Slate of Candidates for 2023

This year I appointed 3 members to serve on the nominating committee. The 3 members were Dave – AI6VX, Doc – W6EW, and Tom – N6YX. They completed their mission and presented a slate of nominees at the last board meeting. I want to thank Dave, Doc and Tom for volunteering for this important function. The slate of nominees for 2023 are as follows: Brian Milburn K6BPM President / CEO Larry Martinez WA6MVJ Secretary Tom Saunders N6YX Treasurer / CFO Levi Maaia K6LCM Director at Large Dave Schmidt AI6VX Director at Large Wayne Beckman AF6GX Director at Large Mike Wapner K6QD Director at Large Matt Lechliter W6XC Director at Large We will officially be opening additional nominations for all positions at the October 21 2022 meeting. Any member in good standing can nominate another member in good standing for any elected position above. A member in good standing is any member who is paid up on their dues. Additionally, a nominee must be a member in good standing for the period of 28 days prior to the election. This year, that day is October 21, 2022. This year we will be allowing on-line voting, mail in voting, and in-person voting. As such, there are various cutoff dates we need to set so that we can do all our work behind the scenes. Here is the schedule: October 21 – Open nominations from the floor at meeting. November 6 – Nominations from the floor close at midnight. November 10 – Mail-in and online voting begins at midnight. November 16 – Mail-in and Online ballots close at midnight. November 18 – Election night – In-person voting, tallying, etc. There is also a bylaws change proposal on the ballot this year. The bylaw changes mostly involve the way we now handle the membership system, and the way we pay bills and expenses. Normal procedures such as auto-pay, credit card and debit card purchases, were never addressed in the current Bylaws, however it is the way we pay most bills and expenses. The proposed changes merely bring the Bylaws up-to-date with the times. You can view the proposed changes here: Brian – K6BPM President, Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club Post expires at 7:51pm on Sunday November 20th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

General Club Meeting July 19, 2024

First, a little news. Our main repeater on 146.79 MHz was successfully moved to its new location at TV Hill today! Thanks to careful planning and execution by Wayne AF6GX and Michael K6RQV, the move was completed in just a few hours. The links to Santa Ynez Peak and Santa Cruz Island were restored with no problems. We also owe our thanks to Ken KA6KEN for his hard work upgrading Allstar to a new computer and upgrading it to the new ASL3 version, a big improvement over the aging system we had. We’re lucky to have this level of expertise available to us and we all benefit from their tireless efforts. I also want to thank everyone who joined the “Work Crew” list. This will be a great help when we start moving some of the other gear we’ll need to store.  This months meeting will bring everyone up to date with our relocation efforts and what we have planned next. We’ll also have a slide show presented by Warren KN6ZZI of the highlights of Field Day and an “after-action” report. You won’t want to miss it, especially of you attended.  SBARC General Club Meeting Friday, July 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7pm) Goleta Union School District Board Room 401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta Doors open at 7pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm Zoom Details: Click Here to Join The Meeting on Zoom Topic: General Club Meeting – July 19, 2024 Time: July 19, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)   Post expires at 11:00pm on Friday July 19th, 2024 but will still be available in the archives.

New Antenna Goes Up at KEYT

If you haven’t heard, we were offered a place for our main K6TZ repeater (146.79) on TV hill, the decades old home of KEYT. Much of the credit goes to Senior Reporter John Palminteri. John was one of the first to report on our situation, and immediately stepped up to help. We are extremely grateful. Here is Wayne AF6GX up on the KEYT mast installing a new Comet tri-band antenna. The tri-bander will provide some flexibility if we decide to change things later on. It will work for 2 meter, 440 and 220. This is the first step in relocating the repeater. Next, we’ll be performing some coverage tests to get an idea how our coverage might differ from the current location. Next, we’ll be preparing to relocate the 440 input from UCSB and adding a microwave link back to the shack at the Red Cross. Then finally, we’ll be moving the repeater and other connected equipment. There will likely be a day or two down-time when we do the physical repeater move. There is a lot of stuff to disconnect and reconnect and test. Our repairs at Santa Ynez Peak and Diablo Peak on Santa Cruz Island will remain on-the-air and linked through the period. Post expires at 1:00am on Wednesday July 31st, 2024 but will still be available in the archives.

Field Day Information Bulletin

With Field Day coming this Saturday and Sunday, this will be our final update before the event.  Contact the Field Day team if you have questions at Set-up & Break Down: The operations team and those planning to set-up their own station may begin work at 7:00 AM this Saturday.  You may drive your vehicle onto the field to unload gear.  If you do drive onto the field, please use the auto ramp located at the pedestrian cross-walk.  Driving onto the curb/sidewalk at other locations may damage the concrete. Once vehicles have been unloaded, please park in the “Palm” parking lot, just West of Chase Palm Field.  Those planning to operate after dark Saturday may park in the small lot across E Cabrillo Blvd from our operating area – please contact Warren or Mike if you require nighttime parking. Field day operations officially begin at 11:00 AM Saturday and end at 11:00 AM Sunday.  We must be entirely vacated from Chase Palm Field by 3:00 PM.  This will allow ample time to enjoy the Field Day picnic before we pack-up our equipment. Operating Details: We expect a good turn-out, nicely spread over the 24 hour operations window.   And, we identified a third club transceiver so operators will have a choice of ICOM IC-7300 and Yaesu FTdx-10.  What a good opportunity to compare two of the better transceivers on the market today! Please bring your own Key if you plan to operate CW during the contest.  You may also wish to consider bringing a pair of headphones. As for logging QSOs, Jim – W6JFE, has prepared three laptop computers with N3FJP logging software. We will provide instruction sheets for N3FJP, as well as for the Field Day “QSO Exchange” (callsign is K6TZ, section is Santa Barbara (SB)).  We will also have traditional paper logs on hand for those that prefer them. For those operators licensed within the past year, as well as those that have not worked HF for a while, please plan to operate as a “GOTA” (Get On The Air) operator.  GOTA QSOs bring a scoring bonus!  Please ask Warren – KN6ZZI, Mike – K6QD, Jim – W6JFE or Michael – K6RQV for instruction.  Hint: GOTA QSOs are worked the same as regular station but with using the callsign K6SBA, instead of K6TZ). Public Relations: Levi has issued a nice Press Release to the Santa Barbara media.  And so,… Continue reading

News Release: Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Operators Demo Emergency Communications

Local radio operators to participate in national Field Day exercises at Chase Palm Park on June 22-23 June 18, 2024 – SANTA BARBARA, Calif. Despite the ubiquity of Internet-enabled cell phones, email, and text messaging, every year, whole regions find themselves in the dark, or worse. Wildfires, earthquakes, mudslides, storms, ice, and other disasters often leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent communications service that has never failed has been amateur (ham) radio. On the weekend of June 22-23, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) operators and see for themselves what the amateur radio service is about, as radio operators across the nation will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities as part of the nationwide 2024 Amateur Radio Field Day. Every June, more than 40,000 amateur radio operators throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate amateur radio’s science, skill, and service to our communities and our nation. Field Day combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in amateur radio. Using only emergency power supplies, radio operators in all 50 states and Canada will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools, and backyards. Their slogan, “when all else fails, amateur radio works,” is more than just words to the operators as they prove they can send analog and digital communications without the use of phone systems, the internet, or other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. SBARC, established in 1920, has a long history of promoting education and emergency preparedness through amateur radio. SBARC is a non-profit, public benefit corporation organized to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC also encourages and sponsors experiments in electronics and promotes the highest standards of practice and ethics in the conduct of communications. This year, the SBARC Field Day site will feature several stations set up for worldwide, direct radio communication as well as our local radio repeater system. The public is welcome to observe and learn at the information table available on site. Members of the public interested in learning… Continue reading

News Release: SBARC and SBWF announce annual scholarship winner

Brian Milburn, organization president (right) and Levi C. Maaia, chair of the scholarship committee (left), presented Mateo Olin Ferreira (center) with a scholarship award on behalf of the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club & Wireless Foundation at the Santa Barbara Courthouse on Monday June 4, 2024 – SANTA BARBARA, Calif. The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club and the Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation are pleased to announce the recipient of their annual scholarship, awarded to an outstanding local high school graduate who plans to pursue higher education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). Mateo Olin Ferreira, a graduating senior at Orcutt Academy Charter High School, was awarded the 2024 scholarship at Santa Barbara Courthouse on Monday, June 3. Ferreira is set to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend Allan Hancock College for initial credits before transferring to California State University, Long Beach to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business. Ferreira is an Eagle Scout in Troop 87, a tenor saxophone section leader, a football player and referee, and a Catholic altar server. He plans to continue his education with summer internships to gain practical experience in his field and aims to contribute to the advancement of green energy production. Brian Milburn, the president of the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club and Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation, and Levi C. Maaia, Ph.D., a board member and the chair of the scholarship committee, presented Ferreira with a certificate and a financial award to support his college expenses. “Our goal is to ensure that more students choose academic and career paths in science and technology,” said Milburn. “Mateo has set himself up for success with his plan to attend community college and then Cal State Long Beach.” Ferreira is the latest recipient of this scholarship, which is awarded annually in June. Applicants must be high school seniors in Santa Barbara, Ventura or San Luis Obispo Counties who plan to study Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in higher education. Applicants should have an excellent academic record. While not requirements, preference is given to applicants who hold an active FCC amateur radio license. Donations to the scholarship fund and applications by members of the class of 2025 may be submitted at The Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation, together with the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club, forms a nonprofit, public benefit organization that develops and… Continue reading


We have been alerted that someone is broadcasting on the output of SBCO Sheriff’s Office Yellow frequency 460.325. They are not using PL. This is happening in the area of Mountain View School and may be kids using Baofeng type radios that have transmit capabilities in that frequency range. If you are in the area, you might try monitoring this frequency and keeping your eyes and ears open. Obviously, we don’t want kids interfering with public safety frequencies.