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Welcome to the ARRL Santa Barbara Section Website.
Success through Teamwork
This Motto has been adopted to reflect the network of team effort being applied to make Amateur Radio successful and fun in the Section.

Section Manager (SM) Jim Fortney, K6IYK, has invited all Amateurs to participate in the revitalization of the Field Services Programs, and has appointed a cadre of leaders to guide these efforts. The SM believes that good communications between the members will significantly enhance the opportunities for working together, and has encouraged participation in local nets while implementing this Website and several email lists to ensure that those who have expressed an interest will have maximum opportunity to participate. There is a link on the right where you can subscribe to the Section eMail Announcements List and be kept informed.

One of the first efforts of the Section Manager was to update our ARES Organization and recognize the many Amateurs who have held this activity together despite the fact they were never rewarded with appropriate recognition. The first quarter of 2016 saw over 50 Section Members receive official ARRL Appointments. Development of the ARES organization is continuing in 2017 with special emphasis on re-building the Santa Barbara District.

The Official Section Appointment Roster is posted on this Website so all Amateurs know who is leading this ARRL Section. See the link at the right.

All of the Net Managers (including Bulletin Editors and Webmasters) are tied together with a tool that allows them to effectively and rapidly communicate Section News. The challenge is for all of them to learn how to use it.

Internal communications between Amateur Radio Operators is just part of the communications goal. Equally important is good communications with the public and organization officials. We are actively looking for public relations oriented Amateurs who will help develop materials that tell the public who we are and what we accomplish. It is planned that a portion of this Website will be devoted in the future to public facing information.

The SM continues to ask leadership to evaluate the effectiveness of their performance. Formal reporting is a key to good management and a Section reporting process is considered important.

The Section's Technical Assistance organization has also been enhanced. Included in the group are Amateurs actively using some of the latest and most modern modes of communication. New technology development is being fostered and mentoring of interested Amateurs is being supported.

There is a lot of work to do to get where we would like to be, but if you keep our Motto in mind, we will get there faster. The Section Manager is sharing these goals and information about achievements as he provides a Section Status Report to Clubs in the Section. If you are ready to volunteer or have an idea you want to share, the ARRL Santa Barbara Section - Section Manager Jim Fortney can be contacted at:

Important Notice
Section Manager (SM) Jim Fortney, K6IYK, announced in August 2017 that he and his wife are relocating to Arizona. Jim submitted his resignation at that time because this move will make him inelligible to continue to serve as the Section Manager of the Santa Barbara Section.

Despite several months of trying to identify a willing replacement, the September 9th filing deadline for the next election period came and went without any nominations submitted. The ARRL will again solicit nominations for this position in January 2018. In discussions with Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, Jim Fortney has agreed to continue performing as many of his duties as practicable until he has sold all his California properties, or an interim Section Manager is appointed. His resignation will be officially accepted at that time.

Jim has also promised to support the communications tools he introduced (this Website and the Section eMail Lists) until the next Section Manager can assume responsibiity.
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