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.

March Club General Meeting

SDRSSAt tonight’s club meeting, ATV & Digital Modes Net controller Brian Milburn (K6BPM) provided SBARC members with a glimpse of the fun that can be had on HF with digital modes.  By tunneling into his shack computer, Brian was able to project his own software defined radio (SDR) on the presentation screen at the meeting for a live demo of JT-65.  JT-65, originally designed for Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) communication, has become tremendously popular on the HF bands for its ability to perform under extremely poor conditions.  Those in attendance seemed intrigued by the prospect of being able to work stations around the world to fatten their logbooks even under the most dire band conditions.

Although Brian’s SDR setup is quite impressive, one doesn’t need to spend a lot of money to get on many of the numerous HF digital modes, including JT-65.  Even many older HF radios support computer interfaces such as SignaLink and RigBlaster, which are more than adequate for dabbling with free digital mode software like Fldigi and WSJTX.

Listen to an audio recording of Brian’s presentation from our audio archive:

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 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.

Remember to Renew Your Club Membership!

This is a good time to renew your club membership. If you have not joined the club yet, or let your membership lapse, this is a good time to do that too! Your club dues help support the substantial infrastructure the club offers including the repeaters as well as the club station. Membership is ONLY $24 a year. That is only $2 per month and your dues are very much needed and appreciated and helps the club keep everything up and running. You can now also pay your dues online and even set up automatic annual payments!

Remember… the board changed the policy on when dues can be paid. You can now pay your dues any time of the year and your “anniversary” date will be on the same date each year. So joining any time during the year will cover a full 12 months.