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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.


DateEventStart Time
March 14, 2024 The March 2024 meeting of the San Bruno Amateur Radio Club 7:00 PM
March 21, 2024 March Coffee and a Radio get-to-gether 9:30 AM

Our February 12th Meeting

Monday, February 12th will be our last Monday meeting as next month, March we'll be having our meetings on the Second Thursday of the month whether in person or over Zoom.

This month we're going to give updates on our grant from the San Bruno Community Foundation as well as our current Tech Class and a discussion on whether there is interest in doing a General Class as well. Lots to talk about.

The doors to the EOC will open shortly after 6:30pm and the meeting will start at 7:00pm. There may even be some snacks for those who show up!

Be sure to make it to this meeting to see where we're headed this year.

Monday, February 12th in person meeting

Monday, February 12th will be our last Monday meeting as next month, March we'll be having our meetings on the Second Thursday of the month whether in person or over Zoom.

This month we're going to give updates on our grant from the San Bruno Community Foundation as well as our current Tech Class and a discussion on whether there is interest in doing a General Class as well. Lots to talk about.

The doors to the EOC will open shortly after 6:30pm and the meeting will start at 7:00pm. There may even be some snacks for those who show up!

Be sure to make it to this meeting to see where we're headed this year.

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
    Tuesday   09:00  AM   9am Talk Net 145.2300    144.6300    100.0    repeater      N6NFI
    Tuesday   11:00  AM   California Amateur Radio Service Ne 7.2480    7.2480        HF-LSB      
    Tuesday   11:30  AM   The Noontime Net 7.2840    7.2840        HF-LSB      
    Tuesday   9.00  AM   Maritime Mobile Service Network 14.3000    14.3000        HF-USB      
    Tuesday   7:00  PM   San Mateo Radio Club 145.3700    144.7700    107.2    repeater      N6ZX
    Tuesday   7:00  PM   South San Francisco Net 443.6500    448.6500    100.0    repeater      N6SSF
    Tuesday   7:00  PM   Youth Net (under 18) 145.2300    144.6300    100.0    repeater      N6NFI
    Tuesday   7:15  PM   Foster City ARES 147.5700    147.5700        simplex      FC1
    Tuesday   7:30  PM   Burlingame-Hillsborough 146.8050    146.2050    192.8    repeater      BURL V
    Tuesday   7:30  PM   Burlingame-Hillsborough 147.5250    147.5250        simplex      BURL 1
    Tuesday   7:30  PM   Burlingame-Hillsborough 146.5950    146.5950        simplex      BURL 2
    Tuesday   7:30  PM   Daly City ARC 146.9250    146.3250    114.8    repeater      WA6TOW
    Tuesday   8:00  PM   Sheriff's Comm Unit 146.8650    146.2650    114.8    repeater      KC6ULT
    Tuesday   8:00  PM   Sheriff's Comm Unit 146.9250    146.3250    114.8    repeater      WA6TOW




Field Day 2023

Field Day 2023 was once again held on Narita Plaza between the San Bruno City Hall and the Library. Last year we were able to put up just two stations and made almost no contacts. This year we increased the number of active stations to six stations from 2 meters to 40. Unlike last year, the weather was cold and miserable unfortunately and made it hard for our members to stay focused on making contacts but we did go through a lot of coffee along the way and yes a boxful of donuts.

As mentioned above, the weather this year was not ideal. In fact, it kinda sucked. We'd hoped to visit with other folks from San Bruno and explain what we do, but it wasn't to be. Just to be sure we checked with the library and they confirmed that it was even a very slow day for them as well. On this topic, as we all say "Maybe Next Year" we certainly hope so.

During this year we've been able to use the Emergency Operations Center for some of our meetings for the first time in several years due to the pandemic. The EOC is located just steps away from Narita Plaza and is a reminder to all of those participating that one of the reasons we participate in Field Days is to sharpen our skills for the day we'll have to show what we can do.

On hand this year to see what we could do and visit with visitors included, Steve Paganelli - K6YUA, Matthew Rappaport - KD6KVH, Pierrot Couch - N6NSY, Joe Fenech, David Harding - WB7WBB, Siddhartha Jain - WV6U, Cesar Katada - AB6BN, Janet Lutus - WB6WGN, Mike Yamamoto - KI6OID, Larry Hardy - KJ6AMP, Chris Christensen -K6SF, and Dave Dornlas - KN6KOO.

Once again, we sent post cards out to local Hams who we'd never encountered with good results. Our postcard effort produced two new members including one who while licensed had never owned or used a radio. Our posts in various social media outlets produced at least three members of our community who had always been interested in Amateur Radio, but never did anything about it until our field day event gave them a chance to visit and ask questions.

As always, we appreciate the support of our City Council. This year Council members Micheal Salazar, Marty Medina and Mayor Rico Medina were good enough to find a few minutes to stop by and see how we were doing. Once again, representatives of our served agencies stopped by as well. Battalion Chief Scott Waldvogel was able to catch up with us as well as the Red Cross's Mike Yamamoto. We thank all those who helped us once again including our Fire Department and our friends at the San Bruno Public Library. Thank you all.

The goal for 2024 is to build on the lessons of this year's event and continue to work to 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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