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

Please Take Our Survey

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.



ARRL Rookie Roundup Contest – Sunday, 19 April

Update: The SBARC team will be operating on or around 7.225 and 14.240 during the contest. If you can’t participate, please try to contact them on these frequencies during the contest to get them more points!

SBARC will participate in this spring’s Rookie Roundup contest at the club station on Sunday April 19th between 11:00 and 17:00 hours local time. During the Rookie Roundup, a “Rookie” is any radio amateur licensed within the current calendar year or in the previous two calendar years, regardless of license class. Operators exchange the call sign of the station they’re working plus their own call sign, first name, two-digit number of the year first licensed, and state, Canadian province, Mexican call area, or “DX.”

The goal of Rookie Roundup is to encourage newly licensed operators in North America (including territories and possessions) to operate on the HF bands and experience competitive Amateur Radio operating. Experienced operators are encouraged to participate and help new operators — either on the air or in person.

This is a terrific opportunity for new operators to get on the air and learn contesting skills. Old Timers may want to consider opening up their stations to rookies and serving as a contesting mentor. The more operators on the air, the more fun the Roundup will be for everyone.

Review the rules before the event, and get familiar with logging and log submission processes too. Rookies exchange information with as many other stations as possible on the 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. Rookie entrants are encouraged to read “HF Contesting – Good Practices, Interpretations and Suggestions.”

For more information and to sign up for the “team” contact Theo KK6YYZ, at theohowe@hotmail.com or (805) 896-4421.

Team Leaders Needed for Field Day and Hamfest

Do you have organizational skills or want to participate and help get everything in place for a major Club event? The board of directors is looking for team leaders for the various aspects of organizing two major upcoming events, Field Day (June 26-28) and Hamfest (Aug 9). This year Hamfest and the Bazaar will be combined into one event. At this time we are planning on having this combined event at the Elks lodge. We are still finalizing plans for Field Day, but are planning on having something fun and exciting.

Team leaders will have responsibility for helping to plan and execute various aspects of these once-a-year events. You will be helping to coordinate volunteers, logistics, event day activities, and working with the Board of Directors in making sure these events are well run and fun for everyone. This is a good opportunity to get to know other club members better, learn more about how the club operates, and practice your leadership skills. If you can volunteer, please go to the “Contact Us” form here on the website, complete it and let us know. We’ll get back to you right away. You can also contact us directly by email by sending an email to info@sbarc.org. We’ll make sure your email gets to the right person.

K6TZ Repeater Live Streaming Audio

Scanner Radio

The Scanner Radio app by Gordon Edwards lets you listen to K6TZ from nearly anywhere!

Over the past week, I have been testing a live, worldwide, streaming audio feed of the K6TZ repeater on 146.79 MHz. Now visitors to the club Web site can listen to the repeater from their computer or smartphone when a radio or scanner is not handy. For non-hams or prospective hams, this provides an opportunity to listen in to the local activity on 2-meter Amateur Radio before even buying a radio!

There is a link to the stream in the right-hand sidebar “Quick Links” section called K6TZ Repeater Live Audio, which takes you to the Web site for the live audio stream. This stream is accessible from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.  Listening on mobile device can be accomplished with an app called Scanner Radio by Gordon Edwards.  There are versions of the app for iOS and Android, so you can take the repeater with you wherever you travel!  The app also allows you to listen to thousands of ham radio and public safety scanners on your phone or tablet.

Right now my scanner is configured to scan both the 2-meter and 70cm K6TZ repeaters. The scanner listens to 146.790 (primary) & 446.400 (IRLP node 3673). Scan priority is given to 146.790 (the main SBARC repeater) where the most traffic and many weeknight nets can be found. Let me know what your experiences are with this new feature by leaving a comment on this post.