Equipment costs for radios,
duplexers, antenna systems, etc., approximately $40,000.
Benson Ridge is the site I built from the ground up for the system.
About $8,000 in the building and tower. The electricity bill is about
$30/Month. It has been there for 16.5 years, so that is 198 months and the
total power bill would come to $5,940. Site fees have averages about
75/Year so that is $1,275. Add those figures to the radio costs for the
site and it is easily the most expensive one.
Some sites have been free of site fees as Zia has been housed by
entities who recognized its value. Telegraph, Guadalupe, Greens, and
Sandia are among those that I was personally responsible for that fit that
Cash outlay for vehicle wear and tear and expenses would probably
total about $25,000. If my time had been billed at the rate which I did
for my TV and radio services during this same period, it would total $60-70
Donations to Zia through the years would not take care of the
electricity bill on Benson Ridge alone. All donations were greatly
appreciated but the fact remains that 99% of the people have no idea what
it takes to install, operate and maintain a communications system on
The ARA has perhaps 1,500 members. Their repeater sponsorship is
less than the whole Zia and certainly over a much smaller area.
I am not complaining; just stating the facts. People think that
when they spend their few hundred dollars on their HT or mobile, that the
rest is FREE. Back in the beginning of Zia it was much different. I truly
believe that 60-70% of the system users today have never know a time when
Zia did NOT exist. They take it for granted.Back to Zia Page
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