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.

Please check out the detailed information provided at various sections of this website.

President's Corner

Another great Field Day comes to a close!

SBARA Field Day 2016 has come to a close. Although the band conditions were NOT optimal, I think everyone had a great time!

I'd like to take a moment to thank those individuals who contributed to the success of this Field Day event:

  • The SBARA Board of Directors...many of whom helped setup stations, loan equipment, etc.
  • The station captains.
  • Al Rendon (WT6K) for coordinating the station captains.
  • Tim Fairbairn (AF6TF) and the InRoads Church, in Newark, for providing and delivering tables and chairs so attendees didn't have to bring them.
  • Greg (WY6P) and Elaine (KJ6AOE) Miller for handling drinks, ice, food, and providing tents, equipment, etc.
  • Bernhard Hailer (AE6YN) for being VERY accommodating and patient while hosting his station for kids and elected officials to get on the air.
  • Deborah (AG6HJ) and Kent Patton (KJ6VWG) for helping with a station as well as breakfast.
  • Bill Artelt (WB9YVM) for sending out press releases and contributing to the Tri-City Voice article.
  • Umesh Ghodke (K6VUG) for continuing to be satellite operator extraordinaire and being an ambassador for the hobby while engaging the public.
  • Everyone who helped setup antennas, tents, pop-ups, tables, chairs, etc. on Friday and helped break down on Sunday.
  • Everyone covering the information table.
  • Everyone who operated stations in the wee hours.
  • Everyone who brought a side dish to the potluck dinner on Saturday.
  • Those who stepped in to supplement ice, water, and food throughout the weekend.
  • All the SBARA members who stopped by to visit, east, operate, or just hang out and chat.
  • ...and anyone else I may have inadvertently forgotten to list here!


Highlights for the weekend include:

  • Front page coverage by the local media, The Argus (Fremont)
  • Visit from Newark Mayor Al Nagy and Councilmember Michael Hannon
  • Visit from Fremont Councilmember Vinnie Bacon
  • Visit from Fremont Vice Mayor Lily Mei
  • Visit from Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • Visit from Bob Vallio (W6RGG), ARRL Director, Pacific Division
  • Visit from representatives of the Office of Emergency Services and Fremont Fire Department.

Many members of the public, including kids, stopped by to check out what we were up to and, in many cases, got on the air or learned some Morse code.

For the first time in club's history (at least since I've been with the club) successful sending of a radiogram via the National Traffic System (NTS) for extra points. Special thanks to Pink Foster (K7ILA) who is active in NTS and happened to be visiting (from Arizona) at the PAARA Field Day site.

I've been posting photos and videos on the Facebook page. The URL for the FB page is: https://www.facebook.com/sbara.org/ You DO NOT have to be a Facebook member to view them.

We'll be creating a photo gallery on the sbara.org website ASAP.

That's it for now. Sorry for the long message, but I had a lot to say! :-)

Steve KG6HJU
SBARA President


NEXT UP...The Zucchini Festival August 20 & 21, 2016

I will be going online to sign-up as it is always a fun event! SBARA provides communications (via FRS radio) for this event, and as if that and free access to the festival weren't enough incentive, you will also get one ticket for each shift worked for a drawing for a $250 gift certificate from HRO!!!

PLEASE go to the following URL to sign-up: http://www.sbara.org/zucchini.html

Thank You!
Steve KG6HJU
SBARA President