I enjoy ham radio!  I started as a kid about 12 years old.  I've held a Amateur Radio Extra Class License - W6ALM - since 1975.   I am a certified Volunteer Examiner under the ARRL, W5YI, and Laurel.  The FCC created the VEC system to provide initial licensing examination for prospective new hams and upgrade examination opportunities for those already licensed. FCC authorized VEC organizations oversee the work of their certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs) and serve as a liaison between the exam applicants and the FCC.

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ARRL Santa Barbara Section - What better way to stay on top of things regarding ham radio on the Gold Coast?  Browse all of the information-packed pages on the ARRL Santa Barbara Section Web site.  The Santa Barbara Section covers the tri-counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo.


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Local Clubs - Santa Barbara County

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Sexism and Space Exploration - Yes, I know it’s not ham radio, but you need to read this article!

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One of my all time favorite stations has been HCJB “la voz de los andes” [HCJB “The Voice of the Andes.”]

HCJB aired its first program from Quito, Ecuador on Dec 25th, 1931. Radio Station HCJB was the first missionary radio station in the world, as well as the first radio station in Ecuador with daily programs.  Unfortunately, HCJB ceased it’s shortwave broadcasting in April 2014.

75 Years of HCJB Shortwave

My hobby of Amateur Radio owes HCJB’s founder, Clarence Jones, a huge round of applause, because of innovative development of antennas that could handle high power and high altitudes.  See also: Wikipedia.