Many of you may have never heard of Colorado Connection Repeaters, Inc. The corporation is a non-profit organization supporting The Colorado Connection, a unique statewide two meter linked FM radio system with additional coverage into adjacent states. Currently the repeater system provides coverage to about 80-90% of the state’s population and about 50-60% of the area. Volunteers have set the goal of providing coverage to virtually all of our state’s population and 90-100% of Colorado’s area. The Colorado Connection is not a club with dues and membership. It’s an invaluable tool of the amateur radio community, provided solely through the financial support of the system users. The volunteers of the Connection would like to invite you to take a tour of the Connection to learn about its many unique features.
The Connection doesn’t offer a phone patch. Instead, we have border to border VHF coverage via two meter radio. What makes the Connection unique is the ease of operation. There are no complex control codes needed to operate distant repeaters – simply transmit on your local repeater frequency and you’re connected with the entire system. With many solar powered sites, the Connection is the highest all amateur linked radio system in the world. It is supported solely by volunteer time, talent, money, and equipment! The Connection serves many communities as an emergency communications backup. All licensed amateur radio operators with two meter privileges are welcome to use the system and our volunteers support the Connection for the love of amateur radio.
Without your support the Connection cannot survive. Colorado Connection volunteers ask that each of you consider what value the Connection is to you and the amateur radio community. We hope to expand coverage, which requires a great deal more than the $300-$400 per month we need to sustain operation and hope that you’ll help us in reaching these goals. Please consider a donation to help us bring added coverage to rural Colorado.
Colorado Connection Repeaters, Inc. is governed by a seven member Board of Directors This corporation supports the VHF repeater system known as the Colorado Connection.
The purposes for which the corporation is organized are to promote amateur radio, to provide public service and emergency communications, to perform scientific research into propagation of very high frequency and ultra high frequency radio networking, and for other non-profitable purposes.
The corporation has entered into agreement with several state and local government agencies to provide communications in times of emergency. State Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.) groups coordinate many of their activities via the Colorado Connection repeater system. Individual amateur operators have found the Connection an invaluable resource in times of emergency, when no other method of communication has been available.
Alternately, the system is available for ‘ragchews’ to amateur radio operators licensed for the two meter band. Colorado Connection Repeaters, Inc. is not a club and there is nothing to join. The Connection survives by donations of time, talent, equipment, and money by those of us who use the system. It promotes amateur radio through public service.
Most users are unaware of the time, energy, and funding required to support this incredible linked system. To keep the system online, the corporation meets regular obligations of several hundred dollars per month for insurance, repeater site rental, and electricity. This does not include equipment maintenance or replacement. Newcomers marvel that the system survives solely by the donations of the users. Contrary to common misconceptions, Colorado Connection Repeaters, Inc. has a small treasury. With no guarantee of income we solicit you for contributions and hope each of you conclude that using the Connection is a privilege worthy of annual financial contribution. As more users share the costs, improvements and increased coverage will take place.
Frequently, newcomers ask what size donation they should make. Suggestions range from $25 to $50 per year. There are hundreds of amateurs who use the Connection. If each one made an annual donation similar to what it takes to join their local club, the treasury would take in several thousand dollars per year. A few supporters contribute several hundred dollars per year, but we accept any amount. If you choose to use the Connection, please become one of our regular supporters and become a part of connecting Colorado via two meter radio!
Please keep in mind that the Connection is not a club, has no dues, and donate whatever you can afford. Your financial contributions, along with the many volunteers, are what keep the Connection running.