Welcome to SPARC
San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club, Banning CA
The San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC) is dedicated to the interests of radio communications and emergency preparedness, and provides a wide variety of volunteer services to its members and the community. Our Club call sign is W6PRC (“Pass Radio Club”). We are located in Banning CA, and our members represent a wide area ranging from Perris, Moreno Valley, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Beaumont, Banning, Cabazon, and the Low Desert.
Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., 2-meters, simplex 145.540MHz.*
Wednesday 7:00 p.m., 440 net on 449.520 MHz.
Wednesday 7:15 p.m., 220 net on 223.480 MHz.
Wednesday 7:30 p.m., 75-meters, approx. 3.945 MHz. LSB.
*On the 1st Wednesday of each month, the 7:30 PM net will be held on 7295 MHz LSB.
*On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, the 6:30 PM 2-meter net will be held on the repeater, 147.915 MHz. down 600, PL Tone 123.
All other Wednesday nets will be on 145.540MHz. simplex.
The Banning repeater W6CDF is monitored and used for local contacts: 147.915 MHz. down 600, PL Tone 123
Monthly Club Meetings:
Visitors and new members are always welcome at our meetings.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Beaumont City Hall, Room 2, 550 E. 6th St., Beaumont.
We meet 4th Thursday of each month, January through October.
The November meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday.
The December meeting is the annual Christmas Party.
The SPARC Board meets quarterly at 6 p.m. prior to each regular Club Meeting. Members are welcome to attend. See Events Calendar for dates.
Monthly Breakfast Meetings:
2nd Saturday of each month, 8:00 a.m.
1007 Calimesa Blvd., Calimesa
Ham Radio License Exam Sessions:
The SPARC VE Testing Team will hold amateur radio license exam sessions at the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, 600 N. Highland Springs Ave., Banning, CA, in
Classroom B. Exams for all three license classes are available and walk-ins are welcome.
Exam sessions are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the scheduled dates. The classroom will be open at 8:00 AM for the VEs to set up for testing.
The ARRL Exam Fee for 2016 will remain at $15.00.
Schedule is as follows:
Jan 23, 2016
Apr 23, 2016
July 23, 2016
Oct 29, 2016
For current information and pre-registration for a session, contact Pete Hersey, KJ6NRR, at firstname.lastname@example.org (951-845-1363)
Our Club actively participates in the annual ARRL Field Day event, held during the fourth full weekend in June. We gather at a local park, set up our radio equipment, and spend all weekend contacting other Amateur Radio stations all over North America. For this event, we operate all stations on emergency power, just as would be done in an emergency.
Our mailing address is:
San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club
c/o Mike Mendoza
308 Pipe Springs
Beaumont CA 92223-7313
Click here to download our SPARC Membership application form: SPARC Member App
Club Logo Shirts
Club shirts are available to Members at a cost of $20.
This includes Club logo, first name, and call sign.
Please contact the Club Treasurer for information on shirts. Mike Mendoza, KK6BUW
ARRL Field Day is held during the fourth full weekend in June each year. Saturday afternoon of that weekend is open to visitors, from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Come visit us and see Ham Radio in action at Dysart Park,
1099 S. 22nd St., Banning (at end of S. 22nd St.) GPS 33.91438, 116.90084. For more information, please see the “Field Day” page on this website.
The Club also holds an informal “Mini-Field Day” event each spring, usually in March. Members set up their stations to test equipment and experiment prior to the June Field Day event. See the Event Calendar for dates.
2016 SPARC Club Officers:
President: Sam Shoemaker, KI6NME
Vice President: George Humphrey, W6GEH
Treasurer: Mike Mendoza, KK6BUW
Secretary: Jeff Burris, KB6CA
Director-at-large: Mike Karpman, WA6UIJ
Club Trustee: Mike Karpman, WA6UIJ
Webmaster: Dick Van Bree, W6RVB