All of the JARC repeaters are open for general use. You do not have to be a JARC member to use the repeaters, and we welcome visitors. You can see that our terrain is extremely vertical. You can be relatively close to a repeater and be unable to reach it with an HT because of terrain masking. That is why we have so many repeaters to serve the Juneau area.
There are usually JARC members monitoring the repeaters. Time allowing, we like to meet you and talk to you!
If you are in the downtown area, your HT will easily reach the JARC Mt. Roberts repeater 146.820 (-) at the top of the tram.
In addition to downtown, the Mt. Roberts repeater serves much of the trail systems you may be on.
The Mt. Roberts repeater has good coverage of the Perseverance Trail and Silverbow Basin. Some sections of the Perseverance Trail (e.g. the very start at Basin Road and those parts close to Ebner Falls) may be masked. The Mt. Roberts repeater has excellent coverage of the Mt. Juneau trail, as well as Douglas including Sandy Beach, the Treadwell Mine Trail, and the Douglas zipline. Coverage of the Mining Museum in Last Chance Basin is spotty because of terrain masking.
If you are visiting the zipline or bicycle riding at Eaglecrest the best repeaters are either Lena Point 147.000 (-) or Peterson Ridge at 147.30 9 (+). Bicyclists on the lower parts of Fish Creek Road (coming down from the ski area) may be masked from either or both repeaters for periods of time. If you hike to the very top of Eaglecrest you can reach the Mt. Roberts repeater on the east side of the mountain and the Lena Point repeater on the west. Remember to look down for aircraft on approach to the airport.
If you are bicycle riding on North Douglas to False Outer Point the Lena Point repeater is your best option.
At the Airport use the Peterson Ridge Repeater on 147.30 (+) or the Lena Point Repeater on 147.000 (-). If you have a good antenna you can just reach Mt. Roberts on 146.820 (-).
If you are at Mendenhall Glacier you are covered by the Peterson Ridge Repeater on 147.30 (+). This repeater covers the West Glacier Trail well, but if you cut off the trail to visit the ice caves you can become masked when you are close to the ice. Coverage of the East Glacier Trail is good unless you start heading up the Nugget Creek Trail. The area around the USFS Visitor's Center, Dredge Lakes and the Moraine Ecology Trail are well covered by this repeater.
If you are bicycling in the Mendenhall Valley, use the Peterson Ridge Repeater on 147.30 (+) or Lena Point on 147.000 (-). If you have Mt. Roberts Repeater on 146.820 (-), some sections of Back Loop Road are masked.
If you are "out the road" visiting the Shrine of St. Therese, the Arboretum, or are whale watching on Lynn Canal use the Peterson Ridge Repeater on (147.30 (+) or Lena Point on 147.000 (-). Because of the topography of the Juneau area, you may start to pick up the Mt. Roberts repeater on 146.820 again! Set your radio to high power to reach Mt. Roberts, and expect to be masked while in dips in the road.
- KL0TN operates IRLP node (stn7537) on 147.420 simplex with 100.0 pl tone (downtown)
- WA6AXO operates IRLP node/cross band repeater on 146.880 (-) 100Hz pl (downtown)
- KL2ZZ operates IRLP node on 147.12 (+, 100 Hz) (Mendenhall Valley)