UCA maintains and supports both VHF conventional, and 800 MHz trunked radio systems. These two systems provide critical communications for state and local government users in the State of Utah. UCA strives to maintain a high level interoperability between these two disparate systems through coordination of the statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC).
The VHF radio system consists of conventional repeaters and base stations located primarily on mountaintop communication sites, with some lower elevation sites located in cities at various office buildings.
These VHF stations have historically provided statewide radio coverage. Since the late 90's, VHF coverage in the metropolitan areas of Utah has diminished slightly, making way for newer, 800 MHz trucking technology. Today the primary usage of the VHF radio system is in the rural areas of Utah.
The 800 MHz radio system is a smart zone, trunked radio system, consisting of trunked and conventional repeaters located primarily at mountaintop communication sites, with some lower elevations sites located in cities at various office buildings.
The 800 MHz radio system is the primary means of communication for state and local government two-way radio users in the metropolitan areas of the state with over 20,000 users on the system. Since its inception in the late 90's the 800 MHz radio system has grown from covering just the Wasatch Front region to today where it covers approximately two thirds of the state with plans to provide complete statewide coverage.