Hello SBARC Friends,
I want to thank you for the opportunity to present the state of Amateur
Television today at the SBARC Meeting last Friday.
Seeing you all again brought back great memories. Let's make more great
memories now that COVID is subsiding.
The Amateur Television Network (ATN) is embracing Digital Amateur
Television (DATV) and it is now "on the air to everywhere," throughout the
We get frequent check-ins from all over the U.S., Canada and Australia. Last
night, we even had two check-ins from Germany!
You can watch our video stream on www.youtube.com/amateurtelevisionnetwork.
You can even participate live on our ATN Nets by browsing to
www.whereby.com/atn1 Sunday at 7:00pm and Tuesday at 7:30pm. It's similar
to running Zoom and it's a lot of fun.
If you're active on Mesh, check out our KC6JPG ATN Mesh Network Service on
the AREDN Global Tunnel Server.
Breaking News! Participate in the Last Man Standing ham radio event, now
through March 30th. Roland Hoffman KC6JPG will operate as K6M, an official
LMS station. You can watch live on ATN repeaters and
www.youtube.com/amateurtelevisionnetwork. You can also check in on
www.whereby.com/atn1. Browse to www.gsbarc.org for details.
As I promised at the SBARC Meeting, I'll send you info soon about
operational details for ATV in Santa Barbara and equipment to get you going
on Digital ATV. We're in the process of making a group equipment order that
offers a rare 15% discount. Email me at wb9kmo(a)gmail.com if you're
I'm buying new equipment to enhance the WB9KMO-ATN SB ATV repeater to make
it High-Definition Digital ATV in and out. The repeater is alive and well
with excellent two-way audio and video links to several repeaters in the
Amateur Television Network. There's a lot of ATV activity linked into Santa
Barbara every day for you to tap into.
Merv Hecht KO6E, a friend of mine and an active ATVer from L.A., just moved
to Montecito. He looks forward to meeting you and being an active part of
SBARC. Please make him welcome.
The more SB interest we see in ATV, the quicker we'll get the upgrades
I hope we can activate Digital ATV at the Club Station to showcase SBARC to
If you're interested in learning more and getting on Digital ATV, email me
Stay happy and healthy,
Rod Fritz WB9KMO
Proud SBARC Member
P.S. We look forward to seeing you on Amateur Radio!
Amateur Radio Gets a Partial Reprieve on 3.5 GHz
Pending future FCC action, amateur radio secondary use of the 3.3 – 3.45
GHz band segment may continue indefinitely. The FCC, as part of a lengthy
Second Report and Order (R&O) for commercial licensing of 3.45 – 3.55 GHz
adopted on March 17, agreed with ARRL that continued access by amateur
radio to 3.3 – 3.45 GHz should be allowed until consideration of the
3.1-3.45 GHz spectrum in a later proceeding. The FCC action in WT Docket
19-348 represents a partial — and temporary — reprieve from the FCC’s
December 2019 proposal to remove amateur radio from the entire band, and it
makes available an additional 50 megahertz than an FCC proposal last fall
to allow amateur temporary use of 3.3 – 3.4 GHz.
Amateur secondary operation in the 3.45 – 3.50 GHz band must cease 90 days
after public notice that the spectrum auction has closed and licensing has
begun. That is expected to happen early in 2022. The FCC announced the
opening of 3.45 – 3.55 GHz for auction to commercial 5G interests on March
The FCC stated that “While we adopt our proposal to bifurcate the band, we
adjust our proposal and set 3450 MHz as the frequency at which the band
will be split.” It agreed “with the ARRL’s assessment that the guard band
is not necessary from a technical standpoint. We also recognize that the
nature of amateur equipment realities makes the 50 megahertz at 3400-3450
MHz particularly valuable to amateur operators because it means existing
equipment can continue to operate in the band for the time being.”
This allows “amateur operations to continue in the lower portion of the
band while the [FCC and federal government users] continue to analyze
whether that spectrum can be reallocated for flexible use,” the FCC said.
The FCC had proposed splitting the band at 3.4 GHz, permitting amateur use
in 100 megahertz of spectrum “while also providing a buffer to protect
flexible-use operations at the lower edge of the 3.45 GHz band.”
“We therefore allow secondary amateur operations to continue in the 3.4 –
3.45 GHz portion of the band,” the FCC said. “We emphasize, however, that
amateur licensees remain secondary users, and those that operate on
frequencies close to the 3450 MHz band edge must do so with particular
caution to avoid causing harmful interference to flexible-use licensees in
the 3.45 GHz Service, which hold primary status. In light of these
considerations, while amateur operations between 3450 MHz and 3500 MHz must
cease within 90 days of the public notice announcing the close of the
auction for the 3.45 GHz Service, as specified in the Report and Order;
amateur operations may continue between 3300 MHz and 3450 MHz while the
Commission, NTIA, and the DoD continue to analyze whether that spectrum can
be reallocated for commercial wireless use.”
“There is no expectation that such operations will be accommodated in
future planning for commercial wireless operations in this spectrum, or
that amateur operators will receive more than a short period of notice
before their operations must cease,” the FCC said.
I am forwarding below from another mailing list that I am on. I think most
everyone will find this enjoyable reading!
------------ Forwarded Message ------------
Reading the descriptions of all of this equipment, the parts and
components, the antennas, and other items, much of which Sears must have
had in stock back in 1940, certainly takes my breath away and makes my
heart beat faster. In comparison, this one Sears catalog makes all of
today's ham store catalogs look like mere flyers or brochures. I very
vaguely remember seeing a specialized Sears catalog something like this
back in the late '50s although I certainly don't remember what it featured.
(I do clearly remember sitting on the couch in my pajamas in the den
watching Johnny on TV in 1964 while thumbing through the massive
thousand-plus-page Sears general catalog, picking out what I'd like for
I was told that a rough price comparison to 2021 prices would be to
multiply by about 20. But to me, the prices aren't what's astonishing...
it's envisioning a Sears warehouse jam-packed with just one example of all
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Thanks for this. I'm signed up and looking forward to the course.
> On 03/12/2021 11:27 AM Jay Hennigan via SBARC-list
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Levi - I can check out the radio.
73 de Mike, K6QD
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> We had someone contact us through the club website about testing out a Swan HF-700S left to her by her father. ?She may be interested in finding a home for it but first she is looking for a local ham who can fire it up and get it working and check it out. If you are interested is assisting her, please let me know and I will put you in touch.
> Levi C. Maaia, K6LCM
> Director at Large | K6TZ Trustee
> Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
> Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation
> a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation
We had someone contact us through the club website about testing out a Swan HF-700S left to her by her father. She may be interested in finding a home for it but first she is looking for a local ham who can fire it up and get it working and check it out. If you are interested is assisting her, please let me know and I will put you in touch.
Levi C. Maaia, K6LCM
Director at Large | K6TZ Trustee
Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
Santa Barbara Wireless Foundation
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation
www.levi.maaia.com | www.k6lcm.com