Suggested FM Repeaters
For Use when Traveling in L.A. or Escaping From It
By Dave AD7DB
Revised October 2, 2002
Travelling out of the area?
Even getting out of Los Angeles
by car can be an adventure.
The traffic varies, but there are always these little shortcuts
that could save you from sitting half an hour in non-moving traffic.
On the other hand, what better way to pass the time by ragchewing
with the locals.
Never underestimate the power of 146.52 simplex!
You might be amazed by how many fellow travelers you can dig up
if you just come on and say you're listening!
Some repeater users camp out on their own machines and won't
talk to any visitors, but on .52, it can be very different.
Try it and see.
There is a Travelers Repeater Directory published by
Kevin Karamanos WD6DIH. (I'm not sure of the title, I'll have to verify it.)
It's basically a specialized version of the other one he and N6BVU publish.
He lists a selection of wide coverage machines and they are organized
Now, I am not trying to undercut his directory here.
Go to a local ham shop and take a look at it, it may be just what you want.
Consider this page just another opinion, as all web pages are.
The guy who does the
Southern Nevada list
(Squeak, AD7K at AES in Las Vegas) uses a design philosophy of
"Las Vegas and three hours each direction."
That's a good benchmark, therefore I'm going to try the same thing here
San Fernando Valley and up to 3 hours out.
Here are some links to repeater information, depending
on which way you're heading out of the Los Angeles area.
There are reasons why I don't have very much specific information
on individual machines listed here:
- I prefer to steer you toward a repeaters' own website and let them give you
what info they would like to give out. One repeater got real torked one time and thought
that my page was attempting to become the official info site for their machine, which was
not the case. My page was up long before they even had a site of their own.
Once I was informed of it, I provided a link to them and deleted all other mention of them.
No good deed goes unpunished.
- Since the status of repeaters can change, this lets me not worry about keeping
it up to date. Of course some repeaters just up and vanish from the web completely.
It might simply be due to general malaise of their group in wanting to keep up a website.
(Ham websites can be had for free here at
so there's no real reason not to have one these days.)
- I encourage you to visit these other websites and assess the usefulness of these
repeaters to see if they will meet your traveling needs.
- If you have a repeater info page that you feel would augment this one well,
let me know and I will provide a link to it.
Eastward on I-10:
Westward on US-101:
Northward on I-5:
- Santa Clarita. Your best coverage will be machines on Oat Mountain
and Loop Canyon. Some of them are mentioned back on the
San Fernando Valley page.
- Gorman/Frazier Park. I haven't the least idea. After you pass
Lebec you're going down the infamous Grapevine Canyon. You should be
minding your driving and not talking anyway.
Try these machines
in the Bakersfield area.
- There's also the
all through the Central Valley.
(Information on this system has become sort of scarce.)
- Porterville ARA
has some wide coverage machines serving the area.
Northward on Hwy 14 and US-395:
- Palmdale/Lancaster area:
Hauser Peak (146.73)
covers the area well, and so do
Table Mtn (145.28)
and Keller Peak (146.985).
You can also check at these pages:
- Sierra ARC (Ridgecrest)
- Bishop ARC
- they hold a highway travelers' net at 9:00 pm every night.
Northeastward on I-15 and I-40:
- Victorville and Barstow:
- East on I-40 to Newberry Springs:
recommends some linked systems around Barstow, Newberry Springs, and Ludlow.
- North on I-15 to Las Vegas:
Southern Nevada Repeaters by "Squeak" AD7K.
- Or east on I-40 to Arizona:
Southward on I-5 or I-15:
I don't have any special recommendations for you.
But there are a lot of machines in L.A. and Orange Counties that you can hit well.
145.22 (CLARA) and
are two popular ones.
When you get into San Diego County
you can pick up others. Here's some to try:
- AC6V's Guide to San Diego - this lists many SD systems and clubs.
- SANDRA - San Diego Repeater Association
- W6NWG - Palomar Amateur Radio Club
- ECRA - East County Repeater Association
- CORA - Cactus Open Repeater Association
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