Valley Center CERT  Valley Center ARC



Repeater, NET and Communications Protocol

The Valley Center ARC repeater is located on Palomar Mountain just north of Valley Center. Two digital/analog format (Fusion) repeaters cover a much larger area than their former location on Paradise Mountain. The coverage area includes Escondido, Valley Center, LaJolla Reservation, Pala Reservation and, of course, Palomar Mountain.

Our communications NET is held on Tuesday evening at 2000 hours (8:00 pm) using the VCARC analog repeater, immediately followed by our DMR net. The NETs is open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of Valley Center ARC to participate. The frequencies and PL are as follows:

Receive frequency: 146.235 MHz
Offset: +600 KHz
PL (CTCSS): 146.2 Hz

** We also recommend you set your BANDWIDTH to 25kHz and not 12.5kHz.

Valley Center ARC's DMR repeater is open to all HAM radio operators with a DMR ID. Our repeater is listed as "N6VCC" and is transmitting at 25 watts on the Southern slope of Palomar Mountain located at approximately 5600 feet.

Repeater DMR ID 311129
Receive Frequency 449.92000
Transmit Frequency 444.92000
Color Code 1
Time Slot 1


Click HERE to access additional information and our Code Plugs.

We also have a growing contingency of Winlink operators in Valley Center. To get involved with Winlink or learn more about it you can go directly to the Winlink site by clicking HERE. You may also download the Winlink Express software from that site. Additionally, you may go directly to the official Winlink Express download page.

Ed Sack, W3NRG, has put together several great documents including a "Getting Started on WinLink" paper and a WinLink PowerPoint presentation. Click the appropriate link to view and download.

To learn more or participate in the Valley Center Winlink group contact Gary, N6GLS (see the "Contact Us" page).

We have found the most effective RMS Direct stations which cover Valley Center are as follows:

145.050 MHz
Simplex, NO PL
146.700 MHz
- Offset, NO PL
146.700 MHz
- Offset, NO PL

There are others, but we can not easily reach them from Valley Center.

We are setting up a VARA FM link in Valley Center as well.

Several of the VCARC members are experimenting with the AREDN (Amateur Radio Data Network) communications mesh network. We will keep you posted as we expand the network. You can learn more about AREDN by clicking HERE to reach the site.

Other protocol information can be found on the VC ARC page.