Local Repeaters & Nets
The Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society maintains two repeaters, a VHF repeater, and a UHF repeater, both located in Forest Ranch, at 2800 feet elevation, covering Chico, and most of Butte and Glenn counties.
Both repeaters are open, and any licensed ham is welcome to use them. Please follow the FCC rules and be friendly and respectful of others.
Emergency use of the repeaters has precedence over all users at all times. The repeaters are configured for solar operation with battery backup. They share a dual band (144/440) antenna, installed 90 feet above the ground.
146.850 Repeater (GEARS East – Forrest Ranch)
The VHF repeater frequency is 146.850 MHz, minus offset, PL tone 110.9 Hz.
145.410 MHz repeater (GEARS West – St. John)
The VHF repeater frequency is 145.410 MHz, minus offset, PL tone 123.0 Hz.
The UHF repeater frequency is 440.650 MHz with plus offset, and a PL tone of 110.9 Hz.
Sacramento Valley Traffic Net: 9:00 PM, 146.850 MHz (GEARS Repeater)
Butte County ARES – Amateur Radio Emergency Services Net: 8:00 PM, 145.290 MHz (BCSCR Repeater)
PARS Club Net: 7:00 PM, 145.290 MHz (BCSAR Repeater)
GEARS Club Net: 7:30 PM, 146.850 MHz (GEARS East Repeater)
North Valley Simplex Net: 7:30 PM, 146.520 MHz (National 2-meter Simplex Calling Frequency)
Any licensed ham is welcome to participate in any of the nets listed above. Please feel free to contact the net control for more information about joining the roll call, or tune in to the net and transmit your call-sign when the net controller asks for visitors to check in. GEARS encourages participation in local nets, and we are pleased to provide the GEARS repeater to host local nets as a service to the community.
GEARS Local Net Coordinator: Larry, KA6GND
*Times listed above are Pacific Time (PST/PDT)