Upcoming Events

10 Days…

WED 02/24 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

THU 02/25 1900 – San Juan Canyon Amateur Radio Net (SBTAC2)

THU 02/25 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net (IRLP/Echolink)

FRI 02/26 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

SUN 02/28 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

TUE 03/02 – Monthly Business Meeting (on Zoom)

WED 03/03 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

THU 03/04 1930 – San Benito County Amateur Radio Net

THU 3/04 2000 – San Benito County HF Net

FRI 03/05 1900 – Remote Amateur License Testing

SUN 03/07 1800 – American Red Cross DST Net; Disaster Communicators Forum Net

SAT-SUN 03/13-14 – QSO Today Virtual Summit

THU 03/18 1900 – Ham Fun Night (see Jack Kirk for details)

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

SAT-SUN 06/26-27 – ARRL Field Day

THU-SUN 10/7-10 – Sea Otter Classic

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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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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

Congrats to those who passed their Exam!

Click here to see those successes

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 2/24 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 2/26 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 3/3 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 3/5 – 1900 / 7pm
Sun 3/7- 1400 / 2pm
Wed 3/10 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 3/12 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 3/17 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 3/19 – 1900 / 7pm
Sat 3/20 – 1900 / 7pm
Wed 3/24 – 1900 / 7pm
Fri 3/26- 1900 / 7pm
Wed 3/31 – 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.


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


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….

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.

02/18 – Logging Software

03/18 – NanoVNA – Vector Network Analyzers for $60

4/15 – 1900 Mobile install ideas of a radio unit into a vehicle” – Brian O’Neil, K6DWD

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.

How to request a Vanity License

How to Renew or Modify your License

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!