Busy Saturday December 4th

Pacific Division Meeting for ARRL Members – 10:30 am

Check your email for details soon

Clara Barton Birthday Special Event Station

Clara Barton Birthday Special Event Station sponsored by Atlanta Radio Club and Atlanta Chapter of American Red Cross.  December 2021 is the 200th birthday of Clara Barton, Founder of American Red Cross.  The multi-op team will be transmitting on 3925, 7250, 14250 and 21280, plus or minus, as well as local repeaters W4DOC & KC4AQS, and D-Star 30B.  A very nice bi-fold qsl card will be available.  See Red Cross Special Event – Atlanta Radio Club for information and updates. 

SkyWarn Recognition Day

Details at: https://www.weather.gov/crh/skywarnrecognition

SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN™ volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property.

Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN™ volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative.

All SKYWARN™ spotters provide critical weather information before, during and after adverse weather strikes. This includes reports of rain and snow, ice and wind, storms and tornadoes, flooding and fire. This is our 24 hours to recognize all of the SKYWARN™ spotters serving our nation!

ShakeOut Net – Thu Oct 21

Total of 67 participants! A record for us!

Thank you Sea Otter Classic 2021 Volunteer Communicators!

Upcoming Events

SAT 12/04 1030 – ARRL Pacific Division Member Meeting

SUN 12/05 1800 – American Red Cross DST; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

WED 12/08 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

THU 12/09 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 12/09 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

FRI 12/10 1800 – Holiday Pizza Party – San Juan Bautista

SUN 12/12 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

THU 12/16 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details)

THU 12/16 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

MON 01/04 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (in Person @ DOC & remote via Zoom)

THU 1/06 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

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 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 – Fri Dec 10th @ 1800 – Pizza Factory – San Juan Bautista

Holiday Party 2019

Join/Subscribe to SBCARA – Click Here for More Info

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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!


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) 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 December 16th beginning at 7:00 PM.

“End-Fed Antenna Secrets” presented by Bob Brehm, AK6R, who is the chief Engineer for Palomar Engineers https://palomar-engineers.com/ which specializes in RFI solutions and End-fed antenna systems.

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