Amateur Radio Clubs

ARRL Pacific Division

ARRL’s governance structure divides the United States into 15 Divisions. Each Division’s Director and Vice Director represent their Division on ARRL policy matters. The Pacific Division is composed of Northern California and all of Nevada and Hawaii.

ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section

Includes San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties.

ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section

The San Joaquin Valley Section includes 12 counties in the central valley of California, Kern, Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Calaveras, San Joaquin, and Mono.

Foothills Amateur Radio Society (FARS)

FARS is an amateur radio organization for the southern San Francisco Peninsula area in California serving residents of Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and other nearby communities.

Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association (PAARA)

The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association was first formed in 1937, and then incorporated as a California non-profit organization in March of 1956.

Contra Costa Repeater Association (CCRA)

The CCRA was established in 1977 and operates the WA6HAM repeater system. The CCRA is dedicated to providing the amateur radio community in Contra Costa County and surrounding areas, repeaters that can be used for public service activities.

West Valley Amateur Radio Club (WVARC)

Meets at the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, at 2731 North 1st Street in San Jose.

Northern California DX Club (NCDXC)

The NCDXC was formed in 1946 and has over 200 members from all over Northern California, with most of the members residing in the 9 Bay Area counties. The NCDXC holds monthly meetings, maintains a repeater high above Silicon Valley, and provides an active on-line CHAT reflector.

Salinas Valley Repeater Group (SVRG)

Salinas Valley Repeater Group operates a wide area linked repeater system, serving California from the Monterey Bay high above the Santa Cruz Mountains, to the Bay Area, down to the coast of Big Sur and over to the San Joaquin Valley.

Loma Pioneer Repeater Club (LPRC)

The Loma Pioneer Repeater Club is an organization of active radio amateurs devoted to public service, providing high-level emergency communications in times of catastrophe or emergency. We understand how important it is to preserve amateur radio as a resource and a hobby.

The San Francisco Radio Club (SFARC)

The San Francisco Radio Club (SFRC) was formed in 1909 by a handful of radio enthusiasts with the objective of exchanging messages over the air.

USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club (NB6GC)

The current USS Hornet Amateur Radio Club was formed in July of 2002. The club’s goal is to become the ‘The Voice of the Hornet’. The ships original Navy Call sign was NBGC. In honor of the original call the Hornet Amateur Radio club operates with a call sign of NB6GC. The club’s purpose is to promote interest in Amateur Radio and the USS Hornet Museum Ship for the community, its past crew members and club members. Many club members also serve the Museum Ship’s staff and assist in preservation of the Hornet.

Santa Clara County Amateur Radio Association (SCCARA)

SCCARA was formed as a general interest amateur radio club in 1921
and became a non-profit corporation in 1947.

Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society (SCVRS)

The Santa Clara Valley Repeater Society was formed in 1965. It was started to support an A.M. repeater which was then installed on Mt. Chual in the Santa Cruz mountains.

The Calnet Repeater Network

The Calnet system consists of numerous fulltime linked 440 MHz repeaters connecting San Diego to San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. They have 440 MHz coverage in the areas of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Imperial, Riverside, San Diego, Kern, Ventura, Fresno, San Joaquin, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz , Santa Clara, Placer, El Dorado, Washoe, Carson City and Douglas  Counties.

Association of Silicon Valley Amateur Radio Organizations (ASVARO)

Located in the Silicon Valley of California, ASVARO organizes the monthly Electronics Flea Market “swap meet” at Fry’s Electronics in Sunnyvale, California.

South Bay Amateur Radio Association (SBARA)

Formed in 1976 to cater to the amateur radio communities in the Fremont, Newark and Union City in the East Bay.

North Bay Amateur Radio Association (NBARA)

The NBARA was established in 1947, and has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for over 60 years.

Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC)

The Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC) was founded in 1947. Today it has a membership of over 300 dedicated hams and is one of the largest amateur radio clubs in California.

Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA)

ORCA is an Amateur Radio Club located in Oakland, California. Meetings are open to the public. We discuss emergency preparedness, contesting and training.

Livermore Amateur Radio Klub (LARK)

LARK serves the communities of Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin California, and the surrounding Tri-Valley area.

The 50 MHz & Up Group

Many of the members have built their own transverters or other radio equipment, and are operating at radio frequencies as high as 243 GHz. There are also members involved in laser, satellite, moonbounce and DX on many bands.

Bay Area Communications Society (BAYCOM)

Saratoga Amateur Radio Association

Assisting the city of Saratoga with emergency communications. Part of ARES and the Silicon Valley Emergency Communication System.

Stanford Amateur Radio Club (W6YX)

W6YX has a rich history that goes back to the early days of radio. The club was formed in 1922, and has been affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, since 1924.

University of California Amateur Radio Club (W6BB)

According to the January 1923 issue of CALIFORNIA ENGINEER, the University of California Radio Club was formally established in the Mechanic’s Building in February of 1914.

Coastside Amateur Radio Club (CARC)

The Coastside Amateur Radio Club (CARC) is affiliated with the ARRL and normally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1930 hours in the Linda Mar Fire Station Community Room on Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica.

Valley Of The Moon Amateur Radio Club (VOMARC)

Monthly meetings are held in the City of Sonoma Emergency Operations Center, which is located at the rear of the Sonoma Police Department, 175 1st Street West in Sonoma.

Hayward Radio Club

The Hayward Radio Club provides members with interesting meetings, emergency drills, technician and upgrade classes, 2M, 6M and 70CM repeaters and a club station.

East Bay Amateur Radio Club

The East Bay Amateur Radio Club (EBARC) in Richmond, California was founded in 1947 by a group of local amateur radio operators.

Monterey Bay Amateur Radio Association (MBARA)

MBARA has membership from throughout the Monterey Bay area, northern California and the world. We are dedicated to all aspects of Amateur radio and we are currently focused on creating the premier HF and VHF radio experimentation, operating, DXing and contesting station in the Monterey Bay area at N6IJ. The N6IJ site serves as a wonderful location for casual operating, experimentation with antennas and radios and as a excellent emergency communications resource. MBARA board members include hams from the Monterey Bay area and representatives from the Monterey Naval Post Graduate School Amateur Radio Club, The Santa Cruz County Radio Club and the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC).

This list is far from complete so If you don’t see a club near you listed here check the club search tool on the ARRL website. MDARC also maintains lists of amateur radio organizations in the Bay Area and international amateur radio organizations.