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

The regular club meeting has moved back to the old location at St. Christopher of the Desert located at 61261 Sunburst Drive in Joshua Tree.


The regular meeting of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday 21 November 2019 at 1900 Pacific at St. Christopher of the Desert in Joshua Tree. 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 is on Thursday 5 December 2019 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.



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 currently held at St. Christopher of the Desert, located at 61261 Sunburst Drive in Joshua Tree.

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.