Welcome to SBARA!

South Bay Amateur Radio Association (SBARA), was formed in 1976 to cater to the amateur radio communities in the Fremont, Newark and Union City in the East Bay. 

The club welcomes people of all ages interested in Amateur Radio and helps them become licenced operators to enjoy the hobby first hand.

The club conducts regular monthly meetings, and invites a guest speaker to give a talk and discuss interesting projects. 

The club enjoys helping children get to know all about radio sport. The club can work with local schools to setup after school activities relating to this hobby.  Every year SBARA participates in the ARRL Field Day, inviting everyone young and old to join in the fun.

Club members also help local public events like the Primavera Bicycle Ride, The Hayward Zucchini Festival, and other city events, county fairs etc., by providing strategic communication to event organisers, at no cost. This has in turn helped our members develop expertise in event communication that would be invaluable for communication during emergencies. Club members work in coordination with the Fire and Police departments in the tri-cities area and are proud to be able to respond when necessary.

Quick Links

Contests Calendar by WA7BNM - click here
Test Schedule by Tri-City VE Group - click here
Fox Hunts by RDF-SF - click here
Repeater Directory by USRepeaters.com - click here
Amateur Satellites by AMSAT NA click here
ARRL East Bay Section click here
Fremont Communication Volunteers Emcomm Group click here
CERT/PEP Programs by Fremont Fire click here

Let us help you discover and enjoy the Radio Sport !

Hayward Zucchini Festival, August 19 & 20

Hello SBARA Members,

The call is going out for SBARA members to once again volunteer at the Hayward Zucchini Festival on August 19th and 20th, 2017. There will be a drawing for a $250 gift certificate from HRO for the volunteers. For every shift you work will earn one drawing ticket. Also, every shift you work earns SBARA money to help pay for Field Day family dinner and all our other programs.

If you have never volunteered for this event I think you will be surprised with how much fun it is. You can get additional tickets for your family or a friend to come and enjoy the event while you work your shift. Last year we had the largest turn out ever and this year we hope to see our new members as volunteers.

It is not too early to sign up for shifts. The SBARA webpage on-line registration is now available for your use. So, view the on-line signup tutorial. Let me know if you have questions on signing up, via the Contacts page.


Slow Scan TV (SSTV) coming to a repeater near you !

Hello Everyone,

The 20th Anniversary of ARISS (Amateur Radio aboard the ISS) was celebrated on 20 July, with live SSTV Transmissions from ISS. A series of commemorative images were literaly beamed down all over the world and enjoyed by a large number of hams. Several hams in the Bay Area enjoyed the wonderful and rare experience. It also created a good amount of interest in the club and we started looking for ways to get other hams involved in this fun activity, using the radios they already have.

We are working out the details in consultation with the repeater owners and the SBARA Board. We'll be back with some exciting news very soon...!

UPDATE: August 7 2017, Paul Stoetzer - With the recent popularity of Slow Scan Television (SSTV) from the ISS, AMSAT Operations is bringing back Experimenter's Wednesday to (satellite) AO-85. more...