BUSINESS: Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Station To Enable Visitors To Explore California’s Unique Coastal Ecosystems

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San Diego, CA, October 10, 2021 –(PR.com)– California’s coastal islands are unique ecosystems that have a rich maritime history, and wireless communications has played a big role in this history for more than a century. Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF), has invited Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club to construct an amateur radio station at Carpinteria’s new Chrisman California Islands Center.

The station will be prominently displayed near the main entrance of the center. A display with interactive elements will give an overview of amateur radio communications as well as the role of amateur radio in the island’s history.

Center visitors can interact with the station via a touch screen if the station isn’t staffed by radio operators. The screen displays an interactive presentation about amateur radio and wireless technologies, and their importance for mariners, pilots, scientists, and explorers who visit rugged California islands. This presentation will include a demonstration of the station’s AIS (marine vessel), ADS–B (aircraft), emergency beacons (ELT/EPIRB) and amateur (APRS). Visitors will be able to see the island’s terrain from webcams connected via SBARC’s club microwave data network. This presentation will show how researchers and club members use the data and information collected.

Construction of the station was made possible by a $35,550 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC). According to Levi Maaia, K6TZ trustee, the station is scheduled to open in 2022.

About SBARC
The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation whose mission is to promote education for persons interested in telecommunications, to disseminate information about scientific discoveries and progress in the field, and to train communicators for public service and emergency communications. SBARC encourages and supports experiments in electronics, and promotes ethical conduct in communications. Learn more about SBARC at https://www.sbarc.org.

About ARDC
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. It was founded by the management of allocations for the AMPRnet address area, which is available to licensed amateur radio operators around the world. ARDC grants projects and organizations that are committed to amateur radio’s tradition and practice of technical experimentation in amateur radio and digital communications science. This experimentation has resulted in significant advances for the public, such as the wireless internet and mobile phones. ARDC envisions a world in which all this technology is freely available via open source software and hardware, and where everyone can innovate on it. Learn more about ARDC at https://www.ampr.org.

For more information, contact:
Levi Maaia, K6LCM, K6TZ Trustee
805.604. 5384, k6lcm@maaia.com
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, ARDC Content Manager
734.930. 6564, dan@ardc.net

Amateur Radio Digital Communications
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU
858-477-9903
https://www.ampr.org
Levi Maaia, K6LCM
805.604. 5384
k6lcm@maaia.com

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