We’re back! In person meetings are back to stay for awhile. Once again, we had a presenter lined up for this month but we had to reschedule until next month because of a conflict with other plans. But we’re on for April and I think you will enjoy the presentation. This month we’re going to talk about Artificial Intelligence, specifically ChatGPT. ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot that can communicate with users in natural language and provide information or assistance on a variety of topics. It is designed to simulate human conversation and provide helpful responses to users’ queries in real-time. The chatbot uses machine learning algorithms to understand user inputs and generate appropriate responses. It can be used for customer support, personal assistance, or general information seeking purposes. Like it or not, this IS the next big thing and it WILL affect you in all kinds of ways. We’ll have a presentation and some demonstrations that are sure to be interesting! SBARC General Club Meeting Friday, March 17 at 7:30 PM Goleta Union School District Board Room 401 North Fairview Avenue in Goleta Doors Open at 7:00pm and the meeting will start at 7:30pm SBARC K6TZ is also inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting if you can’t make it in person. Topic: SBARC General Meeting – March 17, 2023 Time: “Doors” open at 7:00pm and meeting starts at 7:30pm Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82745882888?pwd=TGMzVzNrTmp6eiswcU9jK0I3OEI3dz09 Passcode: 514505 Post expires at 11:00pm on Friday March 17th, 2023 but will still be available in the archives.
You are invited to the annual SBARC/WB6OBB Christmas Party. We will be holding this event on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor location at 5934 Calle Real near the Wallgreen’s Pharmacy on the mountain side of Calle Real east of Fairview. This is a BYOP (Buy your own pizza) event and please bring a wrapped gag gift for the gift exchange! These parties are usually well attended so this is a chance to visit with a lot of people whom you might not see during the year. Stop by for a few minutes, or stay for the whole event! No club meeting this month. We’ll look forward to seeing you at the party! Post expires at 11:00pm on Saturday December 17th, 2022 but will still be available in the archives.
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.
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. Download Powerpoint Presentation 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.
Our 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.
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.
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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88498904173?pwd=V21vSTNUdDVEaFBzWWxCTlplSktCUT09 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.