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.
Matti Aro WA6YKU passed away on July 12th, 2017 at age 70. He was a life member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club. Matti
was born in Finland and immigrated to the U.S. at age 14. He served in the Air Force in Viet Nam and was an auto shop teacher
at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Matti was an active member of the club and was loved by all who knew him.
▶ 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!
Yucca Valley *
W6BA repeater on 146.790 MHz (- shift, 136.5).
Twentynine Palms *
W6BA repeater on 147.060 MHz (+ shift, 136.5).
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.
The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club holds a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month at
1900 Pacific. The meetings are held at the St. Christopher of the Desert Church (61261 Sunburst Drive) meeting
hall in Joshua Tree, California. Take Sunnyhill Road south from Highway 62 (Sunnyhill Road is next to the
Hi Desert Playhouse), then turn east on Sunburst Drive. The meeting hall is the first building on the right
hand (south) side of the road.
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. 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.
The NBEMS Net is held at 1900 second and fourth Thursdays. Rx 440.500 MHz, Tx 144.910 MHz and PL 110.9.