The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
Serving the Morongo Basin, associated communities and the world since 1971.

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The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club, as a non-profit organization, advances all aspects of the art and science of wireless communications to serve the public interest in the Morongo Basin, associated communities and the United States.

Our Purpose

To promote community-wide understanding of the amateur radio communications service available to the public during times of emergency or natural disaster.

To organize and train units capable of maintaining communications during emergencies as a public service.

To promote interest and proficiency in amateur radio communications with respect to improving operating and technical skills.

To conduct activities and programs to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in our community.

To promote radio science as a creative, exploratory endeavor of scientific research and development within the ham radio context. Areas of interest include but are not limited to such aspects as propogation, digital communications, satellite communication, the blending of Internet and radio, electronic theory, microwave communications and exotic phenomenon such as Long Delayed Echos.

To have fun with Amateur Radio!


What's Happening

For the months of May, June, July and August 2019, due to a lack of air conditioning, the regular club meetings will be moved to the following location: Church of the Nazarene 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

For those of you who are planning to operate at the club station in the Yucca Mesa Community Center, please review the following YouTube videos on general operation techniques and the use of the logging software:
CQ Field Day
Ham Radio - HF Contesting, Field Day and How to Operate
Ham Radio Field Day 2014 - Girls on the Air
N3FJP Software - Field Day Contest Log Quick Start
NORAC Field Day Logging Demo
Field Day Logging


The regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday 20 June 2019 at 1900 Pacific at the Church of the Nazarene in Yucca Valley. All are welcome - you do not have to be a club member or a licensed radio amateur to attend. There will also be a meeting of the club's Board of Directors at 1730 Pacific.

The next Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) meeting is on Thursday 1 August 2019 (NOTE THAT THERE IS NO MEETING ON THE FOURTH OF JULY) at 1800 Pacific at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church located at 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley.

Interested in learning Morse Code? Morse Code is no longer required for an amateur radio license but remains an outstanding means to establish two-way communications when conditions such as high noise or weak signals make voice communication methods such as Single Sideband unreliable or impossible. The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club is in the process of setting up an instructional class for Morse Code. If you are interested, please contact Sam White (WB6SEW) at (760) 228-2485.

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club invites you to listen to the Amateur Radio Newsline located at https://www.arnewsline.org/. Amateur Radio Newsline is a free service to the amateur radio community producing a weekly audio news bulletin called a “QST” or “bulletin of interest to radio amateurs” that is delivered by a downloadable MP3 audio file from the website or through a podcast subscription. Operations are supported primarily by voluntary donations from individual amateurs and amateur radio clubs.

Coming in September 2019 - Harvey Houses on the Air. You can sit in the parking lot and activate a Harvey House (And of course, you can arrange to do it in the original place as well!) You can just search for the Harvey Houses on the air that day as well. You can learn more here:
On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HHOTA2019
On qsl.net at https://www.qsl.net/vcara/



Yucca Valley *
W6BA repeater on 146.790 MHz (- shift, 136.5).

29 Palms *
W6BA repeater on 147.060 MHz (+ shift, 136.5).

Landers *
WB6CDF repeater on 447.580 MHz (- shift, 173.8).

* Linked Repeaters

These are open repeaters. You do not have to be a club member to use them.


General Information

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club holds a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at 1900 Pacific. The meetings are held in the cooler months (September through April) at St. Christopher of the Desert, located at 61261 Sunburst Drive in Joshua Tree and in the warmer months (May through August) at the Church of the Nazarene, located at 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley.

61261 Sunburst Drive in Joshua Tree 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley

Membership is not required (though certainly encouraged) - all licensed hams and those interested in ham radio are invited to attend. Membership is $10 for Active Duty Military, $15 Individual and $20 Family annually. Membership form can be found here. Donations are also gratefully accepted and are used to further the club's amateur radio activities.

Members organize amateur radio events such as Field Day in June and Boy Scout Jamborees. Our local communities use our services frequently for communications during events such as Grubstake Days, Pioneer Days, races, and the Veteran’s Day parade. The need for operators for these events will be publicized on the club net.

A club net is held each Tuesday at 1900 Pacific on the linked repeater system. Though always encouraged, you do not have to be a club member to be a net member.

If you are interested in official emergency communications and training, the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group conducts a net at 1915 Pacific each Monday on the linked repeater system.