Half Moon Bay
Amateur Radio Club
Serving the San Mateo County Coastside communities of Half Moon Bay, Princeton, El Granada, Miramar, Moss Beach, Montara
The Half Moon Bay Amateur Radio Club (HMBARC) is an association of amateur radio operators and those interested in radio communication as a hobby and for community service in the San Mateo County Coastside communities of Half Moon Bay, Princeton, El Granada, Miramar, Moss Beach, and Montara. We are an affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
In support of the Coastside communities, we partner with the American Red Cross, Coastside Fire Protection District, and Coastside CERT through the Amateur Radio Emergency Services® (ARES),an ARRL field organization.
As an integral part of our training, we assist with communications for public events like Pacific Coast Dream Machines, Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life, and others. The club uses two open repeater systems (VHF and UHF) that cover the Coastside with antennas located at the Half Moon Bay Sheriff's Substation. Every June, we set up an off-the-grid emergency radio station next to the old train station at 110 Higgins Canyon Road and participate in ARRL Field Day, a two day national event, contacting stations all over the United States and Canada.
Club officers for 2024:
Training and Test Announced
Members from the Half Moon Bay and SC4 amateur radio clubs are hosting a two-day Technician Licensing Class on April 27, 2024 and May 4, 2024 beginning at 10:00 AM at the Half Moon Bay Library Community Room. Both classes will be on a Saturday and will adjourn by 4:30 PM.
We are also hosting an in person FCC Licensing Exam on Saturday May 11, 2024 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Half Moon Bay Library Community Room. All license class exams will be offered and it is not required that you attend the Licensing class. You must however register for the exam by April 30th at:
The Half Moon Bay Library is located at 620 Correas St in Half Moon Bay (94019).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or wish to register for the Technician Licensing class.
Meetings and Discussion
New members and visitors to the Coastside are always welcome at our club meetings. See the Training section below for more information about getting started on the coastside, or getting a license.
HMBARC meets from 7 to 9 PM on the third Wednesday of every month, at the Coastside Fire Protection District Station 40, 1191 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Park on Main Street next to Station 40, not in the station lots.
HMB ARES - Amateur Radio Emergency Service®
The HMB ARES group was formed for the purpose of providing emergency and/or auxiliary communications service to Coastside public safety and public service organizations.
More information including a link to join, is available on the club ARES page.
Club membership is open to anyone with an interest in amateur radio. Contact us to enquire about becoming a member. You can submit a paper membership form with the $30 annual individual dues (family dues are $45) in person, at a club meeting, or by check to HMBARC, P.O. Box 819, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. Alternatively, you can submit an electronic membership form.
Annual dues may be submitted electronically using Zelle. Simply specify the Zelle recipient as “email@example.com”. See https://www.zellepay.com or your bank's website for more information. All memberships expire at the end of the year.
Club Mailing List
Get local and regional ham news, event notifications, volunteer opportunities and meeting announcements to your inbox. Sign up for the club mailing list here.
The club maintains a discussion forum with shared files at https://groups.io/g/HMBARC.
Training + Ham Buddy
We offer both informal, peer-to-peer support and information on how to get your license.
Ham Buddy Program
New members and visitors to the Coastside are always welcome at our club meetings. We have instituted a special email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to provide an easy way for new or prospective ham radio operators to reach out for help (e.g. understanding the pros and cons of different radios, programming a handheld with the Coastside band plan, and getting started in HF, digital).
Whether you are new to the club, new to the area, or a new ham, we are glad to see you!
Ham Licensing and Training
For more information on getting your ham license, and license training, see our Training page.
Repeaters & Nets
Club and ARES operations on the Coastside utilize several VHF/UHF frequencies. We primarily use the CARLA System 32 repeater on Montara Mountain, with generous approval from the system managers.
Two open repeaters (one VHF, one UHF) located in Half Moon Bay are available to all radio amateurs. During non-emergencies, local members and visitors are invited to chat away on the repeaters.
Join us for our weekly nets: We hold weekly radio nets on Wednesday evenings at 8pm on the CARLA System 32 repeater (440.725 MHz, positive offset and tone of 114.8 Hz, Coastside Band Plan programming: CMD11 or CAR32L).
For details on the frequency, correct PL tone for local access, net control script, and a tracking tool, see: Nets