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Santa Barbara Scanner Frequencies

Part 1

By David Mendosa


Now for the first time, 15 years after Shawn Miner and I started compiling this list, we have a source of official information. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license database for transmitters located in California was at one time available on the Internet via telnet at tcomeng.com; log in as "fcc" (it does not appear to be currently available). More than 300,000 records throughout the state are on file. Even this huge database is not complete, however. For example, information on licenses held by federal government agencies is considered confidential and is not included.

I searched this list for licensee names that included the words "Santa Barbara," "Carpinteria," "Goleta" and a few other names. I also search by frequency for those that we had not been able to identify and found more identifications. Thanks very much to David Carmean for bringing this wonderful resource to our attention.

This list is now expanded to include more than 800 scanner frequencies reported to have been heard locally. Of that number, 62 are newly added because of the availability of the FCC database and many others have been identified. Those licensees listed in the FCC database that we have identified to date are marked with an asterisk (*).

Because of the FCC database, I have pruned the list to eliminate frequencies that met all three of the following conditions: (1) Not included in the FCC database; (2) unidentified transmitters; and (3) no receptions reported. The following six frequencies were eliminated below: 152.520, 152.810, 158.895, 170.250, 319.300 and 931.050.

This list also includes the frequencies of local cells for cellular telephone communications. They are included so you can avoid listening to them, since it is illegal to evesdrop on cellular calls.

The list below shows the frequency first, followed in parentheses by the number of hits in a three-day period, and then a description of the service. Shawn loaded sets of 50 frequencies in his scanner and let it run for at least three working days. Shawn lives on the Ventura side of Carpinteria, and though he's using a "long wire" antenna, your results may vary. Also some frequencies, such as those for emergencies, may not have a high count but are very active during a fire or other emergency for which they were designed.

His scanner recorded the number of times that it stopped on each frequency, up to a maximum of 99 counts. For one reason or another some frequencies were not counted at all:

Those reasons are:

(LC) = locked out for noise, continuous
(LI) = locked out for noise, intermittent
(OB) = out of range of scanner
(DC) = data channel
(MP) = mobile phone constant tone
(CO) = continuously active
(LF) = local frequency (like cordless phones).

Some abbreviations used for ham repeaters:
ARA = Agoura Radio Association
CMRA = California Microwave Relay Association
GRA = Gibraltar Repeater Association
LPARG = Los Padres Amateur Radio Group
PL = Private Line
RACES = Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service
SBARC = Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club
SBCRA = Santa Barbara Council of Radio Amateurs
SMRA = Sulphur Mountain Repeater Association
SMUG = Six Meter Users Group

Some other abbreviations:

ATIS = Automatic Terminal Information Service
CLEMARS = California Law Enforcement Mutual Radio System
HEAR = Inter-Hospital Emergency
UNICOM = Uncontrolled Airports Advisory Channel

I started working on this list in 1983, when I became manager of the Carpinteria Radio Shack store and began expanding a list that had about 30 frequencies. Since that time literally hundreds of people have contributed to developing what may be the most comprehensive list for any area. It's not finished--it never will be. I will appreciate any additions, corrections, and suggestions you can make. Just leave a message for me at my Internet address, mendosa@mendosa.com.

VHF-LO (26 MHz)

26.150 (OB) Audio of KEYT-TV feeds audio to remotes and live broadcasts
27.065 (OB) Citizens Band Channel 9 Emergency
27.075 (OB) Citizens Band Channel 10
27.185 (OB) Citizens Band Channel 19

VHF-LO (30-50 MHz)

30.550 (00) Pt. Mugu Pacific Missile Test Center air-ground
33.660 (00) Santa Barbara Fire OES-State Channel
33.890 (00) Ventura mobile phone?
33.980 (01) Calif Office of Emergency Services transmit-fire
34.810 (18) Santa Barbara Fish & Wildlife Service
34.830 (00) Santa Barbara Fish & Wildlife Service Secondary-Federal Primary
35.020 (00) McDonald's (Goleta)
35.660 (99) U.S. Central*
35.380 (00) Mobile phone, Ventura (2M)
39.040 (00) Ventura School, Calif. Youth Authority
39.100 (03) Ventura School, Calif. Youth Authority
39.200 (02) Police?
39.550 (70) Santa Barbara marine operator (also 161.850)
39.700 (23) Los Angeles Sheriff's Office, Malibu base
41.060 (00) FCC
42.080 (69) CHP Silver base
42.120 (01) CHP Gold channel base
42.140 (??) CHP Blue 1
42.150 (??) CHP Blue Mobiles (rarely heard)
42.160 (99) CHP Ventura car to car purple
42.180 (01) CHP State car to car & air blue mobile
42.200 (02) CHP Gold mobile
42.240 (99) CHP Santa Barbara car to dispatch green
42.280 (99) CHP Red mobile/Silver mobile?
42.300 (99) CHP Yellow mobile
42.340 (99) CHP car to car Blue network- State wide common base
42.400 (99) CHP Ventura dispatch purple
42.420 (99) CHP Tan base
42.440 (99) CHP State red network base
42.460 (99) CHP Black base
42.480 (99) CHP Grey base
42.500 (99) CHP Brown base
42.520 (99) CHP Yellow base
42.540 (99) CHP Santa Barbara dispatch to car green
42.560 (99) CHP dispatch to car white--Buellton area
42.600 (99) CHP Copper base
42.660 (99) CHP Orange mobile
42.680 (99) CHP Grey mobile
42.720 (99) CHP Buellton (SLO) white mobile
42.740 (99) CHP Copper mobile
42.760 (99) CHP Pink mobile
42.820 (99) CHP Brown mobile
42.840 (99) CHP Tan mobile
42.880 (99) CHP Orange channel base
43.000 (37) Santa Barbara City College
43.500 (99) Voice Pager-Multi-tone, 2-tone & voice BNS
43.600 (99) Voice Pager
44.340 (99) KEYT Audio (image)
44.640 (99) Calif. Dept. of Parks & Rec., San Luis Obispo Co.
44.720 (99) State Parks main, Ventura, repeater
44.800 (99) State Parks channel 2 carrier (birdie?)
44.880 (49) State Parks channel 4
45.020 (??) CHP Ivory Air-to-Ground Units
45.080 (99) County of Santa Barbara* Public Works/Civil Defense EOC
45.160 (45) City of Carpinteria
45.320 (99) County of Santa Barbara* Public Works
45.460 (LI) Santa Barbara County
45.800 (LI) Santa Barbara County Public Works
46.000 (04) Dr. James R. Rule, Oxnard
46.610 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 1/Dept. of Energy
42.620 (??) CHP Brown Mobiles
46.630 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 2 or B/Dept. of Interior
42.650 (??) CHP Green Base - South S.B. County
46.670 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 3 or C/U.S. Navy
46.710 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 4 or I/U.S. Army
46.730 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 5 or D/NASA and affiliates
46.750 (LF) Santa Barbara mobile marine operator?/U.S. Air Force
46.770 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 6 or A/Forest Service
46.830 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 7 or E
46.870 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 8 or M/U.S. Army
46.930 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 9 or N/U.S. Army
46.970 (LF) Cordless phone base Channel 10 or O/Forest Service
47.080 (99) Caltrans, Statewide
47.180 (LO) Caltrans, Santa Barbara
47.420 (99) WNJW808 American Red Cross
47.460 (37) National Jeep Search and Rescue
47.500 (01) AMR Ambulance Ventura/WNLE301 American Red Cross
47.540 (00) Conrad and Comer Mortuary Oxnard/Santa Maria City public works
47.580 (99) 911 Ambulance
47.660 (68) Medivac ambulance
47.680 (  ) Hollister Ranch
48.840 (99) Union Oil platforms A/B/C/Gilda/Gina
48.900 (LI) Union Oil Ventura
49.120 (99) ARCO
49.670 (LF) Cordless phone handset channel 1
49.770 (LF) Cordless phone handset channel 4 or I
49.830 (LF) Cordless phone handset ch. 2 (if 5-ch. type, base=1.705)
49.845 (LF) Cordless phone handset ch. 6 (if 5-ch. type, base=1.735)
49.860 (LF) Cordless phone handset ch. 3 (if 5-ch. type, base=1.765)
49.875 (LF) Cordless phone handset ch. 5 (if 5-ch. type, base=1.795)
49.890 (LF) Cordless phone handset ch. 7 (if 5-ch. type, base=1.825)
49.930 (LF) Cordless phone handset channel 8 or M
49.970 (LF) Cordless phone handset channel 10 or O
49.990 (LF) Cordless phone handset channel 9 or N

HAM BAND (50-54 MHz; SIX METERS)

51.340 (OB) Ham repeater input Camarillo WB6ZCO
51.840 (OB) Ham repeater output Camarillo WB6ZCO
52.060 (OB) Ham repeater input Frazier Mtn. Ventura N6BKL
52.080 (OB) Ham repeater input San Fernando Mts. 1000 Oaks WB6CHI
52.420 (OB) Ham repeater input Santa Barbara SMUG KA6SOX
52.460 (OB) Ham repeater input Santa Barbara (RACES) WB6UCK
52.525 (OB) Ham national FM Simplex Calling Frequency
52.560 (OB) Ham repeater output Frazier Mtn. Ventura N6BKL
52.580 (OB) Ham repeater output San Fernando Mts. 1000 Oaks WB6CHI
52.920 (OB) Ham repeater output Santa Barbara SMUG KA6SOX
52.960 (OB) Ham repeater output Santa Barbara (RACES) WB6UCK

AIRCRAFT (108-136 MHz)

113.800 (OB) Gaviota VOR (Navigational Beacon; no voice)
114.900 (OB) San Marcos VOR (voice; Sn Barb Flight Service)
118.000 (99) Vandenberg AFT approach/departure
118.050 (01) Oxnard ATIS
118.100 (02) Pt. Mugu aircraft clearance delivery
118.200 (00) Vandenberg AFB tower
118.300 (05) Santa Maria tower
118.700 (00) Santa Barbara Airport
118.925 (00) Firefighting aircraft
118.950 (01) Air Tac 1 CDF
119.050 (99) Santa Barbara Airport approach/departure
119.200 (00) Camarillo tower
119.700 (99) Santa Barbara Airport tower
119.950 (02) Firefighting aircraft
119.975 (00) CDF helicopters
120.000 (99) ?
120.550 (99) Santa Barbara Airport approach/departure (west)
121.400 (08) Vandenberg AFB range control
121.500 (41) Aircraft emergency nation wide
121.700 (21) Santa Barbara Airport ground control
122.000 (99) Flight watch (Nationwide weather reporting channel)
122.100 (13) Flight service (not used at Santa Barbara FSS)
122.200 (11) Flight service (not used at Santa Barbara FSS)
122.300 (71) Santa Barbara Airport flight service
122.350 (04) Santa Barbara Aviation
122.700 (22) UNICOM Lompoc, Santa Paula
122.750 (99) Law enforcement aircraft
122.800 (31) Santa Ynez UNICOM
122.850 (88) CDF emergency air tac/MULTICOM
122.900 (13) MULTICOM/UNICOM air tac 2/CDF emergency air tac/Sn Barb
Sheriff's Aero Sq*
122.925 (04) CDF air tanker base and ground control
122.950 (66) Santa Barbara CHP planes/UNICOM/Mercury Air Service
123.000 (03) UNICOM (air to air)
123.025 (23) Law enforcement aircraft
123.050 (58) Law enforcement aircraft/Santa Barbara heliports?
123.075 (02) Law enforcement aircraft
123.100 (03) Air search and rescue/Sn Barb Sheriff's Aero Sq*
123.175 (00) Law enforcement aircraft
123.300 (45) Santa Barbara Aviation*
123.600 (02) Flight service
123.650 (07) Santa Barbara Airport flight service
123.750 (38) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station approach control
124.500 (99) Los Angeles approach
124.700 (99) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station approach control
124.800 (LC) Santa Barbara Airport ATIS
124.850 (54) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station tower
124.900 (99) Los Angeles approach
124.950 (03) Vandenberg AFB tower
125.400 (99) Santa Barbara Airport approach/departure (east)
125.550 (01) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station ATIS
126.200 (01) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station tower
126.850 (LI) OLF San Nicolas Island tower
127.550 (29) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station tower
127.800 (04) Santa Barbara Airport ATIS
128.200 (38) Camarillo tower
128.650 (99) Pt. Mugu approach control
129.425 (03) Petroleum Helicopters Inc.
129.500 (99) United Airlines
130.300 (93) Continental Airlines
131.575 (99) Petroleum Helicopters Inc.
132.150 (99) LA Center air traffic control
132.600 (LI) Ojai sector, en route
132.900 (15) Santa Barbara Airport clearance delivery
133.250 (29) Pt. Mugu approach control
134.400 (LC) Santa Barbara sector, en route, high altitude
135.500 (99) Pt. Mugu sector, en route, northbound
134.900 (23) Los Angeles terminal control area
134.950 (??) Oxnard tower

GOVERNMENT (136.005-144 MHz)

140.250 (OB) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station fire/rescue
140.450 (OB) Port Hueneme FD
143.800 (OB) Coast Guard auxiliary repeater
143.900 (OB) Civil Air Patrol

2M-HAM (144-148 MHz)

144.250 (??) Hang gliders
144.520 (03) Ham repeater input Lompoc Walla Net WB6QEV
144.540 (13) Ham repeater input Santa Maria K6MX
144.580 (00) Ham repeater input Santa Ynez Peak WA6COT
144.600 (05) Ham repeater input Carpinteria WA6DQK
144.640 (01) Ham portable repeater input SBARC
144.750 (99) Ham repeater input Tranquilion Peak WB6BGK
144.800 (05) Ham repeater input Ojai N6FL
145.030 (36) Ham digipeater Ventura SMRA Vntura:WA6ZSN-1
145.050 (99) Ham digipeater SYV:AA6QD-5 Santa Ynez Valley/SBARC SBA05:K6TZ-2
145.070 (99) Ham digipeater Conejo Valley CV:M6MBR-6/Vic Trace SBA:K6TZ-1
145.090 (10) Ham digipeater Oxnard N6RKJ
145.120 (00) Ham repeater output Lompoc Walla Net WB6QEV
145.140 (00) Ham repeater output Santa Maria K6MX
145.180 (05) Ham repeater output Santa Ynez Peak WA6COT 131.8
145.200 (07) Ham repeater output Carpinteria WA6DQK 131.8
145.240 (01) Ham portable repeater output Goleta K6TZ 131.8
145.350 (04) Ham repeater output Tranquilion Peak, Lompoc 141.3 WB6BGK
145.400 (02) Ham repeater output Ojai N6FL
146.055 (00) Ham repeater input Ventura N6QOL
146.070 (01) Ham repeater input 1000 Oaks N6JMI
146.190 (99) Ham repeater input Santa Barbara Mesa SBARC K6TZ
146.200 (01) Ham repeater input San Luis Obispo WB6FMC
146.250 (01) Ham repeater input 1000 Oaks K6AER
146.280 (36) Ham repeater input Sulphur Mt. Ventura SMRA WB6ZTT
146.295 (51) Ham repeater input Santa Ynez Valley N6JNS
146.340 (00) Ham repeater input Ojai/Santa Maria WB6FMC
146.370 (00) Ham repeater input Oxnard WB6YQN 127.3
146.400 (??) Ham repeater input Malibu M6NUT
146.430 (??) FM simplex—remote base input/output for ATV calls
146.655 (00) Ham repeater output Ventura N6QOL 131.8
146.670 (00) Ham repeater output 1000 Oaks N6JMI 127.3
146.790 (99) Ham repeater output Santa Barbara Mesa SBARC K6TZ
146.800 (01) Ham repeater output San Luis Obispo WB6FMC Cuesta Peak 131.8
146.850 (00) Ham repeater output 1000 Oaks K6AER 94.8
146.880 (03) Ham repeater output Sulphur Mt. Ventura SMRA WB6ZTT 127.3
146.895 (02) Ham repeater output Santa Ynez Valley N6JNS
146.940 (00) Ham repeater output Nipomo WB6FMC
146.970 (00) Ham repeater output Oxnard WB6YON 127.3
147.000 (99) Ham repeater output Sn Barb Bcast Peak SBCRA PL WB60BB 131.8
147.120 (00) Ham repeater output Lompoc WA6VPL
147.225 (02) Ham repeater output Castro Peak ARA (closed system) K6JHX
147.285 (14) Ham repeater input 1000 Oaks PL 127.3 N6JMI
147.345 (00) Ham repeater input Sn Barb Gibraltar Peak GRA PL 131.8 WA6JFM
147.435 (??) Ham repeater Malibu W6NUT 103.5
147.585 (00) Ham digipeater FIG:AA6QD-3/SOL:AA6QD-4 Santa Ynez Valley
147.600 (02) Ham repeater input Sn Barb Broadcast Peak SBCRA PL 131.8 WB6OBB
147.720 (00) Ham repeater input Lompoc WA6VPL
147.825 (03) Ham repeater input Castro Peak ARA (closed system) K6JHX
147.885 (01) Ham repeater output 1000 Oaks PL 127.3 N6JMI
147.945 (99) Ham repeater output Sn Barb Gibraltar Peak GRA PL 131.8 WA6JFM

VHF-HI (148-174 MHz)

148.150 (57) Civil Air Patrol, Ventura
148.200 (??) Vandenberg AFB Fire Department
148.335 (02) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station security
148.350 (15) Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station missile accident team
148.825 (04) Coast Guard auxiliary repeater-(w/143.800)
149.000 (30) Pt. Mugu Pacific Missile Test Center
149.010 (00) Pt. Hueneme
149.070 (00) South Coast, Navy range communications
149.100 (00) Pt. Mugu industrial control
149.130 (02) South Coast, Navy range communications
149.430 (00) South Coast, Navy range communications
149.490 (00) South Coast, Navy range communications
149.925 (99) Civil Air Patrol
150.000 (62) NOAA satellites
150.030 (00) Carlson's Towing
150.100 (00) Pt. Mugu industrial control
150.225 (00) Space shuttle convoy
150.275 (00) Space shuttle convoy
150.325 (00) Space shuttle convoy
150.775 (07) ?
150.815 (99) Love's Towing/Tony's Towing
150.920 (01) Automobile Club of So. California, Ventura
151.025 (00) Ventura Road Dept.
151.190 (05) ?
151.220 (03) Forest Service Los Padres NF Red air net
151.265 (99) Sn Bar Region CDF
151.280 (00) Forest Service Los Padres NF Blue air net
151.295 (03) CDF air net
151.325 (11) CDF SLO County Fire
151.355 (46) Calif. Forestry Division State net
151.430 (99) Fish and Game
151.625 (32) Davis Enterprises (Carnivals)/Santa Barbara City College*
151.655 (99) Carpinteria School District*
151.685 (99) Boedecker Chevron Towing/Santa Barbara Auto Supply*/Carpinteria
School District*
151.770 (82) Pager
151.775 (99) Santa Barbara Zoo*
151.790 (10) ?
151.805 (99) Santa Barbara High School District*/Sn Barb Locksmith*/Caesars
Auto Supply*
151.815 (00) Love's Towing
151.835 (82) Santa Barbara towing/Montecito Retirement Associates*
151.925 (99) San Ysidro Ranch*/Jordanos IFD*
151.955 (01) Towing?
152.005 (99) Cottage Hospital pager
152.010 (99) Cottage Hospital pager
152.030 (99) Pager
152.120 (01) Mobile phone Channel 7 Ventura
152.180 (LI) Pager and voice pager
152.210 (00) Mobile phone Channel 13 Ventura
152.240 (DC) Mobilecomm of Ventura paging
152.300 (01) ?
152.330 (01) ?
152.390 (99) Santa Barbara Yellow Cab dispatch to taxi
152.480 (LI) Sn Barb Cardiovascular Medical Group*/Sn Barb School District*/
Volt Alarm Systems*/Pueblo Radiology Medical Group*/Frank R./
Gamberdella MD*/Electronic Site Providers*/Bodre L. Carswell MD*/
Cumulous Communications*
152.540 (MP) GTE mobile phone (tone) YL
152.600 (MP) Mobile phone (tone) YP
152.720 (99) Dial Page* (Voice Pager)
152.840 (DC) Data link
152.870 (99) Granite Construction Co.
152.900 (11) Carpinteria Motor Transport
153.080 (99) Colson's Towing
153.110 (02) KEYT
153.150 (42) ?
153.230 (00) Southern California Gas Co. Golela/Santa Barbara
153.320 (05) Delco Electronics
153.340 (06) ?
153.410 (99) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.425 (99) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.440 (02) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.455 (56) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.470 (09) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.485 (07) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.515 (00) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.530 (99) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.545 (99) Ventura Gas Co.?
153.560 (00) Santa Barbara Gas Co.
153.605 (99) Santa Barbara Gas Co.*
153.680 (17) Sn Bar Corona del Mar Water Treatment/Goleta Water District*
153.695 (96) Santa Barbara County Gas Co.
153.755 (99) Calif. Dept. of Comm., Corrections & State Hospitals
153.770 (99) County of Santa Barbara* Fire Channel 1/Solvang City Fire
153.785 (43) Ventura County Parks/Ventura Marshall
153.815 (10) Ventura County
153.845 (LI) Ventura County
153.875 (15) Isla Vista Sanitation District
153.905 (45) Santa Barbara County Fire Channel 2
153.935 (03) Ventura Housing Authority
153.965 (99) Ventura County/Solvang City Fire
153.980 (99) Santa Barbara County Fire dispatch Channel 3
153.995 (??) Santa Barbara County Fire mobile 154.010 (99) Ventura County Fire dispatch
154.055 (00) Fillmore Police
154.085 (99) Santa Barbara City* public works
154.130 (99) Wildland fire cntrl/Mountain/Painted Cave/Paradise/San Marcos VFD
154.145 (99) Oxnard Fire/Ventura Fire
154.160 (05) Calif. Office of Emergency Services receive
154.180 (07) Wildland fire cntrl/Mountain/Painted Cave/Paradise/San Marcos VFD
154.190 (99) Carpinteria/Montecito Fire dispatch (blue)/Santa Barbara city
154.205 (02) Fillmore Fire
154.235 (01) Ventura County Fire dispatch
154.250 (42) County of Santa Barbara* Fire Dept
154.265 (00) Fire mutual aid statewide
154.280 (15) Fire mutual aid statewide (White) (Santa Barbara county A7)
154.295 (07) Fire mutual aid statewide/OES fire
154.325 (99) Ventura County Fire secondary
154.340 (01) Oxnard Fire/Union Oil Co.
154.370 (00) Oxnard Fire/Santa Paula Volunteer Fire/Ventura Fire F2
154.400 (14) Ventura Fire/LA county/Antelope Valley
154.430 (04) Oxnard City Fire/Lomboc City Fire
154.445 (99) Santa Barbara City Fire dispatch (green)/County A8/UCSB PD
154.515 (99) UC Santa Barbara
154.540 (05) Montecito Patrol/Biltmore security/Goleta Union School District*
Sn Barb Cemetary Association*
154.600 (99) Brooks/McDonald's Goleta/Sn Barb Aviation*/Sn Barb School District
Sn Barb Museum of Art*

Here's the second part: More Santa Barbara Scanner Frequencies

Last modified: March 8, 2002

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