If you want to be a radio operator really "in the field" then you want to
come join us for the 100 mile Endurance Run that is coming up on July 8-9
and morning of the 10th. This is a grueling event where runners go 50 miles
out and then 50 miles back both at night and during the day. Its our job to
help the aid stations and make sure that all runners get back. This is the
fifth year of this event and many radio operators come back. This year there
seems to be a lot of vacations going on. If you are interested in camping
out and working your radio at the same time, then give me a reply to
For more information go to www.santabarbara100.com and select endurance
JUNE GLOOM AND THE MARINE LAYER
The club equipment at Diablo Peak, 2500' ft, on Santa Cruz Island is
typically above the marine layer overcast. The marine layer and wind
evolves in various patterns that may be observed by 15 photos taken 360
degrees every 10 minutes. The pictures are transmitted back on a UC link
that will soon be replaced by a redundant 5.8 gHz SBARC link to our Mesa
site. In addition to the Diablo web-cam we are looking forward to an
additional camera mounted at the east end of Santa Rosa Island. This has
been an expensive multi-year project privately funded from out-of-pocket
expenses by key people in SBARC.
From: Darryl Widman
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2016 1:25 AM
To: Darryl Widman
Subject: Program for the SBARC June 17, 2016 Club Meeting
Program for the SBARC June 17, 2016 Club Meeting
Folks, this is Mike Bales, KI6VBK,
Co-Founder of Santa Barbara Hackerspace
Mike Bales, KI6VBK, is the CEO and co-founder of the Santa Barbara Hackerspace, which was founded 6 years ago in his garage. Mike moved from San Diego to Santa Barbara to attend Santa Barbara City College to get a start on a degree in Electronic Engineering. He was frustrated with the limited access to the labs there and couldn’t afford the equipment that was required for an electronics project he was working on.
His life changed when he attended the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo that year and discovered the concept of hackerspace. He thought that there must be others in a similar situation in need of space and equipment for personal and school projects given Santa Barbara’s many schools so he decided to try and start a hackerspace. Hackerspaces are community-operated physical places, where people share their interest in tinkering with technology, meet and work on their projects and learn from each other.
SB Hackerspace started small, about a half dozen people meeting in Mike’s apartment / garage for the first 6 months or so. Once they built up a small core group they rented their first space on Aero Camino in Goleta and quickly grew and acquired more members.
Mike has a day job as a systems administrator for a small IT company which manages networks and equipment for 30 clients in the Santa Barbara area, in addition to running the hackerspace, and developing open source weather balloon trackers and other neat projects.
Two other active members of the group are Garrett Holmstrom, AG6RQ, and Mike Kapuscik. Garrett is fairly active and is getting involved in some of the SBARC mesh networking projects. He is known as the network wizard at the hackerspace as he maintains their computer network infrastructure. He has been instrumental in building a ground crew on a number of their weather balloon launches.
Mike Kapuscik is a City College student who works for a startup in town developing IoT (Internet of Things) equipment. He is well versed in electronics and embedded programming / development. He has been the lead on the Scanning Electron Microscope restoration project and Mike Bales says that they would never have gotten it working without his time, knowledge and diligence in pouring over the schematics and documentation.
If you would like to know more about this young, exciting group of people and what they are doing, you are invited to drop by and pay them a visit. The Santa Barbara Hackerspace is a fun and friendly setting for makers and hackers to build, experiment and learn together. They welcome all participants, no matter their level of skill or experience. Their general meetings are on Saturdays from 2 pm until late, and there are usually people there during the evenings on most weeknights. So, you can drop by their location on Saturday after you leave the SBARC Club Station, which closes around noon, and while you are there you can also join their mailing list for updates!
Also, at this SBARC meeting, you will hear from President Brian Milburn, K6BPM, about the latest progress being made on our Mesh Network and how you can get involved with the project. He will also let us know more about how the Club Station is evolving. Levi Maaia, K6LCM, would like to tell us about our newly-formed Telecommunications group and what they are doing. At this meeting we will raffle off the latest Wouxun Model 8D dual-band duplex cross-band repeat HT. We should sell enough tickets at this meeting to pay for the very neat radio!
We still have our monthly Club Meetings at the Goleta Union School District at 401 No. Fairview Ave. in Goleta, right across the street from the Goleta Library. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM but come early and look at all the Free-to-Good-Home stuff your friends have brought for you to see and take home with you. Be sure to bring yours for them! Before the meeting begins is a good time to shake a few hands and bring in those cookies and cakes you brought along because you are such a neat person! And we all do thank you for that.
The Satellite Amateur Radio Club Swapfest and Barbecue is an annual event always held on a Saturday, the day before Fathers Day, so it is the day right after our Club meeting. This fun event is looked forward to by hams all over the South Coast. For many years, SBARC has supported their event with our presence and by purchasing tickets to win their great prizes. I have won my share of them. In turn, members of the Satellite ARC have supported our events. This is the kind of event where folks can bring their excess junque and spread it out on the picnic tables and, with a tear in their eye, part with it for the right price! So many bargains. Those who walked away with their hands in their pockets and then, after some serious thought, returned to go ahead and buy it only to find that someone beat them to it can be seen moping around. How funny. It is also traditional to have a challenging Transmitter Hunt. This year there will be several of them. Yours truly will be hiding one and searching for the others. Bring your 2-meter sniffer with you. Some of us caravan up there and have breakfast at Ellen’s Danish Pancake house in Buellton. Come along with us.
You said that your YL loves to bake cookies? Would she let you bring some to our Club meeting?
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Saturday) will be a practice ARDF course
at Lake Los Carneros. My plan is to be done setting the course by 9AM,
so anyone who wants ARDF training should be there about that time.
There will also probably be an easy 80M FoxOring course in addition to
the 2M course. We will have some 80M receivers available for loan.
I'm making some changes in my life, so this may be the last public one I
put on here.
Partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of just 67 degrees are
forecast for Lake Los Carneros Park in Goleta, CA, which will be the
site of our next international-style on-foot foxhunt on Saturday, June
11. There is no charge for participation. Besides some easy fox
transmitters just to help you learn and test your equipment, there will
be a beginner-level international-rules course on the two-meter band,
set by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS. An optional 80-meter fox transmitter may
also be on the air.
The site area is slightly less than 140 acres. It is relatively flat,
making it a good site for foxtailers of all skill levels. If you need
some one-on-one help to get started at finding transmitters, just ask.
Full-color orienteering maps will be available.
If you have receivers, scanners, directional antennas, attenuators, or
other equipment s suitable for on-foot RDF, be sure to bring it. Make
sure all batteries are fresh. A limited amount of RDF gear will be
available for loan to beginners.
Transmitter hunting will begin about 10:00 AM. You may start out on the
courses at any time until 12 noon. Courses close at 2 PM.
Directions to Lake Los Carneros: From US 101 about 8 miles west of
downtown Santa Barbara, take the Los Carneros Road exit, head north
about 1/4 mile and turn right into the Stow House parking lot. There
should be plenty of free parking. Look for the orange-and-white
orienteering flag. The hunt start will probably be in the parking lot.
If that is too crowded, we will move to a nearby picnic area.
A map to the site is at www.homingin.com. Ham radio talk-in is on the
WB6OBB repeater, 147.000(+) PL 131.8.
Joe Moell K0OV
Father Al as we were used to calling him passed away at his home in Washington state on May 30 2016. We all knew him as the local ham friar at St. Anthony's for many years. It's been a while since he retired to St. Francis' in Washington. He was a frequent visitor to the SBARC domain and attended Field Day regularly. He had once asked me to do repairs on his cubical quad antenna atop St. Anthony's. After the repair was done we gave it a thorough testing at Field Day with the help of Prof Steve Long.
Father Al has been missed and will be remembered
May he rest in peace.
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SBARC Field Day 2016 June 24 to 26 at Elings Park
What is Field Day?
Field Day is the annual emergency readiness exercise sponsored by the ARRL.
The goal is to contact as many stations as possible during a 24 hour period.
Each contact consists of a short mutual exchange of three pieces of
information. If you have not participated in a Field Day before, you are in
for a pleasant surprise. After just two hours in to Field Day, we will have
contacted more than 30 states on HF frequencies. It is run as a
'just-for-fun' contest. It can be exciting when you hear four or more
stations at the same time all over the US and Canada trying to make contact
with us. It can also be challenging to make as many contacts as possible
under these conditions. A single station typically makes a thousand
contacts during Field Day. SBARC has done very well in past years finishing
in the top ten stations running as a three transmitter club station. In
recent years, we have run with a 'just have fun' attitude.
Field Day is intended to simulate an actual emergency. The goal is to
operate somewhere in an open field, away from structures and electrical
power. Most stations operate this way while others may choose to operate
from a building. This year we are fortunate to hold Field Day at Elings
Park. We will be in a grassy field on the top of a hill and away from power
line noise. Elings Park has amazing views of the ocean and mountains.
What Can I Do?
We usually have two person teams that work in two hour shifts consisting of
the radio operator and a logger. The operator makes the contacts by saying
"CQ Field Day Kilo 6 Tango Zulu". When another station replies, the
operator sends our contact information of "K6TZ 2 Alpha Sierra Bravo". 2
Alpha is our operation of two transmitters club station running on emergency
power. Sierra Bravo is the ARRL Section Code of Santa Barbara. The logger
enters the calling station identification, their designation, and their
section such as "K1AB 3A NJ" by a keyboard. The computer program helps with
data entry, logs contacts, and checks for duplicates.
The operator and logger may trade positions if they desire. The radio we
use is an Elecraft K3 with a voice recorder that makes it easy for the
operator. After the message is recorded, just push a button to send the
message. At least one of the operator / loggers must be a General or Extra
The hours for each shift are:
Saturday 11 AM to 1 PM June 25
` 1 PM to 3 PM
3 PM to 5 PM
5 PM to 7 PM
7 PM to 9 PM
Sunday 5 AM to 7 AM June 26
7 AM to 9 AM
9 AM to 11 AM
We also need at least four people to assemble the antenna and mount it on
the Rover. We also need four people to take it down when the contest is
over. This is easy work and takes less than an hour. The antenna is only
60 pounds, but is too big for two people to safely move it to the roof of
the Rover and mount it on the mast.
Setup will be Friday afternoon starting at 1 PM.
Take Down will be Sunday at noon.
How to Get to the Field Day Site
SBARC will be at Elings Park South Park area. This is the southeast section
of Elings, near the hang gliders. You can take a dirt road from Cliff
Drive, just east of Las Positas Road. It is not accessible from the main
Elings Park entrance on Las Positas. We will be about 300 yards northeast
of the hang gliding area. Another way to get there is to take Flora Vista,
the first street east of Las Positas, then take the second left turn to the
end of Calle Andalucia. Park on Calle Andalucia and walk about 200 yards.
Thanks to Haydn Brooke, KK6OYV, we will run two transmitters on HF.
We would like to have a celebration BBQ Sunday at 1 PM at Escondido Park.
This park is one-half mile north of Cliff Drive on Flora Vista. The club
will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. All SBARC members and their guests
are welcome to join the celebration.
How Do I Volunteer for Field Day?
Just respond to this message or email tsaund(a)cox.net. You are welcome to
bring family members or friends. Please specify what time(s) you prefer.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
'Good Luck in the Contest'
Tom Saunders N6YX
Mobile (805) 452 - 0840
Home (805) 967 - 7351 Ext 1
FAX (805) 364 - 5120
To: Interested parties
The below group will be coming to Santa Barbara from Arkansas to
participate in the 100 th year of the National Park Service. All during
2016 National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) will be celebrated by
participants contacting as many stations as possible within the park
boundaries. Santa Barbara has a unique grid square on one part of Santa
Rosa Island, CM93. This rare grid operation is by special arrangement
with the local NPS office. If you have an interest in participating with
operations on Santa Rosa from CM94 at the pier then get in touch with me
or Mike Wapner K6QD.
Note: The actual 100 th year date is August 25.
-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: Fwd: General Question
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 09:28:42 -0500
From: David Swanson <dave(a)druidnetworks.com>
To: Bill Talanian <w1uuq(a)cox.net>
CC: K6QD <k6qd(a)cox.net>, Wyatt Dirks <wyattdirks(a)msn.com>, Brian
Milburn <brian(a)k6bpm.com>, Al Soenke <ajsoenke(a)aol.com>
Bill et al,
I've exchanged emails with Ian, and he has given us the go-ahead for our
operation on Santa Rosa Island. We have to follow a few rules, but
they're all things we can easily accommodate within our plans. I wanted
to give you a special thanks for referring us to him, he was very
understanding and immediately recognized what we were trying to do with
the rare grid, and encouraged us to move forward with our plans. In
fact, he wants to know our final QSO count once we're done :)
So I guess at this point just let us know how much/how little the club
would like to help out. Even something as simple as jumping on a
repeater at some pre-arranged times to relay an email to our forums
would be a tremendous benefit.
Thanks again, 73!
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