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I tried searching the RR database and the forum and found nothing yet. I am looking for the freqs used in Death Valley.

Any help???

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1) Death Valley NPS 170.100
2) Inyo Sheriff 154.725
3) Inyo Fire 153.875
4) Mono Sheriff 154.800
5) Mono Fire 153.860
6) CHP Gold 42.120

Amateur Death Valley
Mount Potosi 146.880 - 100.0
Table Mtn 145.280 - 131.8
Table Mtn 447.200 - 94.8

Misc.
Furance Creek Lodge 151.835
Xanterra Resorts 461.025
Airport 122.900
 

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Hello. There should not be too much, if any, Mono Sheriff activity due to Death Valley being with Inyo County.
Here's a frq. list with Death Valley NP info:
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/9952/npsca.htm
Here's some licensed frqs:
Callsign Licensee Name Xmtr City Xmtr State Frequency
KNKO764 High Sierra Mobilfone\Communications DEATH VALLEY CA 454.075
KWB526 FRED HARVEY INC DEATH VALLEY CA 151.835
WPUQ438 CALTRANS DEATH VALLEY CA 814.7375
WPUQ438 CALTRANS DEATH VALLEY CA 859.7375
WPWI618CALTRANS DEATH VALLEY CA 814.7375
WPWI618 CALTRANS DEATH VALLEY CA 859.7375
KAN796 CALIFORNIA Fish & Game DEATH VALLEY CA 151.43
KDI323 PACIFIC BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY FURNACE CREEK CA 35.16
KNDA381 INYO, COUNTY OF DEATH VALLEY CA 154.725
KMD887 CALIFORNIA Highway Patrol DEATH VALLEY CA 42.12
KUI764 CALIFORNIA Highway Patrol DEATH VALLEY CA 42.34
WPAN849 INYO COUNTY OF PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT DEATH VALLEY CA 153.8
WPYQ969 INYO, COUNTY OF DEATH VALLEY CA 151.025
WPYQ969 INYO, COUNTY OF DEATH VALLEY CA 156.06
WPYQ969 INYO, COUNTY OF DEATH VALLEY CA 156.06
WPYQ969 INYO, COUNTY OF DEATH VALLEY CA 453.25
WPYQ969 INYO, COUNTY OF DEATH VALLEY CA 453.8125
 

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Thanks Northzone & Mick, I'll plug them in. I forgot that DV is in Inyo county and thought it was in San Bern county.


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It's in parts of Esmeralda Co. and Nye Co., Nevada; and about 10 miles into the north part of San Bernardino Co. None in Mono County, Calif.
hotdjdave said:
Part of Death Valley National Park is in Neveda.
 
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In Mick's last four frequencies the VHF are mobile inputs to the Inyo S.O.'s 154.725 and 151.025 networks. The two UHF frequencies are used for links to Cerro Gordo Peak (southeast of Lone Pine) to Rogers (just north of Telescope Peak - the highest point in the Panamint Range which dominates the western horizon at Furnance Creek). Cerro Gordo is then linked to Mazourka and then into the Sheriff's Office in Independence known as "Control" or "Control 1" on the radio. Since Rogers is used to bring up El Paso Peak and Tecopa using the mobile input frequencies I would recommend listiening to all four of these frequencies as you can pick up more than just Rogers Peak traffic that way. To decipher what mountain top you are listening to the tones are: 136.5 Cerro Gordo, 141.3 Rogers, 162.2 Tecopa, and 173.8 El Paso Peak. El Paso is south of Ridgecrest and covers the Pearsonville and Nine Mille Canyon areas in the southwest portion of the county. Tecopa covers the southeast portion of the county and is just 100-200 feet into San Bernardino County south of the town of the same name.

The 153.875 frequency will not be heard in Death Valley as the only repeater is located on Mazourka Peak, which is located on the west side of the Inyo Mountains on a lower peak than the crest of that range. You might be able to pick it up from some locations within the expanded boundaries of the now Death Valley National Park (until 1994 it was a national monument and about 1 million acres smaller) such as Saline Valley and Eureka Dunes, but don't plan on hearing any activity that involves those locations. The Park Service handles most of the EMS/LE situations in those areas. Try listening to 154.430 for fire traffic in the Furnance Creek area. In all my trips to Death Valley I've only heard one fire dispatch for one structure fire there and I didn't take good enough notes to tell me if the Sheriff's dispatch center in Independence broadcast the dispatch or if someone locally did it. There are no radio links for a remote base on 154.430 in the Park or in the Tecopa-Shoshone area, so I don't know how it is done, perhaps by phone lines.

Also there is a amateur repeater on 2 meters located just north of Trona, on the west side of the Panimint Range on 146.970. You won't hear it from Death Valley itself and since the entrire Panamint Valley is remote, traffic on this repeater is infrequent.

Xanterra Parks and Resorts, formally Amfac, formally Fred Harvey, has gotten rid of most of their VHF radios and put almost everything on their new UHF repeater on 461.025 and the tones are: 103.5 Maintenance Ranch and Inn, 114.8 Ranch Operations "R" units, and 127.3 Inn Operations "Inn" units. Security is alone on 151.835 with a 131.8 tone and they id as "S" units. The 461 MHz repeater is located at the ranch and is an FB4 or 6 which means they can share the cost use of the repeater with others in a cost sharing arrangement "FB4" or is provided as a for profit situation "FB6". I'm not sure who they think they would get to share the repeater as the only other entitiy at Furnace Creek is the Shoshone Tribe. Since they were given about 1,000 or more acres when the Park was established in 1994 and there has been some talk about a casino on their land, the repeater may get some other users. I hope the casino never comes to pass and wish there were no private inholdings at Furnance Creek, but I depart from radio on this point.

Tones for the Park are 146.2 Grapevine Peak (southeast of Scotty's Castle, 127.3 Dry Peak (north central portion of Park), and 141.3 Rogers Peak. Last time I was there alone and could keep track of the radio, the tones were not being broadcast on the output on Dry and Grapevine so I think the field units were announcing which one they were using when talking to dispatch. Dispatch is handled by the San Bernardino Federal Interagency Communications Center and is linked to a remote base on Rogers Peak via microwave via San Seavine Peak near Lytle Creek near San Bernardino in one hop. The last time I was in Death Valley was a year ago and I was with my wife and some other friends and the 100+ year water and wildflower show so occupied us and our cameras, that I only had a chance to to hear a couple of peeps out of the radio. Call signs for the Park are: 100 Park Superintendent's satff, 200 Resources (biologists, geologists, botanists, archeaologists, etc.), 300 Interpretation (campfire, auditorium, and tour presentations), 400 protection rangers (LEO's), 500 South Zone Maintenance, 600 North Zone Maintenance (Scotty's area), 700 Base Stations (this is an NPS wide situation as all NPS licenses have a 700 number), and 800 Manzanar National Histroric Site (under the Superintendent of Death Valley NP). One bit of local jargon used is "the Nevada triangle" which is what the Nevada portion of the Park is called and is physically descriptive of the area.

You should also program in the BLM California Desert District on 166.375. The BLM has a Ranger stationed in Shoshone and one in Lone Pine I believe, but I'm not entirely sure these positions have survived the current budget and idealogical onslaught the NPS, USFS, BLM, and USFWS have been experiencing. Sites and tones are 110.9 Government, 131.8 Rogers, 136.5 Cerro Gordo, and 136.5 also for Turquoise Peak just outside of Baker, CA. BLM rangers often get involved with the CHP, Inyo SO, and the NPS on cases and traffic stops and have a lot of interesting incidents themselves. The remote areas outside the Park on BLM administered public lands have been the temporary hiding place for meth labs, pot plantations, and some interesting criminal characters, among them Charles Manson, who was found in the soutwest portion of the Panamint Range after the infamous murders "the family" committed. BLM lands were the last place Charlie was a free man.

Other natural resource agency frequencies are 151.430 for the CA Dept of Fish and Game, with a 114.8 tone for Rogers and a 118.8 tone for Government Peak. 169.875 is used by the Toiyabe National Forest and you can hear traffic on the Mt Charlston repeater northwest of Las Vegas, the mountain that dominates the Spring Mountain range and your view east of the Park. The Las Vegas District of the BLM uses 169.400 and there is a remote base on High Potosi, with repeaters that can't be received in southeast Inyo County. The Toiyabe NF and Las Vegas District BLM are both dispatched by the Las Vegas Federal Interagency Dispatch Center.

The Caltrans frequency in Mick's list is the statewide construction channel on Rogers. A maintenance repeater is located on Rogers also, with the frequency of 860.7375 and a tone of 123.0. There is a repeater on Tecopa on 856.9875, tone 123.0 for the area east and south of the Park. Call signs are 9-23-+ for Death Valley and 9-24-+ for Shoshone. Shoshone maintains CA 127 all the way to Baker even though the majority of it is in San Berdo Co.

The 35.160 phone company frequency is for a repeater at Stovepipe Wells and it links to Turquoise Mountain near Baker, CA. I think it may carry data or voice circuits for phone service from Stovepipe but I've never heard anything on it. I haven't given it much of a try either.

A frequency not mentioned so far is licensed to Amargosa Business Services and is located on Shadow Mountain southeast of Death Valley Junction on the east side of the Park. It is licensed as a FB6 (private carrier repeater or provided for on a for profit basis) and I would bet it carrys business traffic from Pahrump, NV. I've not spent much time in the Death Valley Junction area as there isn't any lodging available and the primitive camping spots are not among my favorite in southeast Inyo County. I usually spent a night or more in Shoshone each year, but it is lower in elevation than Death Valley Junction and the Shadow Mountain site is blocked by other mountains so I really can't tell you anything about this repeater.

Additional ham repeaters on the east side of the Park include the 147.030 Mt. Schader machine northeast of Pahrump and a low level repeater in Pahrump itself on 146.850 which doesn't cover any of southeast Inyo County unless you are on a high peak. As for amateur coverage in Death Valley as in Furnance Creek, Badwater, and Scotty's Castle, I have found no success on 2m or 70cm. I could not even bring up the Hi Potosi (there is a lower site south of the higher peak by about 5-10 miles) repeater on 146.880 from Tecopa on a consistent basis or with enough signal to even have a voice over all the noise. Too bad too as this repeater is part of the Western Intertie, with full time linked repeaters all over western Utah and southern Idaho. I once got into the Silver Peak (east of Bishop) 146.940 machine from Ubehebe Crater west of Scotty's Castle. I've heard a few people bring it up from Death Valley in various locations but they are using 5/8 wave antennas or longer, or beams to accomplish this. If you depend of 2 meters or 70 cm in the boonies of Death Valley where cell phones dare not tread (they don't work either in the boonies) you are out of luck unless you are on a high peak. I've suggested a 2 meter repeater for Rogers to my fellow members of the Bishop Amateur Radio Club, but expense and a small membership make this difficult.

I've left out what I know about scanning the adjacent Nevada counties as this post is long enough.

There you have it, everything you wanted to know about scanning in the Death Valley area and a lot more you probably didn't want to know. I've considered and even have a draft written for a directory of Inyo and Mono Counties, but the thought of publishing and marketing it does not fit in well with all my other hobbies. I'm not sure there is enough interest anyway.
 
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A big thanks to Exsmokey,
Wow, your're correct. That was a lot of information, (more than I was looking for). Now I need to extract it and set it up in a scanner bank.

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Ron, I realized after I posted that my information is not complete. I left out Southern Calif. Edison. Their 900 MHz Motorola Type II Smartzone system has repeaters on Cerro Gordo, Rogers, and Low Potosi. The frequencies are: Rogers 935.4625 (control), 937.225, and 938.900; Low Potosi 936.4875 (contol), 936.9125, and 938.9875; and finally Cerro Gordo 937.6875 (control), 936.400, and 938.4125. I've monitored the control channel on Rogers and Low Potosi but have not heard any trunked traffic. If you are interested and can program these two sites into your scanner while you are there, please get back to me if you hear anything. Smartzone system repeaters don't pass traffic along from other areas unless a radio, be it a mobile or a base station is located and powered up within the optimum coverage area of that repeatrer. I generally visit Death Valley on weekends and SCE traffic is likely to be less then. Additionally the SCE district covering the Death Valley area is out of Ridgecrest and I don't think they have any resident troublemen at Furnance Creek or Shoshone. Talkgroup information for SCE is on this website under Inyo County or by looking it up under the statewide trunking list for California. The Ridgecrest units have a "86" prefix in their callsign.

The Park Service, CHP, Caltrans, Inyo County Roads and the Sheriff, share a work center and residential area called "Cow Creek" located about 5-10 miles north of Furnace Creek on the east side of State Highway 190. You are likely to hear units from each of those agencies transmit "enroute from Cow Creek", espeically at night.
 
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Thanks again. Lots of information to digest and format. We want to travel Titus canyon and then come out north of Trona.

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Exsmokey said:
...There you have it, everything you wanted to know about scanning in the Death Valley area and a lot more you probably didn't want to know.
Holy bucket o' nuts. I believe that's the most thorough yet understandable discussion of ANY specialized area's radio systems and users I've ever seen. And I've been buying and reading directories and microfiche (and now scouring the internet) for almost 40 years. Absolutely first-rate.

Exsmokey said:
I've considered and even have a draft written for a directory of Inyo and Mono Counties, but the thought of publishing and marketing it does not fit in well with all my other hobbies. I'm not sure there is enough interest anyway.
If you want to PM or email me, I know a guy up that way who might be interested in doing something like that with/for you.
 
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RonLittle said:
Thanks again. Lots of information to digest and format. We want to travel Titus canyon and then come out north of Trona.

Ron
A good route. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

I feel fortunate to have Death Valley within a four hour drive of my home. Winters are not that hard here when you consider the ability to drive to the hottest place on the planet (annual mean temperature) in four hours. That and having the Owens Valley, a full 4,000 feet lower, available within 45 miles make me scoff at some folks here who complain about the length and toughness of our winters. I say "think of those poor souls in International Falls, Minnesota who have to drive for hours to reach an airport, and fly many more hours to get to Florida, Mexico, or the Carribean just to get a break from the winter." Of course I've seen us receive the average annual snowfall of Minneapolis (76") in less than 36 hours here. That makes for some interesting scanner listening!

If you haven't tried it, for those of us living in the snow, the pool at the Furnance Creek Ranch is the best in the world!
 

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Primary dispatch is San Bernardino via Microwave/Wireline. Administrative/Maintenance
traffic handled by local dispatcher at Headquarters using 785 call sign.

KMC732 Shoshone
KMC753 Furnace Creek Airport Advisory (122.8)
KMC785 Furnace Creek
KMC786 Wild Rose
KMC787 Emigrant
KMC788 Grapevine
KMC789 Rogers Peak
KMC793 Scottys Castle
KME732 Cottonwood Mountain Repeater
KOC708 Stovepipe Wells

170.100 Ch. 1 Direct
170.100 169.550 141.3 Ch. 2 Rogers Peak Repater KMC789
170.100 169.550 127.3 Ch. 3 Dry Mtn. Repeater (Saline Valley)
170.100 169.550 146.2 Ch. 4 Grapevine Mtn. Repeater
163.100 cs Ch. 5 Tac 1
168.350 cs Tac 2

417.575 San Sevaine Peak - Rogers Peak

154.725 155.415 141.3 Inyo County Sheriff Rogers Peak Repeater KNDA381

Microwave from Grapevine RS to Stovepipe Wells
Stovepipe Wells to ?
23 Ghz from Furnance Creekt to Cow Creek?

42.340 KMH525 PP CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
88.700 K204BW BF DEATH VALLEY NATURAL HISTORY A
151.430 KAN796 PO CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
153.800 WPAN849 PL INYO, COUNTY OF
825.030 KNKN209 CL MAMMOTH CELLULAR, INC.
859.7375 KNFD839 GP CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
860.9875 KNFD839 GP CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
935.4625 WNVW901 YI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COM
937.225 WNVW901 YI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COM
938.900 WNVW901 YI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COM

35.160 Rpt Pacific Bell Furnance Creek KDI323
151.835 Furance Creek Ranch - Fred Harvey Co. WPAS 839
154.515 Fred Harvey Co. WPAS 839
154.540 Furance Creek Ranch - Fred Harvey Co. WPAS 839
461.025 466.025 Xanterra (Park Consessionaire)

Death Valley Airport - LØ6
39-27.83 N 116-52.89 W -211 BMSL 3,040' Runway
122.9 Mhz CTAF Payphone 619-786-9903
FAA - RCO
5 Dual Band Antennas
1 Single Band Antenna
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Mojave National Preserve

169.975 Direct
169.975 166.775 Providence Mountain Repeater
169.975 166.775 Clark Mountain Repeater
169.975 166.775 Christmas Peak Repeater
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FREQUENCY DESCRIPTION
151.8350 FRED HARVEY INC
154.5150 FRED HARVEY INC
154.5400 FRED HARVEY INC
461.0250 XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC; XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC
466.0250 XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC; XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC
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Death Valley CA/NV 169.550 170.100
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Pinnacles CA 169.400 170.050
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California : Death Valley
FREQUENCY DESCRIPTION
151.8350 FRED HARVEY INC
154.5150 FRED HARVEY INC
154.5400 FRED HARVEY INC
461.0250 XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC; XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC
466.0250 XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC; XANTERRA PARKS RESORTS LLC
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Death Valley Airports
Frequencies: CTAF 122.900; FSS 122.200, 122.050.
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Death Valley National Park

Primary dispatch is San Bernardino via Microwave/Wireline. Administrative/Maintenance
traffic handled by local dispatcher at Headquarters using 785 call sign.

KMC732 Shoshone
KMC753 Furnace Creek Airport Advisory (122.8)
KMC785 Furnace Creek
KMC786 Wild Rose
KMC787 Emigrant
KMC788 Grapevine
KMC789 Rogers Peak
KMC793 Scottys Castle
KME732 Cottonwood Mountain Repeater
KOC708 Stovepipe Wells

170.100 141.300 Ch. 1 Direct
170.100 141.300 169.550 141.300 Ch. 2 Rogers Peak Repater KMC789
170.100 141.300 169.550 127.300 Ch. 3 Dry Mtn. Repeater (Saline Valley)
170.100 141.300 169.550 146.200 Ch. 4 Grapevine Mtn. Repeater
163.100 cs Ch. 5 Tac 1
168.350 cs Tac 2

417.575 San Sevaine Peak - Rogers Peak
154.725 155.415 141.300 Inyo County Sheriff Rogers Peak Repeater KNDA381

Microwave from Grapevine RS to Stovepipe Wells
Stovepipe Wells to ? 23 Ghz from Furnance Creekt to Cow Creek?

42.340 KMH525 PP CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
88.700 K204BW BF DEATH VALLEY NATURAL HISTORY A
151.430 KAN796 PO CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
153.800 WPAN849 PL INYO, COUNTY OF
825.030 KNKN209 CL MAMMOTH CELLULAR, INC.
859.7375 KNFD839 GP CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
860.9875 KNFD839 GP CALIFORNIA, STATE OF
935.4625 WNVW901 YI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COM
937.225 WNVW901 YI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COM
938.900 WNVW901 YI SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COM

35.160 Rpt Pacific Bell Furnance Creek KDI323
151.835 131.800 Furance Creek Ranch - Fred Harvey Co. WPAS 839
154.515 Fred Harvey Co. WPAS 839
154.540 146.200 Furance Creek Ranch - Fred Harvey Co. WPAS 839
461.025 466.025 Xanterra (Park Consessionaire)

Death Valley Airport - LØ6
122.900 Mhz CTAF Payphone 619-786-9903
FAA - RCO
5 Dual Band Antennas
1 Single Band Antenna

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154.875 Bishop - PD
154.725 Inyo County - EMS (PD)
154.980 California State (CHP / PD)
155.595 Mammoth Lakes PD
154.800 Mono County Sheriff (PD)
155.700 Mono County Sheriff (PD)
154.785 Ridgecrest PD
154.845 Ridgecrest PD
155.370 Ridgecrest PD
867.1875 San Bernardino County Sheriff (PD)
154.740 San Bernardino County Sheriff (PD)
155.970 San Bernardino County Sheriff (PD)
154.220 Big Pine FD
154.280 Big Pine FD (also Inyo/Mono/SB FDs, City of Bishop)
154.430 Bishop - Local Gov (also Inyo/Mono/SB FDs)
154.400 Chalfant Valley / Olancha FD
154.995 June Lake FD
153.950 Mammoth Lakes FD
153.860 Mammoth Lakes FD
154.025 Mono County FD
155.895 Mono County FD
153.770 Olancha FD
154.250 Paradise FD
154.070 San Bernardino County FD
154.325 San Bernardino County FD
155.160 China Lake Search & Rescue (also Inyo Co. EMS)
155.220 China Lake Search & Rescue
155.160 Indian Wells Valley Search & Rescue
155.205 Indian Wells Valley Search & Rescue
151.265 California State - CDF
151.355 California State - CDF
158.805 Bishop - Fire (new)
154.145 Bishop - Local Gov (also fire)
154.965 Bishop - Local Gov
155.010 Bishop - Local Gov (also TAC)
159.090 Bishop - Local Gov
158.760 Mammoth Lakes City
158.835 Mammoth Lakes City
153.920 Mono County
153.980 Mono County
155.760 Mono County
158.925 Mono County
154.115 Ridgecrest City
860.9875 California State - CalTrans - Inyo (new)
860.5375 California State - CalTrans - Mono (new)
153.800 Inyo County - Road Dept.
153.875 Inyo County - Road Dept.
154.085 Inyo County - Road Dept.
154.310 Inyo County - Road Dept.
155.805 Inyo County - Transit (new)
155.835 Inyo County (new)
151.415 California State - Fish & Game
151.430 California State - Fish & Game
166.375 BLM
170.100 Death Valley National Park
168.200 Inyo National Forest
171.500 Inyo National Forest
166.675 Inyo National Forest
169.875 Toiyabe National Forest
42.120 CHP
42.200 CHP
154.905 CHP
156.700 CHP
154.920 CHP
154.935 CHP
169.550 Death Valley National Park
163.100 Death Valley National Park
168.350 Death Valley National Park
461.025 Xanterra (Death Valley)
466.025 Xanterra (Death Valley)
147.210 2-Meter HAM - Little Lake
146.940 2-Meter HAM - Silver Peak (Bishop)
146.760 2-Meter HAM - Mazourka Peak
146.730 2-Meter HAM - Mammoth Lakes / Hauser Peak (Lancaster)
146.535 2-Meter HAM - Frequency Vargo's Use
146.520 2-Meter HAM - National Car to Car

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Thanks everyone! This list looks like it will work pretty much from Baker into Death Valley and back down the Pananment Valley. They will so far, (minus the trunk systems), fit on one bank.

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Great list 1979lee. I have a few comments on it.

The 154.515 and 154.540 frequencies are not being used by Fred Harvey/Amfac/Xanntera anymore as far as I can tell. I only have about 3 days of monitoring to say so, however, I believe the licenses for these frequencies are expired or about to expire.

Pinnacles National Monument is not located anywhere near Death Valley as it is in the coast range east southeast of Salinas, CA. A formation called the Trona Pinnacles is located south of Trona but is located on BLM land. There is no special frequency for its management.

The 146.535 2 meter ham frequency listed as "Vargo's Use" is a mystery. What is it?

The 400 MHz frequency used to be utilized for a link from Rogers to San Seavine. It has been replaced by microwave. Too bad as I used to be able to pick it up in the high desert north of the San Gabriels and San Berdos in locations where I was out of VHF range for the Rogers repeater.

The Mono County list could use some additional explanation as many of the frequencies are repeater inputs and others either have a use listed which is incorrect or no use listed at all. Since the gentleman didn't ask for Mono frequencies, which, with one almost never used exception and in specific locations, cannot be heard on his planned route, I won't take up the space with Mono County information. My long time residency of the area allows me to have a very accurate list.

San Berdo County's system uses the conventional fill in frequencies in the Trona area. I think there are two or is it one repeater for these. One repeater is on El Paso or Government Peak. I don't have time to look it up right now. The fire, law enforcement, and local government frequencies are employed and repeat traffic from other portions of the county. As a result there is a lot of traffic, at least on the LE frequency.

The list of repeaters for Mojave National Preserve is good. Yes, preserve not park, monument, national recreation area, natiional seashore, national historic site, etc. - why? Because some congressman thought the 3 deer and one bighorn sheep taken hunting here each year required it and hunting is allowed in preserves, but not the other types of NPS units. Here are the tones to go with them: channel 1 direct 110.9, channel 2 Providence 110.9, channel 3 Clark 123.0, channel 4 Chiristmas Tree 131.8. This follows the national natural resource interagency tone plan. This info was given me by a NPS employee many years ago and the channels refer to how the handhelds were programmed at the time. For some reason they were not using the tone select feature of their radios but put repeaters in separate channels. I don't know if the tones are transmitted on the output. I could have found out this weekend at the dedication of the Kelso Depot which is going to be the main NPS visitor center for this park unit, however, my out of town car is having a little work done on it and I will miss the event. An in-law of mine owned the town of Kelso and the NPS acquired it for public use and all members of the family were to be honored guests.
 
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I haven't yet gone on my Death Valley trip. I did, however, travel up Pleasent Canyon just outside of Ballerat, (north of Trona).

We stopped for a picnic lunch in Trona on the way back and I was able to receive fire traffic on 868.9375 and some other traffic on 154.845.

I also had some military freq on a 2d scanner and copied traffic on 138.400 & 348.700.

Traffic, (radio traffic), was lighter than I expected, but.... it's the 'country'.

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Ron, I forgot one other frequency and your reception of of a military air frequency reminded me of it. Try 319.5 or 315.9 when in the area. It should be a type of military CTAF frequency for the training area within the R-2508 Complex. Also listen to National Air Guard on 168.625 with a tone of 136.5 as it is one of several cross band repeaters with Air Guard input/output and military air input/output. I think you will find the military air frequency being used with digital, so an average scanner won't do.
 

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Thanks, I've run across that website before. His list has a lot of errors, including listing of repeater input frequencies, sometimes without the repeater outputs. I tend to find a lot of errors on frequency lists, even on ham radio club websites that are similar in nature. I think a lot of people must do some cursory research of FCC licenses or using the search function on their scanners. Lists in Radio Shack stores often have similar errors. It takes a lot of effort to develop accurate lists. Lists developed by residents of an area are usually the best you can find, but that too depends on how detail oriented that person is. There are a lot of detail oriented people on RR.

I used to look at lists posted on websites and send emails to their webmasters in an effort to have accurate information posted and to be helpful. I soon discovered that in many cases my suggestions were not used or the people stuck by their errors so I stopped making the effort. Some folks don't need the same level of detail and accuracy as others and just want to come close to what is available in an area. Many of the list developers don't have a lot of radio knowledge. They don't understand the usefullness of such things as repeater input and output frequencies, tones, transmitter site locations, and how trunking works. Even with that I find these types of lists useful as a starting point and they often contain clues for discovering unlicensed frequency use or something I've overlooked.

That being said the Great Basin Research website is very good and contains some great travel and history information. His travel reports contain very good pictures, maps, and directions. He has managed to visit some areas of the eastern Sierra I haven't been able to after living here nearly 25 years. In the meantime I can visit these places vicariously using his site.
 
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That being said the Great Basin Research website is very good and contains some great travel and history information. His travel reports contain very good pictures, maps, and directions. He has managed to visit some areas of the eastern Sierra I haven't been able to after living here nearly 25 years. In the meantime I can visit these places vicariously using his site.[/QUOTE]

yeah its a nice website, i enjoy that area of the us very much, i dont get out there enough .
in my view the eastern sierra inculding dv is my favorite place in the whole western us, maybee the world!
 
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