Los Angeles 2m/440 repeaters

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  1. KE6MGB

    KE6MGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm getting back into ham radio again, and forgot all of the 2m/440 repeaters I used to use. Is there a website which lists all of the so cal 2m/440 repeaters?

    Also, there used to be a 2m repeater down here which was known as the official earthquake info repeater. Whenever we had an earthquake, this 2m repeater was to broadcast info regarding the quake. Does anyone know if that repeater is still in existence?

    Also, if you know of any good 2m/440 repeaters in Los Angeles, please let me know.

    Looking forward to getting back into the hobby.

  2. KD7MSC

    KD7MSC Ham Member QRZ Page


    Welcome back and good luck. 73, Sean [​IMG]
  3. KG6YTZ

    KG6YTZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Try these sites - these are the local coordinating bodies for those bands.  2m is coordinated by TASMA.  440 is coordinated by SCRRBA.

    I believe the earthquake info repeater is 446.900 [186.2 tone]; the web site is www.alert.org.  The list of the repeaters on that system is at this link here.

    If you're in Arcadia, we're neighbors.  [​IMG]  There are many 2m repeaters which you should be able to reach easily from where you are.  Here's a partial list of nearby open 2m machines:

    145.180-  156.7  W6MPH  Pasadena
    145.200-  103.5  N6AH  Arcadia [note: frequency is being absolutely clobbered lately by a D-Star machine in test coordination - and failing the test miserably, IMHO - in SFV]
    145.220-  103.5  N6SLD  Santiago
    145.300-  100.0  K6CPT  Mt. Disappointment [LA Co. DCS]
    145.360-  91.5  KQ6ZZ  Box Springs [near Riverside]
    145.440-  136.5  N6USO  Sunset Ridge
    146.085+  110.9  KA6AMR  Duarte
    146.175+  100.9  W6GNS  Whittier
    146.385+  146.2  KE6TZG  Keller Peak [note: pair recently flipped, 146.385 is now output, 146.985 is input]
    146.610-  103.5  K6FAM  Sierra Peak
    146.640-  167.9  W7BF  Diamond Bar
    146.700-  146.2  KB5TJJ  Sunset Ridge
    146.730-  103.5  K0JPK  Rio Hondo Peak
    146.820-  [no tone]  W6FNO  Johnstone Peak [note: CHP monitors this one]
    147.090+  [77.0 or no tone]  AA6DP  Catalina Island
    147.150+  103.5  WR6JPL  Pasadena  [NASA/JPL audio feeds]
    147.210+  [tone=?]  K6JSI  Sunset Ridge  [WIN System]
    147.270+  100.0  WA6ZTR  Mt. Disappointment  [LA Co. DCS]
    147.705-  141.3  N7RDA  Oat Mountain [Earthquake net?]
    147.735-  100.0  KB6C  Oat Mountain
    147.765-  131.8  W6QFK  Monrovia  [SGV ARC]

    You're most likely to find me on 145.200, 145.220 [late night], 145.360, 145.440 [especially on Tuesday evenings for the AR NewsLine net starting at 7:30pm], 146.385 [late night], 146.610, and/or 146.700. On FM simplex, you'll usually find me on 144.350 [I've been doing mostly simplex lately, since I got that J-pole up], or occasionally on 146.580. I also have SSB capability.
  4. WB6MMJ

    WB6MMJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here you go. http://www.no6b.com/ Bob usually has a good list of repeaters.
  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Head down to HRO and pick up a copy of "The Original Southern California Repeater Location Guide," ($5.00) by Karl Pagel, N6BVU. It will list the repeaters (at least those that are coordinated) for 10 Meters through 23 cm.

    Not sure if the "seismic network" is still a regular net, but they do seem to meet when there's a noticable "event." Try listening on 147.705 MHz, (negative offset) CTCSS 131.8 Hz. It's located in Pasadena. Or same freq. CTCSS 141.3 Hz. Both belong to the same repeater trustee, so either may be used for the EQ net.

    Welcome back.
  6. KE6MGB

    KE6MGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great, thanks a lot for all the info!

    KG6YTZ - The list you posted brought back a lot of memories. [​IMG] You're very close to my QTH, I'm in Arcadia. I'll try and catch you on the air.

    Thanks again guys!

  7. KG6YTZ

    KG6YTZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yeah, I imagine we'll run across each other eventually - now that I have a J-pole up on the roof, you'll probably be able to get me on simplex with your VX-170.

    Edit: Oops. I mean your VX-7R.

    I'm near the NE corner of Lower Azusa and El Monte Ave., just a bit west of the north end of the airport, next to the 7-11/Citgo.  That'd put you about two miles almost directly north of me.  [​IMG]  Yep...  Definitely neighbors!
  8. WB9MYA

    WB9MYA QRZ Member QRZ Page

    You need to go to the 147.435 repeater, the home of friendly ham radio. Take on a strange persona, or if you're already a wierdo, just be yourself. You'll need
    a dualband HT and a radio with crossband repeat, so you
    can hear the repeater output, when you transmit. Top that off with a 200 watt amp and the biggest yagi that
    you have room for, pointed right at the repeater sight.
    You'll be one of the big dogs, able to interject your comments, whenever you want. If anyone has a problem with your style of operation, you can settle it at the TRW
    swapmeet. It also helps to be under the influence of as many substances as possible, when using the 435 repeater. Have I left anything out??? Welcome to the jungle......
  9. K1MAL

    K1MAL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow... i found a shoutcast stream for that repeater. I wonder if they have a IRLP node...would give the locals here a heart attack if i linked it.
  10. KE6MGB

    KE6MGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm well aware of "435". I think you about covered it... A real sideshow to say the least. Some things just don't change. Thanks for the welcome!
  11. NN3W

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  12. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just don't go the "435" after a big meal...

    It's not quite the "Seismic Network, but here's another interesting spot in So. Cal.:

    The repeater on 446.900 (PL 186.2) is part of the ALERT Radio System. (ALERT is a private repeater system, but you can listen!)

    When a seismic event of M=3 or greater occurs in So. Cal, the repeater transmits a series of warbling tones corresponding to the magnitude and duration of the event. The PL tone is only transmitted when an event has occurred, so you can monitor the repeater in silence.

    Check out:


    for more info.
  13. KE6MGB

    KE6MGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Added the ALERT system to my radio. Thanks!
  14. KE6MGB

    KE6MGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    If anyone knows of any good 440 repeaters for the Los Angeles area, please post them. Right now, the best one I found is the WINSYTEM (www.winsystem.org).
  15. KG6YTZ

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  16. WH6QB

    WH6QB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Between the PAPA and WIN systems you cannot really ask for much more. The WIN system is wider coverage since it is tied into the IRLP Dallas reflector full time (usually +/- 30 nodes connected) and gets more out of state traffic. Right now there are 48 repeaters on the system in 14 states and 3 countries. All tied in together full time, plus any other nodes that connect using the Dallas Reflector.

    The PAPA system seems like a rock solid SOCAL system. I listen some there and they seem like good folks. Their machines offer great coverage from San Diego into Ventura County.

    The WIN system is open and free of charge. Paid membership is totally optional for users.

    The PAPA system lets you be a visitor but then requests membership.
  17. WH6QB

    WH6QB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Speaking of LA area repeaters, etc. Does anybody recall the SCARA System? (Southern California and Arizona Repeater Association). Their website is still up, but I never hear anything on any of their listed frequencies. I belonged years ago, but lost contact.

    Anyhow, just curious about what happened to them.
  18. WB2WIK

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    I'm a PAPA System member and it's a large and active group. You needn't be a member to use the system, but there are many functions and services that are "members only," including their IRLP link in the Hollywood Hills and the ability to turn on and off the various links by command.

    One cool think about PAPA is the social organization...there's a PAPA breakfast every month, alternating between L.A. and the Valley. There's a summer barbecue (next week, actually) and a Holiday Dinner and other social events. They're well attended by nice folks. PAPA also has D-STAR sites up and running for those who are experimenting with digital voice communications, and those sites will also work analog for those with older gear.

    PAPA also sponsors VE exams at all breakfasts and functions and has already helped a lot of locals become licensed...including a pretty fair number of "kids," which are of course the future of amateur radio. They have volunteers teaching ham radio classes at several local schools, and the VE sessions follow those with a high pass rate.

    In all, it's not just a bunch of repeaters but a large bunch of nice people, so I joined it.

    Coverage for an all-ham-owned system is also pretty amazing.

  19. WH6QB

    WH6QB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good info. I was told when I requested a PAPA system membership application that they do require membership once I had used the system for a short time. Perhaps that has changed. I listen to PAPA fairly often and have checked in on the Net occasionally, but have held back due to not wanting to abuse my "visitor" status.

    FWIW - the WIN system also does a monthly breakfast Seems to always be the same day as the PAP breakfast), a summer pool party and summer camp out. Testing is done fairly often but not at every breakfast.

    Either way both are great groups with great machines and coverage. Can't go wrong either place!!

    Bill in South OC
  20. KE6MGB

    KE6MGB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good info, thanks guys!
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