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EARS Officers
for 2020:

Bud HennessyEl Presidente.
(760) 803-1866

Vice President:
Robert KitsonPresident of Vice.
(760) 715-2876

Matt TuckerSecret Squirrel.
(760) 839-1205

Roger HicksTreasure Hunter.
(442) 777-3540

Emergency Services

McKenzie JacksonEmergency dudette.
(760) 440-5471

Officers at Large:
Jo AshleyLarge Officer 1.
(760) 715-1144

Mike HightowerLarge Officer 2.
(858) 382-4041

Tom StanfordLarge Officer 3.
(760) 703-1114

Dirk ReschlyLarge Officer 4.
(760) 743-5839

Vivian Wentworth-KitsonLarge Officer 5.
(760) 715-2876

Past President:
John McNellyEx Presidente.
(858) 449-3326

Steve VennerSpider's Web.
+44 1895 636099

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Welcome to the web site of the Escondido Amateur Radio Society.

The Escondido Amateur Radio Society (EARS) is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit organization of educational benefit to amateur radio operators, and others interested in amateur radio within Escondido and surrounding areas.

Membership is affordable, come join the fun!

Please feel free to browse this website for information on EARS activities past & present, and other general information on amateur radio.

You are also welcome to join the discussion groups on Facebook, Yahoo! and Google - links are provided at the bottom of this page.

See below for meeting and membership details, or click on the following quick links...

If you are interested in becoming an Amateur Radio Operator, or wish to find out more about what you have to do, click the following link for more details.

For anyone wishing to take their amateur radio test, or upgrade their current licence - There is a Volunteer Exam session in Escondido on the last Saturday of each month. Click the following link for more details.

Many EARS members actively participate in various Emergency Communication activities which take place throughout the year.

Probably the largest being the ARRL Field day held annually on the 4th full weekend in June...


Details of this and other EARS events throughout the year can be found in the following calendar:

Next Meeting: The Science of Sound by Dr Bob Heil (K9EID).

Bob Heil


Our next Zoom meeting for September will be a presentation from Dr. Bob Heil from Heil Sound on the topic of:

The Science of Sound...

If you are not familiar with Heil, they make some of the best ham radio microphones and headsets available. Of course if you are a musician, the other side of Heil makes microphones and sound equipment for live and recorded audio as well. If you remember the Peter Frampton or Joe Walsh (Eagles) sound of singing through their guitar, well Bob invented that too…

Company founder Bob Heil understood very early in his career as a microphone designer that voice articulation is key to ham radio, both for emergency use as well as for the hobbyist. His ham radio products are a result of that level of concern for the voice. Bob is a legend in amateur radio, an author, and "in demand" speaker at ham events around the world. His weekly "Ham Nation" show can be seen on the Twit.tv network.

If you would like to join us, the meeting details are as follows:

This promises to be a very interesting presentation, so we hope to 'see' you all there...

In addition to our monthly Zoom meetings, EARS will also hold a weekly net for its members and other local amateur radio operators who want to check in for updates, and to learn how other members are coping during the COVID-19 crisis.

For more details, you may contact Rob Kitson at: ki6sbl@yahoo.com

We look forward to hearing you all on the air!

Previous Meeting Presentations.

If you were unable to make any of the previous club meetings, simply click on the following link to view the previous Meeting Presentations.

Membership details:


Membership runs from January 1st to December 31st. The fees are shown below.

Regular membership:

Family membership:

You can join (or renew) online using Paypal or a credit card by clicking on the EARS PayPal button in the Membership section on the left.

Alternatively, you can download the PDF membership form by clicking on the image of the brochure above.

It can also be found in the latest issue of 'ALL EARS', the EARS newsletter - available to download in the General section on the left.

Mail your completed application form along with your check to:

PO Box 3243,
CA 92033

EARS Badges:


If you would like an EARS badge with your own name and call sign engraved on it (similar to the one shown on the right), simply click on the following link:

Badge order form.

The cost of the badge varies betweem $9.00 and $10.50 depending on style:

For an additional $6.00, they will mail the badge to you.

Once the badge has been ordered, the engravers will contact you for payment information and to find out whether you want it mailed or not.

EARS Documentation:

If you would like more info on membership of EARS, or on Ham Radio in general - send us an email at: membership@earsclub.org

Repeater and EARS Net information:

EARS operates 3 voice radio repeaters in the Escondido:

The repeaters are open to all licensed Amateurs for general use, and on Sunday evenings there is the EARS net at 8:00 p.m. local time on the 146.88 MHz repeater... Come along and say "Hello!"

Procedures for the use of the EARS repeater can be found here.

EARS CERT NET information:


In addition to the Sunday evening EARS NET, there is a CERT NET which meets on the EARS 2m repeater on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. local time.

Tom Stanford, K7YMG is net control.

The purpose of this CERT NET is to practice communicating in an organized manner during an emergency situation. New Hams will learn NET operation and methods.

Although this net is mainly for Escondido CERT members, non-CERT members in the Escondido area are also welcome.

The EARS repeater was chosen because it is located in Escondido in the same building as the public safety communications systems and has back up power.

The city of Escondido has established a volunteer CERT and is associated with the Escondido Fire Department. It is administrated by Jeff Murdock, AE6GM.

Please note that CERT is not a first responder but it is a support team for first responders during a major disaster.

You may contact Jeff and get CERT information here:

Jeff Murdock
Emergency Preparedness Manager
Escondido Fire Department
1163 N. Centre City Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92025

The Escondido EOC (Emergency Operations Center) contains VHF and UHF amateur equipment for emergency operations.

The call sign used during an emergency is K6ESC and the local emergency simplex frequency for Escondido is also 146.445MHz.

Many of the CERT volunteers are also Ham operators, so please come and join us for the net!

EARS monthly meetings:

EARS Location

EARS monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting location is:

900 Canterbury Pl,
Suite 300 (third floor)
CA 92025

(just east of the Mercedes dealer at I-15 and 9th Avenue).

Talk-in is on 146.880 MHz, minus offset, PL 107.2.

The meetings are usually technical, educational or informative in nature. For a list of the proposed meeting dates and topics for this year, click on the following link:

Specific details of the next meeting can be found near the top of this web page.

Note: There are no meetings in August or December because of the EARS summer picnic and Christmas party.

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The Escondido Amateur Radio Society is affiliated to the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Many EARS members are also members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other agencies such as RACES & ARES.

They regularly participate in drills, and are active in assisting with communications during times of disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina, and the wild-fires that we have in California.

EARS also has pages on Facebook and Twitter, as well as messaging & discussion groups on both Yahoo! & Google.

Click on the links below to join:


Yahoo Groups

Google Groups