Support and Maintain BARF & CalNet
'BARF' is the Bay Area's 3rd UHF Amateur Radio Repeater system. This is significant not only in ham radio technology and advancement but over 40 years of consistent radio service availability.
We have 4 active sites, expanding to 6 this coming year.
If you've ever built, maintained, or used a repeater system, especially in time of disaster/emergency, you might realize the significant initial cost of the system and the ongoing costs of professional/commercial radio site rental for tower access, building space and power.
What you're helping fund:
Radio Site Rent - 3+ sites: $1600/yr
Repeater Units - new/replace: $300/ea
AllStar Node expansion - 15 nodes: $1200
Battery backup: $250/site
Club/site insurance: $400/yr
For a hobby, it adds up quickly.
'BARF' is one of few unique systems able to cover all of Santa Clara County, and much of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. It also supports RF connectivity to San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AND it does not discriminate/put-off any/all public service/public safety needs/wants, or visitors.
Our ever-present challenge is keeping equipment up to date, reliable, AND meeting the technical and financial requirements of commercial radio sites. Originally built with surplus commercial often mobile radio equipment - most now 40+ years old and power-in-efficient, we need to migrate to more 'green' equipment, lower power microwave data connectivity, smaller physical presence - all of which impact performance and cost-savings.
We're not yet a 501.c.3 as that process would take $800 away from essential equipment and site maintenance.
Our goal is $1000 - to cover our part of site rent and upgrading equipment from re-purposed/stressed mobile equipment to recycled commercial repeater equipment. $10, $25, $50, $100 donations in addition to our personal "ham budget" contributions would make a significant difference in moving us forward.
'BARF' has been and is here to serve our communities. We are indeed one of the few determined redundant backbones for community services, life-safety, disaster relief - we will NEVER EVER deny services in time of need.
We can only hope we will never need these resources for a disaster, but we do need to be ready.
We now need to complete the year's funding of our major site re-work to reduce its space and cost footprint going forward.
Thanks for thinking of us!!
Feel free to share with those who enjoy ham radio in the SF Bay Area - would love to have more activity in more places!