Next Meeting

June 3, 2020, from 7:30-9:00 PM

Venue: Online Meeting There will be NO pre-meeting at Jakes this month.

Please join us by navigating to: meeting ( https://zoom.us/j/4086215853 ) You will be prompted to enter your name and the meeting password. In order to minimize the opportunity for zoom bombers or others to hijack our meeting, I’ll update this page again with the password on Wednesday evening or we will provide it on our email distribution list.

You can also join by telephone using the following phone number:

+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 408 621 5853
Password: K6SA
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aPwFOCDKO

Topic: Batteries

Batteries are a necessity for almost all portable radio operations. With the advent of modern battery chemistries, the choices available to the radio amateur are plentiful. This presentation will focus on the three common battery types: Lead-Acid (SLA/AGM), Lithium (Lion/Lipo), and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFE/LiFePO4). We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each chemistry, common uses and misuses, and everyday application tips for your latest amateur radio project.

Our speaker is Marcel Stieber, AI6MS, who has been an amateur radio operator since 2008 while attending the California Poly in San Luis Obispo. He was President of the Cal Poly Amateur Radio Club, W6BHZ, and is currently the Industry Advisor to the club. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, concentrating on RF and Communications, and writing his thesis on “Radio Direction Finding Network Receiver Design for Low-cost Public Service Applications”. Marcel works as a Senior Hardware Systems Engineer at Amazon Lab126 in Sunnyvale, CA and also serves on the Cal Poly Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board. He is an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the City of Cupertino, serving as the trustee and technical lead for the Cupertino ARES UHF repeater, W6TDM, and as the Project Lead for the Cupertino ARES ARKnet Project, which is building up a high-speed wireless intranet for the emergency responders in Cupertino. Marcel regularly volunteers at local repeater workdays as an RF technician and tower climber and enjoys providing communications for location bike rides and triathlons. He also volunteers as a Technical Advisor to several event management companies and local repeater groups. He is an ARRL Life Member and has helped license over 819 hams since 2009.


Saratoga Frequencies

Everyone should have the following frequencies programmed into their VHF/UHF radios. A complete list of all county frequencies and local jurisdictions can be found at this link.

Channel NameResource NameR/SFrequencyOffsetPL
Tactical AltSimplex146.505
Tactical Alt 2Simplex146.595

Read All About Us

  • Our brochure contains an overview of our club’s history, member interests, net, meetings, activities, and how you might become a member. If you would like to become a member, please complete our membership form and mail it to: Saratoga Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 2034, Saratoga, CA 95070.


  • Facilitate scientific education and knowledge of radio engineering and communication skills by providing training, reference materials for self education and operating practice;
  • Provide voluntary noncommercial communication, particularly providing emergency communication as a public service and without any remuneration; and
  • Promote amateur radio by facilitating the exchange of information, improve individual operating efficiency and strengthen the welfare of amateur radio in the community.


  • Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
  • Location is at the Saratoga Fire Station, located on 14380 Saratoga Avenue at the corner of Saratoga-Sunnyvale and Los Gatos-Saratoga Roads, in Saratoga. Map
  • Prior to the meeting we have dinner at Jake’s of Saratoga Restaurant located at 12175 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Road (and Prospect Road). Map. We usually meet around 6:00 p.m. Someone will be monitoring the repeater while we are at dinner so check-in and say “Hi” if you are on your way.
  • We strongly suggest you bring your 2M HT in case you have difficulty finding the meeting. If you have difficulty finding the meeting, please contact someone on the club repeater.