Saturday, January 17, 2009

New Banning Repeater Site!

A super big thanks goes out to board members Nyles Peterson, Craig Holmes, Jared Case, and to Bob Fuller who owns the Banning Site. These four guys went the extra mile for all us us. They spent all day in our behalf. Tasks included repairing a dead truck battery, reprogramming a remote key, not to mention the equipment and antenna's which were installed.

Many members never get to see what goes on behind the scenes. It's a lot of fun but also very time consuming!

As a result of their valiant efforts the Palm Springs area now has a 440 repeater. We've got a few more things to batten down and then it will be linked with the rest of the SCIRA, Inc. system.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Running Springs Primary & Backup Repeater Repairs

A big thanks goes to Joe (N6WZK) for driving all the way up to Running Springs this morning to help me get the repeater repaired.

We've got 2 to 3 feet of snow on the ground and that's plenty to freeze your feet when you have to stand in it for several hours!

We had to shovel a bit to get the cabinet open. Not too bad.

It appears to be functioning much better now. Thanks everyone for your patience. It's not easy keeping all our equipment running. None of the repeaters are in easy to get to spots.

We also tuned up the Running Springs Backup repeater.

Have a great day and we hope to hear you on the air!



JOTA Information for Hams

JOTA Information for Hams

For 50 years Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) has been a fusion of Scouting and Ham Radio. The Scouts talk to other Scouts via Ham Radio. JOTA begins at 00:01 local time on Saturday and closes down at 23:59 on Sunday. LDS Church standards preclude Sunday participation. Any Radio Amateur with an interest, but not necessarily active, in Scouting can help by having youth members and their leaders visit his/her station for any period during the weekend or by setting up a station at a local Scout location.
2008 Valle Del Sol JOTA in Covina, CA .
JOTA is held on the third weekend in October every year.

Before organizing a station, amateurs are strongly advised to satisfy themselves of the amount of interest within the local Scout groups. Also, please remember that the younger Scouts have a degree of distractability. The younger the Scout the shorter period of time that should be allotted for his Jamboree experience.
It should be remembered that JOTA is NOT a contest. The intention is to establish contact with other Scouting stations, and have an opportunity to learn about Scouting elsewhere, as well as telling others about Scouting activities in your own region and group. Radio Amateurs enter the event by calling "CQ Jamboree" or by answering other stations heard using this call. Any authorized amateur frequency and mode may be used. All Radio Amateurs must strictly observe their license regulations. Hams are always needed to help at the JOTA. If you are interested please contact Jim Dowdle, KG6TQT at