The Valley Emergency Radio Association is a group of public-service minded Radio Amateurs who banded together to support the installation and operation of radio facilities intended primarily for emergency and public service needs.
For over 30 years VERA operted as a California "NOT FOR PROFIT" Association supported by dedicated emergency communications volunteers that belonged to a variety of communications support groups in the Los Angeles and Ventura County area. Decling support, members moving from the area, and the aging and passing of long term members has resulted in the loss of resources needed to continue the Association's services. K6IYK now operates the Association with the beneift of donations from Amateurs supporting operation of the 224.36 MHz Repeater.
The VERA Repeater is located on Oat Mountain above the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Simi Valleys, and is an open machine available to all Amateurs. Primary coverage includes most of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties. In compliance with the requirements of the 220SMA, and in order to protect the users of other repeaters on the same frequency, VERA is required to operate with a protected receiver and uses a CTCSS (PL) tone of 107.2 Hz.