Alfonso Faustino: CARLA System

Whether you realize it or not or want to face it or not, the cellular network, most likely, won’t work in the event of a catastrophe, such as, an earthquake, severe storm like Katrina, or the California Firestorms; hence, CARLA System is my go-to primary analog repeater network.


The CARLA network consists of a healthy amount of repeaters providing vast coverage from North California, Southern California, and Nevada; and, CARLA occupies prime real estate throughout Northern California, Southern California, and Nevada.

CARLA has a group of volunteer personnel, present company included, working 24/7 to ensure communication is available in the event of an emergency situation or natural catastrophe. I visited all the CARLA sites except Mt. Shasta.

Boss is preparing for his climb up one of CARLA’s tower in Mt. Vacaville, CA, to replace a damaged antenna with a new one. It’s a dangerous mission, requiring the utmost safety skills and physical agility. I will be providing ground support of hoisting the new antenna up to Boss, so he can remove the old antenna and replace it with the new one.

The pictures, below, is the location of CARLA System 5.

I’m up in CARLA System 5 throwing out and receiving RF signals covering many miles because of the awesome LOS. I’m using a Motorola XTS 5000.

Of course, there are many networks out there that cover territories that CARLA System doesn’t cover and vice versa; so, the important thing is to pick a network that covers your state and city. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles Area, and Nevada Area, definitely include CARLA into your HAM transceiver programming.


So, if you’re interested in reliable and functional repeater system that has ongoing support and a friendly group of people, add CARLA System to your existing repeater list; and, I hope to talk to you there.

Check 6!

/s/ Alfonso Faustino (K6ASF)