Catalina Amateur Repeater Association

CARA Repeaters located at The Airport in the Sky

51.86 (- ) PL 82.5
147.090 (+) No PL
224.420 (-) PL 110.9

CARA holds a breakfast meeting on the second Saturday of each even month at 8 am at the Katella Grill 1325 West Katella Avenue Orange, CA 92867 (Main & Katella)

Members, Friends and Visitors Welcome

Veterans Administration Long Beach ARC (AC6VA)

After an ARALB Ham University Technician License class at the Long Beach VA, about 15 veterans decided to start a ham radio club at the VA for veterans, VA employees, VA volunteers, and their families.  We became a club on October 2, 2015.  Since then we have grown to about 30 members, a number of whom are also ARALB members.

Our primary purpose, being on a hospital campus, is to provide hospital emergency communications for the Long Beach Medical Center.  In that effort, we have been provided a trailer for our station, and some of us have attended a training session to learn to operate the VA’s new HF ALE system, which has a VA call sign as well as a ham radio call sign assigned to it by the FCC.

We participate in many activities both on and off the campus.  We are ARRL affiliated, we are members of the Los Angeles Area Council of Clubs, and we participated in the last HAMCON in Torrance. We are open to participating in more events to hone our EmComms Skills while having some fun.

If you are a veteran, VA employee, VA volunteer, or a family member of one of these groups, we invite you to stop by and see us.  Our monthly meetings are the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 am, in the Day Room of the Community Living Center on the VA campus.  We hold our nets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, on 449.700 MHz (-) PL 131.8, and visitors are always welcome to check in.

For more information, please contact Andrew Variano, KK6LPT, our President, at  

McBride High School ARC (K6MHS)

In 2013, McBride High School opened its doors. The McBride High School ARC club was the first chartered club for the school. John Jacobson, KK6JBA agreed to work side by side with Devon Day (KF6KEE) to launch the radio club. Soon, Richard Sherwood (N6RU), past President of ARALB, joined the adult support team offering practical and technical advice and a lot of encouragement.

Since 2013, McBride High School has watched its club swell to ten licensed student operators (including one Extra and two Generals). Because McBride High School is a magnet school focusing on Engineering, Medicine, and Forensic sciences, the focus of the club has broadened. In addition to a priority in developing an efficient emergency response Amateur Radio team, the students have been challenged wth other science related projects, including antenna design and the design and construction of a mobile radio station.

McBride has participated in two Field Days and one Rookie Roundup where the AREC club K6MHS, took first in California in contacts and third in the nation. McBride held its first Winter Field Day on campus in January 2015. ARALB club members worked side by side with the students during the first 24 hour contest on campus. The AREC team has received grants and donations from the ARRL, ARALB, and members of the radio community. McBride (K6MHS) has its own radio room with two radio stations and a permanently installed Comet 250B HF antenna, and was recently declared an ARRL Affiliated Club.

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