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CARLA Comes Full Circle in 2006
Last updated on September 3, 2006 by The C.A.R.L.A. Team | This article is Archived | Permalink
C.A.R.L.A. has come full circle. If you read the first paragraph on the "About C.A.R.L.A." page, you'll see the following:
"C.A.R.L.A. ...was being developed in the early 80's and was revived due to the Coalinga earthquake that shook the area on May 2, 1983. Skip Hamer, N6IRF, and another Ham, Jack Ebury, W6IYY were engaged in conversation with each other about plans for C.A.R.L.A. via telephone between the S.F. Bay Area and Coalinga just before the earthquake struck."
On Labor Day of 2006, C.A.R.L.A. came full circle with the addition of the C.A.R.L.A. 15 system on Joaquin Ridge near the town of Coalinga. This system extends C.A.R.L.A.'s South coverage well past the Fresno area and into the Bakersfield area of central California.
And thats not all the news...
During the Labor Day weekend, 2 more repeaters came on the air in the C.A.R.L.A. network. C.A.R.L.A. 13 is located just north of Lake Shasta with great coverage of the lake and surrounding areas. Lastly, C.A.R.L.A. 14 is on the air just West of Truckee with coverage on the I-80 corridor from Truckee to almost Auburn.
The C.A.R.L.A. 13 and C.A.R.L.A. 15 repeaters are currently basic temporary repeaters with Link PL only. No local PL available yet. We are building up the complete permanent repeaters to full C.A.R.L.A. spec (full controllers, Link/Local PL, battery backup, etc.) to replace them as time permits.
And there's more...
In mid-November, 2 more repeaters came on the air in the C.A.R.L.A. network. C.A.R.L.A. 3, which has been looking for a home, is now on the air near Point Arena just West of Ukiah. Its currently standalone but we hope to link it in to the system eventually. And C.A.R.L.A. 7, which has been down for a short while, is now back on the air in the South Bay. And its now linked to the rest of the system!
C.A.R.L.A. is now connected to the GRS Mt. Vaca Repeater on 440.750+ with a local PL of 100.0Hz and a link PL of 173.8Hz. If you're in the greater Sacramento Valley area, try C.A.R.L.A. 16 on Mt. Vaca.
Wait! There's more...
In mid-March, C.A.R.L.A. 17 was brought up on the air in the Sonora area. Its currently standalone but we expect to link it in to the system eventually. It provides good coverage in the hills around Sonora as well as great coverage from Sacramento to Merced in the valley. Shortly after that installation, C.A.R.L.A. 4 was moved from Fremont Peak to Greenfield. Its main coverage area is now the 101 corridor between Monterey and King City with additional coverage in the surronding areas. This system is currently standalone also but it will be linked into the system eventually as well.
And even more...
During the Memorial Day weekend, C.A.R.L.A. 18 came up on the air. This repeater is located near Topaz Lake in Nevada and covers Antelope Valley, Minden, Gardenerville, and can be heard in Reno. Its currently standalone but we expect to link it in to the system eventually.