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 the Club Station on most Saturday mornings or one of our monthly club meetings

September General Club Meeting

IMG_6277Our guest speaker was Dick Norton, N6AA, our ARRL Southwestern Division Director. Dick spoke on the latest activities of the American Radio Relay League and how they influence our lives as hams. He brought us up to date on the Amateur Radio Parity Act and how we still need to contact our Congressperson Lois Capps and both of our Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and push for them to sign on as supporters of their respective bills in the House and the Senate.

Dick also talked briefly about the contest for the Santa Barbara Section Manager between our present Manager Rob Griffin, K6YR, of San Luis Obispo and Jim Fortney, K6IYK, of Camarillo. The ballots will arrive in early October in the mail boxes of ARRL members.

The highlight of the Club meeting was the video presentation about President Jay’s recently departed wife and best friend in the world Winnie, KA6OFZ, SK. The well produced video showed Winnie running a QSO between her students and the astronauts passing overhead aboard the International Space Station.

Listen to the full audio of the meeting here:

SBARC Assists With Fiesta Parade Communications


KG6VLB Riding in the Marshall-mobile

A yearly tradition for SBARC, we are providing communications for Santa Barbara’s annual Fiesta Parade! Left, is special events operations coordinator Rick KG6VLB (facing backwards?) riding along with Parade Marshall 1.

This year marks the 91st anniversary of the Fiesta Historical Parade. It is unique to Santa Barbara and features floats depicting episodes from the history of the state and city. Descendants of local Native Americans, Spanish Pioneers, the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West, and local service clubs and organizations all reenact historical scenes. It is one of the nation’s largest equestrian parades, featuring over 600 horses, as well as many antique carriages, coaches and wagons. SBARC members and other amateur radio volunteers monitor the parade route from the beginning to end from the west end of Cabrillo Boulevard, up to State and Sola Streets.

Photo by SBARC member Dorothy K6DSO.

Santa Cruz Island Camera Back Online


The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club operates a web cam at Diablo Peak, located 2,474 ft above sea level on Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of Santa Barbara. The camera is an Axis P5522-E pan-tilt-zoom camera with a resolution of 704×480 pixels.  The camera was offline for several months but access has been recently restored.


The images are captured at the peak and transmitted to the mainland over two 26 mile and 32 mile links using 802.11g WiFi technology. Images are captured and transmitted every 10 minutes during daytime. Enjoy!