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.
▶ Next Amateur Radio Emergency Service meeting is on Thursday 6 September 2018 at 1800 PDT.
▶ Next Club meeting is on Thursday 23 August 2018 at 1900 PDT. Note that this is the fourth Thursday of the month rather than the usual third Thursday.
▶ Congratulations to the club's newest Life Member, Manuel Borges (AE6SG)!
▶ Yaesu System Fusion Node AI6AF active in Yucca Valley on 147.480 - C4FM Digital Voice Communications from around the World! If you have a Yaesu System Fusion ready radio or any way to monitor C4FM digital voice communications, when in the downtown Yucca Valley area, tune to 147.480 DN (digital narrow) mode to hear activity from the AI6AF node. System Fusion is a network of radio stations connected via the Yaesu Wires-X VOIP system. Direct any questions to Andy (AI6AF).
▶ FCC Denies Petition Aimed at Preventing Interference from Digital Repeaters to Analog Repeaters - The FCC has turned away a Petition for Rulemaking from a Michigan radio amateur that asked the Commission to amend Section 97.205 of the Amateur Service rules to ensure that repeaters using digital communication protocols do not interfere with analog repeaters. Charles P. Adkins, K8CPA, of Lincoln Park, had specifically requested that discrete analog and digital repeaters be separated either by distance or frequency and that digital repeaters be limited to 10 W output, the FCC recounted in its June 1 denial letter, released over the signature of Scot Stone, the deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau’s Mobility Division. According to the letter, Adkins had characterized digital repeaters as “a major annoyance” to analog repeater operators.
“In 2008, we rejected a suggestion to amend Section 97.205(b) to designate separate spectrum for digital repeaters in order to segregate digital and analog communications,” the FCC said in its letter to Adkins. “We noted that when the Commission has previously addressed the issue of interference between amateur stations engaging in different operating activities, it has declined to revise the rules to limit a frequency segment to one emission type in order to prevent interference to the operating activities of other Amateur Radio Service licensees.”
The FCC told Adkins that current Part 97 rules already address the subject of interference between amateur stations, prohibiting, among other things, willful or malicious interference to any radio communication or signal, and spelling out how interference disputes between repeaters should be handled.
“You have not demonstrated any changed circumstances or other reason that would warrant revisiting this decision,” the FCC concluded. “Consequently, we dismiss your petition.”
The FCC did not assign a rulemaking petition (RM) number to Adkins’ petition nor invite public comments.
Source: The ARRL
▶ 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!
Chris (WB6CDF) and Bryan (KF6YGK) install our new antenna for the W6BA 146.790 repeater on Paxton Hill in Yucca Valley, CA. This new antenna dramatically improves the range of the W6BA linked repeater system.
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.
Due to a lack of air conditioning in our ususal meeting location, a temporary new location for our monthly meetings has been
Apache Mobile Park Clubhouse
56254 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley
(located on the north side of Highway 62 at Church St, next to Grand Central Storage)
The meetings will be on June 21st, July 19th, and August 23rd, all at 7:00 pm. Note that the August meeting is the 4th Thursday, not the 3rd Thursday.
People who need the code to open the front gate can email Andy at email@example.com or telephone him at (760) 369-7388. Arrangements will be made for the front gate to be open for access and the W6BA repeater will be monitored in case somebody is stuck outside.
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. 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.