Ladies and Gentlemen,
Just in case you have planned on coming to our great ARRL 2013 Southwestern Division Convention in Buellton and have not yet sent in your registration, you have just moments left before the chance to get in on the Early-Bird Prize Drawing slips through your fingers. Your registration must be received by SBARC at its mailing address on or before September 3, 2013. That is just next Tuesday. Here is where you can fill out the Registration form: https://www.swhamcon.com/page.cfm?id=80
The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club is putting on a Big, Exciting, Fun, Educational, Challenging, Fantastic, Best Ever Ham Radio Convention right over the hill at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in the City of Buellton, just across the 101 Fwy. from Anderson's Pea Soup Restaurant.
This great event will be on Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. Our club has been working with the fine folks at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center and have taken over a large portion of the place in order to put on a wonderful program of Amateur Radio activities for you.
Typical scene at the Flea Market
We have Seminars; Work Shops; a huge Flea Market with Tailgating; 3 Transmitter Hunts with prizes; Marvin, KE6HTS, is putting on another one of his famous antenna clinic/workshops followed by a Transmitter hunt with 5 hidden transmitters; 2 large rooms dedicated to the use of our Vendors; on Friday from 6pm - 9pm a Pizza/Prime Rib feast in the Patio Lounge (no host); Saturday Night Banquet and so many Prizes you will have a great chance of winning something of value -- in addition to all of the Hourly Prizes. Of course, guests of the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center are invited to use the beautiful swimming pool.
Typical exciting and educational seminar
You can drive from your home each day to the Convention or stay at the Hotel where all the action is (contact the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center right away -- 1-800-638-8882 or 1-805-688-1000) or stay at one of the neighboring hotels/motels.
Our webpage is nearly complete and you will see how much planning has been going on behind the scenes. Please visit http://www.swhamcon.com/ and see what it's all about. Our thanks go to Al Soenke, WA6VNN; Tom Saunders, N6YX; Rod Fritz, WB9KMO, and many, many others of the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club for putting this great Convention together.
I plan on seeing you there. I sure hope you plan on seeing me there, too!
Darryl Widman, KF6DI
SBARC Executive Vice President
I am sure that you are aware that all clubs have problems. This is an
example of why SBARC has problems. Members such as John Reeside create
I have included the dialog from John Reeside without editing.
Judge for yourself what is going on.
Mobile (805) 452 - 0840
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FAX (805) 308 - 0347
From: Tom Saunders [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 5:45 AM
To: Alan Soenke; aseybold(a)andrewseybold.com; Bill Talanian; Bruce Gordon;
Darryl Widman; Dorothy Oksner; k9kbx(a)hotmail.com; Mike Wapner; Rod Fritz;
Tom Saunders; Walt Harasty; Whitaker, Rick
Subject: FW: SBARC ROVER
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From: John B. Reeside [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 3:32 AM
Cc: Tom Saunders; Al Soenke; K6QD(a)cox.net; w1uuq(a)cox.net
Subject: Re: SBARC ROVER
Either Saunders was not listening at the board meting or he is purposely
obstructing the board's decision.
There is no need to spend money at the shop when he was not only told to let
you at it but steadfastly refused to
relocate the vehicle to the Red Cross---where we had people ready to test
their HTs with it.
He should be removed immediately from all responsibility for this vehicle.
On 19/8/13 19:26 , Jordan wrote:
I am at a loss as to why you would take the rover to the shop when we just
spoke two days ago about me handling all the mechanical issues it has this
week. You now have a $605 bill for transmission/diff/cooling system
diagnosing that I could have handled in half a day for less than $150 in
parts. The $900 radiator issue can most likely be handled for a small
fraction of this cost as well since most of this comes down to labor and
over priced parts. I offered up my time, tools and space to keep this rover
maintained and in shape as my way of giving back to this club and promoting
Amateur Radio in Santa Barbara, but maybe I am wasting my time by offering
my services since there seems to be no interest.
Why was the rover taken to the shop in the first place? I thought it was
extremely clear that the first course of action was to have me take a look
and determine what needed to be done and then make a time to handle it this
week. Already it seems $600-1000 just got thrown away for no reason, money
that could have been used where it will most likely be sorely needed
(specialty parts for the mast), or creating the portable repeater or fixing
wiring or any number of other valid items.
I have CCed Al, Bill and John. My offer still stands to help with the truck
but we clearly need to determine where to go from here. You all have my
contact info and I am readily available and easy to reach.
On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM, Tom Saunders <tsaund(a)cox.net> wrote:
We could use some help this week with the Rover. The service shop wants
$975 to repair the cooling system. I think it could be done for a lot less
if we get the old radiator repaired instead of paying $660 for a new one.
I told the service shop to continue with other things and I would get back
to them tomorrow.
Please contact me if you are available for this.
Here is some of the recent news on this vehicle:
I took the rover back to Automotive Service Center. This is the same place
that Bill took it to in June.
The Rover still has a problem with overheating. It went overtemp at freeway
speed even during a cool evening. If the temperature gauge is correct, it
would probably blow another hose if it was driven up a hill.
I am also having the Automotive Service Center do preventative maintenance
on the transmission and differential according to Bill's recommendation and
the fact that we have not had performed maintenance in these areas since we
got the vehicle.
I also noticed a water leak from the windshield. I will get this fixed
If the Rover was taken back to the Red Cross, we would have had another
breakdown disaster like we did in June. Also, water leakage from rain would
have damaged the drivers VHF/UHF radio.
I will return the Rover to Red Cross or to Andy as soon as maintenance is
I just got a call from Richard at Automotive Service Center about the Rover.
He confirmed my suspicion that the radiator was bad. He indicated that they
tested it and noticed that only half the radiator was warm after running the
engine. His diagnosis was that the radiator was 50 % blocked. Richard
recommended a new radiator. A new radiator will cost $ 660 with $218 for
labor and $97 for hoses for a total cost of $ 975.
I told Richard that I would notify him later. I had hoped that the radiator
could be removed and cleaned. $ 660 for a new part is more expensive than I
had expected. Is there a less expensive way to get the radiator repaired ?
Richard also said that he would replace the radiator hoses. The repair work
in June only replaced the heater hose.
I asked him to :
check cooling system $ 109
transmission service $311
differential service $169
total of $ 605.49
I initially requested a tuneup to replace plugs, wires, rotor, distributor
cap, fuel filter, etc., but the price was over $ 500 so I declined this work
Shall I have them replace the radiator or is there another alternative ? I
don't want to spend $ 1580 without board approval.
Mobile (805) 452 - 0840 <tel:%28805%29%20452%20-%200840>
Home (805) 967 - 7351 <tel:%28805%29%20967%20-%207351>
From: emperorjordan(a)gmail.com [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 8:19 AM
To: tsaund(a)cox.net; tsaunders(a)cox.net
Subject: SBARC ROVER
This is Jordan KJ6YVJ just sending over contact info. My phone is 805 350
4287 <tel:805%20350%204287> and email is j(a)madtorq.com
I realize this may be a little out of you neighborhood, but.. If you are
interested in helping out for the Santa Barbara Triathlon, I can locate you
on the Carpinteria part of the Race and you won't have to come into the
city. Please think about it. T-shirts will be included for volunteering for
SBARC, VP of Operations
I am still looking for Ham Operators who would like to support
eh Santa Barbara Triathlon. This is a big race and it goes into areas that
have no cell phone reception. The organizer of this is always eager to get
our help. It is Saturday, August 24th from 0730 until about 1300. If you
are interested please get back to me as I have only a few stations open.
VP of Operations, SBARC
Dear fellow hams,
Did you ever get the chance to see this video? It is a wonderful look at some of the more modern aspects of our hobby. I know you are going to enjoy it. Maybe you can see yourself somewhere in the Hara Arena at the Dayton Hamvention last year.
Just had to pass it on to you. Enjoy.
In case you don't recognize Paul he is KF6TRT.
Should you ever be so inclined to bring up the
buzz word of bees then you'll get another experience of his talent.
Eyes and Ears of the Forest, Paul Cronshaw Tireless as Volunteer Ranger
By Suzanne Farwell for the Santa Barbara Foundation
Paul Cronshaw is a volunteer ranger with the Los Padres Forest
Paul Cronshaw is a volunteer ranger with the Los
Padres Forest Association, helping to keep an eye
on forest conditions and wildlife, including
bees. The wilderness area is vast, he says.
Working together like bees, everyone contributes
a little to make a large impact. (Cronshaw family photo)
Working with Los Padres Forest Association,
volunteer's activities symbolize spirit of Man, Woman of the Year program
[Noozhawks note: One in a series of articles
highlighting Santa Barbaras Man and Woman of the
Year awards. The nomination period for 2013 honors is now open.]
Paul Cronshaw once spotted a bumper sticker on a
local car that exclaimed: Volunteers Live Longer!
That vehicle belonged to Vie Obern, Santa
Barbara's 1989 Woman of the Year and a lifelong
advocate for public trails access.
Cronshaw eventually got together with Obern,
helping her with several projects. In addition to
what he learned from her, he was also inspired by
Dave Weaver, a former counselor at
<http://www.sbdons.org/>Santa Barbara High
School and patriarch of the
Rangers, Los Padres Forest Association. It didn't
take long for Cronshaw to sign up.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Cronshaw was
fortunate to have parents who taught him that
people could be paid in lots of different ways.
Both teachers, they considered their salaries
greatly enhanced by the satisfaction of guiding
young people toward success. Cronshaw followed
his parents into teaching and began to experience
the value of that alternative reward of
satisfaction. Never one to sit still, he also
became a chiropractor and a renowned beekeeper.
Cronshaw calls the Volunteer Rangers the eyes
and ears of the forest. Working in pairs or
teams of 12 to 14, volunteers collect important
data on the state of the forest, especially after
fires; monitor the effects of the current
drought; and take note of the health of the
wildlife coyotes, bears, mountain lions ...
and, in Cronshaws case, bees. They walk the
trails some established long ago by the Chumash
clearing and maintaining them, and picking up trash.
Some hikers ignore the Leave No Trace ethos, he
said, but we try to teach them when we encounter them on the trails.
After the 2007 Zaca Fire, Cronshaw and his
colleagues collected enough data for the
<http://lpforest.org/>Los Padres Forest
Association to receive a need-based grant of $500,000 for trail maintenance.
Cronshaw revels in being a volunteer ranger.
The wilderness area is vast, he said. Working
together like bees, everyone contributes a little to make a large impact.
Cronshaw also volunteers with the
<http://www.wyp.org/>Wilderness Youth Project
(WYP). Last year, he took his class for a nature
outing every two weeks throughout the school
year, teaching his students to notice and
appreciate the natural world instead of fearing
it. He is gratified to see some of the kids now
giving back as counselors for WYP.
When he is not out in the back country, Cronshaw
volunteers for the
Trails Foundation, serving as a member at large
for its advisory committee. He also creates new
maps of the front country. At age 60, he is
fulfilling the promise of that bumper sticker ...
this volunteer will live longer!
Volunteers enrich all our lives.
Do you know a volunteer who has made a
significant impact on the Santa Barbara
community? You can nominate that person to be the
next Man or Woman of the Year!
here to fill out a simple online nomination form.
Sponsored by the
Foundation, <http://www.noozhawk.com>Noozhawk and
<http://www.kdb.com/>KDB, nominations are open until Aug. 30.
Suzanne Farwell represents the
<http://www.sbfoundation.org>Santa Barbara Foundation.
NEW AIS STATION FROM SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
A new Automatic Identifying Station (AIS) system has just come on
line from Santa Cruz Island courtesy of NOAA, Station 253 (NOAA
Channel Islands NMS).
SBARC is proud to support and maintain two AIS stations. Station 533
(SBARC-SBA) is on the Mesa and Station 1360 (SBARC-SYP) is located on
Santa Ynez Peak.
Station 1325 (UCSB) is located on campus.
With four overlapping stations this addition greatly enhances marine
safety in and near the Channel Islands. Thanks to everyone on our
team for their support role in a cooperative effort with UCSB and NOAA.