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Amateur Radio Online Resources in the South Bay

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Amateur Radio Organizations in the South Bay

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Pacific Division
Home page:
West Valley Amateur Radio Association (WVARA)
Home page:

Meetings: 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 7:30 PM
Meetings are held at the Campbell Community Center at Winchester Blvd and Campbell Ave, near downtown Campbell. The exact meeting room may change depending on reservations but they try to get Room Q-84, the Mary Campbell Room. Use the Campbell Ave entrance and go to the building nearest to the tennis courts. Any changes in the meeting room will be announced on the WVARA Weekly Net (meeting on the radio) on the 2m/220 repeaters on Tuesday nights at 8:30PM. Announcements will also be on the web site.

W6PIY 2m: 147.39+ PL151.4 linked to 220
W6PIY 220 MHz: 223.96- PL156.7 linked to 2m
W6PIY 440 MHz: 441.875+ PL88.5 (test pair: shared frequency, other repaters are on other PLs)
W6PIY 1.2 GHz: 1286.2- PL100

We know of other clubs but do not yet have official information from them. It will be added here when provided.

Amateur Radio Examination Opportunities in the South Bay

In 1984, the FCC handed off Amateur Radio licensing examinations to Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) organizations in order to allow the tests to be more frequent and held in more places. (You used to have to go to the FCC office in San Francisco for all exams.) The VECs organize local exam sessions and accredit the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) who run the sessions.

There are currently 15 VEC organizations. Two of them offer regularly-scheduled Amateur Radio exams in the South Bay Area.

Sunnyvale VEC
Dates/times: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10AM
Location: Washington Park, corner of Washington and Pastoria, Sunnyvale. (In November and December the location changes to Fair Oaks Park at Fair Oaks and Wolfe in Sunnyvale.)
On the web:
Dates/times: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month
Location: Tandem/Compaq Cafeteria, Vallco Parkway, Cupertino. (It's on the block east of the Vallco Mall. Follow the signs from the Tandem entrance.)
On the web:

Amateur Radio Stores and Flea Markets

Note: this is not an endorsement for any of these locations. However, to encourage availability of Amateur Radio equipment, we reseve editorial privilege to list or unlist stores or markets based on our impression of whether they carry sufficient amount of Amateur Radio equipment.

Here are some stores that carry Amateur Radio equipment.

Ham Radio Outlet, Sunnyvale
specializes in Amateur Radio equipment
Halted Specialties, Santa Clara
electronics supply and surplus, small amateur radio dept, kits, parts
Fry's Electronics, multiple locations
parts, Ramsey Kits (receivers only), San Jose/Brokaw and Sunnyvale locations carry Kenwood amateur radios and accessories (full line)
Radio Shack, multiple locations
books, 2m and 440 monoband handheld and mobile Ham radios, parts
These are the electronics Flea Markets in the area
Foothill Electronics Flea Market
at Foothill College, 2nd Saturdays of March through October. The official starting time is 7AM but activity for the die-hards arrive around 4-5AM. The ending time may be 2PM on sunny days or 10AM when it rains. Either bring $2 for parking or have all your shopping done by 7AM.
On the web:
Livermore Flea Market
At the Las Positas College parking lot, 1st Sundays of each month. (Use the Livermore Airport exit on I-580, then follow the signs to Las Positas College.) Due to campus rules, sellers and buyers must not arrive before 7AM.
Note: we are not listing other San Jose area flea markets because they aren't electronics flea markets. Those can be located in the phone book.

Last updated: January 21, 2012