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On this page:

  • Recent repairs & re-integration of sites
  • CARLA 25 Back on the Air
  • A BIG THANKS to our supporters!
  • CARLA 27 Tower being rebuilt
  • CARLA 28 to be removed from service
  • CARLA 13 & Shasta Hub repairs
  • CARLA 35 (VHF) TX OOS
  • CARLA 7 upgrade work
  • Another friend and supporter of CARLA, SK
  • Shasta region coverage re-established
  • EchoLink/IRLP Node Down
  • Interactive Map is impaired
  • Another friend and supporter of CARLA, SK
  • Another friend and supporter of CARLA, SK
    Recent repairs & re-integration of sites
    Last updated on November 26, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    CARLA 25, 4 & 14 have all seen repairs and re-integration recently and more...



    CARLA 25, Redding was re-integrated into the network over the last few weeks during several
    extended site visits. We were able to get it re-built and installed with all new & different
    equipment since everything was ruined during the CARR fire in 2018. We are probably 80%
    finished but simply ran out of time and resources to finish it all off. A third trip will be
    needed next year when the snow and roads are clear. However, it is ON THE AIR (Link PL only)
    with new batteries and a new generator at the site to boot. It is also serving as the relay
    site to connect the Shasta Hub back into the network. We will maintain the Allstar link located
    at the CARLA 20 site and be able to switch between either source as needs dictate. A BIG THANKS
    goes out to several RRFTs that included individuals from the Redding area, Bay Area, Central
    Valley and SoCal. It has been burning in (NO pun intended) for the last few weeks and seems to
    be stable. This is also the site that MDARC contributed funds towards the cost of replacing one
    of the new repeaters at the site. Thank You again MDARC!



    CARLA 4, Greenfield and CARLA 14, Cisco Grove had a myriad of power supplies, surge protectors,
    battery chargers and power conditioners installed this last Sunday by two different RRFTs.
    CARLA 14 had finally gone off the air after close to a week or so from depleted batteries and
    CARLA 4 was running on battery power with a battery charger only for the past few weeks.



    CARLA 22, Hawthorne, NV. is still running on battery power only with a charger. There was a
    snafu with the new power supply order that has delayed delivery. It has already snowed and more
    is expected so it will need to wait for a snowcat ride up at some point and hopefully be stable
    until then. Batteries were installed this year (as was a brand new power supply last year!) All
    three sites were victims of power grid issues that damaged our equipment and happens fairly
    reguarly, unfortunately.



    NOTE: Each one of these sites has cost us a LOT of money just in replacement equipment, let
    alone all the other ancillary costs involved. That doesn't even take into consideration all the
    time volunteered and personal expenses incurred by the individuals themselves. No one is paid
    for their time, there is no grant or foundation money and no one has put CARLA in their will
    (that we know of anyway). 90 percent of all expenditures come directly out of pocket by just a
    few individuals and the rest is from intermittent donations. Every year the cost of keeping
    CARLA alive and maintained gets higher and higher and we don't get to raise prices in
    conjunction with cost of living increases. As most of you know, we don't charge ANYTHING to use
    or rely on the system. So, on that note, we ALWAYS appreciate any donations and support that
    you or anyone else you know of is willing to make. Thank You!

    -The CARLA Team


    CARLA 25 Back on the Air
    Last updated on November 20, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    Its with great pleasure that we're able to announce the re-integration of CARLA 25 (Redding) back
    into the network. It's been over a year since the site and all the equipment was burnt during the
    Carr fire in Shasta County. It's taken a lot of time, resources, equipment and funds to put
    together a new system and a few trips to the site to get it operational. It is currently not
    operating with a local PL (Link only) and there is more tower work to finish but its in good
    operating condition just in time for the snows to keep us from getting to the site this season. A
    BIG thanks goes out to all those that were involved with helping to make this happen including
    members from the Northern, Central Valley and SoCAL Rapid Response Teams that made several long
    trips to and from the site to get the new system on the air. This was just in time for the most
    recent PG&E PSPS event besides.


    A BIG THANKS to our supporters!
    Last updated on September 20, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    The Founders and Core team at CARLA would like to take a moment to throw out a BIG THANK YOU to MDARC (Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club) and some individuals (you know who you are) who contributed funds this year to CARLA. Whether it was for ongoing maintenance and operations or to help recover after a devastating loss of System 25 in the Carr fire last year, it is all very much appreciated and goes a long way to help us not only rebuild but continue providing reliable coverage throughout areas of California and NW Nevada. As most of you know, CARLA is not a membership supported system. It is funded almost entirely by the core team (past and present) and a few users and supporters of the system. We thank all of you for your continued support!


    CARLA 27 Tower being rebuilt
    Last updated on August 18, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    The tower has been removed and will be re-built. ETR is sometime in late October.


    CARLA 28 to be removed from service
    Last updated on August 10, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    We regret to inform everyone that in aprox. 1 week (weekend of August 17th) the CARLA 28 System
    is slated to removed from service at it's current location above Dunsmuir, CA. The commissioning
    of this system at its current location was a joint powers initiative between the Oregon
    Connection and CARLA a few years ago. It was the first and only system of that kind which was
    put together with resources from both groups for use on the CARLA network while linking with the
    OC.



    Over the last year circumstances have changed and we've been asked to make room for other
    endeavors so hence the scheduled decommissioning of System 28. We appreciate the opportunity as
    have the users and different groups/organizations that relied on CARLA coverage from the
    McCloud/Mt. Shasta/Weed/Yreka areas north towards the Oregon Border. If we are able to secure a
    different site or scenario we will let everyone know and if you're aware of anything please
    contact us directly.



    We're sorry for the inconvenience and loss of coverage this will create for some, We're also
    very aware the timing of this is not good with fire season in effect but it is what it is as
    they say.



    The CARLA Team


    CARLA 13 & Shasta Hub repairs
    Last updated on March 30, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    CARLA 13 (Shasta Lake), the Shasta Hub and other links are back in service after repairs were
    made to all damaged coax from recent vandalism at the site. This not only brings CARLA 13 back
    on-line but also re-connects CARLA 28, 20 & 13 with each other and the rest of the network.

    CARLA 25 is still off-line from the 2018 Carr fire and is slated for re-building this coming
    summer. A BIG Thank You the the greater Shasta area RRFT (Rapid Response Field Team) that
    converged at the site to make all this happen Saturday as well as previous trips to assess
    damage and make temporary repairs. We were also able to repair two other customer's coax on site
    while there. It was a very long day (and night) but the nice weather helped offset that.

    All the extensive damage, mounting costs, many man-hours and extended down time incurred by
    every one at the site was caused by one or more people trying to steal copper for mere pennies
    on the dollar without any regard to their actions. We've had some creative suggestions for
    dealing with any future offenders and appreciate all of them. Unfortunately, most of them would
    probably incur liability on our or the landlord's part but were certainly worth briefly
    entertaining!



    CARLA 35 (VHF) TX OOS
    Last updated on March 21, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    The VHF PA at CARLA 35 has died and is putting out very little power. The RX is still working.
    There is no ETR on this.


    CARLA 7 upgrade work
    Last updated on January 1, 2019 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    CARLA 7 was visited today and some improvements were implemented.
    A new link was installed utilizing an Allstar connection back to the Mt. Vaca Hub. This will be
    the new default link which should offer much cleaner communications to/from the rest of the
    network. The original RF link will remain in place and be used as back-up if the Allstar link were
    to fail.

    The repeater controller had some firmware and other upgrades implemented as well as some remote DC
    voltage sensing capabilities installed.



    Another friend and supporter of CARLA, SK
    Last updated on December 30, 2018 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    It’s with a heavy heart that we convey the news of yet another passing of a good friend and
    supporter of CARLA; Dan Dufficy, KH8AF. Dan knew and touched a lot of people over the span of his
    life on this planet and always had a sharp sense of humor, often making fun of those amateur
    operators that took themselves a little too seriously. He would occasionally intertie with us from
    his system adding a few more boops, beeps & gleeks to the mess just to confuse people. He will be
    sorely missed.

    CQ-DX Dan.



    Shasta region coverage re-established
    Last updated on August 5, 2018 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    Despite the recent hits we took at CARLA 20 & 25 during the Carr Fire, there is some good news
    to report. We are pleased to announce that CARLA 20 (Burney) has been re-built, back on the air
    with coverage for the greater Redding/Burney area and is linked back into the rest of network.
    A brand new repeater was installed along with a new controller, complete overhaul of the power
    plant/distro and installation of an Allstar Node and cellular backhaul link to the Primary Mt.
    Vaca hub. This is turn has re-routed and re-established connectivity to the Shasta hub at CARLA
    13's site and CARLA 28.

    Several people were involved with the procurement, programming, preparation, building, last
    minute rush, travelling, installation, testing and troubleshooting of the same to pull
    everything together and get things in place to make all this happen in less than a week!

    A special thanks goes out to Chris Novara, AB7BS (from the Oregon Connection) who scrambled for
    several days to help get all the Allstar and Raspberry Pi Node equipment built with some custom
    enhancements, programmed, tested and overnighted to us in time for our Saturday installation
    target date, which turned out to be a grueling 20 hour day!

    CARLA 25 (Redding) is still OOS from fire damage and there is no update as far as an ETR is
    concerned. We expect that it will be off the air for a while and access to the site is
    restricted since the Carr fire is still very active and on the move.

    We still have some adjustments to make remotely and the IP link via the cell network may not be
    what we would consider three 9's (99.9% reliability) but it's better than the alternative.

    This was a TEAM effort to make this happen and is very much appreciated!



    EchoLink/IRLP Node Down
    Last updated on May 3, 2018 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    The EchoIRLP Node for Carla has been taken offline to facilitate bringing the Nevada Hub back online.
    This is a temporary fix until we can repair the underlying issue with the link to/from the Nevada side of the system.


    Interactive Map is impaired
    Last updated on January 24, 2016 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    Due to some changes by Google and their Map site, the CARLA Interactive Map is not functioning as it should. We are working to resolve the problem but it has been a very slow process. sorry for any inconvenience.


    Another friend and supporter of CARLA, SK
    Last updated on November 30, -0001 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    It’s with a heavy heart that we convey the news of yet another passing of a good friend and
    supporter of CARLA; Dan Dufficy, KH8AF. Dan knew and touched a lot of people over the span of his
    life on this planet and always had a sharp sense of humor, often making fun of those amateur
    operators that took themselves a little too seriously. He would occasionally intertie with us from
    his system adding a few more boops, beeps & gleeks to the mess just to confuse people. He will be
    sorely missed.

    CQ-DX Dan.



    Another friend and supporter of CARLA, SK
    Last updated on November 30, -0001 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | Permalink

    It’s with a heavy heart that we convey the news of yet another passing of a good friend and
    supporter of CARLA; Dan Dufficy, KH8AF. Dan knew and touched a lot of people over the span of his
    life on this planet and always had a sharp sense of humor, often making fun of those amateur
    operators that took themselves a little too seriously. He would occasionally intertie with us from
    his system adding a few more boops, beeps & gleeks to the mess just to confuse people. He will be
    sorely missed.

    CQ-DX Dan.