Club Meeting – May 17, 2019

What exactly is Old Timers Night, anyway? Well, let’s say that it is an annual event that occurs at our May SBARC Club Meeting. It is a special time where we can once more meet and greet our “most experienced” amateurs. These folks have paid their dues and come this far along life’s journey to a point where they can boast about having had experiences in the great hobby of Amateur Radio that most of us have only heard about. Continue reading

We’ve Moved!

Well, the website did! We have moved the club website to a new, much faster cloud server. Besides operating better, our website will no longer go down during extended power outages and will be much easier to maintain. If you see anything missing, don’t worry. There are a couple of things that did not make the transition smoothly, but we are identifying them and will get them fixed within a few days. Happy browsing! Brian – K6BPM Post expires at 1:00am on Sunday February 10th, 2019 but will still be available in the archives.

SBARC Election: November 16, 2018

At the General Club Meeting on November 16, 2018, the Club membership will have the opportunity to elect the 2019 SBARC Board of Directors.  Members must be in good standing for at least 28 days prior to the election in order to be eligible to vote. Expired memberships may be renewed online. The SBARC Nominating Committee has submitted the following slate of nominees for consideration by the membership. Additional nominations may be made from the floor by any member in good standing prior to the vote being taken at the November 16th General Club Meeting.   Nominees for the Executive Committee These candidates are presently running unopposed. (i) = incumbent candidate President and Chief Executive Officer: Brian Milburn, K6BPM (i) Chief Financial Officer: Tom Saunders, N6YX (i) Secretary: Dorothy Oksner, K6DSO Nominees for Director At Large Members may vote for up to 4 directors. (i) = incumbent candidate (i*) = currently serving on Executive Committee Director At Large: Ken Alker, KA6KEN (i) Director At Large: Wayne Beckman, AF6GX (i*) Director At Large: Michael Taylor, K6RQV (i) Director At Large: Rick Whitaker, KG6VLB Director At Large: Darryl Widman, KF6DI Absentee Voting: The official SBARC ballot is available by clicking here. We hope you can make it to the meeting, but if you can’t for some reason, we still hope you will cast your vote by absentee ballot. Here is the procedure: Download and print the ballot. Make your selections, sign and date it at the bottom of the page. If you have a scanner, please scan the document and save it to a PDF file. if you don’t have a scanner, take a clear digital picture of the completed ballot. Send either the scanned ballot or photo of the ballot by email to the Club Secretary, Wayne, AF6GX at Please note, if you are submitting your absentee ballot by email, it must be received by 11:59 PM on November 15, 2018.  Of course, you can also send it by regular mail to the address below. Please make sure your ballot is received by November 15th. Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club, Inc. Post Office Box 3907 Santa Barbara, CA 93130-3907 Submitted to the membership by this duly appointed Nominating Committee in accordance with the SBARC Bylaws: Levi C. Maaia, K6LCM Michael Taylor, K6RQV Post expires at 1:00am on Saturday November 17th, 2018 but will still be available in the archives.

Volunteer radio operators needed for Fiesta Parade!

Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club will provide communications support via amateur radio to the Fiesta Parade on August 3,2018. If you are interested in assisting, please contact Rick Whitaker at There are many open positions and operators will receive free lunch after the parade! Events can be a lot of fun and you will be working with a great SBARC team to provide a very valuable public service. Due to the damage caused by the mudslides on Highway 192, the Santa Barbara Triathlon, which was scheduled for August 25, 2018, has been Officially CANCELLED. SBARC had been planning on providing communication support to this event. Mudslide and fire damage may impact several other events and our event support schedule might be less than what it normally is this year so we encourage you to sign up for Fiesta. Post expires at 3:26pm on Tuesday July 31st, 2018 but will still be available in the archives.

General Club Meeting – April 20, 2016

Wayne Beckman AF6GX will be the speaker this month, presenting a “Test Bench in a Backpack” program. He will give us a talk and demonstration of very portable and powerful test equipment that is much smaller and less expensive than earlier instruments because these new devices rely on being connected to a computer to utilize the processing and display capability of the computer. When used with a laptop computer this also makes the instruments battery powered very portable. Wayne works along with Bill, W1UUQ keeping our infrastructure maintained and frequently works in remote places where it is difficult if not impossible to run back to the shop for a tool or piece of equipment. See how he makes the best use of sometimes limited space and weight so that they can get the job done. SBARC General Club Meeting Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM Goleta Union School District Board Room 401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta Post expires at 10:15pm on Wednesday April 18th, 2018 but will still be available in the archives.

Hamfest – Sunday Aug 27th – Help Needed

We need a couple of people to help with food preparation because of an injury suffered by one of our regular scheduled helpers. We need help preparing the bread, corn etc. If you are handy around the kitchen and can help for an hour or two, this will help ensure that everything is ready at meal time. If you can help, please try to be there by 9:30 or 10:00. Thanks! Your help will certainly be appreciated! Post expires at 12:30pm on Sunday August 27th, 2017 but will still be available in the archives.

SBARC General Meeting: August 18th 2017

If you haven’t yet tried a DMR radio, this month you will get your chance. Last month we had a great introduction to DMR presentation by Michael Rickey, AF6FB of the PAPA Radio System. This month we are going to follow up on that meeting with some DMR radio demonstrations, and a discussion on installing firmware, contact databases and programming codeplugs. For many of our members this may all sound complicated so we are going to try to take some of the mystery out of this for you and show you on the big screen how simple it is once you understand the DMR concept. We’ll also show you how we programmed a DMR HT for Dave, K9KBX to take on his upcoming European vacation. He has repeaters programmed in for 16 different cities he is going to visit, and he will be able to call back to Santa Barbara with a single PTT press. Getting into DMR is inexpensive and fun. If you are at all interested in learning more about it, please join us! SBARC General Club Meetings are held at the Goleta Union School District, 401 N. Fairview Ave. in Goleta, right across the street from the Goleta Library. Doors open at 7:00 PM and the meeting starts at 7:30 PM. Put the date on your calendar and bring a guest! Post expires at 11:30pm on Friday August 18th, 2017 but will still be available in the archives.