The Intermountain Intertie

Farnsworth Peak

147.120+ 100.0 Hz

Farnsworth Peak repeater site
CountySalt Lake
Nearest CitySalt Lake City
Elevation9,000 ft (2,743 m)

The Oquirrh Mountains (prounounced "Oh-Kerr") form the western boundary of the Salt Lake Valley. Farnsworth Peak rises in the northern portion of the range and is crowned by a large complex of many buildings and towers which contain radio and TV transmitters for most of the local stations. There are also fire and EMS antennas, and several amateur repeaters.

The Intertie repeater on this site provides coverage all along the Wasatch Front, from the Idaho border along Interstate 15 to the southern end of Utah county. There are a few weak spots in the Weber and Box Elder counties, due to blockage from the tower itself as well as a larger transmitter facility located just north of this site. Coverage in northern Utah County can also be spotty.

The location of this repeater also allows it to act as a link site to other Intertie repeaters in southern and central Utah. For several years now, it has been used to link to Frisco peak (near Milford, Utah) via 70cm. This path, however, is somewhat difficult as it grazes the Sheeprock mountains near Vernon, causing the 70cm signals to and from Frisco Peak to vary somewhat and requiring fairly large antennas and higher power to maintain a solid link. More recently, with the installation of the Levan Peak repeater, a superior, alternate link - through Levan Peak - is possible: Levan Peak, being line-of-sight to both Frisco Peak and Farnsworth Peak is now used as the primary relay point into the southern Intertie repeaters, although the direct link to Frisco is still maintained as a backup.

This repeater is linked to the Hidden Peak repeater at the top of the Snowbird tram which, in turn, is the "hub" repeater to many other repeaters and links into Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.