The NotARubicon 700 GMRS Repeater For The Inland Empire – “Ranchino”

The NotARubicon 700 GMRS Southern California / Inland Empire repeater is sponsored by BuyTwoWayRadios.com and is an open/free GMRS repeater. The repeater goes by the name(s): NotARubicon 700, RanChino, & “NotAHam” Repeater.

Who Can Use The NotARubicon 700 GMRS Repeater:

Any licensed GMRS human may use our repeater. Our only requirements are that you have a valid GMRS license, you follow the FCC guidelines including identifying yourself with your GMRS call-sign, and most importantly, don’t be a dickhead when using our repeater.

How To Connect To The NotaRubicon Inland Empire GMRS Repeater:

The repeater is on GMRS on “700” – Some GMRS radio will list this as “Repeater Channel 7”. Some may show it as “Repeater 21”, “Repeater 7”, or as GMRS Channel #29. The “Input” frequency is 467.7000 and the output frequency is 462.7000 (you don’t need to worry about “input”, output, or offset if using a regular “GMRS” radio). You will need a DPL/DCS Transmit tone of 271 (D271N) to connect. Optionally you can use a DPL/DCS Receive tone of 073 to limit noise, but this is optional.

You can also connect to our repeater from anywhere in the world via the Zello App. Please SEE THIS PAGE for more information about how to use the repeater using the Zello app on your phone or PC.

Weekly World-Wide GMRS NET

Every Thursday at 7PM Pacific / 10PM Eastern we hold a public GMRS NET – For more information about our weekly NET please see this page: Weekly GMRS Net

Inland Empire GMRS Repeater Coverage Map

Too add your range-report to the map please leave a comment below with your location and signal-strength or email the info to: Randy@NotARubicon.com

How This GMRS Repeater Is Built:

This home brew/DIY GMRS repeater is made from two Wouxun KG-1000G mobile GMRS radios, Samlex SEC-1235 30 amp power supply, and a TRAM 1486 UHF fed by LMR-400 coax. Power Output at the radio is ~50 Watts. The Wouxun GMRS Radios, antenna, duplexer and power supply are all available at BuyTwoWayRadios.com . Backup power is provided by a Jackery 1000 1KW Solar Generator – so this repeater will remain online during power outages/emergencies, as long as the building is still standing.

Repeater Location:

The repeater is located approximately 1 mile northwest of Chaffey College at an elevation of approximately 1,900 feet with near perfect line-of-sight of the entire Inland Empire.

62 thoughts on “The NotARubicon 700 GMRS Repeater For The Inland Empire – “Ranchino”

  1. Mark says:

    I enjoy your videos and they are verry informative. Darn youtube gave me gold fever, prepper fever and now GMRS fever thanks to Randy, lol. My next goal is to connect my uv-5x to my 50×1 as a home repeater. There must be a K-1 to RJ45 cable out there somewhere. Or I just might have to make one.

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  2. Gregory Haff says:

    The “Input” frequency is 467.6000 and the output frequency is 462.6000. You will need a PL/CTCSS Transmit (T-CTC) tone of 141.3 to connect. No ‘receive tone’ other tones/settings are required.

    I have no idea what this mean and I do hope that you will make a YouTube video and explain how to sign on to a repeater (I have a Btech 50 watt unit). Thank you for letting me join this repeater as you are the first one to reply to my request to join.

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    1. Randy says:

      On a “real” GMRS radio, you dont need to worry about input/output frequency – just put it to GMRS Repeater Channel#3/Repeater 17/Channel 25 (your radio should only give you one of those 3 choices..
      Then, go into the menu settings, find the T-CTCSS (or T-CTC) setting, and set it to 141.3 – THEN, just wait fore me to get this thing working! Had it online for a few hours today but ran into some problems – hope to do more testing on Tues or Wednesday.

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      1. Gregory Häff says:

        As a Great Man once said 50 is better then 40. So I followed his lead and got a Btech GMRS-50X1. So I hope this a “real” GMRS radio and not a waste of money like CB was.

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      2. Greg says:

        So this is no more? With a new or re-branded repeater at #21 and DCS of 271N?

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        1. Randy says:

          We were getting interference on the previous frequency so we moved everything to #21 and are testing out DCS (which seems to be no different/better than CTCSS)

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  3. Mark says:

    I was all over inland yesterday and called out cpl times for you around 12-1 pm on 5w ht, no response. I just received my Tram 1486 also and the closest freq i found on cutting chart was 468. Id rather have 465 cutting specs. Can you help with a video on trimming the tram 1486 to achieve best gmrs swr? Plz plz. WRKU877.

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    1. Randy says:

      Repeater isnt up yet – ran into a problem with the duplexer, but should have a new one this week.
      Cutting the Tram 1486 was very easy – just cut to the length as shown on the cut-sheet. You have to take it apart and cut each section from the bottom of the element right to the bottom of the coil. After cutting I was getting a virtually perfect SWR of 1.01:1 at 462.575 .. I then tested it up and down the frequencies, and there was a very wide range where the SWR stayed very good – so it seem that there is a lot of leeway/room for error, and you can still get a good SWR.

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      1. Gregory Haff says:

        I got a Nagoya NMO-200C 38.5 inch antenna with a RB-50 mag mount and got a SWR of 1.4 to 1 right out of the plastic bag. But I’m not channel surfing. GMRS is not like CB so no surfing!

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      1. Mark says:

        Because i have one more trip to inland empire and will be trying to contact Randy and his new repeater to test my new uv-5x inspired by Notarubicon, since i cant talk on my uv-5r.

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  4. Chris says:

    You have made the weekly update from myGMRS.com repeater update!

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  5. Greg says:

    ? My son and I are on channel 20 but he goes out of range. So I switch to the repeater. Being on channel 20 before does / does not matter to the repeater? While on the repeater in order to contact my son he would also need to be on the same repeater? Thank you for your help

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  6. Greg says:

    I hate to be a repeater…3rd time watching your video and it all fell in line. ? I have sent request to 5 local repeaters and one GMRS club and never got a reply. As repeaters are a limited resource then could they just have to many users?

    PS> And yes for us old timers (I’m older then dirt) making Youtube videos is hard work.

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    1. Randy says:

      In the last 2 years or so I have sent requests to a dozen GMRS repeater operators via MyGMRS.. I think I only ever got a response from ONE, and that was a club.
      I think the operators are just flakes.

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      1. Greg says:

        I honored that you accepted me to this repeater, it means a lot. Let me know if you start a club…

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        1. Randy says:

          We have a club – over 900 members! But you have to have a 4×4 vehicle to join.

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          1. Greg says:

            I have a 2021 Subaru Forester (my 3rd Subaru).

  7. Greg says:

    Wouxum KG 805G GMRS radio or a Midland MXT115 mobile GMRS? This radio will be in my sons car and will see little to no use.
    I wouxum being a hand held radio and well all together in one unit is a PLUS!
    The Midland unit has 15 watts, but will take up more space and require set up before use.
    Having my way to make contact with my son (after a SHIF), will take a great weight off my shoulders.
    Your thoughts are most welcome.

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  8. RandyR says:

    Am following this thread now. Drive on the 210 from Milliken Ave to Oak Grove Dr, La Canada on most weekdays. Will a ear out to find out how far I can hear y’all when someone is on.

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    1. Randy says:

      Awesome! Until I get the antenna raised up to a better spot there is a dead zone starting west of about Haven, so for now coverage along the 210 is not very good.

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      1. Shuffle 92-7 says:

        Your coverage may not even increase much more even with your antenna going up even higher then what it is at the moment. The Angeles National Forest and surrounding hills have you boxed in good unless you move the repeater to actual communications site like Sunset Ridge.

        Nick (WRAQ419 / N5ICK

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    2. Greg says:

      Can’t find Milliken ave. So are we talking 134 > 210 (Pasadena area) North to Oak Grove Drive? Or coming from the North 5 > 210 East > Oak Grove Drive? And what time frame are you monitoring? And what channel? I’ll be using a 50X1 using mid power range.

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      1. Randy says:

        Milliken is in the Inland Empire near Interstate 15, and is very close to the repeater.

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      2. Greg says:

        Sorry seem to have answered another persons message. Backing out very quite …

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    3. Ulises says:

      Don’t confuse the traffic from this repeater from the Wilson 600 repeater which gets into la cenñada pretty good as you are not listening opened toned

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  9. Greg says:

    Before signing onto a repeater do you give our call sign?
    Or only at the 15 min mark and at the end of TX
    Can the call sign be given in Morse code or would that cause problem as repeater use Morse code?

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    1. Ulises says:

      Typically it’s just your call sign then your traffic. Also anyone on this forum is welcome to use the Wilson 600 repeater which covers Orange County and la county pretty good. I am the owner of Wilson 600

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      1. Greg says:

        I didn’t find a Wilson 600, I just now was accepted to Mt Wilson 462.600 / 167.9. Is this the same repeater?

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          1. Greg says:

            Thank you for accepting me, it means a lot.

          2. Gregory says:

            Ulises. I tried to use the Wilson 600 repeater yesterday and a fellow answered saying the repeater was only for “Fireman”. So much for a family repeater LOL

          3. Anonymous says:

            Lol what was the call sign? just say 656 said I could use it.

          4. Paul Stephan says:

            Ulises, will Wilson 600 work for Pasadena downtown? Would I need permission to use it ?

      2. Robby says:

        So what is the channel is the 600 repeater on gmrs and ctcss tone if my may know.. I use the gmrs alot but can’t really get straight answers about the repeater channels on gmrs

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  10. Greg says:

    “coverage along the 210 is not very good” Would not the foothills / mountain at begin due South of the Mt Baldy Fire Station (34.16718, – 117.67778) and run West to the Eaton Canyon Golf Course (34.15256, – 118.02664) be the problem?

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    1. Randy says:

      You should now see coverage along the 210 starting around San Dimas/57 Freeway .. Be sure to take note of the frequency and tone changes mentioned on the page above.

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  11. Mark says:

    Antenna higth matters. Im hitting the Crestline repeater from Tehachapi with Btech 50×1 and Tram 1486 @ 20 ft elev 4,000 surrounded by mtns, with a return signal of about 47 talking to Hesperia and Ontario. so dont underestimate the distance of your signal. What your antenna can see matters. Just a cpl feet higher changes your distance.

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    1. Mark says:

      From Crestline to Tehachapi is about 100 miles.

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  12. Ulises says:

    Greg I’ll be in town in July. You should have my email. We can exchange numbers. If anyone questions you about using it just make sure to tell them 656 gave permission.

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  13. Greg says:

    Today (5/25/21) I was about 2 1/4 miles (as the crow fly’s) N.W. of JPL @ 2600 ft. No traffic on GMRS 16 (4X4) and Not a Rubicon repeater. Do south of my location would be the 210 S. / 134 E. union. Is point is 37.5 mi, from the 210 E. / 15 N cross. So will continue heading eastwards until I connect.

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    1. RandyR says:

      I tried it yesterday too. NotaRubicon repeater. I have my setting at 141.3. Not sure if I did it right. I believe now it shows “CT” on the “Repeater 3” on my handheld. Will keep calling out my location as I drive back from work today, east bound 210 from Oak Grove to DayCreek exit.

      I did get some chatter on Repeater 6 as I was switching channels, but until I got to somewhere around 210/605 I think.

      Thanks

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      1. Greg says:

        RandyR: 210 / 605 to the 210 / 15 is 26 1/2 miles, you may have been out of range plus hills to the North would not have helped. What non repeater channel do you use?

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        1. RandyR says:

          I have not used any of the non-repeater channels, as I figured I can keep monitoring NotaRubicon just to give some feedback to him. Plus I’m not supposed to legally transmit at time, if you know what I mean. 🙂

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  14. Chris says:

    I was able to hit the repeater today as I traveled along the 210 from the 57. I only had a Sad Ham Baofeng with me on a stock rubber ducky with no outside antenna. Still made contact tho!

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  15. Brian says:

    Brian – 942
    Had great reception on a test today. I was at Ontario/91 fwy in Corona. On HT radio.

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    1. Greg says:

      MMM that’s is better then 20 miles as the crow flies from the repeater. What kind of HT radio were you using?.

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      1. Brian says:

        Btech V1. I’ve connected many times to the repeater from there. Any further south though and it’s static.

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  16. RoverLander says:

    Seem to be having trouble hitting this repeater from Yorba Linda. B-Tech GMRS-50X1. Using CHIRP, have repeater Channel 29 (462.700) set, Tone mode set to DTCS, DTCS tone code set to 271, and DTCS Pol set to NN (normal), and nothing but dead air no Rx either. Any suggestions?

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    1. Randy says:

      You may not be able to hit it from where you are because the Chino Hills are between you and the repeater.. but be sure to set the DCS 271 tone for OUTGOING (TX) ..also, currently there is no ‘kerchunk” set on the repeater – so you wont know if you hit it unless someone answers you – and because its a new repeater, not many people are on it – best time to try is between 6p and 11p…We hope to have the ‘kercunk’/squelch-tail programmed in a week or two and that will let you know for sure if you are hitting it.

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  17. Donny says:

    Was able to make contact from heart bar campground on my btech 50×1

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  18. Roadrunner74 says:

    New to GMRS… Just posted a question to your Youtube channel asking if your repeater was on mygmrs.com… was actually able to find it after some searching and got linked to this page! Love the Youtube videos… waiting on my new Wouxn KG-905G to be delivered tomorrow per your review on the Tube… keep the videos coming!

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  19. Jim Woods says:

    Just signed into the gateway and awaiting trusted status. Thanks Randy, I do enjoy your fun and informative no BS videos. Jim WREY-907

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  20. Mark says:

    Hey Randy, just heard you briefly on crestline 550 loud and clear, in Tehachapi about 100 miles north east of the repeater.

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  21. Patrick Norton says:

    I connected to your repeater via Zello app, had my callsign in my profile, and called out at different times of the day multiple days over 2 weeks time. I still have not been trusted. How long does it typically take? Thanks.

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    1. Randy says:

      It typically takes anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 weeks..
      Stay logged in for a while and I will keep an eye out for your profile.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    What kind of indecent act do I have to preform on who to become a “trusted” user on this repeater?

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    1. Randy says:

      As stated on the Zello information page, just put your GMRS callsign in your Zello profile and wait..

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