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

JUNE MEETINGS

Due to the continuing issues with COVID-19, the status of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club's meetings had been very tentative in nature. However, some good news - there will be a June club meeting to be held at the usual location. The bad news is that the ARES meeting for June will not be held but the July meeting will be held, though perhaps at a different location.

ALL MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Further updates can be found on the Tuesday club net, the club's newsletter, by email and here on this site.

The morning "Cawfee Tawk" net on the MARC Linked Repeater System

An informal net is now being held seven days a week at 1000 on the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club Linked Repeater System discussing anything that may be of interest. You do not need to be a member of MARC in order to participate - all licensed amateur radio operators are welcome!

SILENT KEYS

With three silent keys, the month of April was not kind to our radio club.


The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Jerry Chambers (W6LQR). Jerry passed away on 1 April 2020 at the Desert Regional Medical Center. He was a long time member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club and had retired from the county many years ago, where he was employed as a microwave technician.

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Andy Frees (NS6V). Andy passed away on 25 April 2020 at his home in Yucca Valley. He served in various club officer positions in the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club, including President, Vice-President and Board Member and was often the first to greet someone new on the Morongo Basin Linked Repeater System.

The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club sadly notes the passing of Wayne Mackenzie (W6QDL). Wayne passed away on 27 April 2020 at his home in Yucca Valley. For sixteen years, he battled Parkinson's Disease and for the past three years, dementia. He was a long-term member of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club.

More information on the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club's Silent Keys can be found on our Memorial Page.


The regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday 18 June 2020 at 1800 Pacific at the Church of the Nazerene in Yucca Valley. All are welcome - you do not have to be a club member or a licensed radio amateur to attend.

The next Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) meeting will be Thursday 2 July 2020 at 1800 Pacific at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church located at 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley.

The regular club meeting has permenantly moved to The Church of the Nazerene located at 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley. Regular club meetings will now begin at 1800 rather than 1900.

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.



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 1800 Pacific. The meetings are held at The Church of the Nazerene located at 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.