Ham Fun moved to Thu 7/29

Looking for Sea Otter Classic Volunteer Communicators

Tue July 6th Barbecue

Upcoming Events

THU 07/29 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details) – moved from 7/15

THU 07/29 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 07/29 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

SUN 08/01 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

TUE 08/02 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (in Person @ DOC)

WED 08/04 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

THU 8/05 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

THU 08/05 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

SUN 08/08 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

SAT-SUN 8/14-15 – QSO Today

THU-SUN 10/7-10 – 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 2019

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

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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
Wed 8/4 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 8/18 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 8/25 – 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

QSO Today - Aug 2021


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.

Are you up to a face-to-face HF Night?

We are planning our next HF NIGHT to be at my ranch in North San Benito County on Thursday July 29th (I have family visiting and need to move it to the 5th Thursday) beginning at 7:00 PM. Let me know if you need the address or directions.

The plans are that George Hunt and I will set up various portable antenna’s configurations, that you could test with your own portable rig or use one of the stations that will be set up. Sample antennas:

We will have some HAMS demonstrate their portable stations:

  • Brad Webb – Icom IC7300
  • Jack Kirk – Yaesu FT-857
  • Let me know if you would like to setup a station….

Other events:

  • How to install Anderson Powerpole connectors.
  • WinLink demonstration

It is fine if you are not comfortable attending in person. Masks are acceptable but not required. We will be outside, not to the garage. I will have someone video and upload either through YouTube for your viewing from home if you can’t make it.

For planning, please send me a quick email to let me know if you will be attending, in person.

Also, we normally end at 8:30 PM. I am open if some of you wish to operate longer. We could leave the antennas up for your use.

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

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Santa Clara Valley Section