Hernandez Valley Repeater in Service!

We finished the first phase of our Hernandez Valley repeater project. The repeater is now in service and serves the extreme southeastern part of San Benito County. Specifically, this repeater covers the Bitterwater, Clear Creek and Hernandez Valley region of our county.

At the present time, it is only a “stand alone” repeater and it is not linked to our interconnected repeater network. The next phase of the project is to link this repeater to our other three repeaters so will we have seamless communication throughout the county.

The frequency is 146.985 MHz (-) with a PL of 118.8. Because of the area that it serves, you can not reach this repeater in Hollister but as you travel south on Highway 25 it will come in just north of Bitterwater Valley.

Thanks goes out to the many hams who worked on this project including Billy W6WKB, Robert K9OHV, Brent KG6KPD, Jim KI6KD, Joe KK6ZWM, Tim W6TST, and Heatherly N6HKT. And a special thanks to Clark KK6UGA who coordinated much of the work including the roof and solar aspects of the project.

We will still be working to finish this project up, so if you would like to be notified of future workdays, let Ron (KD6ZXG) know.

Ron Ross (KD6ZXG)

Upcoming Events

THU 05/06 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 05/06 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

THU 5/06 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

FRI 05/07 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

SAT 05/08 – American Red Cross / ARES Winlink Drill

SUN 05/09 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

THU 05/13 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

SUN 05/16 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

WED 05/19 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

THU 05/20 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details)

TUE 06/01 1900 – Monthly Business Meeting (on Zoom)

SAT-SUN 06/26-27 – ARRL Field Day

THU-SUN 10/7-10 – Sea Otter Classic

Ham Help

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For amateur radio license testing (including fully remote testing), study or cram e-mail testing@sbcara.org.

American Red Cross / ARES Winlink Exercise Saturday 5/8

Contact Tim (w6tst @ arrl.net) if you’re interested in participating

Holiday Party 2019

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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
Fri 5/7 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 5/12 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 5/19 – 1900 / 7pm
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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.


San Benito County Nets

Every Thu @ 1930 – Weekly SBCARA Net
Thu 2/11 & 2/25 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net on IRLP/Echolink
Thu 2/4 @ 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/


ARRL Links

Pacific Division

Santa Clara Valley Section


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 ARES

Santa Cruz County ARES

Silicon Valley Emergency Communication System (SVECS)

Santa Clara County ARES/RACES

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….

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Ham Fun Night

Usually the 3rd Thursdays of the month @ 1900 hrs.

5/20 – 1900 Winlink & Applications – Timothy Takeuchi, W6TST

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.

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Amazon Smile – Benefit to SBCARA

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