There are two radio clubs that are local!
LEE DEFOREST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
Lee DeForest Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Wednesday of each month from September through July at 7:30 pm. Club Meetings are held at Valley Wide Recreation Center, 901 West Esplanade Avenue, San Jacinto, CA 92581.
Come early so you can visit and enjoy the pre-meeting gathering. To learn more, visit http://www.ld-arc.org/Meetings.html.
CITY OF HEMET RADIO AMATEUR CIVIL ENGINEER SERVICES (RACES)
The City of Hemet Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) meets at 7 pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held at the Simpson Center located at 305 East Devonshire Avenue in Hemet. To learn more, call (951) 765-2466 or visit http://www.cityofhemet.org/index.aspx?nid=184.
The following is from their website:
The RACES team is a local organization sponsored by the City of Hemet Fire Department. It consists of approximately 90 federally licensed amateur radio operators specifically trained to handle emergency disaster communications, in addition to health and welfare radio communications for city and county departments such as police, fire, public works, and public service organizations such as the Red Cross. All members of RACES are registered through the City of Hemet as State of California volunteer disaster workers.
RACES remains active and prepared during non-emergency situations by providing radio communications in support of large community events such as walk-a-thons and parades in which the safety of members of the general public participating in or viewing the event can be aided.
A beginner HAM Radio Technician Licensing Classes is offered beginning on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM. This class will be held at Be Prepared 911, 26019 Jefferson Avenue #A1, Murrieta, CA 92562. To register or be notified of future classes, contact Karl Gronbach at N6XSZ, 951-600-9018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Golden Triangle Amateur Radio Club supplies certified instructors and FCC licensed test administrators with no fee.