Upcoming Events

THU 9/29 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 9/29 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

THU 9/29 ~1945 – SBCARES Simplex Net

09/30 – 10/02 – San Benito County Fair

10/01 – 10/02 – ARRL ARES Simulated Emergency Test (Hosted on N6SBC)

10/01 – 10/02 – California QSO Party

SUN 10/02 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

TUE 10/04 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (in Person @ DOC & remote via Zoom)

THU 10/06 1950 – San Benito County HF Net

THU 10/13 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Multi County Net over IRLP/EchoLink

THU 10/20 1020 – ShakeOut Drill

THU 10/20 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see article below and Jack Kirk for details) – TBA

TUE 10/25 1900 – SBCARA Forum – OES Radio Pod & Pelican Case Radio

SAT 11/12 1900 – In Person Ham Cram & License Testing

TUE 11/29 1900 – SBCARA Forum – Emergency Communications & Intro to Amateur Radio

04/20-23/2023 – Sea Otter Classic

TUE 8/01/2023 1700 – National Night Out – Downtown Hollister (pending)

Ham Radio Forum

TUE 9/27 @ 1900 @ DOC or Zoom – Digital Radio & the Future

TUE 10/25 @ 1900 @ DOC or Zoom – OES Radio Pod & Pelican Case Radio

Please join us Tuesday, September 27th at 1900 hours or 7:00 pm for a new presentation.

We take care of a radio pod for the Office of Emergency Services that has several radios in it. Ron Ross (KD6ZXG) will go over how to use this gear.

We also have an upgrade Pelican Radio case that has recently been revurbished and Ron will take over operations of it.

Our Pelican Case radio unit has recently been refurbished and Ron will go over it and highlight the changes.

Past SBCARA Forum Meeting Archive as of July 2022

Photos from Sea Otter Classic 2022 on the SBCARA Otter Page

Hernandez Valley Repeater in Service!

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.

To join SBCARA, please go to HamClubOnline.com enter your callsign to create an account and search for “N6SBC” to find SBCARA.

SBCARA Communications – Read this to find out how this group communicates. (Connections)

Holiday Party 2021

Join/Donate to SBCARA – Click Here for More Info

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

NASA On The Air Returns!

We have started NASA on the Air (NOTA) again this year and our first event will be this weekend. Please see flyers attached. There will be multiple events happening all year long, but this is our first. Thank you! NOTA Main Website: https://nasaontheair.wordpress.com/

NOTA Scores: https://nota.ka0s.net/

73, KM6CTR

Sept 30-Oct 2: San Benito County Fair; Simulated Emergency Test; California QSO Party

We plan to be on the grass area by the pavilion.

Come see us for our exhibit and prizes!

2022 Simulated Emergency Test

Tune to N6SBC throughout October 1st for opportunities throughout the day.

CQP: California QSO Party

Come participate at the County Fair or from home – Just Enter the full name of the club “San Benito County Amateur Radio Association” in the club field. Thanks!

Congrats to those who passed their Exam!

Click here to see those successes

Upcoming Test Sessions

Sat 11/12 – 0800 (8am) – In Person – Cram & Test Only

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 2/10 & 2/24 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net on IRLP/Echolink (Pending)
Thu 2/3 @ 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
  • 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 2022 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)


Order your SBCARA Badge for your next ham radio event here.

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 July 21st – Propagation & QSL Cards

Thursday August 18th – Dave Andrus K7DAA – Dave will lead a discussion about various topics such as solving portable station issues, overcoming RF noise caused by inverters and DC power boosters, and more. As most of you know, Dave is a RF Engineer with Roku and holds many patents. He is very fun to talk with and has great information to share.

Ham Fun 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.

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!


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