Repeaters in DFW that Everyone Should Know

If you head over to Repeater Book and look for repeaters located within the DFW area, you will find hundreds of them. Some of the listings are out-dated, but most of them are still accurate. There are more 440 repeaters than 2-meter repeaters, mostly because our band allocation on 440MHz is 30MHz (420-450) while the band limit on 2-meters is only 4MHz (144-148). However, even with this, there is more activity on 2-meters, mostly because it is the most popular ham band and has been around the longest.

Given these facts above, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of the “must have” repeaters in DFW. To my knowledge, this is a complete list, but it is very possible that I missed some. Anyone who notices one I have missed, feel free to comment. Also note, there are many more repeaters than what is in this list, but this list is my personal opinion of which ones you should have in your radio, that you can use to cover all of DFW.

City Frequency CTCSS Notes
Arlington 147.140 110.9 This repeater is awesome – great coverage
Azle 147.160 110.9 Weekly Net on this repeater on Thursday nights
Bedford 442.825 110.9 Covers Mid Cities well
Carrollton 145.210 110.9 On top of Trinity Medical Center in N. Carrollton
Cedar Hill 442.400 110.9 There are many repeaters in Cedar Hill – this one has lots of activity and a huge footprint
Coppell 444.225 110.9 Not used much but a good repeater
Corinth 145.170 110.9 This is part of the Denton club's repeater and covers South Denton and the Lake Cities area
Dallas 146.880 110.9 At last count there were about 28 VHF/UHF repeaters in Dallas but this one is by far the most active. It it a great machine and well maintained.
Dallas 146.700 110.9 Nicknamed "The Flamethrower" sitting on the tallest building in Dallas and covers Southern Oklahoma down to Corsicana.
Decatur 444.400 156.7 Huge footprint. Reaches well into Fort Worth and Mid Cities.
Denton 146.920 110.9 This is the Denton ARC repeater
Euless 442.900 110.9 Covers all of Euless and Mid Cities
Flower Mound 444.850 110.9 The N5ERS repeater system – covers all of Denton county and most of Tarrant county. Large footprint.
Fort Worth 146.940 110.9 The Tarrant County R.A.C.E.S. repeater. There are lots of repeaters in Ft Worth also but this one is probably the most common.
Gainesville 145.290 100.0 Good coverage North of Denton
Garland 146.660 110.9 The Garland ARC repeater – heard from the West Side of Dallas
Haltom City 145.330 110.9 A very very active repeater with good coverage all over Tarrant Count and well into Dallas county.
Hurst 147.100 110.9 The best covering and most active 2-meter repeater in Mid Cities. Can be used from East Dallas to South Fort Worth – up to Denton and down to Cedar Hill
Irving 146.720 110.9 Covers Northern Dallas County and well into Tarrant and Denton County
McKinney 145.350 100.0 Huge Footprint. Can be heard from Mid Cities and South of Dallas
McKinney 146.740 110.9 The McKinney club repeater – very active.
Mesquite 147.040 136.5 The most active repeater out of all 5 or 6 in the city.
North Richland Hills 145.370 110.9 The NRHARC repeater – good coverage
Plano 147.180 107.2 The Plano ARC repeater – very active group.
Richardson 147.120 none Good coverage in South Dallas area
Rosston 145.490 85.4 Rosston is just West of Gainesville so way out of the main metroplex but it is on a 1700' tower and has a huge footprint all the way through Dallas and well into Oklahoma.
The Colony 147.380 110.9 The Lake Area ARK (LAARK) repeater

It is possible I missed one or two repeaters but this list will get you covered from West Fort Worth to East Dallas, all the way from the Red River down to Corsicana. If you think I should add any to this list, send me a comment.