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.

Let us help you discover and enjoy the Radio Sport !

New Members & Renewals


The SBARA board of directors (BOD) would like to thank its membership for its dedication and generosity with the continued renewal of membership each year. Now is that time to renew for 2018. SBARA members are entitled to discounted renewal fees through March 31, 2018. Starting on April 1, the regular member fees will be in effect.

In addition, the SBARA BOD would also like to express its appreciation to its members for its continued support through the voluntary donations to the WA6PWW repeater system on 144, 220, and 440 Mhz. All donations are welcomed.

And just for you, Joining, Renewing and Donation is now made simpler with the secure on-line process via PayPal.


Winter Field Day, January 26th, 2019

You are invited to SBARA's Winter Field Day operation, this coming Saturday January 26th. This year we will be at our usual summer location in Fremont Central Park, the first-right parking lot after entering the park at Sailway Drive and Paseo Padre.

Radio operation will begin at 11am and finish around 4pm. Setup will start about 10am. We will operate 100 watt HF radios on various bands. You are welcome to bring field radios and antenna systems to try out. There will be some limited generator power available; it helps to bring your own extension cord.

The station callsign is KU6S, and we will keep simple paper logsheets for each band. If you are not attending, try finding us on the radio!

Don't have to be a SBARA club member to attend !

Don Amyx N6DA SK

Dear SBARA members,

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Don Amyx N6DA.

For many years Don had operated with others at KH6LC's super station in Keaau, Hawaii. The following text is from the website of Lloyd Cabral, KH6LC, www.kh6lc.com:

"N6DA, Don, was first licensed as WV6TQK in 1961 when he was 13. He quickly became hooked on contests when he discovered they were an easy way to up his DXCC total. He was mentored by world-class contesters of the San Francisco Bay area and operated at a variety of top contest stations there. Don was also a founding member of the Northern California Contest Club.

As a crew member on a number of ocean racing "maxi" sailboats, he got to see what it was like operating from the other end as WA6TQK /KH6 /FO8 /VE7 /MM2 /MM3.

Don considers himself 'the luckiest guy in the world' and lives in Union City, California, with his wonderful wife, Mary. Good Fun!!"

Don Amyx N6DA was a SBARA member for many years. He served as treasurer for several of these years and was a great Field Day force. Many of our members learned a lot from him about contesting during Field Day or California QSO Party events. For the longest time Don also was the trustee of our club call sign KU6S.

Don will be missed!
73 N6DA!