Southern California Six Meter Repeater Directory


The Update Log The Directory



I need help! I need to to hand off this repeater directory page to someone who is better located and equipped to maintain it. If you are interested, email me.

The information on this page is provided and maintained by me with the valued assistance of trustees, control operators, the frequency coordinating body, and trusted users. I upgrade the information presented here on a quarterly basis or more often. If you have comments or suggestions regarding the information that appears on this page, please e-mail them to me.

The complete southern California directory is available for download. This is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in a pre-Vista format (not an "xlsx" file). The file is compressed (zipped) using the Windows XP compression utility. I also have directories of six meter repeaters for other states in the southwestern United States, but do not make claims for their accuracy. E-mail me if you're interested in those.

A data file for use with Google Earth is available for download. This file shows the location of known operational repeaters per the directory. Here's a sample image of it's output:

Waypoint colors used in this image correspond to the colors depicting linked six meter systems in the on-line and downloadable directories. Information is current as of May 2012. If you really want to have fun on the road, ask me about my "southwest six meters" directory and data file.




The Update Log

As I learn things of interest pertaining to six meter FM systems in the Southern California area I will post the information here with my monthly updates. This is a change in format from how I used to present this information. My intent is to leave the information available for reference by fellow trustees and users.


25 July 2021

Information update regarding the status of the K6VGP repeater on Mount Disappointment. Somewhere along the line I got it in my head that this repeater was open. I have been politely told that it is not. My bad! Changes made accordingly.

Know anyone who would be interested in maintaining this online directory? It's difficult for me to continue to do so, as I now live in Oregon. The data in this directory is aging, and I have little opportunity to check activity in the Los Angeles area anymore. If you're interested, drop me a line.



23 March 2021

Minor updates to the list per feedback from Steve WD6CGF.

Thanks Steve!


17 March 2021

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone.

Wow, COVID really re-arranged a lot of plans for a lot of people. That is certainly true of my ability to maintain an updated version of this directory.

I have been in southern Oregon since late November of 2020. I probably won't be able to get back to southern California again before late spring of 2021. Since the last update I have spent a lot of time on the road back and forth between those two locations. My personal notes on what's going on in six meters FM along the I-5 corridor are much more accurate that what this list is reporting for soCal. Even so, I have been trying to stay in touch with the people who have shared information with me in the past, and have been getting help from a couple of interested users as well.

My data sources for this directory include:
Chris N6LXX
Duane WB9RER
Steve WD6CGF
There are others as well.
Some sites have a web presence, and for those sites there are links in the list to their web pages.

I am retired now, and will eventually be relocating permanently to southern Oregon, probably before the end of 2021. Until then I will do my best to update this resource as best I can. After that, I would be able to do no better than repeat what SCRRBA has on line, along with data from or links to the limited number of sites that are supported by web pages.

I need help! I need to to hand off this repeater directory page to someone who is better located and equipped to maintain it. If you are interested, email me.

In the meantime, here's the last update.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay tuned!


6 April 2020

Greetings everyone, I hope you are healthy and safe amid this pandemic. We have been quarantined for three weeks plus now, and it looks like we will be doing that for at least another month, probably two, maybe more. Lots of uncertainty in the air these days, not to mention the virus.

As I am stuck here at home, I do not have access to the elevated site from which to hunt for six meter repeaters like I used to. Because of that, the list of known active repeaters looks a little slim. Therefore, I'm asking for your help. If you are a repeater owner, trustee, or knowledgeable user, please help me keep this list up-to-date by dropping me a line with any information you might have about what works and what doesn't in the southern California (SCRRBA-coordinated) area. I would appreciate the help, and I'm sure other users of this page would too.

As noted elsewhere, the 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater on Sierra Peak is out of service, and probably will remain so for the foreseeable future.

I was last on the road in early February, and could not find the following repeaters as I drove through their service area:
52.880 MHz WA6VPL Lompoc
52.920 MHz K6BVA Santa Barbara
52.940 MHZ WB6FLY Tranquillon Peak

That's it for now. Stay safe, stay tuned!


15 July 2019

It looks like I'm late even getting this done on a quarterly basis, let alone monthly. My apologies for that. Lots of things happening as I approach retirement (anticipate yanking on the big D-ring late May of next year), not the least of which is my efforts at preparing a new home ... in southern Oregon.

Oh yeah, I got married, too.

In any event, by way of buying my favor as a webmaster back from you all, the downloadable that goes with this update will include my notes on six meter repeaters in northern California as well. (Yes, this would include that part of the "State of Jefferson" that falls into the NARCC's jurisdiction.)

CARS (the California - Arizona Repeater System) has been undergoing some work recently, since the devastating fires of 2108 here in Southern California. As of the moment the system includes the following six meter repeaters, operational and linked unless otherwise noted:
- 51.940 WB6RHQ Buzzard Peak (off the air, long term for reconstruction)
- 51.940 KA6NLS Hualapai Mountain (Kingman), AZ
- 52.560 N6BKL Frazier Mountain
- 52.680 N6BKL Ritter Ranch (Palmdale)
- 52.900 N6BKL Lone Pine (off the air)
- 52.900 N6BKL Indio (not linked)
- 53.940 N6BKL Baker
The trustee recently reported that the majority of his energies are being devoted to getting the Lone Pine repeater back in service. More on that as it happens, as well as some other things that may be coming up.

And yes, I'm aware that the "Google Earth" image and download is somewhat dated. I will be endeavoring to update that at some time in the future.

Stay tuned!

28 March 2019

OK, trying to get back on some sort of update schedule.

Back on 21 March Steve WD6CGF updated me with some information about a new six meter repeater on South Mountain in Ventura County. It is on 51.840 MHz and uses the call K6ERN, encoding and decoding CTCSS 103.5 Hz. It is supposedly linked to the 52.980 MHz K6ERN repeater on Red Mountain. Verification would be greatly appreciated (I have to update the programming in the radio at my communications center before I can check it myself), and I'm sure the trustee would be interested in signal reports.

I did a "monthly check" on 26 March. Those updates are included here.

Stay tuned!


19 March 2019

When you wait a long time there's a lot of changes to report.

1) The hardware that used to be the KB6MIP repeater in Yorba Linda has relocated to Indio, California and is now on the call of N6BKL. As of this writing it is a stand-alone repeater, but the long range plan is to link it to the rest of the CARS system. Look for it on 52.900 MHz (-500 kHz) using a CTCSS of 82.5 Hz for access.

2) Dan N6BKL has also put a repeater on the air in Baker, California, on the I-15 freeway. It is on 53.940 MHz (-500 kHz) and also requires a CTCSS of 82.5 Hz for access. This repeater is linked to the Frazier Mountain repeater and thus the rest of the CARS system.

3) The Woolsey Fire in southern California, burning in November of 2018, destroyed the radio site at Buzzard's Roost, taking the WB6RHQ 51.940 MHz repeater with it. The site owner apparently plans to rebuild the site, and Dan is planning on building a replacement repeater to be deployed there. I will publish more information about this as I learn it, but the site reconstruction could be a year or two from completion. Stay tuned, but don't hold your breath ...

4) The N6FFI repeater on Sierra Peak has been on line / off line like a yo-yo the past few months. The RF hardware is fine, but controller issues have plagued the site since last fall. Right now it is off the air, and looks to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Updates are detailed at the SARS Status Page.

Finally, the communications center at my old Yorba Linda site has been finally put back in service. This location has always been handy for doing my "monthly" checks of what's happening in six meters FM in the LA area. I hope to get back to a more regular update schedule.

Stay tuned ...


30 January 2018

I guess this is my official Happy New Year to everyone. This is just a quick update reflecting changes I have noticed from my travels and site work.

Feedback appreciated. Thanks to Allen WA6IPZ for some intel from the San Joaquin Valley area.

Stay tuned!


27 December 2017

It's been a long time, and a lot of things have happened. Among the most notable changes might be the removal from service of my own repeater on 52.900 MHz in Yorba Linda. It will be out of service for at least another four to six months. See the detail here.

In my recent travels I have learned and observed certain things. The Tranquillon repeater up in the Central Coast country (52.940 MHz WB6FLY) seems to be out of service. Steve WD6CGF and I have looked for it several times since July of last year and have not found it. As the trustee went /SK about that time, perhaps it is permanently out of service, but I do not know this. If you have updated information about that repeater, please drop me a line.

There is a relatively new repeater on the air in the Los Angeles Basin that is probably already well known in the six meter community, but new to this list: 51.960 MHz K6VGP on Mount Disappointment (5,960' MSL). It is part of the DARN system and linked to many other repeaters. See their web site for information.

I was near Modjeska Peak at a Crown Castle radio site yesterday, and ran through my list for this update. I was mildly surprised to find that the following repeaters could not be heard from that high location (5018 feet):
51.800 MHz W6AJP Heaps Peak
51.900 MHz K6ARN Bellflower
52.680 MHz W6NWG Palomar Mountain (might be sketchy from Modjeska)
52.720 MHz KF6HKM Contractors Point
52.920 MHz K6BVA Santa Ynez Peak
52.960 MHz WA6MDJ Baldwin Hills
52.980 MHz K6ERN Red Mountain

I did hear the La Vigia Hill repeater at low level in Santa Barbara, which made me wonder why I could not hear the Santa Ynez Peak repeater high above the same city.

I also heard the WD6APP repeater on 52.800 MHz in the San Diego area quite clearly. Full quieting, loud and clear, in fact, with the trustee identifying and controlling. Unfortunately I could not bring the repeater up with the published CTCSS tone, so I was not able to say hello to him. Perhaps the tone has changed, I'll ask him when next we meet.

I will try to get better about these updates. The temporary loss of the site for my repeater also meant the temporary demise of my employer's communications center in that same building, from which I used to make my monthly checks. Therefore the checks may be somewhat sporadic until next summer, after which they may become more routine again.

Or maybe not, depending ...

Until then, if you have any information or updates for the list, please let me know. And as always ...

Stay tuned!

10 April 2017

Well, the data is from late February, but here's the "latest" update for six meters FM in SoCal. Sorry my updates are getting so sporadic. Not much new to report either, except that recently the 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater was returned to service after being off line since mid-November.

I'll try to be more diligent in my "monthly" checks. As usual, employment and elder care issues keep me from that diligence, but I'm trying.

Stay tuned!


17 October 2016

Bob NO6B has supplied me with some confirmations of repeaters active in the San Diego area. Several of the ones he looked for weren't on the air, but a few were. Thanks Bob!

He found on the air:
Cuyamaca (52.600 K6JCC)
Miramar (51.800 K6ARN)
Palomar Mountain (52.680 W6NWG)

He looked for these, but couldn't find them:
San Diego (52.660 KD6GNB)
Kearney Mesa (52.780 KD6GNB)
San Diego (52.800 WD6APP)
Clairemont Mesa (53.560 KD6AEA)

Updates have been made to the directory and downloadable.

Stay tuned!


12 October 2016

Hello everyone. Apologies for my absence. Another shakeup in my plans that required yet another relocation prevented me from making more timely updates.

To make up for that, there are two new repeaters on the air in soCal to report. Both are part of the N6LXX linked system.
53.820 MHz (CTCSS 107.2 Hz) is located on Onyx Peak, southeast of Big Bear Lake.
53.840 MHz (CTCSS 107.2 Hz) is located in Yermo, northeast of Barstow.
The trustee would appreciate signal reports, especially for the Onyx Peak repeater. At over 9000 feet elevation it commands an impressive view of the eastern Mojave and the I-40 corridor.

Some sad news regarding the 52.940 WB6FLY repeater on Tranquillon near Lompoc. Apparently it was damaged in the fires of late September, as I received the below message from the trustee on 1 October:

We lost 6 meter (52.94) and 2 meter (145.36) antennas in the fire. UHF antenna OK, but not sure if feedline is melted. Power is still out, but the 220 repeater runs if the Air Force generator has fuel. Fiberglass building and radios appear to have survived. Work party scheduled to go back again to retrieve antennas and plan a re-build.

Hopefully that rebuild will happen before the real winter weather sets in.

Stay tuned!


22 July 2016

OK, I've known this was coming, but unfortunately it happened when I wasn't able to announce it here in a timely manner. There is a "new" repeater on the air on Catalina Island, at the airport radio site. I say "new" because it is actually the repeater that used to be in Santa Clarita.It's still on 51.860 MHz requiring a CTCSS of 82.5 Hz. It is my understanding that the hardware was ministered to by the master - Dan N6BKL - before it went out to the island, so I wasn't surprised by how good it sounded when I first used it from the southbound 57 freeway in Brea early in the morning 16 July. I heard it quite clearly and was apparently heard well by it as I headed south on the 57 and then west on the 91 freeway into Fullerton.

The repeater has been rumored to be linked to the 224.420 MHz repeater co-located at the site. I say "rumored" because I am unclear as to whether the repeaters will be cross-linked full time, or whether the linking will be an "on demand" feature. I have heard the link in use, and noticed later when it was not. In any event the 220 repeater is the AA6DP repeater requiring a CTCSS of 110.9 Hz for access.

I am unsure if the repeater is still using the call sign that was used when it was in Santa Clarita. I will be updating the information as I am able to. One of my resources will the the CARA (Catalina Amateur Repeater Association) website. I hope to also hear from the trustee when the dust settles and he has a chance to contact me.

In the meantime, get on over there and use the repeater, and give them some signal reports! I imagine their coverage into the greater LA Basin will be huge ...

Stay tuned!


10 July 2016

A minor correction to the entry for the new Yermo repeater. Chris N6LXX reminded me that the tone encoded in the repeater's transmitted signal is 100.0 Hz.


8 July 2016

A new repeater is on the air in six meters FM here in soCal, an addition to Chris N6LXX system. Look for the 53.840 MHz repeater in Yermo, northeast of Barstow, requiring (and encoding) a CTCSS of 107.2 Hz. In an e-mail Chris related:
"The coverage has not been driven yet, however the minimum coverage [on] I-15 will be from the north side of Barstow at least thru the top of grade past the Afton exit, [and] on I-40 from the north side of Barstow perhaps to Ludlow, and north to Fort Irwin (I can see the buildings from the site)."
Chris advises that this repeater is a "work in progress" and that the coverage is estimated at this time. If you drive through the area you might give him a signal report or two on the air. The Yermo repeater is linked to the rest of the N6LXX empire.

Nothing else new and different in the soCal six meter world, although I'm hearing rumors of another new repeater coming, lower in the band. Know something I don't? Educate me!

Stay tuned!

18 May 2016

Still hearing a carrier on the test pair, and I keep forgetting to hunt for it off site. I'll try and follow up on that.

I also heard from the trustee that the 52.680 MHz repeater in Randsburg (N6BKL) may have physically relocated. I'll get you more information on that as it becomes available to me. I did notice that I could no longer key it up from the Yorba Linda site, but I can hear it as folks use the CARS system, so I know it is there.

Not much else to report at this time. Stay tuned!


8 April 2016

I was at the site today, and had some time, so I ran through the soCal repeaters again just to see what was different. Still hearing a carrier on the Test Pair (52.700 MHz), but I haven't had the presence of mind to check it while mobile or at the house. Nobody else is talking about it, so it may be something local to the site.


4 April 2016

OK, I admit, I got distracted. I originally did my checks of the six meter FM repeaters back on 15 March, but my attention was diverted first by new site development and then by the reappearance of Alan KB6JES, a long time friend and one of the original co-conspirators in the development of what is now the 52.900 MHz Yorba Linda repeater (see the History Page for detail). So here is the update, a couple of weeks late. OK, closer to three weeks ...

Nothing alarming or interesting to report except that I thought I detected what appeared to be an un-modulated carrier on the test pair output of 52.700 MHz. I listed for about 30 minutes and heard no break in the signal, nor any audio or ID. Not pressing the panic button yet, but maybe somebody's getting ready to put a new repeater on the air?

Stay tuned!


31 December 2015

OK, I felt bad about the length of time since an update, so I thought I'd get one done before 2015 is dead and gone.

Not much has changed. The "vanguard" repeaters are all still there, while others have fallen by the wayside (temporarily, we hope).

There is a new link in service between the N6FFI / WB6ORK system on Sierra Peak (52.800 MHz and a private UHF system, respectively) and the KB6MIP 52.900 MHz repeater in Yorba Linda. There are some bugs that need working out, but it is operational. More detail here.

It's been quiet in six FM here in the southland, at least in terms of new systems being constructed or status changes to existing systems. Hopefully that will change in 2016!

I hope you all enjoy the coming of the new year!


22 December 2015

Wow, I guess it's been a while!

This is not a full update, but I received an email from the trustee of the 52.660 MHz repeater in Palmdale today, politely informing me that all this time I've been attributing that system to the wrong call sign! Apologies John, and changes made! So, go look for the WA6YVL repeater on 52.660 MHz in Palmdale, still requiring CTCSS 82.5 Hz for access. I am told it is linked to the 146.790 MHz WA6YVL repeater in Lancaster, use CTCSS 114.8 Hz for access to that one.

Thanks for the heads up, a more complete update will hopefully be forthcoming before 2015 ends.

Stay tuned!


7 June 2015

I had a signal report from my sleuth Steve WD6CGF that he could hear the 52.940 MHz WB6FLY repeater (located on Tranquillon Peak near Lompoc) way up the coast towards Monterey. He also reported that the King City CERT repeater (51.820 MHz, CTCSS 136.5 Hz) appears to have a bad receiver in it. He couldn't access it, but he could hear it IDing now and then.

Yes, the 52.800 N6FFI repeater, and everything connected to it, is off the air again. More info here.

I took a trip up north myself in May and caught a few updates for my NorCal list. I can provide copies if anyone is interested.

That's about it for now. Stay cool, and stay tuned!



9 May 2015

Not much new to report this time out. Most of the "old guard" repeaters are still there, and those that aren't will probably be back sometime soon.

My sleuth Steve WD6CGF has been on the prowl up north recently, and I will be up there very soon as well. Between the two of us perhaps we'll get a good picture of what the northern part of the state is doing in six meters FM. Check back here next month for a follow-up.

Stay tuned!


21 March 2015

I was briefly at the Chino Hills Swap Meet this morning, and while there learned that the Oat Mountain repeater on 53.760 MHz is collocated with and linked to the K6LRB 224.620 MHz repeater, which uses a CTCSS of 82.5 Hz as well. I'm not sure now which call sign either of them is actually broadcasting, W6JLL or K6LRB, but the calls are "in the family," so either will suffice at this point. Please go and let the trustees know how the 220 repeater works for you.

There is some work going on with the SARS system (N6FFI 52.800 MHz and KB6MIP 52.900 MHz), see the Coverage / Status page for detail.

Not much else to report at this time. Stay tuned!


22 February 2015

Not much new to report this month, but I'm hoping to have an update or two of note next month.

Stay tuned!


31 January 2015

Well, a belated Happy New Year to everyone. It's been almost half a year since I posted any information here. My apologies for that, and by way of making up for it some small changes to the list.

I have been getting some updated information from various places, and will continue to seek additional information from trustees that I know how to contact.

So for starters, the N6ME 51.740 MHz repeater has been removed from the list. It officially no longer exists. Likewise the KC6N 52.760 MHz repeater that used to be on Mount Otay ten years ago is also gone.

I am also seeking confirmation of rumors about a few repeaters that appear to be moving around a bit. I will let you know how I fare with that.

Meanwhile, enjoy the update and get out there and Stay Tuned!


25 August 2014

I guess the "big" news is that the N6FFI repeater is repeating audio finally. The "failure" in the controller turned out to be an addressing problem ... since rectified. So 52.800 MHz N6FFI in the Santa Ana Mountains is back on the air. Look for continuing work at this site as more features are added. Right now it's just 52.800 and the closed UHF repeater, stand-alone.

My monthly testing from the Yorba Linda site didn't turn up anything unusual, all the usual players are present and accounted for.

Stay tuned!


26 July 2014

Status quo for six FM in soCal.

I am pleased to find the Contractor's Point KF6HKM repeater on 52.720 MHz is back with us. It had been missing for a while.

Not much else new or different to report. Perhaps when the temperatures drop a bit some work may get done.

Or not ...

Stay tuned!


5 July 2014

Apologies for the late update again. Not much new in six meters FM in soCal, except that for some reason I can now clearly hear the Santa Barbara (Santa Ynez Peak) 52.920 MHz K6BVA repeater from the Yorba Linda site now. And I received an update from Duane WB9RER as to the status of the KPARN repeaters. And I saw Matt W6KGB the other day, and he assured me that the relocation of the 51.900 MHz repeater currently in the Plains Knoll (Oxnard) area is still in the works.

And, of course, the 52.800 repeater is still down. Sort of. Last weekend I managed to get on site with Rod WB6ORK and get the new (to us) UHF repeater and "new" (overhauled) controller back in service with the N6FFI 52.800 repeater connected in as well. We balanced audio paths and were sort of OK with things, until we were a few hundred yards off site, at which point the audio card for the N6FFI repeater basically stopped working altogether. So the N6FFI repeater is there on the air, you just can't hear anyone through it. Useful, right? 0.24µV sensitivity and 70 watts ERP, but no ...

So another trip is already being planned to rectify that, as well as get some work done with the link radios (a whole other story). And speaking of link radios, due to space limitations at the WB6ORK / N6FFI site it looks like a dedicated link to the Yorba Linda repeater (52.900 MHz KB6MIP) will not happen. More about that on the Status page here at this site.

Comments welcome.

Stay tuned!



21 May 2014

I am later than I wanted to be at my keyboard with this update because I have been enjoying meeting folks on six meters FM. Several visitors have graced the Yorba Linda repeater recently, and at least a couple of them have kept coming back. This evening I spent a pleasant time with Cliff WB6HXN and Bruce KF6CQT, and between that and the old UHF MITREK I was working on for the SARS folks, I sort of lost track of time. So here we go ...

Speaking of SARS, the N6FFI repeater is once again off line, along with everything else that was connected to its controller. The RF package is fine, it's the controller that had a brain hemorrhage a few weeks ago that took the entire site down. Long story short, this failure prompted a major overhaul of the site technology which several people (Chris KF6AJM, Fred KE6CD, Tom KI6GOA, Brigid K6BAB) have helped Rod and I with. Much thanks to you all, and we hope to have everything back on the air by the end of summer, if not sooner.

Not much other news in six meters FM except for a couple of observations from the road:

The N6BKL Lone Pine repeater on 52.900 MHz (CTCSS 100.0 Hz) is useable on US-395 from below Pearsonville to above Fort Independence. You can also access it reliably south of Sherwin Summit for a few miles. It is not linked to CARS, at least not yet, but the N6BKL Randsburg repeater (52.680 MHz, CTCSS 82.5 Hz) a bit farther south is. Dan would appreciate signal reports for both repeaters.

The W6TD Mazourka Peak repeater (52.580 MHz, CTCSS 103.5 Hz) appeared to be off the air earlier this month as I traveled southbound on US-395.

I also made some interesting observations about the remnants of the CERT system in central California. More on that with the next update perhaps. Short story - more of those repeaters are still operational or have been put back in service. I will attempt to contact the trustee and see what's up.

Know something I don't about six meters FM in soCal? Share it!

Stay tuned!


19 March 2014

It's been calm and relatively quiet in six meters FM here in soCal. No new repeaters coming on line, no major changes in the way of things. Steve WD6CGF continues to provide me good data about what he's finding up north, and I will probably be heading that way again myself before too much more time goes by to hunt a little myself.

Know something I don't? Share! And stay tuned!


29 January 2014

I received some information the other day that confirmed that the Westchester / Loyola Marymount repeater on 51.880 MHz (W6LMU) is truly gone and will not return, therefore it has been removed from the list.

The KPARN "Valley" repeater (51.740 MHz K6ARN) is back in service in Panorama City.

My six meter sleuth Steve WD6CGF confirmed for me that both the Santa Ynez Peak (52.920 MHz K6BVA) and Tranquillon Peak (52.940 MHz WB6FLY) repeaters are active in the central coast region.

And yesterday I caught the San Miguel 53.660 MHz repeater (KR6FM) on the air again. Seems like all the non-winter weather has allowed maintenance on various systems. Excellent.

Not much else to report. If you know something you'd like to have shared here, please let me know.

Stay tuned!

29 December 2013

Just a quick note to let you all know that the N6FFI repeater on 52.800 MHz is back in service. Receiver sensitivity is 0.55µV, a bit numb for a Motorola MICOR base station (spec is 0.25µV / 12dB SINAD), but after getting the PA operational I didn't really have time to figure out why that might be. On my next trip to the site we'll get that squared away.

ERP is 80 watts. That may be a bit high, I'll look for signal reports to make final adjustments on the power output. It seems to me it should be around 50 to 60 watts, but I don't really recall and (not surprisingly) cannot find my notes.

But it's in service and linked to the rest of SARS. Thanks to Rod WB6ORK and Tom KI6GOA for their assistance.

Stay tuned ...

22 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

It's been a while, but some good things I guess are worth waiting for.

First off, I took a trip up north, up I-5 to southern Oregon via the East Bay area, and then back home via US-101 and California 1. And I hunted for six meter repeaters as I went, and managed to update a lot of the information I had for northern California six meter repeaters as I went along. So as a present to you in the soCal six meter FM community, for this month the downloadable directory spreadsheet includes a tab for the northern California repeaters. Enjoy!

Meanwhile things here in the southland remain fairly stable. Some repeaters have returned to us after brief absences (K6ERN on 52.980 MHz in Ventura County chief among them), while others seem to have gone off line for a while (KF6HKM on 52.720 MHz above the San Fernando Valley, and of course the long-ailing N6FFI repeater on 52.800 MHz in the Santa Ana Mountains).

My own repeater here in north Orange County has a brand new S-Com 7330 controller installed, and by all reports the audio is quite good. As this controller is much more powerful and capable than the old 7K controller it replaced, look for some interesting things to be happening this coming spring with regards to linking to the SARS system. I'm just sayin' ...

I will most likely be exchanging messages with the coordinator for six meters at SCRRBA after the first as well, with an eye towards cleaning up my list. There are repeaters shown on my list that have been gone for years, and if their coordinations have lapsed I want to remove their listing from my directory. So the list may actually shrink as we move into 2014, but hopefully that will help us make room for some new repeaters that are coming.

Which reminds me ... quite some time ago I was told that several new repeaters were in the works that would become part of a system of linked repeaters with the K6LRB repeater on Oat Mountain (53.760 MHz). I will inquire of the trustee about the status of those three other repeaters after the Christmas / New Years dust settles, but if you happen to know something and feel like sharing before then, I'd be interested in the updated information!

Finally, as I have now learned how to program the Motorola HT-1250 out of band, my presence on my own repeater is improving even more. I will continue to try and be available as much as possible during the day.

That's it for 2013. Happy New Year, and stay tuned!


2 October 2013

I received a letter from Ray K6RRP today, confirming that in fact the repeater I heard on 53.660 MHz the other day is indeed the KR6FM repeater. He says it "seems to be active about 85% of the time." Thanks for the update Ray!

Meanwhile my roving six meter sleuth Steve WD6CGF is on the road again, and worked the Palmdale, Randsburg, and Lone Pine six meter repeaters while heading north on US-395 yesterday. He also looked for the Mazourka repeater on 52.580 MHz near Big Pine, but couldn't find it. Not one to idly wonder, he made inquiries locally on two meters and relayed the following information to me: "When they went up to Mazourka yesterday [30 September], the repeater was not working.  The power supply was OK, so they removed the repeater and it's now @ [the trustee's] for repairs."

More info as I receive it. Next scheduled update 16 October. Stay tuned!


28 September 2013

OK, lots of news to share tonight. First, I heard a repeater answer up on 53.660 MHz the other day, but the CW was too quick for me so I'm not certain if it is the KR6FM repeater on San Miguel Mountain. Perhaps someone who knows can clue me in.

In other news, I received an e-mail from the trustee of the Santa Barbara and Lompoc repeaters. K6BVA on 52.920 MHz is back on the air on Santa Ynez Peak. It is in what is becoming the typical configuration for many soCal six meter repeaters, decoding a user CTCSS of 82.5 Hz and encoding a CTCSS of 141.3 Hz in its transmissions. I was also advised that the WA6VPL repeater on 52.880 MHz is relocating from Sudden Peak south of Lompoc to Harris Grade to the north of town. It is not on the air yet, but it will be. Thanks to Jim WA6VPL for the information and update!

I also received an e-mail from the trustee of the KPARN repeaters advising me that the Bakersfield and Miramar repeaters are alive and well, but not linked to the hub on Pleasants Peak. The Panorama City repeater is still off line awaiting hardware, but the Bellflower repeater is still on the air pending the relocation of the W6KGB repeater to Chatsworth Peak. Thanks to Duane WB9RER for the update!

A little closer to home we are still trying to schedule a mountain top visit to resurrect the N6FFI 52.800 MHz transmitter. And a new S-Com 7330 controller is sitting on my workbench here in Brea, which will be replacing the aging S-Com 7K controller currently in service on the KB6MIP 52.900 repeater in Yorba Linda.

And finally, I today invested in a real ham radio transceiver (as compared to a commercial radio converted for amateur use) for my car, a type with a remote-mounted control head. So I may actually be getting on the air a bit more often as I travel around the area. It's been a while since I've been able to do that regularly ...

Stay tuned! More news as it happens ...


8 September 2013

A new repeater on six FM, but you're going to have to drive a bit to use it. Chris N6LXX sent me an e-mail a couple of days ago about his latest on Mount Morrison. That'd be in Denver, Colorado. 53.170 MHz with a 1 MHz negative offset, CTCSS 107.2 Hz. Fortunately for us, he says it is linked into the rest of his system here in southern California, so we can actually work Colorado from the comfort of his coverage area here on the left coast. Thanks Chris!

Not much else to report about stuff that's new. The N6FFI repeater (52.800 MHz) still has an intermittent problem with the PA. We're still trying to schedule mountain-top time to remedy that.

A new controller is on order for the KB6MIP repeater in Yorba Linda. Details here.

Sorry for the tardiness in updates. More news coming, so stay tuned!


23 June 2013

The other day I was out and about in the company truck with the low band radio in scan, when lo and behold I heard a familiar call on 52.525 MHz: KC6FLG. Yep, Kevin is still around, even though his 53.540 MHz repeater has long since gone by the wayside. It was good to hear his voice again. And apologies for getting excited and neglecting to include Hassan N1CY in the conversation ... I was just surprised to hear Kevin and forgot my manners!

Not much to report this month except a contradiction to last month's entry regarding the 52.800 MHz WD6APP repeater in San Diego. I did in fact hear it, noisy but quite readable, in Yorba Linda during my monthly tests on the 19th. Nice to know Chuck's equipment is still in the mix.

The K6ERN Red Mountain repeater (52.980 MHz, CTCSS 82.5 Hz in Ventura County) is still unreachable from Yorba Linda. I have not been able to bring it up from elsewhere in the Los Angeles metro / Orange County area. It is still active per the associated web page, so I'm assuming that something temporary is going on with that system, and that it will eventually return to being well heard in the Los Angeles basin.

Is this directory reliable enough to be considered a tool for frequency selection and coordination activities on six meters FM? Some of you trustees seem to think so, and at least one has encouraged me to take a more "official," hands-on stance in that regard. I wish I felt like I had the time to donate to that activity, but I have been giving it some thought. What do you think? If you have an opinion, share it!

Stay tuned!


15 May 2013

Not a lot of news in six meters FM this month, although I did get down to San Marcos and was able to work the KPARN Miramar repeater and also the WD6APP repeater (whose location, other than "San Diego," is unknown to me). I used to be able to hear the APP repeater (52.800 MHz, CTCSS 107.2 Hz encode and decode) up here in Yorba Linda years ago, but not any time recently, so I was pleased to actually hear it come back to me. Nobody keyed up when I identified myself on the air, on either repeater, but that's par for the course in six FM in soCal, isn't it? There's a repeater for every two users in the band, or so it seems sometimes.

The 51.900 MHz repeater I commented about last month is indeed the KPARN Bellflower repeater. At least it's using the tones I was told made that repeater work. (I know they're not listed here, the trustee asked me not to list them as there is contention about usage of that particular pair. Corrective actions are on-going ...)

Neither the Red Mountain or the Mount R repeaters on 52.980 MHz were to be heard in Yorba Linda today, so the jury is still out on the Red Mountain CTCSS tone. According to the SMRA's web site they are still using 82.5 Hz. Well monitor this as well ...


Know something I don't? Let me know!

Stay tuned!


19 April 2013

Some more small updates. First off, it was confirmed for me that the 51.820 MHz K6TZ repeater in Santa Barbara does indeed encode 82.5 Hz CTCSS in it's transmitted signal.

I have been advised that the Tranquillon Peak repeater (52.940 MHz WB6FLY) is no longer part of the CARS system and has not been linked as part of CARS for several years now.

Remember the CERT repeaters (WR6VHF, 51.820 MHz) in central California? I heard from the trustee a few days ago, and he informed me that the only one of those repeaters still on the air is the one on Williams Hill, south of King City on US-101. I know, none of those repeaters were in the area this directory covers, but as those of you who followed the link above are aware, I used to maintain a directory page for those repeaters as well.

There seems to be some uncertainty as to whether or not someone else isn't maintaining those repeaters. Sure, the original hardware may have been removed from service by the CERT trustee, but my traveling sleuth Steve WD6CGF tells me that there are still machines on the air in or near some of those locations, presumably using the same CTCSS tones the CERT repeaters did. The NARCC shows only one CERT repeater still holding coordination, in San Ardo using CTCSS 136.5 Hz, which is the Williams Hill repeater the trustee told me about. I'll have to look into this further.

There is a repeater on 51.900 MHz that I'm hearing fairly well in Yorba Linda these days, but I'm unsure as to whether it is the W6KGB repeater in it's new location or one of the KPARN repeaters (either in Bellflower or Panorama City). I'm making inquiries.

The Red Mountain repeater (52.980 MHz K6ERN) may be using a different CTCSS than 82.5 Hz. Either that or the programming in my radio at the communications center in Yorba Linda is corrupt. More on that as I figure it out as well.

Finally, the Sierra Peak repeater (52.800 MHz N6FFI) has mysteriously returned to service. The trustee had been in the area close enough to hear a weak signal being transmitted, which told us that the exciter in the MICOR was working just fine, that the problem was in the PA. Those of you familiar with the MICOR continuous duty stations may recall that there is a wire connecting the backplane of the chassis to the final PA assembly (which carries Keyed A- to the Power Control board). This wire uses "push-on" connections at each end, which after 30 or 40 years can become a bit sketchy. I had similar problems with the Yorba Linda repeater a few years ago. Sounds like my next trip to the site will include soldering the wire to it's connection at each end.

And yeah ... the controller for my Yorba Linda repeater is sick. It's an old S-Com 7K which has performed flawlessly for twenty years, but I think the memory battery in the Dallas clock chip in it is dead. As we have regularly occurring power outages at that facility, I'm guessing that the memory got a little scrambled it it. It's performing well as a single repeater controller right now, if you ignore the occasional "1F" CW broadcast that I have yet to track down. My dilemma is in deciding whether to repair the 7K or replace it with a new S-Com 7330. Time, and discretionary income, will tell.

Got some news about six meters FM in southern California? Let me know!

Until the next time, stay tuned!


7 February 2013

A couple of small things to mention about six meter FM repeaters here in southern California.

First, I received an email from WA6QBT regarding an apparent CTCSS change for the 51.820 MHz K6TZ system in Santa Barbara, a change confirmed by the SBARC web page. The new CTCSS is 82.5 Hz. What I don't know is if the repeater encodes this same tone in it's broadcast signal. Hopefully we'll find out sometime soon. Thanks to Pat for the update!

Secondly, the 52.800 N6FFI repeater is once again off the air. We have an intermittent problem with the exciter of the MICOR unichassis repeater up there. I am in the process of tuning and testing replacement hardware, and as soon as that is done to my satisfaction we'll be making a trip up the mountain to rectify things. Please be patient with us.

If you have any questions or comments about, or information for inclusion in this directory, please feel free to contact me. I appreciate all feedback in my effort to maintain as accurate a list as possible. 73 and stay tuned!


A Christmas Present!
24 December 2012

I received information this morning from Dan N6BKL regarding a new repeater that is operational in the San Fernando Valley on 51.800 MHz (the old N6TCO pair). The repeater is currently at surface level and requires an 82.5 Hz CTCSS for access. At this time it is not linked to any other systems. Signal reports to help define the coverage area and operational quality of the repeater are appreciated.

Merry Christmas, and Stay Tuned!



22 December 2012

I was thinking that if the Mayans were right I wouldn't have to make this update, but when I awoke this morning I realized that I could no longer dodge the responsibility, so here we go.

No significant changes in six meters FM since my last update. I re-worded some things on the downloadable directory and here on this page pertaining to my information sources, but that's about it. Palmdale (52.660 MHz) and Santa Clarita (51.860 MHz) have dropped off my "worked in the last twelve months" list only because I cannot hear them in Yorba Linda, I have had no occasion to venture into their coverage areas with a radio in the past year, and nobody has said anything about them to me. Hence my veiled plea in the new text for input from trustees, control ops, etc. for current status data.

I hope all of you in the six meter community, and all my friends in ham radio, have a wonderful Christmas and make the transition to 2013 with a minimum of fuss and bother.

Stay tuned!



17 October 2012

Another update. Nothing new, but some information from my "roving reporter" Steve WD6CGF that the W6TD Mazourka Peak repeater on 52.580 MHz up in the Owens Valley southeast of Big Pine is on the air again, and can be worked as far north as Bishop on US-395. Steve also had a lot of updates for my norCal and Nevada spreadsheets. If you're interested in those drop me a line ...

Stay tuned!


23 September 2012

It's been a few months, four to be exact, since my last update. A lot has been going on to prevent me from my normal monthly updating routine, not the least of which was a more or less permanent reassignment to field operations at my place of employment. This is actually good for me, but makes it much harder to participate in the monthly radio systems testing that I used to do on behalf of the company. Translation - no opportunity to check out the six meter band during the business day.

But do not despair, for quite a bit has been happening. Per trustees at least three new repeaters are expected to appear in the greater southern California area in the next few months. Look for them on Santiago Peak (51.700 MHz), Palomar Mountain (51.720 MHz), and Palos Verdes (53.780 MHz), all part of the W6JLL family of repeaters. None of these are fully operational, but hardware is in hand and construction proceeds. It is planned that they will all eventually be linked to the K6LRB repeater (53.760 MHz) on Oat Mountain. For that reason these repeaters are all depicted with an orange background in the list. I will keep you all apprised of the system progress as I observe or hear of updates.

Stay tuned!



19 May 2012

I have added the updated data file for Google Earth depicting the repeaters shown in the directory shown on this page. This file does not show repeaters that I have been unable to confirm or which have gone off the air with no information from the trustee or some other trusted source. A sample of the resultant view in Google Earth is on this web page.

Stay tuned! More rumblings from the west, so I expect we'll have some more news to share in the next month or two.


13 May 2012

So much for monthly updates, huh? But hopefully this will make up for the delay ... I've added several repeaters to the list this month!

Formatting has been changed slightly to better show repeaters that are linked into a system. There are three groups shown this way: the original CARS system (green), the N6LXX system (blue), and the new KPARN system (yellow). New repeaters include low level machines in the KPARN system in Panorama City and Miramar, and one coming soon in Bellflower. Please read the notes associated with the KPARN system. It's dedicated to emergency response, so while it is an open system there are a couple of things you should be aware of.

Over on CARS the list has finally been updated to reflect the new Randsburg repeater on 52.680 MHz. I had the opportunity to use this new repeater a couple of weeks ago while westbound on I-40 approaching Barstow from Ludlow, where I heard it full quieting. I was able to easily work the repeater to Barstow, after which terrain started to make noise a problem. The Randsburg repeater is apparently heard quite well throughout the western Mojave north of the San Gabriel / San Bernardino Mountains and up past China Lake going north. It's workable farther east than Ludlow, but I don't know how far.

I have yet to get up into the Owens Valley to get an idea of the coverage area of the new Mazourka repeater on 52.580 MHz. I did get an informative email from W6IY, thanks Dennis. If the coverage of that repeater is like the old two-meter Mazourka repeater, it should be usable all the way to Bishop on US-395. Nice! Thanks guys, that area is one of my favorite playgrounds!

The downloadable has been updated as well. Go and get a copy if the notion strikes you.

And yeah, I know the Google Earth data file needs to be updated. I'll get to it, I swear!

Next time. Until then, stay tuned!


22 March 2012

Wow ... a belated Happy New Year, everyone. Sorry I've been remiss in my duties here.

Lets start the year with the report of a new repeater on the air! WI6Y, of old Silver Peak fame, has apparently relocated to Mazourka Peak, north-northeast of the city of Independence, up in the Owens Valley. 52.580 MHz, CTCSS 103.5 Hz for access, look for additional information starting at the Bishop Amateur Radio Club. Yes, that is the pair and CTCSS employed by the "East LA" repeater here in the Los Angeles basin. Will that be a problem? Can't tell. The WA6QIW repeater here in the LA Basin has been off the air, as far as I can tell, for about 8 months now.

Get out there and get some signal reports! If you can't raise anyone on the air, let me know how you hear the Mazourka Peak repeater as you motor up and down US-395. If you do happen to converse with someone who is knowledgeable about the repeater, find out if it is linked to anything.

Get on the air and stay tuned!


22 December 2011

It's become somewhat quiet in six meters FM again. Perhaps it is the time of year, everyone is working to get in the Christmas spirit.

I noted this month the absence of the K6JCC Cuyamaca repeater on 52.600 MHz, and the continued (since June) absence of the WA6QIW 52.580 MHz repeater which I think is located somewhere in East Los Angeles.

Nothing new has come to my attention. I hope to get some wheel time this holiday season, perhaps I will be able to update information on those repeaters I can't normally access from my locations here in north Orange County. I'll be out looking for your system, so key up and say hello if you hear my call sign!

Be at peace this holiday season, and be safe. Let's all achieve 2012 uninjured and ready to enjoy our hobby. Stay tuned ...


11 November 2011

Yeah - yeah ... 11 - 11 - 11. Yay us!

To celebrate, I was informed by the trustee of the KPARN repeaters (yes, there is more than one now) that some system improvements are underway. The new repeater on Pleasant Peak (K6ARN 51.920 MHz, CTCSS 131.8 Hz encode / decode) is now or soon will be linked to the KPARN repeater in Bakersfield (K6ARN 51.900 MHz, CTCSS 123.0 Hz encode / decode). The old KPARN repeater (52.700 MHz) on Santiago Peak has been permanently decommissioned.

This system is still developing and under construction. You might find additional or more up-to-date information at the Kaiser Permanente Amateur Radio Network web site. I'm sure the trustee would appreciate signal reports if you're able to provide them on the air.

As improvements are made to the system (or corrections made to my documentation thereof) I will be updating the information as presented here. Stay tuned!


22 October 2011

Mystery Solved!

I received a couple of e-mails from Duane, the trustee of the K6ARN repeater belonging to the Kaiser Permanante Amateur Radio Network (KPARN). You may recall that K6ARN has been on Santiago Peak on the frequency of 52.700 for quite some time ... well they are in the process of moving! 51.920 MHz will be their new home at a new location: Pleasants Peak in the Santa Ana Mountains. Apparently we caught them on their first "shake-out" of the system bugs when the repeater first went operational, and there are many bugs to address, according to Duane.

Presently the repeater is operating with a CTCSS tone of 110.9 Hz required for access. This will change to CTCSS 131.8 Hz encode and decode at some point in the future as bugs get worked out. Right now the antenna system is being upgraded, and controller programming will be addressed soon. Many more projects await Duane's talents, I'm sure.

So the directory and downloadable are updated. If you hear Duane or any of the KPARN team on the air, give them a signal report. I'm sure they'd appreciate it.

Stay tuned, more news as I learn of it!


20 October 2011

Still looking for information on the new repeater on 51.920 MHz here in the Los Angeles basin. It identifies itself as "INIT ID/R P" per those who know CW better than I. Sounds like a repeater controller that has yet to have the system ID programmed into it ...

Not much else has happened since the last post. Stay tuned ...


17 October 2011


This morning I was advised that a new repeater is active somewhere in the Los Angeles basin. It is on 51.920 MHz and requires a CTCSS of 110.9 Hz for access. I don't know where it is and confess my CW skills weren't up to catching the call the one and only time I heard it. I can bring it up with five watts from my base station location here in Buena Park, and hear it full scale. Steve WD6CGF told me about it, he first caught it while descending from the Grapevine into the LA basin, so I'm guessing that wherever it is, it might be up high.

If anyone has any additional information on this new repeater, please let me know. If I can learn the location and system call I'll include it here in the directory.

Thanks, and stay tuned ...


26 September 2011

The Tranquillon repeater on 52.940 MHz is reported to be alive and well in the central coast. Hopefully I will be able to personally confirm this in the not too distant future, but it is shown as operational in the list now. A tip of the hat to the trustee for the update.


22 September 2011

Another quiet month in six meters, at least in terms of new repeaters coming on line or established systems going away.

I heard the WA6VPL repeater on Sudden Peak from my site in Yorba Linda this month, the first time that's happened in quite a few months.

I also traded a couple of e-mails with Eric WB6FLY, who assured me that the call sign of his Tranquillon repeater is still, in fact, WB6FLY. My bad, Eric. Corrections happily implemented.

I really appreciate hearing from trustees and / or technical contacts for these six meter machines I try to document here. It's all about accuracy for me, so if you see something that's flat-out wrong about the information I have on your system, or if something needs clarifying, or even if you just want to say "Hey, it's still on the air," by all means drop me a line.

These days I don't have as much opportunity to be a wide-area road warrior like I used to be, and I've taken to relying on reports from a couple of guys who are. So if you're out and about and hear Steve WD6CGF or Tom KI6GOA identify themselves on a six meter repeater, take a moment to say hello if you can. They may be sleuthing for me, in an effort to keep this list as up-to-date as possible.

Steve and I have been trying to collect as much information as we can for an update on the CERT Page. It appears that many of those repeaters are now off line, and what little information we've managed to gather so far implies that they won't be returning to the air. I hope to have new information about what's left in next month's update.

Finally, I have updated the downloadable data file for Google Earth users. See the links above.

Stay tuned!



17 August 2011

Not much new to report in six meters FM this month, at least not much new.

The 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater in the Santa Ana Mountains, along with its sister repeater on UHF, is experiencing what may be a controller problem. Both repeaters are unusable, and are randomly and intermittently keying up for a fraction of a second. A work party will be addressing the issue very soon, so stay tuned for an update.

At the same time the KPARN-sponsored 52.700 MHz K6ARN repeater, also in the Santa Ana Mountains, is experiencing problems of its own. Recent communication with the trustee indicates corrective measures are in process. The repeater may or may not be operational in the interim.

I heard a little bit of information about the trustee of the CERT system, and about the 51.820 MHz repeaters themselves, all on the WR6VHF call in central California. Seems that John no longer has the time to devote to the maintenance of the CERT system, and as a result some repeaters are off the air and others have been removed from service permanently. Sad, but understandable. That was quite a network, certainly a lot of work for one man or a small group of folks to take care of. I don't hear much from John these days, my e-mails to him go unanswered.

Everything else seems status quo. Get on the air and mix it up on six FM, OK?


20 July 2011

A little pruning of the list this month, the WA6BFH repeater in Sky Forest (51.760 MHz) has been removed. John is no longer with us, and apparently no one else is going to step up to return that repeater to service. A trustee who had equipment at the same site tells me the BFH repeater is no more. It has been removed from the downloadable list as well.

The SARS guys are working their system back to health, there is now a link between the 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater in the Santa Ana Mountains and the 51.940 MHz KA6NLS repeater above Kingman, Arizona. Lots of work still needs to be done at both ends of the link to optimize things, but it's operational. The 52.800 MHz repeater still suffers the absence of hang time, so if you don't actually strike up a conversation with someone you may not know it's there, but it is.

Other than that, nothing of significance is new in six meters. Thanks to those trustees and users that have been keeping me up to date on things. I appreciate your assistance in keeping this list as accurate as possible.

Stay tuned ...


15 June 2011

OK, those of you who may care enough to be paying attention realize that I'm posting this on 18 June, but the on-air checks were made last Wednesday. Again, my apologies for the sporadic updates. It's been pretty busy around my house the past few months.

Nothing new to report in six FM in soCal, the rumored repeater in the Mojave is still officially a rumor. I have not had any opportunity to get out and about in the greater soCal region much the past year or so, and as a result I have been unable to confirm the continued existence of repeaters outside of the greater Los Angeles basin. Hopefully this will change by the end of the year.

The audio issues on the N6FFI repeater in the Santa Ana Mountains have been corrected for the most part, but the 52.800 MHz repeater continues to suffer controller issues. It is on the air, but it has no hang time and no telemetry, so it's difficult to tell if it's really there. The system is also occasionally linked to the KA6NLS repeater system in Kingman so you may hear a few 7 calls there as well. The UHF system that this six meter repeater is part of is rebuilding much of its infrastructure at this time, hopefully things will stabilize and improve as we go forward.

The KA6NLS repeater in Kingman is 51.940 MHz with a -500 kHz offset, requiring a CTCSS of 100.0 Hz. Like the N6FFI repeater, the open six meter machine is collocated with and linked to a closed UHF repeater. The trustee, Keith, would appreciate user signal reports on six meters along the I-40 corridor and from elsewhere in the area. Thanks in advance from all of us ...

If you are a trustee or a control operator of a repeater listed on this page and would like the information changed in some way, please get in touch with me. I try to work with the coordinating body and the trustees / control ops / owners to maintain as accurate a list as possible. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Stay tuned ...


16 February 2011

[Edit] OK, rumors of another new six meter machine in the Mojave Desert. Stand by!

And speaking of Randsburg (was I?), do any of you remember John Wendt WA6BFH? I had heard a rumor a while ago that turned out to be true, he's SK. Last October, the 13th to be exact.
A Randsburg resident died after he rolled his 2006 Ford F-350 pickup truck near the intersection of Garlock Road and Highway 395 Wednesday. California Highway Patrol officers and Kern County Fire Department Station 75 in Randsburg responded to the incident at approximately 2:37 a.m. and discovered John Paul Wendt, 57, dead at the scene. According to a press release from the CHP, Wendt was heading south on 395 when he drifted onto the right shoulder of the roadway, then steered left and lost control. Wendt, the sole occupant, was ejected from his vehicle after it overturned.

It makes me wonder what has become of his repeater (51.760 MHz in Sky Forest) that I haven't heard for almost two years. I guess I can delete it from the list, unless someone knows the status of it ...

I also noted the return of the W6KRW 52.620 MHz repeater on Loma Ridge today, glad to hear that is back in service as well.

Stay tuned ...


29 January 2011

Wow. Happy New Year, everyone. Sorry I've been negligent in my updates.

Not much has changed in six meters since last November, although the W6KRW Loma Ridge repeater on 52.620 MHz appears to be off the air again.

The status of the N6FFI repeater on 52.800 still has low audio, scheduling problems are making that fix take more time that it should.

Otherwise, situation normal, I guess. Stay tuned ...


17 November 2010

I can hear and bring up the N6BKL 52.900 MHz Lone Pine repeater from my site in Yorba Linda. That surprised me, given all the terra firma between the two locations.

The W6KRW 52.620 MHz Loma Ridge repeater is back on the air. It's been almost exactly a year since I noticed that it was down. I'm glad it has returned.

The audio being passed from the receiver to the transmitter of the N6FFI 52.800 MHz repeater is low, and work continues on system programming. Eventually all the bugs should be worked out.

Not much else to report in six meters FM in southern California. I'm working on some rumor management on something I heard about a couple of weeks ago, and trying to get some more accurate information for the directory here. More about that when I can talk about facts instead of speculation.

Until then ...


28 September 2010

Another new repeater is on the air on six meters! While not technically in southern California and hence not in SCRRBA's coordination area, it is worth mentioning here because it serves an area previously not covered for some time by a six meter system whose southern extreme is in the southern California area.

Look for N6BKL/R on 52.900 MHz (input -500 kHz) with a CTCSS tone of 100.0 Hz for access. The repeater is located near Lone Pine and reportedly covers the majority of the Owens Valley from Mojave on the south to possibly Bishop on the north, if not farther. Dan would appreciate signal reports from users. I plan to test the repeater's coverage on my next trip to the OV, either this fall or next spring.

The majority of the work on the N6FFI repeater in the Santa Ana Mountains is complete. I've had some good signal reports from a couple of users, and would appreciate more. Look for it on 52.800 MHz with a CTCSS of 82.5 Hz for access. This repeater is open, and is linked to a closed UHF system.

Meanwhile, it's been over a year now since I last heard the K6LRB repeater on 51.700 MHz in Palos Verdes and the N6KNW repeater on 51.860 MHz in Santa Clarita. I'm pretty sure the Santa Clarita repeater is still there, I just can't hear it from the Yorba Linda site or my home, and haven't had an opportunity to be on a site out in that area. That will change in a couple of weeks when I visit Frazier Mountain for some work.

On the other hand, on a clear day I can see Palos Verdes from the Yorba Linda site, so I'm assuming I can't hear K6LRB because it isn't there anymore.

More good things are coming, so stay tuned!


18 August 2010

It's been over a year now since I last heard the N6ME repeater on 51.740 MHz in Fullerton.

The KB6MIP repeater was off the air for a couple of weeks as we tried to track down an interferer. We had determined that the source of interference, which sounded like an intermodulation product of some sort, was occurring outside of the repeater itself. However, before we could track it down it disappeared. I was troubleshooting the problem this morning around 0800 and it was still very much in evidence, but this afternoon around 1400 (as I trolled around the bands with my trusty HP8920A looking for 100% duty cycle carriers anywhere) I noticed the problem had gone. As the repeater is located in the midst of a huge and ongoing construction zone, I'm assuming that something was temporarily located nearby that was generating this noise, and that the something has hence moved on.

Work continues on the N6FFI repeater. There is a problem with the antenna system (most likely the feedline) which necessitates the repeater be operated at a very reduced power level, but work continues and we hope to have everything ship shape by the end of summer. The antenna itself has been repaired and is properly secured to the tower now. I spent a full day with the crew on site last Sunday, and more visits are planned.

No word from the trustee of the CERT system. You will notice, since the CERT Santa Ynez repeater was removed from the soCal directory, that no listing for CERT exists in this directory, and hence no link to the status page. The CERT status page can be found here. It is very much out of date, but what you see is in fact the latest information I have. Apologies ...

That's about all I've got for the month. I hear rumors, so stay tuned ...


25 July 2010

The Google data set file for southern California six meter repeaters has been updated and is available here.

I am attempting to get some additional information from the trustee of the CERT system up north, such that I can update the page for that system with current information. When that information is in hand I plan to upgrade the CERT page with additional info.

Not much newsworthy to report, except that I was mildly surprised to clearly hear the 52.880 MHz WA6VPL repeater on Sudden Peak from my site in Yorba Linda. I'm guessing some work was done, or maybe conditions were "just right," I don't know, but it had been a while since I had last heard that repeater.

Scheduling for the continuation of work on the 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater is troublesome, but additional work is planned and will hopefully be done in August sometime.

Stay tuned ...


16 June 2010

Work is ongoing on the 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater. Right now power output is down and the hang time is very short. Gone are the multiple IDs on every "wake up". Look for further system improvements over the summer as more hardware upgrades are implemented and more controller programming is effected. Stay tuned ...

Other than that, nothing new or unusual going on in six meters FM in soCal at the moment, at least not that I've been told about.

73 for now ...


19 May 2010

Things are happening in six meters in soCal again:

Another new repeater has joined the ranks. The N6LIZ repeater in Oak Glen is operational on 53.560 MHz (-500 kHz offset, CTCSS 107.2 Hz for access). It is linked to the N6LXX system, and Chris would appreciate signal reports to the south and east, especially along I-10 towards Palm Springs. I hear it S3 - S4 in Buena Park, and full quieting at the repeater site in Yorba Linda.

Also, there is a new remote base in Nipton (35-28-1.04N, 115-16-21.75W, look for it!), tied to the N6BKL repeater on 52.560 MHz on Frazier Mountain. This remote is on 53.900 MHz and uses CTCSS 82.5 Hz encode and decode. According to the trustee this remote should serve portions of I-15 and I-40 east of Barstow. Dan would appreciate signal reports from users on either highway. Remember that this is a remote base, so you won't hear any telemetry or carrier when you unkey. Call on channel and listen for a reply, like you would on ... well, simplex.

Per a conversation I had with the trustee a couple of days ago, the KC6FLG six meter repeater on 53.540 MHz is no longer in service and is unlikely to return. That's what Kevin says this week. We'll see what the real story is after the Low Squatch gang gets together and puts the screws to him.

Look for some activity on the SARS system, especially regards the 52.800 MHz N6FFI repeater on Sierra Peak. Some system upgrades will be implemented before the next update, and we'll be looking for signal reports.

The Google waypoint file already is getting out of date. I'll try and update that when time is available to do so.

73 for now ...


21 April 2010

Well, the former WR6VHF Santa Ynez CERT repeater has resurrected as the K6TZ repeater on La Vigia Hill in Santa Barbara. If that call sounds familiar, it should, it's the club call for SBARC, the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club. I used this repeater a couple of weeks ago while heading up and down the coast on US-101, and was able to hear it from Gaviota south past Ventura. Look for it on 51.820 MHz with a CTCSS tone of 131.8, encode and decode. If you can raise Andy W6AMS on the repeater I'm sure he'd appreciate a signal report.

On this same trip I looked for and found the WA6VPL Sudden Peak repeater on 52.880 MHz near Lompoc, but was unable to raise anyone on it. As it was mid-morning on a weekday that didn't surprise me too much. I was surprised to find that the K6FCF Tranquillon repeater on 52.940 MHz is still off the air. I wonder if it will ever return. I will contact the trustee and see if I can help out in any way.

There are still some repeaters MIA in soCal since the big storms. Of the four "regulars" I mentioned as missing in my post of December '09, only one (Cuyamaca) has returned to service. Palos Verdes, Heaps Peak, and Loma Ridge are still off the air, apparently.

Other than that, we seem to be springing into 2010 with the usual complement of six meter systems in soCal. Get out there and use them!

Who are you rooting for in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?


20 March 2010

Not much new and different going on in six meter FM in soCal this month. A lot of the repeaters that "disappeared" during the big storms that started last December still appear to be off the air.

I'm still hearing rumors about the Santa Ynez repeater. Nothing worth getting excited about yet, but they are persistent ...


18 February 2010

Rumor management: For any of you that have been saddened by the demise of the Santa Ynez Peak repeater on 51.820 MHz up Santa Barbara way, take heart. That's all I'm sayin ...

For those of you that found the Google Earth downloadable information useful, or at least interesting, try the file for the southwest six meter locator. I make no claims for it's accuracy. Much of the information is based on information provided by coordinators for the respective regions, but some coordinators do not publish a list of coordinated repeaters on line. The balance of the information is taken from what I hope are reputable sources. Sites with specific known locations are shown with the "pushpin" marker, sites with uncertain locations are shown with the "balloon" marker.
Arizona (red) [ARCC] with a tip of the hat to Gary WK7B
Colorado (white)
Nevada (yellow) [CARCON]
New Mexico (dark blue) [NMFCC]
Northern California (light blue) [NARCC]
Oregon (violet) [ORRC]
Utah (green) [UVHFS] another tip of the hat to Glen WA7X
Western Washington (pink)
I will not be regularly maintaining / updating this file, but if you have any comments or suggestions for it I will make an effort to include them: please drop me a line. I created this primarily for the use of the roving hams I know (hey, I'm one of 'em ...), guys who will put a six meter rig in the truck or the RV and head out on the trail. Jerry, are you listening?

Some of the "regulars" around soCal are still MIA. More rain is in the forecast, which means that more snow may be in the offing at the mountain tops. I'll keep looking for them. Stay tuned ...


20 January 2010

Happy New Year, everyone!

We have a couple of new things to talk about:

First is the new six meter repeater right here in southern California, up in the Santa Clarita area. Look for the N6LIZ repeater on 53.640 MHz (standard -500kHz offset) with a CTCSS tone of 107.2 Hz. I have used this repeater as far north as Vista Del Lago Road on I-5 while mobile, and can work it from my repeater site on the ridge above Yorba Linda here in Orange County as well as from my base station in Buena Park. Check it out. Signal reports greatly appreciated.

Second, the KA6NLS repeater has undergone a major overhaul in Kingman, Arizona. It is back on the air on 51.940 MHz (standard -500kHz offset) with a CTCSS tone of 100.0 Hz. Coverage should be from Kingman proper on the west to US-93 on the east, at least. Give Keith a call on the air as you motor through on Interstate 40.

The weather locally seems to be impacting some of the soCal repeaters. Some of the "regulars" have been missing the last two or three weeks. If you download the directory and look at the "Last Heard" information you'll see the ones I'm referring to. Hopefully, when the weather moderates and crews return power to sites, these machines will return to the air.

Finally, I need to wipe some egg off my face. Last month I was waving the flag here about the Mount Disappointment six meter repeater being back on the air. Someone who knows more about what he's talking about than I apparently do was kind enough to inform me that I was ... well, wrong. And I figured out how I managed to make the mistake ...

That day in December I had been returning to the OC with my folks, in their Jeep. Their Jeep is equipped with a Kenwood commercial system similar to what I had in my Suburban at one time, a TK-630 low band radio and a TK-730 high band radio tied to a common control head. This system can only work one band at a time, and if you're not paying attention it can be difficult to tell which band it's on when it stops on an active channel while scanning (which is what I was doing with it while escorting my folks). The 630 is obviously tuned for six meters, the 730 for two meters. Each band has a "Mount Disappointment" channel in it, for the LACoDCS used to operate a six meter repeater as well as their popular two meter repeater from that location.

Well, long story short, I heard the two meter repeater identify itself and got all excited thinking I had heard the six meter repeater. My benefactor, someone who knows what he's talking about, informed me that the six meter that LACoDCS used to operate is not on the air, and there are no plans to return a six meter repeater to the air.

So yeah ... my bad.


12 December 2009

Wow ... it's been a while since I last updated the list. Sorry about that!

Last Monday, 7 December, just as the current series of rain showers was arriving in soCal (Storm Watch 2009! the media screams, but they're showers), I copied the K6CPT Mount Disappointment six meter repeater on 51.980 MHz. It clearly identified itself in voice, not once but several times over the course of the hour or so I was listening as I headed into Orange County. I have not been able to bring the repeater up, but I know what I heard. Perhaps LADCS was testing it in preparation for something that has yet to come to pass.

Meanwhile, the N6ME repeater on 51.740 MHz in Fullerton appears to be completely off line again. I've been in touch with the technical contact for this system and there are plans to resurrect it after the first of the year. I may be lending a hand in that process.

Yesterday, as the rain continued to fall up at the Yorba Linda site, I had an opportunity to do something I hadn't done for a couple of months: do my checks of what's operating in the soCal six meter community. There was a significant change in my job responsibilities in early October that destabilized my schedule considerably, but I am finally recovering from that and will hopefully be getting back to my monthly schedule after the first of the year. Yesterday afternoon was a first step towards that, and I found that some things had changed in the period of my inattentiveness.

I noted the following repeaters not on the air, and that surprised me as they are what I consider to be the "regulars," those that I found consistently month after month:

51.700 MHz
Palos Verdes
51.780 MHz
Heaps Peak
52.600 MHz
Cuyamaca Peak
52.620 MHz
Loma Ridge

I will be doing another check this coming week, and will hopefully be continuing monthly thereafter.

Finally, I have added a little link to this page that downloads a file for Google Earth that will show you the approximate locations of most of the repeaters on this list. The locations are based mostly on geographic coordinate information provided by various sources, but in some cases are based on personal knowledge. This information is not meant to show which building a repeater might be in, merely the location of the site itself.


16 August 2009

Yesterday I overheard the N6ME Fullerton six meter repeater on 51.740 MHz repeating inputs from it's two-meter counterpart on 145.400 MHz. This is the first time I've heard this repeater transmitting in almost exactly three years. I could not bring up the six meter transmitter with any CTCSS on it's own receiver input, but it readily repeats two meter traffic. Per their web page (I updated the link for that in the directory) their 220 MHz repeater is also down, I have yet to confirm that (my only 220 MHz radio is in the communications center in Yorba Linda). They say they are looking for a six meter receiver, perhaps I'll see if they want one I have.

Earlier this month I managed to catch the Palmdale repeater from Johnstone Peak, which surprised me only because of the bulk of the San Gabriel Mountains between us. But WB6TTS is definitely alive and well on 52.660 MHz. I also caught the usual suspects from the Santa Ana and San Gabriel Mountains.

This coming week I'll be on peaks farther west, and will be looking for some of the repeaters in Santa Barbara County again.

73 for now ...


22 July 2009

I was up in the central coast area around Santa Maria last weekend, and was able to hear for myself the 52.920 MHz K6BVA Santa Barbara repeater, the 52.880 MHz WA6VPL Sudden Peak (Vandenburg) repeater, and the 51.900 MHz W6KGB repeater in Oxnard. I could not find the 52.940 MHz K6FCF repeater on Tranquillon, even though I was staying in Lompoc and running up and down the local highways between there and Buellton and Santa Barbara.

Neither was I able to work any CERT repeaters from the Lompoc - Buellton - Los Alamos area. Looking for them reminded me that it's way past time for me to contact the trustee and get a status update on that system, when I hear back from him I will update that list as well.


29 May 2009

The K6ARN repeater is back on the air at Santiago Peak on 52.700, and sounding good just about everywhere in the LA basin and Inland Empire area. My friend Larry KF6QFZ and I have been using it as we move around the greater LA basin, and the audio is clean and the signal strong just about everywhere we go west of Banning Pass. The trustee is again requesting signal reports from users, look for Duane WB9RER on the repeater.

Latest update is following some checks I made following my last trip into the Santa Ana mountains. I was pleasantly surprised to hear, very weakly, the N6CRF repeater on 52.820 MHz. I haven't heard from Ken Cox in at least fifteen years, I'd guess, and haven't heard from our mutual friend Wes Bartz N6DSF, whom I worked with on the Santa Fe back in the day. Ken and Wes used to be heard often on the N6CRF repeater when it was at Johnstone years ago. I'll have to try and get in touch with Wes and see if he knows what's up with Ken and his repeater.

I looked for the Santa Barbara repeater that Steve WD6CGF told me about from up in the Santa Anas, but couldn't find it. Maybe a trip up the coast is in order ...

There is apparently a new repeater under construction in the San Luis Obispo area. (I know, kind of out of SCRRBA jurisdiction, but it's not that far away ...) Look for WB6FMC on 51.800 MHz, CTCSS 127.3 Hz. Updated information may (or may not) be available at the Bakersfield Amateur Radio Association's web site.

Finally, some not-so-new data. The KA6NLS repeater in Kingman, Arizona on 52.900 MHz is down. The information I'm getting is that it may be moving to a frequency in the 51 MHz sub-band. I will try and keep up with this situation as it develops and keep users here in soCal informed.


11 May 2009

A check from Johnstone Peak today, finding the usual suspects.

It has been over a year since I last heard the WA6BFH repeater on 51.760 MHz, even from Box Springs.

My roving sleuth Steve WD6CGF informs me that the Santa Barbara repeater (52.920 MHz, K6BVA) is heard with a much stronger signal in far western Los Angeles County than it used to be, perhaps indicating that something is going on there. We will stay tuned for more information. Also a rumor of another six meter repeater going up in the San Luis Obispo area, but that's all I've heard so far: rumors. When I get real data I'll update you.

Not much else going on in six FM around here right now, but we're hoping for good news out of the Santa Ana Mountains soon ...


29 March 2009

Dan N6BKL has requested that I add a column to the directory showing CTCSS tones encoded in a repeaters transmitted signal. I think it's a good idea. Some repeaters don't do this, some encode the same tone that they decode, and others encode a different tone than they decode. As noise seems to continually increase in the six meter FM sub-band, in spite of the disappearance of legacy analog television transmissions, CTCSS becomes more and more desirable as a way of masking unwanted noise in our receivers.

In line with that same thinking, the simplex operators in Arizona are promoting the idea of using 100.0 Hz CTCSS on 52.525 MHz as well. Again, I think this is a good idea. I will be adding the encoded tone to the 52.525 MHz channel in my radios.

If you are the trustee of a six meter repeater in southern California or Arizona, please drop me a line and let me know what, if any, tone your repeater is encoding in its transmitted signal. I will add that information to the directory.

The downloadable directory has also been updated with this additional information.


10 March 2009

Apologies for the long time span between updates. I've been busy with this upgrade project I've been tasked with, amongst other things.

Not that anything new or exciting is happening in six FM in southern California. My spy Steve (WD6CGF) pointed out that the K6SMR Red Mountain (Ventura) repeater on 52.980 MHz is no longer encoding 82.5 Hz CTCSS, which I confirmed again today. No new systems to report, nor any unusual situations to comment on, other than one of my own devising.

One of my projects on the job was to deploy a new company low band repeater on Los Pinetos back in mid-January. Los Pinetos is not far from Contractor's Point, above Sylmar. This repeater is in the 49 MHz band, and is part of our emergency response system. As such it is used infrequently save for monthly roll call tests.

As it happens, Dan N6BKL happened to be monitoring the six meter FM sub-band one morning last month while this monthly test was being conducted, and clearly heard our roll call on 51.940 MHz, the output frequency of the WB6RHQ Buzzard's Roost repeater. Which happens to be, arguably, the most-used six meter repeater in southern California. Yay me.

Long story short, the power amplifier in my company repeater was failing and throwing spurs every two and a half megahertz above and below our fundamental operating frequency. As there is a lot of CHP equipment in the vault our stuff is in, I figured this was a "get it fixed now" issue, and reacted accordingly. I replaced the amplifier, and things settled down.

Just today I installed a brand new inter-modulation suppression panel on this system, so we are now a friendly RF neighbor. Turns out our low band transmitter (we have UHF stuff on the site as well) was the only analog transmitter in the vault that didn't have an IM panel on it. Kind made me feel ... I don't know ... amateur.

Anyway, the update is posted. I will be working east later in the month to destinations like Box Springs and Santiago Peak, so maybe I can check on systems in the IE for a change and post another update fairly soon.


29 December 2008

I visited Saddle Peak and Los Pinetos today, and had an opportunity to hunt around the six meter band in the western Los Angeles County area. I found the usual suspects. The downloadable six meter directory has been updated, the only change here at the web page was to note that it's been over a year since I've heard from or of the WD6APP repeater on 52.800 MHz in San Diego. I used to be able to hear it from Yorba Linda on occasion, now I can't catch it from Santiago Peak.

Tomorrow I'll be installing equipment at Los Pinetos. If I have time I'll snoop around for stuff in the east from Yorba Linda, otherwise it'll have to wait until I get back to Pleasant Peak after the first of the year.

Which reminds me ... Happy New Year, everybody!


27 December 2008

I received an e-mail from the six meter frequency coordinator in Arizona today, and have amended the list posted on the 22nd to reflect his information. I have the complete Arizona list available in spreadsheet format, if anyone is interested in seeing the complete list. The list below is only those repeaters I was actually able to work.


22 December 2008

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sorry for the delay in updates. I've been quite busy trying to keep our upgrade project going at work, and it's been impacting my ability to hunt for six meter repeaters. However last week I was on the road in Arizona for a week, and was able to look for all known repeaters in that state. Here's what I found:

White Tanks (Phoenix)
51.860 MHz
51.360 MHz
100.0 Hz
Mount Union
52.560 MHz
52.060 MHz
100.0 Hz
Hualapai Interchange
(east of Kingman)
52.900 MHz
52.400 MHz
100.0 Hz
Prescott (airport)
53.040 MHz
52.040 MHz
100.0 Hz
Pinal Mountain
53.140 MHz
52.140 MHz
100.0 Hz

I will try to do one more update for the southern California area repeaters before the end of the year. 73 for now, and Happy Holidays!


28 September 2008

Got some good hunting in while I was taking a little break with my wife in the central coast area. I confirmed that the Sudden Peak repeater (52.880 MHz WA6VPL) is alive and well, as is Tranquillon (52.940 MHz K6FCF). I also confirmed that the Santa Barbara repeater (52.920 MHz K6BVA) is likewise alive and well, and I also heard the W6KGB repeater on 51.900 MHz in Oxnard. All this information is recorded in the latest downloadable.

My trip to the desert was unproductive, I never had the opportunity to go hunting because I was too busy with company systems to play ham radio. I'm supposed to go out to the desert again next week, maybe I'll have more time to look for distant six meter systems then.

No word on the status of the N6CRF repeater.

I keep hearing Kevin KC6FLG's repeater on 53.540 MHz on Mount Wilson, but I can't seem to get into it very often. I'll have to call him one day and find out what's up with it.


3 September 2008

I've been in the mountains the past couple of days. Tuesday I was on Johnstone Peak in the San Gabriels, and today I was at Santiago Peak in the Santa Anas. I managed to do some hunting from both places, the results are in the downloadable. Nothing new to speak of, but a couple of observations.

The N6CRF repeater on 52.820 MHz, located on Santiago, appears to be operational but minus an amplifier. I can hear it when I'm on Santiago, but nowhere else, and supposedly it is on Santiago. I heard it again today while I was there. I haven't spoken to Ken in years, not since both our repeaters were tossed out of the vault at Johnstone back in the early '90s. I don't have any information about how to get in touch with him other than what any of us can find at I also haven't stayed in touch with his friend Wes N6DSF since I left the employ of the Santa Fe, and don't really have any idea how to get in touch with him either, save the USPO. If one of you has an e-mail address for him, maybe you could drop him a line and find out what the deal with his repeater is?

Meanwhile I received an e-mail from the trustee of the WA6VPL 52.880 MHz repeater on Sudden Peak (Vandenberg AFB property). It is indeed on the air, with a directional antenna oriented northeast for improved coverage into Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. The techs are still tweaking with things, and IRLP is anticipated. A link to a UHF repeater exists, but I'm unclear whether this is an open UHF repeater, so will not publish info for that until I find out. Give Jim a call if you're in the area. I'm sure he'd like some coverage reports.

If there are any six meter repeaters in the eastern Mojave I may find them next week, provided they aren't "hiding" behind some obscure CTCSS tone. I'll be out along I-10 between Banning Pass and the Colorado River on company business, but hope to make some time to explore. If you're aware of something I ought to look for, pass it along!


23 August 2008

I received an e-mail from Duane WB9RER this evening, announcing the return to air of the K6ARN repeater on Santiago Peak on 52.700 MHz. Sure enough, this repeater smokes my Yaesu FT-847 receiver here in Buena Park, my LCD receive power meter lights all segments right now when that transmitter comes up, and that's at least 60dB over S9. The repeater hears me noisily with 5 watts into a Comet tri-bander (G-15?) on my garage roof, and at 15 watts I'm full quieting.

Duane would appreciate any signal reports or conversations in the next few days as they try to "dial in" everything, so if you can get in touch with him or one of his crew with a location and some information about how you hear the repeater and what power you are running, they would gladly converse with you for a bit. The system already employs a bandpass / bandreject duplexer with a preamp inboard of the duplexer, as well as a ten pole DCI filter, but is still experiencing some minor noise problems. Knowing Santiago as I do, this isn't surprising, and it didn't surprise Duane either, so he and his crew are looking into the possibility of an intermodulation panel for the system, if one can be found.

The directory has not been updated to reflect this current data, as I maintain a one year "window" for just these types of protracted "maintenance events." {smiles} Welcome back, guys!


18 August 2008

I was working on Pleasant Peak in the Santa Ana Mountains today, and before heading for home I tuned around the band to see if any new or misplaced six meter repeaters could be found. Nothing astounding to report for the update. I guess I was too far east or too close to the site to hear Santa Barbara or Vandenburg or Tranquillon, but I did hear Palomar, which I found surprising.

I will be on Oat Mountain again before too much time goes by, and perhaps Saddle Peak as well. I will make checks from both of those locations in the hopes that I can hear some of the central coast repeaters and confirm their operability. Some time next month I will be out in the desert for a bit, I'll hunt around out there as well to see if I can find anything interesting.

If any of you learn more about the new Santa Barbara repeater, please let me know.


2 August 2008

No update to the directory, but I made an observation a couple of days ago that might interest some of you. It seems the Santa Barbara repeater (52.920 MHz, CTCSS 82.5 Hz) may be back on the air. I heard it a few times while scanning at the Yorba Linda site the other day. Unfortunately I was working, and didn't have the time to get on the air and call to see who might tell me about it, and all I heard was key-ups, no ID. I was able to access it from Yorba Linda, and did hear a courtesy beep in reply. If any of you have any information about this repeater, please drop me a line.

Steve, are you listening? <smiles>


24 July 2008

I'm a little behind this month, but not much. Just a few days.

It's been quiet across the southland, at least in terms of new and different things happening in six FM. There is no word from K6RIX about the 51.740 MHz N6ME system, and I still can't find it when I look for it. Likewise I haven't heard much about the KPARN repeater on 52.700 MHz. I'm assuming that they are waiting for parts to be supplied for the final installation, as I likewise cannot find it either.

I wish Cliff or someone would drop me a line about the Westchester repeater on 51.880 MHz. It's been a year since I last heard this system. I wonder what happened to it?

I haven't been to Saddle Peak lately, the last place I was able to hear the W6KGB repeater on 51.900 MHz about a year ago. I've hunted for it a couple times recently from Oat Mountain, but didn't catch it. I'll have to drop an e-mail the trustee's way to see what's up.

I have been chatting with John K6XI down San Diego way. His remote on 52.525 MHz is operational but still needs some tweaking to be performing to his satisfaction. I hear he has another radio in his possession now, perhaps to be used in a similar manner in a more northerly location. Stay tuned, as I find out more about this I'll be passing the word.

I'm involved in the design and construction of a new trunked UHF system for my employer, and have also been spending a lot of time on site working with their low band dispatch system. I'm on the road a lot, which offers me more opportunity to hunt for the elusive repeaters farther away from my OC home, and also affords me more time to be monitoring the six meter FM band as I motor along. Perhaps I will have occasion to meet some of you on the air.

73 for now!


9 June 2008

Wow. Sorry I haven't posted an update for a while. I've been busy on the mountain tops. But no excuses here, lets get to what's happening on six FM in soCal.

My sleuth Steve WD6CGF reported in mid-May that the CARS Lompoc repeater (otherwise known as the "Tranquillon" repeater, K6FCF on 52.940 MHz) was still operational. I haven't been able to find it for quite some time now, and Steve did say that the transmitter signal strength was down compared to what he remembered while motoring in the central coast. I sent the trustee an e-mail offering help, but heard nothing back. Of course, I was changing servers at that time, so maybe his reply got lost in the cutover.

The boys at KPARN are having trouble with their 52.700 MHz repeater on Santiago Peak. E-mail from the tech tells me that they are trying to resolve a problem with the final amplifier loading into their antenna system following a system overhaul. I will keep everyone posted as they work through the problem and get the K6ARN repeater back on the air.

Meanwhile Dino K6RIX checked in with me last week to update me on the N6ME repeater on 51.740 MHz in Fullerton. The six meter receiver has been off line, but he tells me the transmitter has been fully operational. They are working on the receiver now, and hope to have it interfaced to the controller within thirty days. Other upgrades will be made across the system (N6ME also has repeaters on 145.400 MHz and 224.180 MHz), and that all repeaters will eventually be linked together.

And for you simplex FM fans there is a new remote on 52.525 MHz down on Otay Mesa belonging to John K6XI. It is connected to a UHF repeater on 446.720 MHz, but I'm not sure whether this is an open repeater or not, so check with John on 52.525 for system status. He tells me that he has plans for another remote on 525 in a more northerly location. Stay tuned for more info about that.

That's it for now. Thank you very much to the trustees and users that are helping me keep this list updated. I sincerely appreciate your help. 73 for now!


29 April 2008

A new six meter repeater is on the air here in soCal. Complimenting his repeater at the top of the band on 53.760 MHz, K6LRB has a new machine somewhere on the Palos Verdes peninsula on 51.700 MHz. This repeater is split site and encodes and encodes CTCSS 82.5 Hz. It favors the north and west at the expense of the south and east. I am told that the repeater will eventually relocate to a higher site at some time in the future. The trustee would like signal reports from any user of this open system. I hear this system noisily from my home in Buena Park in Orange County, but could not hear it from Oat Mountain today.

I continue to hear that the 52.940 MHz K6FCF repeater on Tranquillon Peak near Lompoc is back on the air, but I can't find it. I was up on Oat Mountain yesterday and today, and could not hear it from there. I hear there are on-going issues with antenna systems at hand, and that coverage is not what it used to be.

I also hear that the old 52.820 MHz repeater up near Fresno may be back on the air, and I'm trying to get more information. When I know more, you'll see it here.


15 March 2008

Update! Steve and I were partially correct about the 52.780 W6LIE repeater. It is indeed back on the air, but has been relocated to Grapevine Peak, which overlooks I-5 between Lebec and Grapevine. For more information about this repeater, and the Kern County - Central Valley Amateur Radio Club (KCCVARC) which supports it, see the KVCCARC web site. Thanks to Dan N6BKL for pointing this out to me!

Meanwhile I was on Johnstone Peak last Thursday, working on a company low-band repeater up there. Imagine my surprise when it turned out that not one but both of the new antennas we had on the tower were defective! We were able to cobb together something to get the system operational in a limited capacity, but will need at least one more visit with replacement antennas before we are done.

While I was there I hunted for some elusive repeaters, and found the KA6GBJ repeater on 51.840 MHz in Pinyon Pines. I hadn't heard this since I was last on Detention Peak near Banning Pass, so I was glad to find it was still on the air.


10 March 2008

Back in January I received an e-mail from the trustee of the CERT repeater (51.820 MHz, WR6VHF) that used to be on Santa Ynez Peak in the central coast country. It has been removed from service, the reason given was "very little activity." I was saddened. Although I only spoke to one or two hams on that repeater, I called into it often as that part of the central coast is a favorite hangout of mine.

The W6LIE repeater on McKittrick Peak is back! 52.780 MHz went operational 8 March while my "roving sleuth" Steve WD6CGF happened to be in the San Joaquin. Apparently he was one of the first hams to use it. Thanks for the tip, Steve!

Also some rumor flying about the future of the K6FCF repeater on Tranquilloin Peak. Nothing is certain, so I won't propagate anything, but we'll be watching to see what develops.


20 February 2008

Not much to report in terms of new systems or major changes to existing systems since last month. I've been continuing my e-mail conversation with the K6ARN technical representative about their plans. That will be a system to watch!

I have ongoing projects at various sites around southern California that will keep me busy as we move through spring into summer. As I visit these sites I will keep hunting for more distant repeaters. Also my roving sleuth Steve, WD6CGF, will be on the road up in the northern part of the state doing the same thing, so my northern California list may get some badly needed updates as well.

I hope you all find the changes to the format of this page useful. Please share your thoughts and comments with me. Thanks, and 73 de MIP.


20 January 2008

I've traded some e-mails with the trustee of the W6KGB repeater in the Oxnard area. This repeater, on 51.900 MHz, is at low level while some system repairs and upgrades are being made, and will eventually deploy to a better site. While it is affiliated with the GRONK Radio Network, the trustee assures me that the six meter repeater will be an open system.

More distressing news about the CERT system. It seems that the Santa Ynez outlet (51.820 MHz, CTCSS 127.3 Hz) is down. I have e-mailed the trustee offering my assistance, but received no reply. The Arvin and Fresno CERT repeaters are down as well, and have been for some time.

Meanwhile I heard from a repeater I haven't heard from in ages, the WA6BFH repeater on 51.760 MHz. I'm not sure where this is located. It's supposed to be in Sky Forest, but I would be able to hear it from the repeater site in Yorba Linda if that were the case. (I can hear Strawberry Peak, Mount R, Crestline, and Keller Peak from Yorba Linda.) Yet the other day while I was out at the Box Springs repeater site I heard WA6BFH/R clearly identify itself in voice in response to my call. So it's back on the list as a known working system, at least for now.

I also managed to hear the Pinyon Pines repeater on 51.840 MHz from Johnstone Peak recently. Nobody answered my call, but I caught the system ID in CW.

Finally, I traded an e-mail with the technical contact for the K6ARN repeater on 52.700 MHz recently. He informed me that their system is temporarily off line pending what sounds like a complete system rebuild including a "new repeater, amplifier, antenna, [and] controller." From his descriptions it's going to be quite the "Sherwin Williams" system. (covering the world... the paint manufacturer's old byline. Get it?) I'll be keeping in touch with them to keep up to date on what's happening and will post updates as I get them.

Meanwhile, the month's observations have been incorporated into the list here.




27 December 2007

Apologies for the long delay in updates. It's been quite busy the past three months. I've been on a few mountain tops in the interim, and managed to come by some interesting information about a few repeaters along the way.

Last month I traded e-mails with the trustee of the WA6VPL repeater on 52.880 MHz up near Lompoc. Jim has had some access problems with his new site, and has also had other issues keeping him away from working with the system as much as he'd like to. But he assures us that "We're down, but not out!  I'm sure we'll be back on Sudden [Peak] someday soon and working better than before." I will of course monitor this situation for changes and update the list as soon as they happen.

I've also heard about the Tranquillon repeater on 52.940 MHz in the same general area of soCal. It seems that Eric WB6FLY has had some troubles with the controller for his repeater. The latest information I had, also about a month old, was that the repeater was still off the air. I wasn't able to raise it from Santiago Peak last week.

While at Santiago Peak I did reacquaint myself with a couple of systems which I hadn't myself heard in a while. One was W6NWG repeater on 52.680 MHz on Palomar Mountain. Another was the 51.840 MHz KA6GBJ Pinyon Pines repeater. I am normally not able to access these repeaters from Yorba Linda or metro Orange County.

Another catch, more elusive, was the N6CRF repeater on 52.820 MHz. As this repeater is located at Santiago Peak, I should be able to hear it everywhere, but I hadn't heard from this repeater in many months. I suspect there may be a transmitter issue at work, as very soon after leaving Santiago Peak I was no longer able to hear the repeater signal. I will attempt to get in touch with the trustee to see what's up.

Finally, I traded e-mails with the trustee of the 52.580 MHz repeater, which used to be up on Silver Peak east of Bishop. W6IY tells me that the repeater was removed a while back due to insurmountable noise issues at the site, and is stored fully serviceable in his garage. He is mildly entertaining the idea of redeploying the repeater at another site, but has made no decisions. I know that Silver Peak is not in the SCRRBA coordination area, but even so W6IY/R was a system I used with regularity as I am a repeating visitor to that area on a regular basis. So expect me to publish information about it here, even though it doesn't appear in the list. More info as news comes to me.

I hope 2008 is for each of you everything you hope and dream it can be. Happy New Year!





The Directory

Repeaters shown in this directory as Closed are just that: Closed. Please do not use them without the permission of the trustee. Repeaters shown in bold type have been confirmed on the air by me or reported on the air by a reliable source (typically a trustee) within the past twelve months.

Panorama City
Brentwood / Westwood
Heaps Peak
La Vigia Hill, Santa Barbara
Pinyon Pines
South Mountain
Catalina Island Airport
Plains Knoll
Pleasants Peak
Buzzard's Roost
(Santa Monica Mountains)
G, H
Mount Disappointment (DARN)
Oat Mountain
See notes
Mount Wilson
National FM Simplex Frequency
Frazier Mountain
East Los Angeles
Mazourka Peak
Cuyamaca Peak
Loma Ridge, Orange County RACES
Huntington Beach
San Diego
Palomar Mountain
Ritter Ranch
National Test Pair Channel
Contractor's Point
Contractor's Point
Kearney Mesa, San Diego
San Diego
Mount Wilson
Contractor's Point
Harris Grade, Lompoc
Lone Pine, Owens Valley
Santa Ynez Peak or Broadcast Peak, Santa Barbara
Tranquillon Peak, Lompoc
Baldwin Hills
Red Mountain, Ventura
Mount R, Running Springs
North Mesa, San Diego
Oak Glen
Blue Ridge
San Miguel Mountain
Mount Harvard
N, O
Santa Clarita
San Miguel Mountain
Flint Peak
Oat Mountain
Onyx Peak



The Decode Tone in the list is the CTCSS tone required of a user for repeater access. The Encode Tone is the CTCSS tone that is encoded in the repeater's transmitted signal.

A) The K6ARN system is sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Amateur Radio Network (KPARN), which provides emergency communications services for the Kaiser Permanente Health System of Southern California. This system is dedicated to wide area disaster response activities. While the system is open, the owner and trustees ask that you keep your conversations brief, and ask that you always yield the system to net control or any amateur operator using the system on behalf of Kaiser Permanente Hospitals. When engaged in disaster response activities this repeater system should be considered closed. While all repeaters are capable of being linked together, please note that link status is at the discretion of system control operators. Do not depend on links to be active at all times. KPARN systems are shown with a yellow background.

B) N6ME six meter repeater fully operational 20 June 2002, but receiver seemed down 18 July 2002, and has been that way since then. Two meter traffic is repeated to six meter transmitter. In August 2006 observed that only the controller of the system is keying the transmitter to ID, no inputs are repeated to the six meter transmitter. 15AUG09 observed two meter repeater traffic repeating to six meter transmitter, but six meter receiver inoperative.

C) These repeaters are members of the W6JLL family system. This system is currently under development with repeaters in the operational state reported below. This is an open system. These repeaters will eventually be linked, but that will not begin until all repeaters are operational.
- Santiago Peak 51.700 MHz K6LRB (testing)
- Palomar Mountain 51.720 MHz W6JLL (under construction)
- Oat Mountain 53.760 MHz K6LRB (operational,
co-located with 224.620 MHz CTCSS 82.5 Hz)
- Palos Verdes 53.780 MHz (pending)
The W6JLL family of repeaters is shown with an orange bckground in this list.

D) KC6ZTB UHF repeater is located in Moreno Valley, probably linked elsewhere in addition to the W6AJP six meter repeater. I have been told I was being heard on a two-meter repeater near Christmas Tree Pass, west of Laughlin.

F) System under construction per trustee February 2003.

G) This site was destroyed in the wildfires of 2018. The plan is for the site and the repeater to be rebuilt, but no anticipated return-to-service date is available at this time.

H) CARS links the following systems together:
- 51.940 WB6RHQ Buzzard Peak (off the air)
- 51.940 KA6NLS Hualapai Mountain (Kingman), AZ

- 52.560 N6BKL Frazier Mountain
- 52.680 N6BKL Ritter Ranch (Palmdale)
- 52.900 N6BKL Lone Pine (off the air)
- 52.900 N6BKL Indio (not linked)
- 53.940 N6BKL Baker

I) At one time this was a multiple input system using CTCSS tones as follows:
- Palomar Mountain input CTCSS 103.5 Hz.
- Cuyamaca Peak input CTCSS 107.2 Hz.
- Lyons Peak input CTCSS 114.8 Hz.

For the past several years only the Cuyamaca Peak CTCSS tone has functioned. The others appear to be off line / removed from service.

J) Per information from the trustee dated 22 March 2007, this machine is relocating to eastern San Diego County and is currently off the air.

K) Reported by trustee as low elevation testing pending eventual deployment to a high site.

L) While the six meter repeater is open, the UHF repeater is closed. SARS / LSARS. There is a link to the 224.120 N6CRG repeater in the Whittier Hills which is not always active.

M) reports CTCSS tones of 854. Hza and 151.4 Hz in a 2019 update.

N) All repeaters in the N6LXX system are normally linked full time, and are shown with a blue background on this list. Repeaters in the Southern California area include:
- 53.560 MHz in Oak Glen (east of San Bernardino)
- 53.580 MHz on Blue Ridge
- 53.580 MHz on Mount San Miguel (east of San Diego)
- 53.620 MHz on Mount Harvard
- 53.640 MHz in Santa Clarita
- 53.820 MHz on Onyx Peak (southeast of Big Bear Lake)
- 53.840 MHz in Yermo (northeast of Barstow)

The system may also linked to the following six meter repeaters out of state:
- WB6TNP repeater on Low Potosi in Las Vegas, Nevada on 53.010 MHz (using a -1 MHz offset, carrier squelch)
- N6LXX repeater in Rosston, Texas on 53.13 out, 52.13 in.
- N6LXX repeater in Denver, Colorado on 53.170 MHz out, 52.170 MHz in, CTCSS 107.2 Hz.
There are also several 900 MHz repeaters (-25 MHz offset) in the greater southern California area which may be linked into the system, among them:
- Low Potosi (Las Vegas, Nevada) 927.5625 MHz (CTCSS 123.0)
- Mount Harvard 927.5625 MHz (CTCSS 123.0)
- Oat Mountain 927.5875 MHz (CTCSS 131.8)
- San Diego 927.5750 MHz (CTCSS 151.4)
Additionally, the system may be linked to the 224.920 WB6FYR repeater (CTCSS 94.8 Hz) on Flint Peak, and the 224.220 WB6RYR repeater (CTCSS 94.8 Hz) in Tehachipi.
And finally the system may be linked to an open ten meter repeater on 29.66 MHz (-100 kHz offset, CTCSS 107.2 Hz), also located on Mount Harvard.

O) Multiple receivers throughout southern California voted to this transmitter.

P) Reported as "applications pending" during contacts with SCRRBA February 1998.

R) Low level in the Oxnard area, affiliated with the GRONK network.

S) Possibly linked to 147.090 MHz (no CTCSS) and / or 224.420 MHz CTCSS 110.9 Hz and / or 927.9375 MHz DPL 311 per the CARA web site
- Went on the air
mid-July 2016

W) Linked to 146.790 (- offset, CTCSS 114.8 Hz) WA6YVL repeater in Lancaster


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