Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club

Welcome, and thanks for visiting our new website. The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) was established in 1920 and has operated continuously ever since. If you are a licensed Amateur Radio operator and not yet a member, we hope you will consider joining our club. If you are not yet licensed but have an interest in Amateur Radio, contact us, and we’ll help you get started! Better yet come meet our friendly members at one of our monthly club meetings

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The Board of Directors would really like to know what aspects of the club and Amateur Radio in general are most important to you. This will help us discover what club members (and even non-members) want and will help guide our efforts in a productive direction. You will find the survey on the right in the sidebar of this page.



Field Day 2015 Wrapup

thTheo Howe, KK6YYZ – Unfortunately, this year the SBARC rover based Field Day had to be modified for lack of volunteer operators. The suggestion was made to operate from the Clubstation’s radio room, and quickly the call was put out for interested operators.
At 18:00 Zulu Saturday (beginning of Field Day) things started slowly with a few people stopping in to the club station to operate and visit. As the afternoon progressed however, we had a steady stream of visitors and club members excited to operate the Club station on Field Day. We now also have two new members of the Club because of the event.  We worked 40,20,15, 6 and 2 meter contacts. Modes were SSB except for 2m which was FM and SSB.

The Club Station, which is not known as a “big gun” in town, nevertheless made many contacts all the way to the East Coast, American Virgin Islands, Hawaii and New Zealand (though they are not a part of Field Day, officially). You can be proud of your club stations’ reach on Field Day!

I wanted to put out a big “Thank You” to everyone who participated, and we will be inviting you all back again for other ARRL contests at the Club Station! There are plans to upgrade your radio room and improve our contesting abilities. We will have at least one- if not more- logging station to allow for high speed contesting. We look forward to all of your participation! A big thank you goes out to Ken KA6KEN who was there the entire time helping to work DX.

Annual SBARC Bazaar July 18, 2015

MeetingMapThe annual SBARC Bazaar will be held this year on Saturday July 18. Setup will begin at 06:00 to 07:30 with selling to begin at 08:00 and continue to 11:30. Equipment you donate will be sold to raise funds for the club. There will also be a consignment table where you can bring items you want to sell if you like and the club will accept a 10% “commission” from those sales.

The Bazaar will be held in the parking lot at 401 North Fairview Avenue – across the street from the public library. The same location where we hold the monthly general meeting.

We will need help and people with pick-up trucks to move the equipment and set things up. Please contact Darryl at 969-2326 to sign up to help.

Help Requested for Carpinteria High School Ham Radio Program

Cynthia McAlexander – May 1, 2015 – With your help, ham radio may be coming to Carpinteria High School! I met with the Carpinteria High School Principal, Gerardo Cornejo, on April 21, 2015 to propose the introduction of Ham Radio to the students. Mr. Cornejo was supportive of the effort and related that a Ham Radio club or after school program could be established on campus.

To register a group as an official Carpinteria High School club, a presentation must be made to the student body at an all school assembly that is usually held at the end of September. Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club members could introduce our programs and give interested students a tour of the Rover. The Student Council must vote to accept a club.

SBARC may also register to be an after school program. Several classrooms are set aside for the afterschool program, which runs from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. There is also a teacher coordinator who works with various programs to set hours and use resources.

Mr. Cornejo is interested in ham radio and appreciates the value of a network of radio operators for community service and emergency/disaster situations.

Club members have until September of this year to set goals for the school program, design the program and implementation and plan staffing. Please e-mail or call me with your ideas and a few meeting times in June. Thank you for your help!

Cynthia McAlexander, KK6BZU – hamradios@mail.com – 805-684-1418