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The San Bruno Amateur Radio Club


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The SBARC is open to all licensed Amateur Radio Operators, and those with an interest in Amateur Radio. Part of our mission is to provide radio communications to the City of San Bruno in a time of need. We operate the radio room at City Hall, and other designated locations. We have monthly meetings, where we discuss Amateur Radio topics and other related items. We participate in training exercises and drills. Occasionally, we have social dinner meetings with other clubs.

We continually strive to expand our knowledge of Radio Science, and promote fellowship among Amateur Radio Operators.

Dave Dornlas, KN6KOO
SBARC President

Upcoming Events

The following are events that the club is involved with in San Bruno or our neighboring communities that we think you might be interested in.

Upcoming Events

The following are events that the club is involved with in San Bruno or our neighboring communities that we think you might be interested in.


Our February 13th Meeting

Monday, February 13th will be the next meeting of the San Bruno Amateur Radio Club. Our special guest will be Terry Nagel, the former Mayor of Burlingame, who is going to tell us about the Burlingame Neighborhood Network or BNN. The BNN, a 501(c)(3) organization has been vital in preparing the City of Burlingame for future emergencies by bringing various groups in the city together to partiipate in annual "disaster" drills including local Amateur Operators. We think Terry, one of the founders of BNN, will give all those interested in learning how to prepare their cities for future emergencies valuable insights on how to go about this.

As always our Zoom meetings start at 6:30pm and all are welcome to attend.

Meeting Agenda

February 13th Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 1524 6927
Passcode: 636652

February 13th Meeting

Monday, February 13th will be the next meeting of the San Bruno Amateur Radio Club. Our special guest will be Terry Nagel for the former Mayor of Burlingame who is going to tell us about the Burlingame Neighborhood Network or BNN. The BNN, a 501(c)(3) organization has been vital in preparing the City of Burlingame for future emergencies by bringing various groups in the city together to partiipate in annual "disaster" drills including local Amateur Operators. We think Terry one of the founders of BNN will give all those interested in learning how to prepare their cities for future emergencies valuable insight on how to go about this.

As always our Zoom meetings start at 6:30pm and all are welcome to attend.

Meeting Agenda

February 13th Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 842 1524 6927
Passcode: 636652

Find us on the air

Mondays* at 7:30 p.m. Pacific(1930 HRS) the club conducts nets on:

  1. K6PVJ 440.550 +5.0 MHZ 114.8 HZ
  2. 146.595 Simplex

The purpose of nets like this is to test equipment and locations around San Bruno as well as a chance to stay in touch with other club members. Visitors are always welcome to check in.

*except national holidays

Our Net

Find us on the air

Mondays* at 7:30 p.m. Pacific(1930 HRS) the club conducts nets on:

    1. K6PVJ 440.550 +5.0 MHZ 114.8 HZ
    2. 146.595 Simplex

The purpose of nets like this is to test equipment and locations around San Bruno as well as a chance to stay in touch with other club members. Visitors are always welcome to check in.

*except national holidays

Our Net

Amateur Radio Nets Today


DayTimeSponsorOuputInputToneTypeName
    Thursday   09:00  AM   9am Talk Net 145.2300    144.6300    100.0    repeater      N6NFI
    Thursday   11:00  AM   California Amateur Radio Service Ne 7.2480    7.2480        HF-LSB      
    Thursday   11:30  AM   The Noontime Net 7.2840    7.2840        HF-LSB      
    Thursday   9.00  AM   Maritime Mobile Service Network 14.3000    14.3000        HF-USB      
    Thursday   7:00  PM   San Mateo Club Rag Chew 145.3700    144.7700    107.2    repeater      N6ZX
    Thursday   7:30  PM   Millbrae Radio Club 146.4900    146.4900        simplex      MILL 1




Field Day 2022

CERT refresher 2022

For the first time in over fourteen years members of the San Bruno Amateur Radio Club put on Field Day in the city. Field Day is the "open house" for Amateur Radio. It gives a chance for members to demonstrate their skills. One of the main reasons for the existance of Ham or Amateur Radio is operators ability to pitch in during emergencies to help their communities. For that reason in 2022 the club operated two portable stations with temporary antennas, radios that operated on batteries which in turn were charged by solar panels.

This year's event took place on Narita Plaza located in San Bruno's Civic Center between City Hall and the Library. This location sits outside of the City's Emergency Operations Center which members could use their skills in communicating to other citizens and other groups effected by the event. To show the importance of this cooperation the San Bruno Emergency Preparedness Committee also had a table offering information on how to be prepared for possible events in the community like an earthquake.

On hand to explain to explain to visitors what the day was all about were, Steve Paganelli - K6YUA, Tom Jones - KN6TEI, Ron Rugel - KK6AMZ, Tony Dowler - K6BV, Matthew Rappaport - KD6KVH, Malcolm Robinson - KM6LUM, Ron Nicholson - N6YWU, Dave Dornlas - KN6KOO and stopping by to check on us was Tristan Willy - KF6MUY.

Being the first time in years that the club put on their own Field Day event was a learning experience. We learned that "propagation" is not always working the way we want it to work. On this day, we knew going into it that there had been major solar activity that was working against us. This limited our ability to make a lot of contacts around the country and the world. While that's a problem, it's also part of what you learn from. On the other hand, we were able to speak with licensed amateurs who live in San Bruno about joining the club and was able to pick up seven new members for the group.

We were also appreciative of the three members of the City Council who were able to stop by and see what the Club was up to. Thank you to Councilmen Tom Hamilton, Micheal Salazar and Marty Medina for taking a few minutes of their weekend to check us out. We also want to thank our served agencies who stopped by. They include Officer John Ray Quinto or the San Bruno Police Department and Doug Kunze of the American Red Cross.

The goal for 2023 is to build on the lessons of this year's event and better serve our community.


So you want to become a Ham

Amateur Radio is a very rewarding hobby, but it's also one of the few hobbies that require a license. Every Ham operating today has passed a license exam that allows them to be granted a license from the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC).

The good news is it's very doable and particularly since the requirement to learn Morse code was dropped in 2007. And it's a hobby for all ages. The youngest known Ham in the United States was a young lady of 5 1/2. That's amazing, but it should be reassuring that all the family can join in this hobby.

Today, there are three license classes: The Technician, General and the Amateur Extra Class. With each class the operator gains more privileges in using the available airwaves.

Become a Ham

Amateur Radio is a very rewarding hobby, but it's also one of the few hobbies that require a license. Every Ham operating today has passed a license exam that allows them to be granted a license from the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC).

The good news is it's very doable and particularly since the requirement to learn Morse code was dropped in 2007. And it's a hobby for all ages. The youngest known Ham in the United States was a young lady of 5 1/2. That's amazing, but it should be reassuring that all the family can join in this hobby.

Today, there are three license classes: The Technician, General and the Amateur Extra Class. With each class the operator gains more privileges in using the available airwaves.

Let's get started toward that Ham license here.

Ham resources

Times have changed. Once the types of information that we needed to learn or just to get help figuring things out was hard to find and limited. That's why we're trying to take a broader look at how to present "resources" on our website.

For instance a Ham club that shares its city with the headquarters of YouTube would be remiss to overlook the abundance of content that is on their site.

For that reason we are going to feature on our home page and inside pages video selections that could be helpful to Hams from beginner to advanced as well as customary links to important websites, podcasts and documents of importance.

Ham resources

Times have changed. Once the types of information that we needed to learn or just to get help figuring things out was hard to find and limited. That's why we're trying to take a broader look at how to present "resources" on our website.

For instance a Ham club that shares its city with the headquarters of YouTube would be remiss to overlook the abundance of content that is on their site.

For that reason we are going to feature on our home page and inside pages video selections that could be helpful to Hams from beginner to advanced as well as customary links to important websites, podcasts and documents of importance.

Let's visit all of our resource links here.


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