Welcome to the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club

aspenWelcome, 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.

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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.


Ham swap meet, June 17th, in Santa Maria

 June 17, 2023
 Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend

Newlove Picnic Grounds, Orcutt Hill   GPS: 34˚ 50’ 40.6 ” N, 120˚ 22’ 42.8 ”
Turn off Hwy 101 southbound 1.8 mi. south of Clark Ave., Orcutt. (Just past yellow sign).

Admission & Parking: FREE

Talk-in: 145.14 (-) PL131.8

Hours: 9:00 AM, till 3:00 PM

Prize drawing  12 Noon, tickets: $1 each at the fest

Swap Tables Available $20.00Tailgate sellers welcome $20.00: (limited number)

HF station you can use. Stop by, make a contact or two. Technicians, try out HF.

T-hunt if available, TBD: On-foot

Andy Seybold W6AMS SK

A great friend to SBARC and many of its members became a silent key last week. Andy and Bill W1UUQ were responsible for many of our most ambitious projects and much of the hardware we use. Andy last presented to SBARC on May 15th 2020, exactly three years ago. This was during the Covid lockdowns and he graciously joined us over Zoom. You can watch the presentation at: https://youtu.be/kyPbZkOS2dw

Andy was a substantial force in amateur radio as well as in first responder communications. His accomplishments were only exceeded by his professional stature. I can’t think of a better tribute to Andys life than one offered by Matt W6XC, so here it is.


With a heavy heart, I must relate that our friend, colleague, mentor and rock, Andy Seybold has become a silent key. For those who know Andy, we will miss his gregarious personality, his way of storytelling, his wisdom and his great friendship. He is truly a legend of the wireless industry. And a powerful force to be reckoned with. You could always count on him being direct and telling you what you needed to hear. Nobody would work harder for an issue they were passionate about than Andy. What became FirstNet is a prime example.

Andy was on the ground floor of nearly everything over the last 55+ years in telecom. Earning his BSEE from Drexel University, Andy’s start was in the east. A Quaker and Pennsylvania native, his career began there. Later working in Ohio, California, New York and many destinations throughout his career, coming up from being an installer and tech in two-way to a consultant heeded by the US congress, he earned everything by dedication to his craft. A wordsmith to be sure, Andy authored numerous documents as he came into his truest stride. He authored many articles, gave many presentations, held training courses, and co-authored 2 books. He advocated stridently for Public Safety including the D Block Initiative, later becoming FirstNet, convincing Congress to set aside this spectrum. Andy was very successful in networking with industry leaders and policymakers alike. He truly brought people together and advocated for the best solutions as he saw them.

Andy received many awards during his career. Working for General Electric, RCA, Motorola, Biocom among others, he was part of many firsts. Andy has been a longtime member of another RCA, the Radio Club of America, becoming an RCA Fellow in 2000. Likewise a member of APCO. Receiving many awards including RCA’s Samoff Citation (2010), NPSTC Leadership Award (2012), multiple Sales awards from General Electric and Motorola from his early career, APCO President’s Award (2011), and most recently the IWCE Lifetime Achievement Award this past March.

Andy was a prime contributor locally, when I had the privilege of meeting him through another mutual close friend, Bill Talanian. Andy, Bill and I worked closely together on multiple non-profit projects. Andy provided many donations, consultation and other support to the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) and with Bill birthed the Santa Barbara Technical Advisory Council (SBTAC) which later became the Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation (SBWF). Andy made presentations to multiple local clubs and has been a great friend to many here. I have Andy and Bill to thank for truly accelerating my career in this industry. It has been a great honor to work with Andy and benefit from his wisdom.

And I couldn’t say all of this without acknowledging that, as the wise saying says, behind every successful man is a good woman. Linda has been Andy’s bride and tireless partner for many years. They have enjoyed a unique relationship anyone would find beautiful to witness. Completing each other, supporting each other, an example we could all learn from.

Godspeed, my friend. Thank you for all you’ve given.

Matt Lechliter


Post expires at 5:45pm on Thursday June 8th, 2023 but will still be available in the archives.

Work at the Club Station

On Monday, December 19, we did a little tower work. We removed some old antennas and did quite a bit of cable removal as well. Part of the work also involved installing a new microwave dish to provide a network link to La Cumbre Peak. As soon as the La Cumbre Peak dish is installed, we’ll have a full time link between the two locations.

Our first installed device will be an ADS-B receiver that will add to our constellation of receivers and provide coverage of the back country below the coastal mountain range. This will help Santa Barbara Search and Rescue obtain real time aircraft location information that is currently unavailable when an aircraft drops below the mountain tops.

Wayne – AF6GX (picture shown) did the tower climbing, Michael – K6RQV provided ground assistance, and Brian – K6BPM programmed and tested the microwave radios.

Airband 121.5 MHz Receiver Wide-Area Deployment

Wayne, AF6GX servicing the air band equipment.

For several decades SBARC has sponsored monitoring of the emergency beacon channel on 121.5. This was originally prompted and set up with L-Tronics receivers at several locations. Today we have a blend of L-Tronics and FAA 121.5 GRR receivers. The L-Tronics receivers shall in time be replaced by GRR receivers. Presently we have two GRR receivers in service, one at UCSB, and one at Santa Ynez Peak. A third unit shall be installed at the La Vigia TCF facility followed by a fourth unit at either La Cumbre or Diablo. This program is being privately funded by Bill, W1UUQ for as a public service benefit for public safety.

If you are interested in more details, please contact us.