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

FIELD DAY


Field Day 2021

WE SHALL BE HOLDING OUR LOCAL FIELD DAY AT:
Yucca Mesa Community Center
3133 Balsa Avenue
Yucca Valley, California

We plan on having multiple stations set up. Setup will begin on Friday 25 June 2021 and we will be at the Field Day site through Sunday 27 June 2021. For further information on becoming involved with Field Day, please email Keith Board at n6gkb@w6ba.net and you will be added to the informational Field Day emails that started in April.

Levels of Participation: Basic
Scenario: You don't own much gear--maybe just an HT or perhaps a mobile/base VHF/UHF radio
Good news--you can play on Field Day! You can make and log voice contacts on FM simplex
Avoid the national calling frequencies (146.52 and 446.00). Listen for CQs near those frequencies
You can exchange digital messages (you will need to coordinate with the other station on voice simplex)
You can do several of the bonus points activities, such as originating formal radiogram messages, having youth make contacts as 3rd party traffic, and running on emergency/natural power

Levels of Participation: Middle Of the Road
Scenario: You have a home station with HF, VHF, and UHF radios and antennas. Perhaps you have some experience running digital modes on HF as well.
Good news--you can earn lots of QSO points (as well as bonus points) for Field Day!
You can make and log voice contacts on all bands on which you are licensed
Change bands as propagation warrants
QSOs with the same station on different bands aren't duplicates.
You can work another station up to 3 times on the same band (voice, digital, CW) and you can do that on as many bands as you are able
If you are handy at CW and/or digital modes, those QSOs count double!
You can do several of the bonus points activities, such as originating formal radiogram messages, having youth make contacts as 3rd party traffic, and running on emergency/natural power

Levels of Participation: HARD CORE
Scenario: You have a home station with HF, VHF, and UHF radios and antennas, as well as a fully portable field-ready station. You eat digital contacts for breakfast and maybe you have worked the odd bird (satellite) or two as well! Good news--you can gain tons of points for our group effort!
You can make and log voice contacts on all bands on which you are licensed
If you have the antennas, power, and experience, you may be able to run frequencies, not just hunt & pounce
You can rack up lots of non-voice contacts
You will have the best shot at nailing QSOs on some of the more challenging HF bands
You can do several of the bonus points activities, such as originating formal radiogram messages, having youth make contacts as 3rd party traffic, running on emergency/natural power, and making satellite contacts

More on the 2021 ARRL Field Day can be found at the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club's Field Day page, located at http://www.w6ba.net/fieldday/index.html.



DUES ARE DUE



The Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club decided in 2020 to suspend the payment of dues due to the economic circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This suspension has now been lifted and club membership dues are now due. Membership/membership renewal is $10 for Active Duty Military, $15 Individual and $20 Family annually. The Membership/membership renewal form can be found here.



FUTURE MEETINGS



Beginning with the meeting scheduled for 17 June 2021, the club will holding the monthly meeeting at the Church of the Nazerene, located at 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley, live and in-person.

Additional information on any additional changes to club meetings will be announced on the 1000 Cawfee Tawk net, the regular 1800 Tuesday night net, via the newsletter and on this site.



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


An informal net is now 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!



We are back!

Regular meetings of the Morongo Basin Amateur Radio Club occur on the third Thursday of every month at 1800 Pacific at the Church of the Nazerene located at 56248 Buena Vista Drive in Yucca Valley. The meetings are open to anyone interested in amateur radio.

Regular meetings of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) occur on the first Thursday of every month at 1800 Pacific at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church located at 59077 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. All amateur radio operators interested in Emergency Communications are invited to attend.


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

Membership is not required (though certainly encouraged) to participate in club meetings and events - 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 and renewal form can be found here. Donations are also gratefully accepted, are tax deductable to the fullest extent of the law 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 1800 Pacific on the linked repeater system. Though always encouraged, you do not have to be a club member to participate.

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.