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The following was reported in the "VHF Club Bulletin" in the months noted and provided to SANDRA by Ken Decker, WA6OSB:

Jun 1963 VHF Club Net operations begin on 146.840 MHz FM simplex, WA6OSB net control
Feb 1966 At the Jan. meeting the SDVHF Club voted to form a Repeater Advisory Committee
May 1966 The Repeater Advisory Committee evolved into the San Diego Amateur FM Radio Relay Association (SDAFMRRA) See NOTE (1) below.
Aug 1966 This issue notes that August is the 5th Anniversary meeting of the SD VHF Club
Jan 1967 The San Diego VHF Club Bulletin adopted a new name; The VHF Spectrum
Mar 1967 Application made to the FCC to secure a call for the proposed FM repeater
Jul 1967 The call is WB6WLV (received in Jun) The repeater is expected to be operating on a trial basis at the QTH of WA6LAG
Aug 1967 Repeater still not at WA6LAG's QTH
Feb 1969 K4AFS/6 and WB6TYR are now working on repeaters for the mountain top
May 1969 Board of Directors made decision to change 146.840 to a more standardized 146.850 MHz
Nov 1969 Mentions a change to the VHF Club Constitution (Copy of the VHF Club Constitution not located)
Apr 1970 This is the last copy I could find of the VHF Spectrum, still published by the SD VHF Club
A copy of the San Diego County Radio Amateur Directory for 1969-1970 identifies the VHF Club with the call WB6WLV

Note (1): An undated copy of the SAN DIEGO AMATEUR FM RADIO RELAY ASSOCIATION Constitution states in Article II, Sec 2a .... "To be eligible for the board of directors, he must be a member of the SAN DIEGO VHF CLUB, which is the governing amateur body over VHF in the principal area of operation of this association."

Additional info: Strangely the "VHF Spectrum" does not indicate when the repeaters went on the air, although we suspect it might have been sometime in 1968 or early 1969.  On page 24 of the 1969 San Diego Amateur Convention booklet is an article about the SDAFMRRA that identifies our repeaters as being 146.340/146.850 MHz with the option of switching to 146.340/146.940 MHz. Also 445.250/445.500 MHz.  This was a typo.  Actual frequencies were 445.250/449.500 MHz.  This is the configuration shown in the July 1972 ST (Vol 1, No 2).  Looks like the decision to go to 146.040/146.640 was made a couple of months later. (see ST Vol 1, No.4)

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