General Club Meeting – March 18, 2022

I was hoping to have an in-person meeting this month, but this meeting will be better over Zoom as I am going to need to demonstrate some things on the computer. This works much better over Zoom. We have changed our membership system and it is now incorporated within the website. Joining SBARC or renewing your membership will be much easier from now on. We’ve added lots of new things and I want to explain them in detail and answer any questions members may have. A lot of hours have gone into this and we went to make sure we’ve done it well so live member feedback will be very valuable. If we have time, I also want to talk a little about AllStar. We have several members who have retired and/or moved away and would still like to keep in touch and participate in nets. We disabled EchoLink quote awhile back because it caused problems but AllStar is still available and a much better option for keeping in touch remotely. Plus it opens a whole new world of operating. This is a “do not miss” meeting, so we hope we can get as many of you as possible. Here the details: Please note that we are including a passcode you you don’t need to wait to be admitted. Topic: General Club Meeting Time: Mar 18, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 884 9890 4173 Passcode: 554367   Post expires at 1:00am on Saturday March 19th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

February General Club Meeting – 2/18/22

We were treated to presentation by Ron Gibbons, PhD W6KKG on his “Life as a Nomadic Field Engineer”. Ron worked in Alaska on the White Alice Communications System in the 50’s and 60’s and in other locations around the world. He has many interesting stories about working in some of the most dangerous places in the world. We’re sure you will enjoy this presentation. Post expires at 11:22pm on Friday February 18th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

General Club Meeting for January 21, 2022 – In Arizona?

The January 2022 monthly club meeting was different than any other we’ve ever done before. We met in Arizona (virtuall)! Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club asked K6TZ Trustee and SBARC Director at Large Levi – K6LCM if he would do a presentation about SBARC and talk about how our organization operates. OVARC is a club of similar size in Tucson Arizona.This presentation that outlines our many projects and services. We felt that our own members would enjoy the presentation as well since there a lot of things we do to keep SBARC operating that many of our members may not know about. Since their meetings are on the same schedule as ours are, we decided to conduct a joint meeting in January 2022 Post expires at 1:00am on Saturday January 22nd, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.

General Club Meeting – October 15, 2021

Several people have asked about FT8 in recent months, so we thought we would do an introductory presentation to explain what it is and how it works. FT8 is a fast paced digital mode for HF and it works even when most other modes don’t. It’s high sensitivity to weak signals makes it a favorite mode for many of us without amplifiers and big beam  antennas. It typically takes about 35 watts and a modest dipole or wire antenna and you can easily make contacts world wide. Many hams do quite well with QRP rigs and simple wire antennas. Next month is also our annual election month. So, this meeting we will be submitting the slate of candidates chosen by the nominating committee. We’ll also open up nominations from the membership. It is not yet determined if we will be able to have an in-person meeting in November, so we are making plans for online voting like we did last year. If we do have an in-person meeting, we’ll use a combination of regular ballot voting and online voting for those who choose not to attend. For those to you interested in the PowerPoint presentation it can be downloaded here: Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday October 15th, 2021 but will still be available in the archives.

Raspberry Pi and Amateur Radio – General Club Meeting – September 17, 2021

We’re sure many of you have heard club members talk about Raspberry Pi’s and how we use them for performing tasks on our network as well as other things we do in our own shacks. Raspberry Pi’s are small but powerful, full featured computers that can be used for a variety of purposes. And, they start at $5 for RPi Zeros and $35 for the more powerful, original sized boards. The newest Raspberry Pi 4 series are even more powerful and start at $45. They are ultra reliable and will run for years. This month we had a PowerPoint presentation on how you can use Raspberry Pi’s with amateur radio. There are many things you can build with these little machines for use with APRS, DMR, test equipment, digital modes for HF, clocks, weather stations, maps and on and on.  

General Club Meeting – August 20, 2021

Our speaker this month will be Orv Beach W6BI. They will bringing us up to date with everything that is going on in mesh networking. There have been a lot of changes in the past 4 years since Orv last presented to out members. A lot of us have mesh nodes deployed, but most of us have not kept up with the latest firmware and equipment. The Mesh community has grown considerably.  This will be a very informative meeting and anyone interested in Mesh Networking should make plans to attend. We had hoped to return to in-person meetings but with the Delta variant of the virus now going around, we felt it would be a good idea and reassess next month. SBARC General Club Meeting Friday, August 20, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Check-ins at 7:00pm) ZOOM Details Topic: General Club Meeting – August 20, 2021 Time: Aug 20, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting YouTube We hope to see you all at the meeting!   Post expires at 12:02am on Saturday August 21st, 2021 but will still be available in the archives.

April General (Zoom) Meeting – Solar Cycle 25

It you received last months issue of QST magazine, you may have noticed that Solar Cycle 25 is here! After some regular club business is taken care of we are going to share a video about operating during a solar cycle that we think will be especially interesting to newer hams that have never experienced solar cycle operating before. It is an “exciting time” for hams, and bands that are usually dead will come alive with activity. Even Technicians can get in on the action. So please join us on Friday, April 16, 2021 on ZOOM! The virtual doors will open at 7:00pm and thee meeting will begin at 7:30pm. SBARC K6TZ is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: SBARC General Club Meeting Time: Apr 16, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting YouTube feed is here:   Post expires at 10:00pm on Friday April 16th, 2021 but will still be available in the archives.