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Rio Hondo Amateur Radio club Website!
Serveing the City of Whittier and Surrounding areas as their Disaster Communications Volunteers.


About Us

Thank You for visiting our Rio Hondo Amateur Radio Club Website!
We are based out of Whittier, CA and serve the City of Whittier and Surrounding areas as their Disaster Communications Volunteers.

The Rio Hondo amateur radio club was established on March 8, 1976 on the campus of Rio Hondo College and has undergone several evolutions since then.

It is no longer affiliated with the college. We are today a medium-sized group of about 65 members. While much of our activity centers around our repeaters, our interests cover almost all aspects of ham radio.

Our membership ranges from hams licensed literally a few weeks ago to those who have been “playing radio” for over half a century. We are a growing club, not only in numbers but in skill level and experience. Many of our members are advancing through the three classes of ham licenses, and activity supported by and through the club. We believe in the “Elmer” concept where you gain knowledge from your “uncle Elmer” and pay it forward by becoming an Elmer to others.

We are small enough that members get to know each other so there is a social aspect in our club. In addition to socializing on the air and at regular meetings, three times a year. We meet for dinner where families are not only welcome but encouraged. We are also a public service oriented club. Public service is a ham radio tradition. Many of us are registered volunteers with the Whittier office of emergency management. As a club we often provide communications for local events. Approximately quarterly we conduct classes to help the community obtain their ham licenses. We also occasionally conduct examination sessions for those hams wishing to upgrade their licenses.

Our general meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at the Whittier Parnell Park Community Center located at 15390 Lambert Road near Scott Avenue. We meet at 7 PM. Most months we have an Elmer or mentor session beginning at 6 PM, where the only dumb question is the question not asked. We also have a monthly meeting of the officers and board members where club members are welcome to attend and learn what is being discussed and planned for the club. We also meet on the air weekly on our repeaters for check-ins and to update members with timely information.


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Repeater Information

The Rio Hondo Amateur Radio club maintains three repeaters located at the top of Greenleaf Avenue in Whittier. For the technically minded, they are:

146.175 +600 kHz PL 156.7

223.940 +1.6 MHz PL 100.0

445.560 -5.0 MHz PL 100.0*

Note that the 445.560 repeater is a Yaesu System Fusion repeater. This is a fusion of traditional analog FM and C4FM digital, and the repeater automatically switches between FM and digital based on the signal it receives. The advantage of this is that the members with digital radios can enjoy the features of the digital radio, without preventing those with FM only radios from using the repeater as well. In the near future we will be installing a second System Fusion Repeater for 146.175.

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