San Benito County

San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES

ARES: Amateur Radio Emergency Service
ACS: Auxilary Communication Service
RACES: Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service

3226 Southside Rd, Hollister, CA 95023 - (831) 637-5314
OES Mutual Aid Region II - Agency XBE - Coastal Division/Region
ARES Division: Pacific; Section: Santa Clara Valley; District: San Benito

Net: Thursdays @ 1930
Meetings: Typically Second Wednesdays of the month
Contact us:
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2014 Events

Apr 27 (Su)Big Sur International Marathon - MontereyIndividual Option
May 17-18 (Sa-Sun)SAR ExerciseSan Benito ACS/RACES Event
Jun 14-15 (Sa-Su)Hollister Airshow - Hollister AirportSan Benito ARES/ACS/RACES Supported
Jun 28-29 (Sa-Su)ARRL Field DaySan Benito ARES/ACS/RACES Event
Jul (Sa-Su)Hollister RallySan Benito ARES/ACS/RACES Event
Jul 4th (Th)Morgan Hill Independence Day ParadeIndividual Option
Jul 25-27 (F-Su)Gilroy Garlic FestivalIndividual Option
Aug 5 (Tu)National Night Out - HollisterSan Benito ARES/ACS/RACES Supported
TBA (Sa-Su)Watsonville AirshowIndividual Option
Oct 3-5 (Sa-Su)San Benito County FairSan Benito ACS/RACES Event
Oct 10-12 (F-Su)Pacificon - Santa ClaraIndividual Option
Oct ?? (Sa)San Benito Olive FestivalSan Benito ARES/ACS/RACES Supported
 San Benito ACS/RACES Event - ACS/RACES is primary, but may have role for ARES as well - more information closer to the event
 San Benito ARES/ACS/RACES Event - ARES and ACS/RACES supports this event
 Individual - Participation is an individual choice - our group is not the lead on the event

Thank You to our Corporate Supporters!

Starkweather Painting
(831) 637-6413

Hollister Roofing
(831) 636-0188

Crystal TV / Radio Shack Dealer
491 Tres Pinos Rd, Suite 101
Hollister, California 95023
(831) 637-3583

SK: WR6U - Lois Brice

It is with sadness we are announcing a Silent Key... WR6U - Lois Brice (March 19, 1924 - April 19, 2014).... Our deepest condolences to Don Brice - W6ONO.

Tech Talk - Tape Measure Yagi Antenna - Wed 4/23 & 4/30

This month's tech talk will be on BOTH Wednesday April 23rd & April 30th, 2014 @ 1900 at the San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES Headquarters/Ham Shack/DOC in Hollister (3224 Southside Rd, Hollister). On the 23rd we're going to make a yagi antenna primarily made with PVC pipes and tape measure segments. Please e-mail by Monday night if you want us to get you the parts for it at a cost of about $10. On the 30th, we're going to complete any steps not completed on the 23rd and work on direction finding techniques with these antennas.

See the San Benito County ARES/ACS/RACES Headquarters/Ham Shack/DOC Flyer (PDF) for directions.

Ham 101 & Fundamentals - Sat May 10th

Ham 101: Introduction to Emergency Communications will be on Saturday May 10th at 0900 hours at the Gilroy Police Department followed by Fundamentals of Emergency Communication at 1330 hours after a lunch break.

This is the class for ham radio operators, especially those who recently got their license, to learn radio basics, operations, emergency operations, etc.

Please e-mail to reserve a seat and help us with planning this event.

Minutes from our February Meeting

Click Here for the minutes from our February 2014 meeting.

Our Repeater is Back!

Our primary repeater is back on line as of Thursday January 16th. Thus far, it appears our coverage has improved in most directions. We've got a few places to still check.

147.315 MHz -600 KHz PL 94.8 Hz

Manuals for Equipment

Check out this updated page now includes the Powerwerx DB-750X Mobile Commerial Radio and the LDG AT-100 Pro II Antenna Tuner at the HQ/DOC

FAQs for Ham Radio Operators espeically newly licensed hams

Check out this new page

NVIS project

Check out this new page for details on what Brad (KJ6ATF) and Tim (W6TST) have been doing with their NVIS work. Now updated to include a new design.

Weekly Nets

First, third and fifth Thursdays are local only. Second and Fourth Thursdays will be nets that are IRLP/Echolink connected.

To connect us via IRLP or EchoLink on the second and fourth Thursdays via the Western Reflector useIRLP: 9257 / Echolink *DCF-ARC* (Emcomm Nets) 336037. Please connect via the western reflector and not directly to our repeater on those Thursdays.

Thanks from SAR for Response from October 2012

PDF Letter

What to put in a "Go Bag"

Your "Go Bag" may be customized depending on your paritipation level, skill and experience level and your own personal endurance

Here is an excellent presentation of a very complete go bag put togehter by Dan O’Connor - KE7HLR. Click Here for the PDF file.

What are Q Codes and when to use them and when not to?

The Q Code came into being internationally in 1912 to overcome the language problems involved in communications by radio among ships and shore stations of all countries. The original list of 50 adopted by international agreement in London contain many which are still familiar to amateur operators-QRN, QRM, QSO, the traffic operator's QRK, QSY and QRV - are now nearing the century mark of continuous usage. QSL still has the official 1912 definition despite the changed informal usages it is subjected to in amateur parlance.

The QN signals for amateur net operation were introduced in the late 1930s by E. L. Battey W1UE (W4IA-SK) to lighten the burdens of net control operators.


Click here for a list of Q-codes from

Q codes are quite handy when talking to an international station or sending a message via morse code

Q codes should not be used in emergency communication especially if operating public safety radios. Incident Command System (ICS) standards require that "Plain Text" be used in emergency communication to avoid misunderstandings or memorization errors.

-Tim W6TST

Yaesu WIRES Function - How to turn it off.

Those with Yaesu radios have a tendency to accidentally turn on a function called WIRES. It is a feature that isn't used locally, but can cause annoyances.

KB6OT wrote up directions that Jack Kirk found to turn off this feature that is handy. Included in this note in this PDF File

Upcoming Dates
Wed4/23@ 1900Monthly Talk
Thu4/24@ 1930SBC Net on IRLP
Wed4/30@ 1900Monthly Tech Talk
Thu5/1@ 1930SBC Net
Sat5/3@ 0800Ham Cram & Testing
Thu5/8@ 1930SBC Net on IRLP
Sat5/10@ 0900Ham 101: Intro to EmComm
Sat5/10@ 1330Fundamentals of EmComm
Wed5/14@ 1900SBC Monthly Meeting
Thu5/15@ 1930SBC Net
Thu5/22@ 1930SBC Net on IRLP
Thu5/29@ 1930SBC Net
Thu6/5@ 1930SBC Net

Exam Session

When:Saturday May 3, 2014
8am-5pm: Tech/Gen class
1pm-5pm: Testing (All Levels)
Where:Community Room, Gilroy Police Dept
7301 Hanna Street, Gilroy, CA
Fee:Test & Class: $24
Test only: $14
Class size is limited. Reservation recommended.

Please bring one photo ID, Social Security card or FRN, cash for fees, and previous

License Grant if testing for upgrade. This session is sponsored by the San Benito County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, & W5YI-VEC

Printable Handout

Congratulations to the new ham radio operators and those who got their upgrades

Click here for an FAQs for Ham Radio Operators espeically newly licensed hams

Note: The paper work was submitted promptly, but apparently due to the Veterans Day weekend, processing is delayed and the paperwork hasn't been processed yet... Please be assured we are checking multiple times a day and will update this page as soon as we know.

Saturday January 18, 2014 - Study & Testing
Jesse C. BurtzKK6IWWTechnician
Mai N. EvansKK6IWXTechnician
David A. GlassKE6DWAGeneral (Upgrade)
Cheri KaoKK6IWYTechnician
Benjamin LehrfeldKK6IWZTechnician
Michael G. LinthicumKK6HXBGeneral (Upgrade)
Steven W. Mc CannKK6IXATechnician
Mallory NicholsKK6IXBTechnician
John A NourseKK6IXCTechnician
Steven J. PretloveKK6HXEGeneral (Upgrade)
James A Ramsey IIKK6IXDTechnician
Dales A. RitterKK6IXETechnician
Brandon J. ToddKK6BZBGeneral (Upgrade)
James Mac KnightAG6YEAmateur Extra

Saturday November 9, 2013 - Study & Testing
Dan CappsKK6HWQTechnician
Peggy ChouKK6HWRTechnician
Ron CoheaKK6HWSTechnician
Lawrence D. DietzKK6HWTTechnician
Stacey DorseyKK6HWUTechnician
Thomas FadaeeKK6HXKTechnician
Barbara GarciaKK6HWVTechnician
Rizziero R. GuerraKK6HWWTechnician
Allen B. HansenKK6HXLTechnician
Robert M. HuffKK6HWXTechnician
Alvin JohnsonKI6OYYGeneral (Upgrade)
Rhoda JohnsonKI6OYXGeneral (Upgrade)
Daniel KentKK6HWYTechnician
Robert E. KuppsKK6BKVExtra (Upgrade)
Caryn LairdKK6HWZTechnician
Charlotte LawsonKK6HXATechnician
Michael G. LinthicumKK6HXBTechnician
Harry A. Oberhelman IIIKK6HXCTechnician
James F. PeckhamKK6HXDTechnician
Steven J. PretloveKK6HXETechnician
Shari RacanelliKK6HXFTechnician
Samuel G. Sabin IIIKK6HXGTechnician
Michael Z. ShafikKK6HXHTechnician
Brandon K. SmithKK6HXITechnician
Eduard Van KeulenKF6PLOExtra (Upgrade)
Derek J. WitmerKK6HXJTechnician

Saturday August 31, 2013 - Study & Testing
Frederick ChangKK6GMCTechnician
Kristian CrumpKK6GCHGeneral (Upgrade)
Tim DayKK6GMDTechnician
Eileen EsplinKK6GMETechnician
Terry FeinbergKK6FMYGeneral (Upgrade)
Brian GoldbergKG6BKIGeneral (Upgrade)
Joachim SchmidtKK6GMFTechnician
David BrownKK6GHHExtra (Upgrade)
Maya FraserKK6GMGTechnician
San FraserKK6GMHTechnician & General

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