ShakeOut Net – Thu Oct 21

Total of 67 participants! A record for us!

Thank you Sea Otter Classic 2021 Volunteer Communicators!

Upcoming Events

SUN 10/24 1800 – American Red Cross DST; Disaster Communicators Forum Net (Combined Net)

Wed 10/27 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

THU 10/28 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 10/28 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

SUN 10/31 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

TUE 11/02 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (in Person @ DOC)

THU 11/04 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

THU 11/04 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

THU 11/18 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details)

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 2019

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SBCARA c/o San Benito County ACS/RACES, 3226 Southside Rd, Hollister, CA 95023

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Hernandez Valley Repeater in Service!


San Benito County Nets

Every Thu @ 1930 – Weekly SBCARA Net
Thu 6/24 & 7/08 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net on IRLP/Echolink
Thu 7/1 @ 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 September 16th beginning at 7:00 PM.

Thursday October 21st HF Night beginning at 7:00 PM. Please join us as we will be discussing the following topics:

Our speaker on Thursday October 21st will be Dave Andrus, K7DAA. This will be an open forum, “Ask Dave” night. If you have some suggested topics to discuss, please email them to me by Sunday 10/17 so I can send your requests to Dave for his review.

Also, I ordered this portable HF 20 / 40 Meter Dual Band Trap Dipole kit from Pacific Antennas (also available in a 17 / 30 Meter version) The kit is $25.00 plus shipping of $4.50 to California (no tax) for a total of $29.50. I thought it would be a fun kit to build and add to my ability to operate portably with a very light antenna (4.5 oz). It will handle up to 100 watts. If enough of you are interested in this kit, this might be a fun kit build night at my home. Let me know if you have interest?

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