About Us

The Need

There are thousands of ham radio repeater installations on the air across the U.S. in just about every location you can imagine. Some are installed in backyards on short towers, others are located on tall buildings, on water tank towers, shared with area police and fire department towers, and many are installed at commercial broadcast radio and TV station locations using very very high towers. Others are even on top of high mountains that serve a very wide area.

What is a Repeater

A radio repeater retransmits a radio signal.

In telecommunications, a repeater is an electronic device that receives a signal and retransmits it. Repeaters are used to extend transmissions so that the signal can cover longer distances or be received on the other side of an obstruction.

Why Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio operators come from all walks of life -- doctors, students, kids, politicians, truck drivers, movie stars, missionaries and even your average neighbor next door. They are of all ages, sexes, income levels and nationalities. Whether through Morse Code on an old brass telegraph key, voice communication on a hand-held radio or computerized messages transmitted via satellite, all hams use radio to reach out to the world.

Repeater Database Listings

The Western New York and Southern Ontario Repeater Council, does not intend to post the WNYSORC Repeater Database on our “web site”. As a non-profit organization, our livelihood depends on the support of our full and associate members.

Repeater listings on the Internet would be unfair to the thousands of hams who, for many years, have unselfishly supported and contributed to WNYSORC. This support provides the necessary funding for our continued efficient operation. Further, posting our repeater lists on the Internet has the potential to reduce future membership revenues, which we need in order to remain solvent.


Thank you for your understanding.