. Consult “Member Information” page on this web site for availability.


Any questions, comments, discussions, arguments, celebrations, information, suggestions, philosophical inquiries or emotional support, contact Zak Cohen N6PK Area 2 EC and designated “gofer” zcohen@ieee.org