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KO6YQ's Amateur Radio Index
We know of other clubs but do not yet have official information from them.
It will be added here when provided.
- American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Pacific Division
Home page: http://www.pdarrl.org/
- West Valley Amateur Radio Association (WVARA)
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
www.wvara.org 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
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
(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: http://www.amateur-radio.org/
- ARRL VEC
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: http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/
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.
These are the electronics Flea Markets in the area
- 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
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.
- 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
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: http://www.electronicsfleamarket.com/
- 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.
Last updated: January 21, 2012