Welcome to the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
Welcome, and thanks for visiting our 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 or at the Red Cross Club Station on Saturday mornings.
Photo caption: Repeaters are the backbone of our local communication systems. SBARC operates numerous repeaters that are open and free to use, including one on Diablo Peak on Santa Cruz Island, which our team accesses with the help of Aspen Helicopters.
The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation. Our public service efforts and emergency communications infrastructure are supported by donations from our members and the community. Your tax deductible contributions help ensure our continued success
SBARC Designated Emergency Frequencies
- SBARC Main Repeater Output 146.79 / Input 146.19 PL 131.8
- In the event the repeater is not working, use 146.79 SIMPLEX
- Also monitor 146.52 SIMPLEX
We also maintain a list of local frequencies used by first responders and emergency services. These are useful for programming consumer grade scanners. Please click here.
Our February meeting notice is a little late, but not to worry! There is a lot going on, but the meeting will be held as scheduled. At this months meeting we’ll be bringing everyone up-to-date on the La Vigia/Vic Trace saga and what we’re doing to make sure we stay up on the air – somewhere. We’ve been working on finding alternate sites for our repeater assets as well as the various other services we maintain.
We’re also going to be talking about home weather stations. Several club members have them, and more and more are installing them. Come learn how they work and how they can make rainy days (and the Cuckoo Net) more fun!
We’re also going to be talking about little about this years Field Day and getting started with planning.
SBARC General Club Meeting
Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7pm)
Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta
Topic: SBARC General Club Meeting – February 16, 2024
Time: Feb 16, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 890 3478 1686
Post expires at 11:36pm on Tuesday April 16th, 2024 but will still be available in the archives.
Amateur videos on amateur radio are becoming the go-to sources for current news. (Image created by DALL-E AI engine in ChatGPT 4)
In recent years, there has been a notable shift in the landscape of amateur radio journalism. Traditional print magazines and journals, once the cornerstone of the ham radio community, are increasingly becoming a rarity. This decline is part of a broader trend seen across many fields, where digital media is supplanting print media.
As a result, much of the latest news, technological updates, and exciting new projects in the amateur radio world are moving to more contemporary platforms like YouTube. This shift has given rise to a number of popular YouTube channels that have become the new go-to sources for amateur radio enthusiasts. These channels offer a diverse range of content, from in-depth tutorials and product reviews to real-world applications and community interactions.
Here is a list of some prominent YouTube channels that are leading this digital transformation in amateur radio journalism.
If you have others you like, please leave them in the comments!
- Ham Radio Crash Course: Basics to advanced ham radio topics, tutorials, reviews, and discussions.
- Ham Radio 2.0: Product reviews, interviews, event coverage.
- KB9VBR Antennas: Antenna performance improvement, DIY projects, tips.
- K8MRD Radio Stuff: Educational content, real-life ham radio experiences.
- HamRadioConcepts: Equipment reviews, tutorials, experiments.
- Temporarily Offline: Mix of educational content and personal experiences.
- K0PIR: Software, hardware, digital modes in ham radio.
- Ham Radio DX: Reviews, tutorials, interviews, propagation and DXing.
- Dave Casler KE0OG: Educational content on amateur radio topics.
- KM4ACK: Ham radio technology, DIY builds, software solutions and RaspberryPi projects.
We have just installed a new VHF packet node at the Talanian Communications Facility on the Mesa. The new station has a Winlink gateway that can gate mail between RF and the internet (perfect for emergencies), as well as a few other features, including a local keyboard chat room!
Check it out if you have a TNC or sound card modem for VHF packet on 145.050.
The main node is K6TZ-2 but the following aliases will connect you directly to the various services: MESA (main node), TZPBBS, TZCHAT, TZRMS (Winlink)
Note that BPQ is a little different than Kantronics. Commands like MHEARD and CONNECT (to hop) require a port number (in this case the port number to use is 2). More details in the welcome message.
Thanks to Doc, W6EW for donating the Kenwood TM-D700 to the club and to Bill, W1UUQ for leaping into action when I said I needed help tracing out the coax at his namesake TCF.
This is the first of a couple major planned packet upgrades. We expect to install an updated digipeater at the La Cumbre West Site in the coming weeks which will expand the reach of this node.
If you are interested in learning more about VHF packet radio and other digital modes, join us on Tuesday nights for the Digital Communications & Technology Net and consider joining our group mailing list.
My highlight this past weekend was going to the SBARC picnic on Sunday. On my drive up it was raining in a few spots and I was worried we would be dealing with the wetness, but the weather ended up being really nice.
Good to see and chat with everyone in person – it’s been a while. I should have taken more photos, but here’s a few that I did take.
Dave – AI6VX
Greetings dedicated Swap Net listeners!
Starting September 5th, 2023, the SBARC Swap Net will be moving to Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Make sure you update your calendars for the new time.
Dave AI6VX – Swap Net Host