VHF/UHF Operating

New Hams often wonder what repeaters are available in their area; check out the resources below to find your local repeaters.

Many repeater systems are linked, providing multi-state coverage. These are typically called “intertie systems”. A list of major western USA interties is below. Additionally, some repeaters are linked through the internet using systems like EchoLink, System Fusion, D-Star, and other systems, allowing you to talk around the world on a local repeater.

  • Western Intertie Network is a collection of 71 repeaters covering 16 states and 4 countries.
  • Cactus Intertie is a private linked system covers large portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas.
  • Calnet is a private multi repeater amateur radio system serving most of California and parts of Nevada.
  • Intermountain Intertie is a linked repeater system covering northern Utah, eastern Nevada, southern Idaho, and western Wyoming. 
  • C.A.R.L.A. is the California Amateur Radio Linking Association and has linked repeaters covering northern & central California as well as western Nevada.
  • Condor Connection is a southwestern USA intertie operating in California, Nevada and Arizona.
  • EchoLink is an Internet linking system allowing connected repeaters around the globe to access each other. New Hams with a just an iPhone/iPod/iPad, Android device, or PC can connect to EchoLink even if they don’t yet own a radio.

What about Simplex?

Let’s not forget, many conversations can happen on simplex, without tying up a repeater. If you live in Northern California, check out the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association’s site for a list of coordinated NorCal simplex frequencies.

© Alan W Dye 2021