Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Station to Help Visitors Discover California's Coastal Ecosystems
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Amateur radio station, K6TZ, will offer visitors a glimpse of island life using remotely-operated webcams and other remote sensing technologies

SAN DIEGO - Californer -- California's coastal islands are unique ecosystems. To help educate the public on these unique ecosystems, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (SCIF) has invited the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club (SBARC) to build an amateur radio station at the new Chrisman California Islands Center (CCIC) in downtown Carpinteria, California.

The station will be prominently featured near the center's main entrance. An interactive display will provide an overview of amateur radio communications and the role that amateur radio has played in the history of the islands.

When the station is not staffed with radio operators, center visitors can interact with the station using a custom touch screen. This screen controls an interactive presentation on amateur radio and wireless technologies and their importance to mariners, aviators, scientists and explorers who visit the rugged islands off the California coast. The presentation includes a demonstration of the station's AIS (marine vessel), ADS-B (aircraft), emergency beacon (ELT/EPIRB), and amateur (APRS) tracking stations. Webcams connected to the station via SBARC's club's microwave data network will give visitors a real-time look at the island's terrain. The presentation will also show how club members and researchers use the information and data collected.

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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.

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.Learn more about SBARC at

About ARDC
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. The organization got its start by managing allocations of the AMPRnet address space and now makes grants to projects and organizations that follow amateur radio's tradition of technical experimentation. Such experimentation has led to broad advances for the benefit of the general public – such as the mobile phone and wireless internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where all such technology is available through open source hardware and software, and where anyone has the ability to innovate upon it. Learn more about ARDC at

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For more information, contact:
Levi Maaia, K6LCM, K6TZ Trustee
Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, ARDC Content Manager

Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Source: Amateur Radio Digital Communications
Filed Under: Technology

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