(or what we do, how and why)
This is a system
composed of chained radio links. Radio repeaters, (Remote
Base), receive inputs from users, usually operating mobile.
When the repeater picks up a properly encoded radio signal,
it turns on its associated transmitter and repeats what it
hears on a nearby frequency. A controller supervises this
activity. Each Intertie, Incorporated member is a trained
control operator, and is thus privileged to control all 23
Remote Base locations in the system. The controller
hardware and software is programmed to accept a large array
of operational and configuration commands. Some of these
allow the repeater to be connected ("interfaced") to a
co-located transmitter/receiver combination, which operates
on a different channel pair. This radio linking
configuration transmits messages to the next site in the
chain. The next site is operationally similar. If commanded
to do so, the link signal is retransmitted by the distant
repeater transmitter. An operator at the distant site can
pick up his talkie, send the necessary interface command(s)
and visit the other repeater via the link. The Intertie
system can do this through 23 different locations across
south and west Texas. Controlled access allows interface
with the Armadillo Intertie, serving north, east and west
Texas, as well as the Cactus Intertie System even further
Boy, that's a big operation - Who pays for it?
In a word, we pay our own way. As a (501)(c)(3) “not for profit” educational, scientific charitable organization, we are exempt from federal and state taxes. We do accept donations of radio transmitting and receiving equipment or cash. But we operate on a relatively meager budget supported by member dues and pledges. We build a majority of our operating equipment through members who donate their time for construction and System maintenance.
What do you give back to the community?
We stand ready to provide emergency communications wherever needed within our operating area (which is pretty huge). We are regular participants in local and regional disaster planning, drills and operations. Most of our sites have backup emergency power to facilitate communications on demand regardless of outside support.
We have published the results of our research in national scientific media. While conducting ongoing research we also train amateurs in more advanced communications theory and operation. This has proved to be quite entertaining (visits to some awesome scenery on private and public real estate), as well as a learning experience for all, gray hairs included. Members include fledgling radio operators in our ongoing research and development effort by teaching more basic classes.
Members also serve on regional and national committees dealing with radio frequency matters, hold offices in various emergency organizations such as ARES and RACES and serve as officers in the Texas VHF FM Society, (http://www.txvhffm.org).
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