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.



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.

Post expires at 9:29am on Friday January 20th, 2023 but will still be available in the archives.

November 2022 Election Results

The winners of the SBARC Annual Election that took place on November 18, 2022 will all assume one-year terms as members of the board of directors on January 1, 2023.

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

Additionally, the bylaws changes were approved by the membership on November 18.

November 18, 2022 General Meeting – Election and Home-brew Night

November meetings are always election night meetings, so members who did not vote online will be able to vote in person. Of course we’ll all be tallying up the votes and announcing the winners, so plan on being there, even if you already voted.

November meetings have traditionally also been Home-brew Night!  We invite everyone to bring a something you have built, or a project in progress, to show, demonstrate, and tell your ham friends about. Home-brew is what being a ham is all about! Anyone can go buy a radio, antenna or other accessory, but to many hams, building their own gear is much more fun and rewarding. So bring something (or a lot of things) because we’re all interested in seeing what you’re up to! 

We will also be hosting this meeting on Zoom, if you can’t attend in person, but please try to be there if you can to congratulate the new board members, whoever they are!

SBARC General Club Meeting
Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM
Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta

Zoom Details
Topic: SBARC November Club Meeting
Time: Nov 18, 2022 07:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 2208 3912
Passcode: 997581

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85722083912?pwd=NFhIMXBvYnRZWEhoYmZld1RjaW5BQT09

We hope to see you all at the meeting!

Post expires at 8:01pm on Friday November 18th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

November Election

Nominations for the November 18 election have closed. Here is the final slate of candidates:

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

Upcoming election related dates:

  • 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.

Be sure to check back on or after Thursday November 10 if you want to vote remotely.

–  Brian K6BPM

Post expires at 9:21am on Wednesday January 18th, 2023 but will still be available in the archives.

What’s happening at K6TZ in Carpinteria?

photo by Joe Partlow – W6JWP

The SBARC open house last Sunday on October 30 held at the Chrisman Channel Islands Center (CCIC) was a howling success!

Thank you all for coming and participating in the tour of the facility, the raffle, and eating the pizza.

The CCIC is the location of our new K6TZ Club Station (K6TZ @ CCIC). We were invited to develop a radio station there in Carpinteria over a year ago by Marla Daily, president of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation and we received a $35,500 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to fund the station With the radios on the air and major construction complete, we are ready to activate the station!

On December 10 & 11, the CCIC will be open for a major fundraising event for the Santa Cruz Island Foundation. Marla has requested that SBARC members be on hand to demonstrate the radio station that is equipped with 2-meter and HF radios and monitors showing the Santa Barbara Channel marine and air traffic.

So, I’m recruiting members for our new K6TZ @ CCIC Committee to operate the station. Instruction and training will be provided by appointment. This is a great opportunity for everyone, including Montecito, Ventura and Carpinteria operators to use the state-of-the-art radio equipment and to put this station to good use.

Please contact me, Dorothy Oksner, K6DSO, at oksner66@gmail.com with your suggestions and willingness to help in any  way that you can, especially for the December 10 & December 11 event.

Dorothy Oksner, K6DSO
K6TZ @ CCIC Committee Chair

Post expires at 8:32am on Sunday December 11th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

Heil Pro Set Plus! Headset

Heil Pro Set Plus! Headset: Contains dual mic element w/an A/B phase reversing switch, boom swings for the left or right use, self-adjusting cushioned headband, highly efficient tuned speaker cavities, heavy duty cable system, extremely light and comfortable, removable cotton ear pads, rugged “L” speaker swivel studs. $40.00  Photo-1  Photo2 

SBARC Fundraising Item
Available at the Club Station
Open every Saturday from 9am until noon.

General Club Meeting – October 21, 2022

The October  meeting will feature a presentation by Steve Noll, WA6EJO, on antennas and propagation. This is a MUST-SEE meeting for everyone. Steve does great presentations with lots of actual hands-on examples using his collection of 10 GHz gear and visual aids.

This will be a live demonstration exploring radiation patterns and polarization of a variety of antennas from ground planes to loop Yagis to helices, plus actual demonstrations of a variety of propagation phenomena including ducting, refraction, diffraction, knife edging, Fresnel zone, velocity of propagation, and more.

If you would like to know more about the black magic of radio waves and how to use them, you don’t want to miss Steve’s presentation. He is an expert in the field.

Steve Noll, WA6EJO, has been active in Ham Radio for the past 40 years. He pioneered 2-way Amateur Radio Laser communications in the late 1970s and operated an experimental 23 centimeter repeater and an X-Band beacon in Ventura for many years. Steve chaired several of the West Coast VHF/UHF Conferences in the 1990s where he also built and ran the antenna gain and pattern plotting range. He is a member of the Amateur Television Network and is a founding member of the MAKE Ventura makerspace. Steve retired from Advanced Photonix after 22 years as their Senior Test Engineer.

We will also be hosting this meeting on Zoom, but you won’t get as much out of the presentation as you will if you attend in person! Please try to get there, you won’t regret it!

SBARC General Club Meeting
Friday, October 21 at 7:30 PM
Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta

Zoom Details
Topic: SBARC General Club Meeting
Time: Oct 21, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600275793?pwd=QnBEMXVrOVozcS9BRUF0OFZFc3Bldz09

Meeting ID: 836 0027 5793
Passcode: 326930

We hope to see you all at the meeting!

Post expires at 11:00pm on Friday October 21st, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.