Club News

What’s happening at SBARC? Here you will find the latest club news, events, projects, net activities, and news from our special interest groups (SIGS).

Be sure to check in frequently so you don’t miss out on any of the interesting things going on with the club and its members!

We have moved content for the Technical Mentoring and Elmering Net here, and content for the Digital Modes Net here.



General Club Meeting – September 16, 2022

Our speaker this month will be Dave AI6VX. Dave is one of our board members and will be giving  presentation on Allstar. He has built several Allstar nodes using different methods, and will explain about each of them.

 

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SBARC General Club Meeting
Friday, September 16, 2022 at 7:30 PM

In-person Meeting
Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta
Doors open around 7:00pm

We hope to see you all at the meeting!

 

Post expires at 1:02am on Saturday September 17th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

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.

Volunteer wanted: Rover-Master

SBARC is looking for a licensed club member to assume Rover duties. If you want to understand emergency communications from the ground up, this is a great way to do it. You get experience interconnecting radios and computers, assembling antennas on site and performing background administrative functions to support the above listed tasks.

The Rover is always kept ready to roll in support of public service functions, events, and ad-hoc adventures.  The Rover is fully equipped with a generator, solar, back-up batteries, and has HF, VHF and UHF capabilities. It even has an emergency repeater that can be deployed within a few minutes.  Various antenna options and computers are also available.

Responsibilities include: Regular vehicular maintenance, occasional car wash, testing radios and antennas, maintaining readiness.

If you are interested, please contact us on-line.

General Club Meeting – August 19, 2022

orville-k-beach-w6biOur speaker this month will be Orv Beach W6BI. Orv will be bringing us up to date on the progress of the tri-county mesh networking project. Orv is almost single-handedly promoting mesh networking to make this a robust and reliable addition to our bag of emcomm tools. Many of us have mesh nodes deployed, but most of us have not kept up with the latest firmware, equipment and buildout progress. The Mesh community continues to grow and improve.  This will be a very informative meeting and anyone interested in Mesh Networking should make plans to attend.

 

SBARC General Club Meeting
Friday, August 19, 2022 at 7:30 PM

In-person Meeting
Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta
Doors open around 7:00pm

ZOOM Details
Check-ins begin around 7pm.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88210060495?pwd=aE9kYjVBVGU1V1NzTkYzU3hLSmx3UT09
Passcode: 830180

We hope to see you all at the meeting!

 

Post expires at 12:02am on Saturday August 20th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

July 2022 General Club Meeting – Wayne Overbeck, N6NB

Presentation by Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, the inventor of the world-famous ‘Quagi’ antenna and now the holder of the DX Microwave record of all time. Wayne is a sought-after speaker in the Amateur Radio community. Retired Professor of Communications, emeritus, from California State University in Fullerton with Ph.D and J.D. degrees, he has too many accomplishments to mention in a short introduction. The “Quagi” antenna, a combination of a quad and a yagi, was invented and developed in Wayne’s back yard in 1972 and is still a favorite of VHF / UHF Amateurs all over the world. In 1996, Wayne’s name appeared on the FCC’s OET-65 bulletin as one of the committee members who developed the U.S. radio frequency safety standards. He integrated and mass-produced a “tool-box transverter” system that covers the Amateur bands from 6 meters to 10 GHz. Wayne continues to inspire us in Amateur microwave and VHF/UHF as he leads Hams in local, interstate and international radio contest outings. An attorney and member of the California BAR since 1975, Dr. Overbeck brings broad knowledge and experience to the Amateur Radio Community.

Post expires at 9:14am on Saturday July 16th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation awards scholarship to Dos Pueblos H.S. graduate


Brian Milburn, Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation president (left) and Levi Maaia, chair of the scholarship committee (right), presented Jack Peterson (center) with a scholarship award on behalf of the Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Wednesday.

June 30, 2020 – SANTA BARBARA, Calif.

The Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation and the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club awarded a scholarship to a recent graduate of Dos Pueblos high school.

Jack Peterson earned a 4.0 GPA at Dos Pueblos High School and plans on attending the aerospace program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall. He is a certified Mission Radio Operator for the Civil Air Patrol, a member of the Cyber Patriot youth security program and a participant in the EAA Young Eagles program.

Brain Milburn, the president of the Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation and Levi Maaia, a board member at the organization and the chair of the scholarship committee presented the scholar with a certificate and a financial award to mitigate his college expenses in the fall.

“Our goal is to encourage more graduates to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Milburn. “Jack has been well prepared for college by the STEM programs at Dos Pueblos.”

Peterson is the first recipient of this scholarship which will be awarded annually in June. Applicants must be high school seniors 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 are graduating from a high school in Santa Barbara County and who hold an active FCC amateur radio license. Donations to the scholarship fund and applications for members of the class of 2023 may be submitted at scholarships.sbwireless.org.

The Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation together with the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club form a nonprofit, public benefit organization that develops and supports wireless telecommunications technologies in support of public safety, emergency communications, community service and scientific research in the Santa Barbara region. More information can be found at www.sbarc.org and www.sbwireless.org.

General Club Meeting – June 17, 2022

We’re going to try our first hybrid meeting this month. We will have an in-person meeting broadcast simultaneously on Zoom. For those not able to attend in person, you will be able to check-in on Zoom. Someone at the meeting will be there to help so they can pass on questions and comments from the Zoomers.

This month we’re going to talk about Winlink email for RF and watch a video introduction. Winlink has come a long way in the last few years, and Santa Barbara is way behind other clubs and groups in the tri-county area. With California facing potential blackouts this summer as well as general disaster preparation knowledge, it is time for SBARC to look into this more seriously.

I hope you will be able to attend in person, but if you can’t, check in on Zoom.

In-person Meeting
Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta

Door open around 7:00pm

Also on Zoom
Topic: General Club Meeting – June 17, 2022
Time: Jun 17, 2022 07:30pm Pacific Time

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81757418390?pwd=NC9jSlg3RWRYdTQ0dGR6cnZ2dFNQdz09

Meeting ID: 817 5741 8390
Passcode: 394396

Post expires at 11:39pm on Wednesday August 17th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.