• Becoming a Ham Radio Operator

    What is Ham Radio? Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) is a popular hobby and service in which licensed Amateur Radio operators (hams) operate communications equipment.Although Amateur Radio operators get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by ham radio operators. Read More
  • Be a SANDARC Member Club

    The San Diego Amateur Radio Council, Inc. (SANDARC) is a countywide organization comprised of Amateur Radio Clubs from all parts of San Diego County, working for the betterment of Amateur Radio.  SANDARC affiliated clubs present a unified front and have a means to exchange ideas and activities in the spirit of fraternity for which Amateur Radio is so famous. The objectives of the Council are to combine opinions, ideas, and strengths of the various clubs; to assist the affiliated clubs in promoting the welfare of the Amateur Radio fraternity; and to encourage activities that will benefit the art of Amateur Radio. Each affiliated club is represented by two delegates and/or alternates at each of the Council meetings (4 per year). These delegates nominate and elect the officers of the Council and exchange suggestions on SANDARC activities. Implementation begins after a majority vote of the representatives present. Read More
  • SANDARC Events

    In an effort to increase the level of awareness of amateur radio within the public, member clubs participate in community events such as (but not limited to): Santee Street Fair Carlsbad Street Fair Distribution of ARRL study material to San Diego County Libraries, San Diego City Libraries, Carlsbad Library, and Escondido Library Some member clubs assist in providing license training for local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) through the various area fire departments Read More
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Welcome to SANDARC


Welcome to the San Diego County Amateur Radio Council (SANDARC) Website.

The San Diego County Amateur Radio Council, Inc. (SANDARC) was formed in 1958 by San Diego area Amateur Radio organizations to further the goals of Amateur Radio and its member clubs throughout the region.

We are a 501(c)(4) non-profit  organization that supports San Diego Amateur Radio Operators, Member Clubs, and the Community.

Our mission is to serve the needs of the general public segment that is interested in becoming a new Amateur Radio Operator and to educate the community about the services that Amateur Radio provides to the public.

SANDARC promotes events and activities throughout the San Diego Amateur Radio Community.   SANDARC offers free Amateur Radio license examinations, just about every weekend of the year. You can take an examination for your Technician, General or Extra Class License. From time to time, SANDARC also sponsors classes for those who wish to obtain or upgrade a license, with testing immediately following the class.

Individual Amateur Radio operators do not join SANDARC.  Member clubs appoint delegates to attend SANDARC meetings as their representatives.

Southwestern Division Convention:  SANDARC has advised the ARRL Southwestern Division Director, Dick Norton, that SANDARC will not be hosting a convention in 2018 or the foreseeable future.