YARBA owns and operates a amateur radio repeater on top of Telegraph Pass about 15 miles east of Yuma and just north of the I-8 freeway.
This repeater is intertied with some 150 repeaters reaching across many states. We are an affiliate of Cactus Intertie, Inc of Los Angeles, founders of the System.
We welcome local amateur radio licensees to join our club. We provide technical and non-technical support and general camaraderie centered on amateur radio. You will learn how to control the intertie system from your dtmf radio, making and receiving calls over great distances.
The Cactus Intertie System is a private amateur radio system consisting of a large number of remotely controlled base stations, or REMOTE BASE for short, that are interconnected utilizing full duplex links. This linked system covers large portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas. Additional coverage is available in the Washington D.C. and the surrounding area of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware on a full time basis. Additional coverage is also available on a full time basis in the Atlanta, Georgia and the Portland, Oregon area. Click here to see the basic system map (revised 2/23/08) of the entire Cactus Intertie System.
Cactus Intertie, Inc., the founder of the Cactus Intertie System, along with its affiliate clubs (see the listing below) build, own, operate and maintain the remote bases. Most of these systems are accessed using locally coordinated channels in the 70 cm spectrum and are located on mountain peaks that provide wide area coverage.
The early development of and adherence to high technical standards in the RF equipment, audio tailoring and the system controller requirements, has made the Cactus Intertie System the most reliable and best sounding linked system in the nation.
You can send an e-mail message to Cactus Intertie, Inc. cactus here The repeater network is available for all licensed radio amateurs. We encourage those using the system regularly to become a member of the respective Cactus Intertie System affiliated club in their area. Membership dues, donations and other private funding defray the cost of system maintenance, expansion and upgrades.
Some Photos of various repeater sites, equipment, and members.