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Upcoming Events

Apr
23
Sun
18:00 ARC/DCF Nets @ N6SBC/R
ARC/DCF Nets @ N6SBC/R
Apr 23 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Connected to the DCF/ARC Conference Net (IRLP 9257) Tim (W6TST) typically connects this reflector for the net, but anyone can connect the repeater to the reflector if Tim hasn’t done so. Participation is optional – …
Apr
27
Thu
19:00 San Juan Canyon Net @ VTAC2
San Juan Canyon Net @ VTAC2
Apr 27 @ 19:00 – 19:30
146.565 MHz – PL 156.7 – Simplex
19:30 Weekly Net (IRLP/Echolink Linked) @ N6SBC/R - IRLP 9257 / Echolink 336037
Weekly Net (IRLP/Echolink Linked) @ N6SBC/R - IRLP 9257 / Echolink 336037
Apr 27 @ 19:30 – 20:00
147.315 MHz +600 KHz 94.8 Hz (Encode/Decode(?)) – Hollister-VHF 145.410 MHz -600 KHz 118.8 Hz (Encode/Decode) – Call Mtn – Panoche 146.625 MHz –600 KHz 94.8 Hz (Encode/Decode) – South County – Pinnacles EchoLink *DCF-ARC* …
Apr
30
Sun
18:00 ARC/DCF Nets @ N6SBC/R
ARC/DCF Nets @ N6SBC/R
Apr 30 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Connected to the DCF/ARC Conference Net (IRLP 9257) Tim (W6TST) typically connects this reflector for the net, but anyone can connect the repeater to the reflector if Tim hasn’t done so. Participation is optional – …
May
4
Thu
19:00 Monthly Business Meeting @ San Benito County ACS/RACES HQ/DOC
Monthly Business Meeting @ San Benito County ACS/RACES HQ/DOC
May 4 @ 19:00 – 20:30
 
19:00 San Juan Canyon Net @ VTAC2
San Juan Canyon Net @ VTAC2
May 4 @ 19:00 – 19:30
146.565 MHz – PL 156.7 – Simplex
19:30 Weekly Net @ N6SBC/R
Weekly Net @ N6SBC/R
May 4 @ 19:30 – 20:00
147.315 MHz +600 KHz 94.8 Hz (Encode/Decode(?)) – Hollister-VHF 145.410 MHz -600 KHz 118.8 Hz (Encode/Decode) – Call Mtn – Panoche 146.625 MHz –600 KHz 94.8 Hz (Encode/Decode) – South County – Pinnacles Friday 0330 …
May
7
Sun
18:00 ARC/DCF Nets @ N6SBC/R
ARC/DCF Nets @ N6SBC/R
May 7 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Connected to the DCF/ARC Conference Net (IRLP 9257) Tim (W6TST) typically connects this reflector for the net, but anyone can connect the repeater to the reflector if Tim hasn’t done so. Participation is optional – …
May
9
Tue
18:30 SAR Board Meeting @ San Benito County Sheriff's Office
SAR Board Meeting @ San Benito County Sheriff's Office
May 9 @ 18:30 – 19:30
 
May
11
Thu
19:00 San Juan Canyon Net @ VTAC2
San Juan Canyon Net @ VTAC2
May 11 @ 19:00 – 19:30
146.565 MHz – PL 156.7 – Simplex

The San Benito County Amateur Radio Association

Supports:

  • ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Service
  • ACS/RACES: Auxiliary Communications Service / Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
  • Partners with the The San Bentio County Sheriff Search and Rescue
  • Amateur Radio Technology / Education
  • W5YI: Amateur Radio Testing

San Benito County Amateur Radio Association
3226 Southside Road
Hollister, California 95023


Weekly Net

We have a weekly net on our primary repeater system N6SBC at 147.315 + 94.8 Hz (Details including our South County Repeaters) every Thursday evening (with some holiday exceptions) at 1930 hours.

On even numbered Thursdays, we have our net IRLP / Echolink linked. You may contact us via the Western Reflector-IRLP: 9257 / Echolink *DCF-ARC* (Emcomm Nets) 336037 and not directly to our repeater. We typically connect to the reflector 30 minutes early and leave it active for the full hour.

Odd numbered Thursdays, our net is not linked to the Western reflector and only one station (IRLP or Echolink) can link into our repeater.

Net Control Operator

  • April 2017 – Chad – KK6MEP

Monthly Meetings

The schedule and organization of meetings for the San Benito County Amateur Radio Association has been changed and restructured….

The two regular meetings will be:

  • Monthly Business Meeting – First Thursday of the Month (except December)

    Find out about our projects, news, finances, upcoming events, and emergency services

  • Ham Fun (HF) Night – Third Thursday of the Month

    Find out about radio technologies and get hands on experience. Email Jack Kirk for information and directions.

    Information sharing for these events is via Podkeeper

Previous Meeting Minutes


OES Mutual Aid Region II – Agency XBE – Coastal Division/Region

ARES Division: Pacific; Section: Santa Clara Valley; District: San Benito

info15@sbcares.org

Copyright 2017 by San Benito County Amateur Radio Association, All Rights Reserved


Please help support us by contributing at PayPal (or send your payment for voting membership – ($20/yr for an individual or family membership $10/person)

Thank you!

Timeline

Congratulations to those that passed the Amateur Radio License Testing – 3/18/2017

VE Ham Cram Session – Saturday Mach 18st 2017 – Hollister, CA Note: You can click on your call sign in this list and go to the FCC web site with your information and you can click on “Reference Copy” to print an official copy of your license. Dan Brughelli – KM6JHT Lynn Hanley – …

Test / Train


Study & Exam Session

When: Saturday, May 13, 2016
8:00am-5:00pm: Tech/General class
1:00pm-3:00pm: Testing all Levels
Where: Morgan Hill Police Department (Training Room)
16200 Vineyard Blvd, Morgan Hill, CA
Fee: Test & Class: $25
Test only: $14

This session is sponsored by San Benito County Amateur Radio Association & W5YI-VEC

Class size for the study session is limited. Reservation is required. Students should be ready to start by 8:00 AM.

For test only – please arrive before 3:00 PM.

Please bring one photo ID, Social Security number or FRN, cash for fees, and previous License Grant if testing for upgrade.

To register for an FRN or update your FRN, go to this link: FCC – FRN (FCC Registration Number) Registration

Downloadable Flyer… Ham Cram Flyer

Register or questions: fill out the form below


Ham 101: Introduction to Emergency Communications Class

Thursday March 30th at 1900 Ham 101 Introduction to Emergency Communications
San Benito County Sheriff’s Office
2301 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA
Downloadable Flyer… Ham 101 Flyer
Slides…. Ham 101 Slides

What is a Ham Cram?

  • Purpose of class
    • To earn a license
    • Not a class, this is a guided self study session
    • Not a technical class
    • Do not over study

 

  • Rules
    • Arrive promptly at 8:00 AM
    • Don’t disturb others
    • Turn off your cell phones
    • No phone breaks during study session
    • Do not study with someone else.
    • To guarantee a seat, make a reservation, make sure you get a confirmation, and arrive promptly

Continue reading “Test / Train”

News – Weather / Quake Information

National Weather Service

Our local NOAA office’s fast page with most often needed links.

Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Central California

SKYWARN for San Benito County
SKYWARN General Link
WRN

CoCoRaHS: Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow NetworkLogin

NOAA/NWS Hollister (CVH) Spot Weather Forecast
NOAA/NWS Hollister Downtown Spot Weather Forecast
NOAA Satelite West Conus Visible Loop
NOAA Weather – Fire Enhancement Satelite View
NOAA Rainfall Radar
NOAA Reflectivity Composite Radar
Travel Decision Support Site


Strike Star – US Lightning Activity
Real-Time Lightning Map


Hollister Weather


W6TST Weather

Weather Underground
History Data



Quake


MODIFIED MERCALLI SCALE

The Modified Mercalli, or Mike-Mike scale is used by Santa Clara County ARES/RACES (and San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES) to standardize and make more efficient the reporting
of earthquake damage.   Instead of reporting damage by using general descriptions like “major” or “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.

The Modified Mercalli, or Mike-Mike scale is used by Santa Clara County ARES/RACES (and San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES) to standardize and make more efficient the reporting
of earthquake damage.   Instead of reporting damage by using general descriptions like “major” or “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.
Mike-Mike-1 Not felt at all
Mike-Mike-2 Barely noticed
Mike-Mike-3 Know it was an earthquake somewhere
Mike-Mike-4 Windows, dishes rattle
Mike-Mike-5 Pictures move, doors swing, small items on floor
Mike-Mike-6 Glassware broken, books off shelf, floor lamps topple
Mike-Mike-7 Furniture broken, cannot stand, chimneys fall
Mike-Mike-8 Buildings collapsed

An example of a proper response is:
“<your-call-sign>, Mike-Mike-4, Tres Pinos, <your-call-sign>”

Information from Santa Clara County ARES/RACES page


SenseSBC:
Excellent page by Chris Dunn (KE6MTO) which Maps:

  • Weather Stations
  • Traffic Cameras
  • Gauging Stations
  • Earthquakes