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Upcoming Events

THU 09/16 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 09/16 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details) – moved from 7/15

THU 09/16 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

SUN 09/19 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

THU 09/23 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

SUN 09/26 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

Wed 09/29 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

TUE 10/04 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (in Person @ DOC)

THU-SUN 10/07-10 – Sea Otter Classic

THU 10/14 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

FRI-SUN 10/15-17 – Pacificon (San Ramon)

Ham Help

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

Send an email to hamhelp@sbcara.org 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 testing@sbcara.org.

Holiday Party 2019

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With a PayPal Account Visit our account at PayPal by going to http://paypal.me/sbcara or click on this QR Code if you have PayPal as an application on your smart phone
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Note: to pay by credit card, a PayPal account is not necessary to contribute on the PayPal site) Note the article on the main page for more details.

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

Status = Quad County means sessions open to those in San Benito, Monterey Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties only. Email testing@sbcara.org for a link to register. The session will open up to the general public if there are seats available about 5 days before the session.

Date – Time
September 15 – 1900 (7pm)
September 29 – 1900 (7pm)
October 13 – 1900 (7pm)
October 27 – 1900 (7pm)
Please click HERE for details about these sessions

See: https://hamstudy.org/sessions/N6HKT for our upcoming exams or https://hamstudy.org/sessions/ 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 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) http://ncpa.n0ary.org/

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.

This Thursday is the September HF Night beginning at 7:00 PM. Please join us as we will be discussing the following topics:

Review of the HAMRS Logging App for a variety of platforms including IOS and Android, Windows. This portable logging app is highlighted in the September 2021 QST.

California QSO Party 2021 – Very fun contest – rules- how to register your station.

Like some of you, I like working on equipment projects, maintaining repeaters but don’t get the free time to operate regularly. This month’s HF Night will concentrate on getting out in the fresh air and operating through some fun contests and activations.

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 http://smile.amazon.com 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