Jared Crapo

Hey, I'm Jared and I'm an amateur radio operator, callsign K0TFU. My local club is the Draper Ham Radio Association. Read more about me.

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Linked Repeater Systems

Amateur radio repeaters can be linked together into a repeater system. When you send a transmission to any repeater in the system, your transmission is relayed to all of the other repeaters in the system. I've gathered data for several repeater systems in the Mountain West. Each one has maps, frequency listings, printables, and CHIRP downloads. Read More

Intermountain Intertie

27 repeaters in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, and Wyoming coordinated by the Utah VHF Society

Sinbad/Skyline

The Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club and the Skyline Radio Club operate a system of linked repeaters in eastern Utah.

Dixie Amateur Radio Club

A few linked repeaters covering the St. George, UT area.

Ed Fong DBJ-2 Review

Antenna design is a game of tradeoffs. There is no such thing as an inexpensive, portable, lightweight, small, all band, high gain, omnidirectional antenna. The good news is that for any given use case, there is probably an antenna design that works pretty well. The antennas that come with most handhelds are inexpensive, small, and portable, but have terrible performance. Their low gain is especially worrisome on a handheld which typically has only 5W of power. I found an antenna that's portable, small, with 7dB of gain, and it's great for use on handhelds: Ed Fong's DBJ-2.

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Kenwood TH-D75 Review

I pre-ordered a Kenwood TH-D75 as soon as the distributors started taking pre-orders. I've had my Kenwood TH-D75 for a week now, and have had a chance to use if for quite a few hours. This is an expensive radio, I paid $750 for mine. Why would anyone pay this much money for any handheld radio? And is this one worth the money? You can buy a Baofeng UV-5R for less than $20, and it includes a charging cradle, which the Kenwood does not. The Baofeng will transmit and receive on the 2m and 70cm amateur radio bands, receive nearly anything with FM modulation, and with a little tweaking, can transmit on GMRS and MURS frequencies. What could the TH-D75 have that makes it worth almost 40 times the price?

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Intermountain Intertie

For the last couple of months, I've been working to gather data on all the repeaters in the Intermountain Intertie. I wanted to make a nicer looking presentation of this linked repeater system than the other ones that I've seen. I also wanted to add some other useful artifacts like a Google Map showing the locations and links of all the repeaters, and a CSV file that you can download into CHIRP and then program into your radio. I also want this data to always be current and up to date.

Today I added three new Arizona repeaters to my Intermountain Intertie page. Thanks to the Arizona Repeater Association for their work to link these repeaters to the Intertie. Large portions of Northern and Central Arizona, including the Phoenix metropolitan area now are covered by repeaters linked to the Intertie.

There is more work to be done: each repeater will eventually have it's own page with pictures, a description, and history of that repeater site.

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