Become a Ham

In case of emergency in Dillon Beach we rely on a network of ham radio operators to maintain communications throughout the community and with the larger world. It's easy to become a ham and you can do that, both to be an asset to Dillon Beach and for your own recreation. 

There will be a training session at the Bodega Bay Fire Department on June 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. After a break for lunch, there will be a short test, which you will pass,  at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $25.

If you're interested, send an e-mail to Dale Westerterp at and reserve a spot. 

You can get more information on radio operations in our area through the Sonoma Mountain Repeater Society. They're at You'll need an FCC registration number for the training, and you can get that through the SMRS site, using the "classes" pull-down menu.

Lawson's Landing Shines Bright

Lawson's Landing provided free camping space and other help to victims of the recent fires. The star of the operation was Nicki Vogler, a member of the DBERT Managers Team. Fred Allebach of the Sonoma Valley Sun posted a blog describing his experience at The Landing on October 17, 2017. He specifically notes the work of DBERT and its Operations Manager, Ted Melden. Take a look at his blog post here>

Marin IJ: Dillon Beach Part Of Emergency Network

The Dillon Beach Emergency Response Team — DBERT — is an outstanding example of how neighborhoods can come together and organize themselves into a well-equipped and trained emergency response team....

All of us in the West Marin Disaster Council appreciate the professionalism exhibited by DBERT and its volunteer members.
— Anne Sands & Amanda Eichstaedt, Marin IJ Readers’ Forum

County Recognizes the West Marin Disaster Council and Volunteers

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Marin County Board of Supervisors recognizes the West Marin Disaster Council and their partners who will respond when called upon during an emergency and thanks them for their commitment to the safety of all people who might find themselves in West Marin on a day a disaster hits our peaceful and scenic landscape.
— Resolution of the Marin County Board of Supervisors