Upcoming Events

(Note: Zoom codes may be found in HamClubOnline)

THU 06/01 @ 1900 – San Juan Cyn Net – SBTAC2 146.565 MHz

THU 06/01 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net – N6SBC Repeaters

THU 06/01 @ 1950 – SBCARA HF Net – 3.878 MHz

SAT 06/03 @ 0800 – Bay Area NVIS Net on 3.890 MHz

SUN 06/04 @ 1800 – American Red Cross – Disaster Services Technology (ARC/DST) Net & Disaster Communicator’s Forum (DCF)

TUE 06/06 @ 1900 – Business Meeting @ DOC & ZoomAgenda ; Last Mtg Pending Minutes

THU 06/08 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net – N6SBC Repeaters, IRLP 9257, Echolink 336037

TUE 06/13 @ 1900 – SBCARA Forum – Pending

THU 06/15 @ 1900 – Ham Fun –

TUE 8/01/23 1700 – National Night Out – Downtown Hollister (pending)

10/06/23 – 10/08 – San Benito County Fair (Pending)

10/07/23 – ARRL ARES Simulated Emergency Test

10/07/23 – 10/08 2023 – California QSO Party

THU 10/19/23 1019 – ShakeOut Drill

SAT 01/27 – SUN 01/28, 2024 – Winter Field Day

THU-SUN 04/17-20/2024 – Sea Otter Classic

Business Meeting


  • TBA

Past SBCARA Forum Meeting Archive

SBCARA Monthly Calendar

Photos from Sea Otter Classic 2022 on the SBCARA Otter Page

Hernandez Valley Repeater in Service!

San Benito County Volunteer Examiner Group

For amateur radio license testing (including fully remote testing), study or cram e-mail [email protected]. More information may be found on our Volunteer Examiner Group (VEG) page.

FRI 06/09 1900 – ON-LINE

WED 06/28 1900 – ON-LINE

FRI 07/21 1900 – ON-LINE

WED 08/09 1900 – ON-LINE

SAT 08/12 – IN-PERSON – Gilroy – 0800 Ham Cram; 1300 Test Only – All Levels

Ham Help

Looking for Help as a New or Returning Ham Radio Operator? Send an email to [email protected] and someone will contact you to see how we can help!

To join SBCARA, please go to HamClubOnline.com enter your callsign to create an account and search for “N6SBC” to find SBCARA. From there you can sign up for a new membership or renew your membership.

2023 Voting Membership Dues

$20 First family member
$10 for Each additional family members.

All dues are voluntary and are not required for any function other than to vote or to hold office.

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

Holiday Party 2022

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

Thank you to our corporate supporters including:

San Benito County Community FoundationMonterey Peninsula Foundation
Sea Otter
Classic Foundation
Realty WorldIBM
AT&TCommunity West Mortgage 


San Benito County Nets

Every Thu @ 1930 – Weekly SBCARA Net
Thu 10/27 & 11/10 @ 1930 – SBCARA Net on IRLP/Echolink (Pending)
Thu 11/3 @ 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.

Next HF Night will be Thursday 5/18/2023 beginning at 7:00PM and ending at about 8:30PM.

Our May 18th HF Night topic will be: “Microphones and Ham Radio” from an article in the April 2023 QST magazine. Lindy Williams K6EB, who wrote the article will be our speaker. Lindy is a retired Radio Engineer and Corporate Engineer in the Broadcast Industry. He is currently writing two more articles fro QST to expand on this topic.

Ahead of Lindy’s presentation he has requested that we all read through his article in QST, which is below.

See you on May 18. This should be a great topic!

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.


Pacific Division

Santa Clara Valley Section

Quake Report

Modified Mercalli Scale

The Modified Mercalli, or Mike-Mike scale is used to standardize and make more efficient the reporting of earthquake damage. Instead of reporting damage by using general descriptions like “major” or a”minor” or “heavy”, a Mike-Mike value is reported. This value is quick and simple to communicate over the air and equates to a standard level of damage as defined in the scale below.

Full Modified Mercalli Scale

MM8SevereDamage slight in specially designed structures; considerable damage in ordinary substantial buildings with partial collapse. Damage great
MM7Very strongDamage negligible in buildings of good design & construction; slight to moderate in well-built ordinary structures; considerable damage
MM6StrongFelt by all, many frightened. Some heavy furniture moved; a few instances of fallen plaster. Damage slight.
MM5ModerateFelt by nearly everyone; many awakened. Some dishes, windows broken. Unstable objects overturned. Pendulum clocks may stop.
MM4LightFelt indoors by many, outdoors by few during the day. Dishes, windows, doors disturbed; walls make cracking sound. Sensation like heavy truck striking building. Standing cars rocked noticeably.
MM3WeakFelt quite noticeably by persons indoors, especially on upper floors of buildings. Vibrations similar to the passing of a truck.
MM2WeakFelt only by few at rest, especially on upper floors of buildings.
MM1Not feltNot felt except by very few under especially favorable conditions.
An example of a proper response is: “(your-call-sign), Mike-Mike-4, Tres Pinos”