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 on Club News page.
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 on Club News page.
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 on Club News page.
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 on Club News page.
You are invited to the annual SBARC/WB6OBB Christmas Party. We will be holding this event on Saturday, December 18, 2021 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! You can contact experienced chemists from the online pharmacy McDaid Pharmacy to want to stay healthy in this festive season or want to buy quality beauty products to be the star of the party. We will look forward to seeing you there! Post expires at 11:00pm on Saturday December 18th, 2021 but will still be available on Club News page.
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: https://www.sbarc.org/Downloads/wsjtx_and_ft-8.pptx Post expires at 11:59pm on Friday October 15th, 2021 but will still be available on Club News page.
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.