SBCARA 2022 Officers

President: Clark Stone – KK6UGA

Secretary: Sara Steiner – KJ6SAS

Treasurer: Ron Ross – KD6ZXG

Quartermaster: Brard Webb – WD6BW

Advisory Chair: Tim Takeuchi – W6TST

ShakeOut Net – Thu Oct 21

Total of 67 participants! A record for us!

Thank you Sea Otter Classic 2021 Volunteer Communicators!

Upcoming Events

SUN 1/16 1800 – American Red Cross DST; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

WED 1/19 1900 – Remote Amateur Radio License Testing

THU 1/20 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 1/20 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details)

THU 1/20 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

SUN 1/23 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

THU 1/27 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

THU 2/03 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

WED 2/08 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (in Person @ DOC & remote via Zoom)

WED 2/16 1900 – Remote Amateur Radio License Testing

FRI 2/19 1900 – Remote Amateur Radio License Testing

THU-SUN 4/07-10 – Sea Otter Classic

Ham Help

Looking for Help as a New or Returning Ham Radio Operator?

Send an email to and someone will contact you to see how we can help!

For amateur radio license testing (including fully remote testing), study or cram e-mail

Holiday Party 2021

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If you prefer to pay by physical check, send the check made out to SBCARA to
SBCARA c/o San Benito County ACS/RACES, 3226 Southside Rd, Hollister, CA 95023

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Hernandez Valley Repeater in Service!

Congrats to those who passed their Exam!

Click here to see those successes

Upcoming Test Sessions

Date – Time
Wed 1/19 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 2/16 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 2/18 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 2/23 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 2/25 – 1900 / 7pm
Please click HERE for details about these sessions

See: for our upcoming exams or for a listing of exams including those by other groups.


After the Net – San Benito So. – So. Santa Clara Co.

Comstock Repeater Group

Fremont Peak Repeater Association (FPRA)

Garlic Valley Amateur Radio Association (GVARC)

Morgan Hill Amateur Radio Society (MHARS)

Monterey County Amateur Emergency Communications

Monterey County ARES

Santa Cruz County Emergency Communications

Silicon Valley Emergency Communication System (SVECS)

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES

ARRL Sixth District QSL Bureau


San Benito County Nets

Every Thu @ 1930 – Weekly SBCARA Net
Thu 12/09 & 12/23 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net on IRLP/Echolink
Thu 12/2 @ 2000 -Monthly SBCARA HF Net

Other Nearby Nets

  • Every Sun 1800 – Red Cross DST Net followed by DCF Net
  • Every Mon 2000 – Fremont Peak Repeater Assoc. Net
  • Every Tue 1930 – GVARC Net
  • Every Tue 2000 – LPRA (Loma Prieta) Net
  • Every Wed 1930 – Monterey ARES Net

Winlink or Packet Nets

  • Santa Clara Co. SVECS Net – Tue before 2000 (Starts previous Wed at 00:00:01)
  • California Coastal Winlink Net – 3rd Mon (Starts the Mon before)
  • NorCal Winlink Net – Thu at 2359hrs (Starts the Sun before)

SBCARA Shirts & Hats

SBCARA logo front and back.

$15 SBCARA logo cap
$25 high quality performance material T-shirt, 3 color

Membership discount – Pay your 2021 club dues $20 and receive a $2 discount on a cap, $2 discount on a shirt
… or get all 3: membership, cap & T-shirt for $50 ($6 discount)

Ham Fun Night

Usually the 3rd Thursdays of the month @ 1900 hrs.

The next meeting will be by ZOOM and will be held on Thursday January 20th beginning at 7:00 PM. George Hunt, N6GWH, who has put together a presentation on how to construct a portable power box. He will train on proper wire size, connectors, meters, outlets, etc to assist you in your battery box build. This includes where to purchase these supplies.

On February 17, Bob Brehm, AK6R, Chief Enginneer of Palomar Engineers will be back to teach us how to solve our RFI station issues. 

Ham Fan Archive

This is an event organized by Jack Kirk (W6KRK) involving multiple groups. Contact Jack Kirk to be added to the email list for this event.

SBCARA Trailer Fundraiser

The San Benito County Amateur Radio Association needs your help! We want to purchase an enclosed cargo trailer so we can convert it to a mobile radio center. Our plan is to use this trailer at field activities such as planned events or emergencies where we will be providing radio communications….

Amazon Smile – Benefit to SBCARA

Amazon has a process where a small percentage of Amazon orders can go to benefit our group

There are two methods to do this..

  1. Go to Amazon Smile for the San Benito County Amateur Radio Association
  2. Go to for more information and sign in with your Amazon account information. Once you’re signed in it will give you an option to select your charity.  Enter in the search field “San Benito Radio” and “San Benito County Amateur Radio Association” should appear.

After this point, eligible purchases in Amazon Smile will contribute 0.5% toward our group.

Thank you for your support!


ARRL Links

Pacific Division

Santa Clara Valley Section