The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club e.V. (DARC) Initiates Grantmaking Effort to Support Radio Network in Europe thanks to a Grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)

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Baunatal, Germany – June 1, 2021

The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club e.V. (DARC) is pleased to announce that it will be boosting and securing European HAMNET expansion by providing sponsored hardware for radio links to make use of the AMPRNet IP space in Europe.

This new DARC project is made possible by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a California-based private foundation. The organization has been making grants since 2019; this grant is the first international one on their roster. “Amateur radio is a worldwide hobby, and ARDC has wanted to make international grants since day one” says ARDC President Phil Karn. “One way we can do that is by partnering with international 501(c)(3) equivalents who are able to make grants in their region. That’s exactly what DARC will be doing with this grant – and their region encompasses all of Europe. We look forward to seeing what they do, and to engage in similar partnerships with other organizations outside the US.”

“Partnering with an organisation like ARDC is a great way of pursuing the goals of DARC, particularly the promotion of Amateur Radio in Germany and Europe” says Christian Entsfellner, President of DARC. “Being able to do this based on the great work and in the spirit of the late Brian Kantor is a true honor. We are highly excited that with this grant we can give the European HAMNET project a huge boost.”

As the first non-US 501(c)(3) equivalent organisation to receive a grant from ARDC, DARC is looking forward to the continued collaboration on these and future projects.

To learn more about DARC, visit darc.de. To learn more about ARDC’s grantmaking efforts, visit ampr.org/giving.

Contacts:

Deutscher Amateur Radio Club e.V. (DARC)
Daniel Dibbets
Grant Manager
grants@darc.de

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)
Rosy Wolfe
Executive Director
contact@ampr.org

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CVARC Uses ARDC Grant to Serve the Community, Promote Amateur Radio

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

Last summer, the Chippewa Valley Amateur Radio Club (CVARC) had a problem: they had started working on a couple of club projects, including an upgrade of their repeater system and an emergency response trailer, when the pandemic hit. As a result, they had to cancel their hamfest, which they were relying on to fund these projects.

The emergency response trailer project was particularly ambitious—but definitely needed. The CVARC serves all of Chippewa County, WI, and the club estimates that up to 30% of the county has inadequate cell phone service. Should a disaster occur, large portions of the county could be without any communications at all.

Chip Eckardt (KD9OQI, CVARC Treasurer, center) watching John Lindberg (AA9JL, CVARC President, right) mounting dish to a post at the Lake Hallie Water Tower, tallest object in the area.

As they envisioned it, the trailer would provide communications in the field when needed. To meet this objective, it was necessary to get a hold of some equipment:

  • 7-ft. x 14-ft. tandem-axle trailer with an extended tongue for propane fuel tanks, a side window, and an RV-type side door with window.
  • 4-6-kW, dual-fuel generator, capable of using either gasoline or propane.
  • Solar power system, capable of running the trailer for three days
  • Yaesu System Fusion 2m/70cm repeater system
  • Yaesu FT-991A HF/VHF/UHF transceiver
  • Antennas, power supplies, and other accessories.

Finding the funding

When they cancelled their hamfest, the CVARC team–including John Lindberg, AA9JL, club president; Chip Eckardt, KD9OQI, club treasurer; and Wayne Johnson, K9WKJ–regrouped. They first sent a proposal to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), but were disappointed when FEMA was unable to provide the funding.

It was at that point that Wayne, K9WKJ, found an alternate solution. As the holder of several AMPRNet IP addresses, he’s required to report periodically on how he’s using them. When he visited ampr.org to do this, he discovered that ARDC was requesting proposals for amateur radio projects, such as the CVARC’s communications trailer. He consulted with both John and Chip, and club voted to send their proposal to ARDC.

CVARC club member Gary Mohr (KD9CIT) on the top of Lake Hallie Water Tower.

They were delighted when ARDC approved their proposal (see the end of this post for an explanation of the approval process). It only took a month, and has allowed the club to get the project started. They have ordered the trailer and begun purchasing the equipment that they need to build out the trailer.

More than just equipment

The club expects to have the trailer online later this summer or in the fall, but the CVARC team stressed that this project is about more than just the equipment. This project has fostered a real sense of camaraderie in the club, and many club members have volunteered to help. According to John, AA9JL, club membership has increased, and he attributes that to the trailer project. “They see that we’re really doing something useful, and want to be a part of it,” he said.

It’s a learning experience for the club members, too. The repeater will be a way for those who are interested in repeater technology to learn about repeaters. The HF capabilities will be a way for those who have heretofore only worked VHF to discover HF operation. And, certainly, the trailer project is helping John, Wayne, and Chip hone their project management skills.

Once complete, the trailer will serve a number of functions in addition to providing emergency communications. For example, the team expects to use the trailer to demonstrate amateur radio to schools and at public events. As such, it’s going to be a vehicle (pun intended) for public relations as much as it provides emergency communications capabilities.

It’s ARDC’s mission to help make projects like this a reality. Chip says, “We could not have dreamed of making this happen without the grant we received from ARDC. They were the miracle we were looking for. Now, we are looking at bigger things that we can do, such as providing amateur radio service across all of Chippewa County, that we had not even considered before we discovered the ARDC grant program.”

For future proposers: ARDC wants your proposal to be successful!

When ARDC receives your proposal, the first check is to ensure that your organization is eligible to receive a grant (at this time, 501(c)3 status is required!). Next, the proposal is sent to members of the Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) who examine it and make a recommendation based on their evaluation. At this point, the committee may contact you to request additional information before sending it to the Board of Directors for approval.

We want you to be successful when requesting a grant from ARDC! To have your proposal reviewed before formally submitting it, send ARDC an email: giving@ampr.org.


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Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) Makes Largest Donation to Date ($1.62m) to Save the MIT Radome

PDF of this press release may be found here

If you’ve ever looked at the skyline at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), you likely have noticed the giant white sphere sitting atop the 277-foot-tall Cecil and Ida Green Building which towers above the heart of the campus. That iconic shape is a fiberglass radar dome — or radome — enclosing an 18-foot wide microwave dish, and it was recently slated for removal following necessary renovation on the building’s roof. But the student-led MIT Radio Society (W1MX), with support from faculty in the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro), and Physics, saw an opportunity to possibly preserve the instrument for novel uses in remote learning and experimentation. Despite a tight timeline, the students rallied MIT alumni and community members in a crowdfunding campaign, and were able to secure a $1.6 million grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to successfully meet their fundraising goals—and save the radome.

“Our philanthropic efforts are less than a couple years old, and this is by far our largest grant made to date,” says ARDC Director Dr. Bob McGwier (N4HY). “We are thrilled that this donation will support students and research at MIT for decades to come. We also hope this contribution helps get the message out that ARDC is excited to support amateur radio and digital communications projects of all sizes – including big ones, especially when the results will be so long-lasting.”

ARDC’s grant program, initiated in 2019, funds projects related to amateur radio and digital communications science and technology. Additionally, the program has funded over 120 scholarships through the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

Initially built in 1966, the MIT radome and the large steerable instrument it protects (fondly referred to by its users as “The Big Dish”), was used to pioneer research which led to the weather radar systems in wide use today. It fell out of use for a number of years before the MIT Radio Society adapted and upgraded the dish for their microwave experiments, most notably enabling its use for Earth-Moon-Earth or “moonbounce” communication, where signals are bounced off the moon to reach Earth-bound receivers at greater distances than radio communications sent on the ground. The large size and far-reaching capabilities of the dish make it a unique scientific instrument in an academic setting, presenting opportunities for potential creative new uses in cutting-edge research, like satellite communication. Further, the

dish can also support educational activities, like enabling remote radio astronomy experiments so the Physics Junior Laboratory (J-Lab) course could continue with minimal disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic .

“We were overwhelmed at first by the amount we needed to raise, and the short time we had before the renovation project needed to begin. We just had to hope that someone would see the same promise and potential in the dish that we did,” says Gregory Allan, a PhD student in the MIT AeroAstro who led ARDC grant submission efforts. “When we contacted ARDC, they were so supportive and willing to do whatever it took to make this happen. We’re really grateful to them for this incredible gift.”

To read more about MIT’s efforts to save the radome, visit http://w1mx.mit.edu/giving/ To learn more about ARDC’s grantmaking efforts, visit https://www.ampr.org/giving/.

MIT has also published a lovely article about student-led efforts to save the radome, which you can see here: https://news.mit.edu/2021/saving-the-mit-radome-0507

Contact:

Rosy Wolfe
Executive Director
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC)
contact@ampr.org

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ARDC is Hiring a Communications & Community Manager

ARDC seeks an experienced Communications and Community Manager to join our team. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Communications and Community Manager will serve a key role in developing and delivering a comprehensive communications strategy. This role requires a dynamic individual who is well-versed in writing press releases and blog posts, as well as engaging with people on social media and chat forums like Discord, Discourse, and Zulip. An ideal candidate will be active in technology communities – particularly those related to amateur radio, digital communications science, free/libre open source software, and DIY culture. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in doing communications work in a philanthropic environment related to technology.

Duties

  • Communications Strategy: Creating, implementing, and monitoring communications strategies and tactics (serving as communications strategist and thought partner on multidisciplinary team; providing vision, creativity and strategy, and ensuring a high level of product).
  • Media Relations: Serving as a media liaison; curating targeted press lists of relevant media outlets, trade publications, and publications reaching underrepresented groups in amateur radio, digital communications, and technology more generally.
  • Relationship Management: Serving as liaison to communications staff of grantee and partner organizations and stakeholders.
  • Digital Strategy: Collaborating as a thought partner to Executive Director on strategy of digital communications.
  • Content Development: Writing and editing digital content, newsletters, blog posts, talking points, and other public relations content and collateral.
  • External Engagement and Events: participating in opportunities to raise visibility of ARDC and finding new opportunities, projects, and communities worth funding; may include published pieces, engagement on social media and chat channels; contributing to proposals and pitching interviews; tracking relevant conferences and ensuring that ARDC participates appropriately, be it as a speaker, sponsor, or attendee.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • 3+ years’ experience in communications or public relations.
  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, ideally including the possession of an amateur radio license.
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general.
  • Familiarity with internet technology.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience executing communications campaigns.
  • A collaborative and relationship-building mindset.
  • Ability to quickly produce clear, concise, and compelling written copy.
  • Project management skills across multiple assignments with many moving parts.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, particularly in an area related to technology, management, or communications.
  • Actively up-to-date with FCC activities, particularly as they relate to amateur radio and wireless communication technology more broadly.
  • Familiarity with Git and Git workflows.
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.
  • Experience working in international communications, including working with translators where needed.

Location

Remote, US.

At this time, we are only able to extend employment to US citizens operating within US states and territories.

Language

English proficiency required.

Salary & Benefits

$65,000 – $85,000 / year, depending on experience and selection of a 32-hour workweek

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical insurance premium stipend reimbursement
  • Matched contribution retirement plan
  • Option for 32/hour workweek; some flexibility in work hours

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to contact@ampr.org, as well as three (3) writing samples and/or examples of media campaigns, social media accounts you’ve curated, etc. Please send all files (including cover letter) as a PDF attachment without spaces in the file name. For example: jane-doe-cover-letter.pdf.

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ARDC is Hiring an Administrative Coordinator

Update, May 13, 2021 – as of today, we have received over 200 applications for this position. Please know that I will be reviewing all applications that have come in! However, unless we are not able to select a candidate from this pool, we will not be reviewing applications that come in May 14 and after.

It’s clear from some of the applications that this posting has been cross-listed on a number of job sites; I have reached out to those I’ve been able to identify to ask if they could suspend the post. In case we are not able to reach all of them, I feel it important that this message be made public so I’m posting it here.

To those who have applied, thank you for your patience!

Rosy – KJ7RYV

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ARDC seeks an experienced Administrative Coordinator – a Jack or Jackie of all trades! – to join our team. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Administrative Coordinator will serve as a key role in maintaining the overall operations of ARDC. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in learning about the operations of a small but mighty philanthropic organization.

Duties

  • Provide administrative support to Executive Director, staff, board members, and volunteers.
  • Record notes and minutes; maintain and publish action items.
  • Receive and forward communications to appropriate staff, board members, and volunteers.
  • Organize meetings and meeting schedules.
  • Coordination of organizational events, such as company offsite and community meetings (online).
  • Perform clerical duties, such as document filing and responding to emails.
  • Work with the Treasurer to process invoices, make payments, and track receipts.
  • Update our website as needed, potentially including drafting blog posts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional administrative coordination experience, preferably in a remote environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Organized with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and duties simultaneously.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, including the possession of an amateur radio license.
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general
  • Familiarity with Git and Git workflows
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.

Location

Remote, US.

At this time, we are only able to extend employment to US citizens operating within US states and territories.

Language

English proficiency required.

Salary & Benefits

$45,000 – $60,000 / year, depending on experience and selection of a 32-hour workweek

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical insurance premium stipend reimbursement
  • Matched contribution retirement plan
  • Option for 32/hour workweek; some flexibility in work hours

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to contact@ampr.org. Please send all files (including cover letter) as a PDF attachment without spaces in the file name. For example: jane-doe-cover-letter.pdf.

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ARDC offering not one, but two new RFPs!

Announcing Request for Proposals for Education Projects and Amateur Radio Clubs

Calling all educators and ham clubs! Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is pleased to announce two requests for proposals (RFPs), designed to support amateur radio clubs as well as teachers who are interested in educating the next generation about amateur radio and digital communication science.

The RFP for Amateur Radio Clubs seeks to support projects happening at amateur radio clubs. For this year, such grants are restricted to clubs inside of the United States. Grants in this category will be reviewed in two grant windows – the first one is short (starts now and ends on May 1, 2021), and the second one will run throughout the summer:

SummerFall
Submissions dueMay 1, 2021August 1, 2021
Distribution targetJuly 1, 2021October 1, 2021

More information, including a Q+A about eligibility and requirements, can be found in the RFP for Amateur Radio Clubs.

The RFP for Education Projects is open to educational organizations both in the US and internationally. This granting window has one cycle, with distributions targeted for August 1, 2021 – ideally before the 2021-2022 school year starts.

  • Submissions due: June 1, 2021
  • Distribution target: August 1, 2021

As with the RFP for Amateur Radio Clubs, more information can be found in the Education Project RFP.

Please note that the timeframes listed above apply primarily to organizations that are 501(c)(3)s or part of a school or government entity based in the US. Grants to other kinds of organizations may require additional administration and thus may take a longer to process

Some Q&A about these RFPs

Thinking back on some questions that have come up at our community discussions, there are some high-level questions I imagine some folks will have. Here are answers to some of those.

Why is the Education Projects RFP open to international applicants, while the RFP for Supporting Amateur Radio Clubs is only open to applicants in the US?

In order to most effectively get funds to amateur radio clubs internationally, we are looking to partner with organizations who can help to distribute such grants to clubs in their local area. We also have an exciting announcement about this brewing, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please direct any questions to giving@ampr.org.

How much do you plan to give to each one of these categories?

ARDC is purposefully not setting a floor or limit on the number of grants that we will give in either category, or on the amounts given for each grant. The quality and quantity of applications that we get will determine the answers. With this in mind – we challenge you to tell as many people you know to help us get the word out!

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out: giving@ampr.org

We look very forward to seeing your proposals!

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General Request for Proposals (RFP) – March 2020

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Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. ARDC makes grants to projects and organizations that follow the practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication. Such experimentation has led to broad advances for the benefit of the general public – such as the mobile phone and wireless internet technology. ARDC envisions a world where enabling communications technology is ubiquitously available through open source hardware andsoftware, and where anyone has the ability to study, modify, and share it.

In an effort to bring this vision to life and to further our mission, ARDC is seeking proposals for grants. Our organization makes philanthropic grants in three broad areas:

  • Support and Growth of Amateur Radio (often referred to as “Ham Radio”)
  • Education in topics related to amateur radio and digital communications
  • Technical Innovation.

Technical Innovation grants cover four main areas of focus:

  • Amateur Radio Technology & Experimentation
  • Internet Technologies
  • Digital Communications
  • Communication Science & Technology

We encourage grant applications that reflect one or more of the following aspirational goals:

  • Broad reach
  • Social over commercial benefit
  • Inclusion of underrepresented groups
  • Empowerment of individuals, and distribution rather than centralization
  • Preservation of the right to innovate
  • Innovation on business models

We require that the results of our grants – be it hardware, software, or a paper – be made as publicly available as possible, ideally through a license specified by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Please visit ampr.org/giving for more information about our grantmaking categories, goals, and requirements, as well as grantmaking windows, and how to apply for a grant. Our recent annual report provides a description of the grants we provided in 2020.

Grant proposals are currently accepted on a rolling basis.

Contact:
Rosy Wolfe, Executive Director
Amateur Radio Digital Communications
5663 Balboa Avenue, Suite 432
San Diego, CA 92111-2705 USA
https://www.ampr.org
contact@ampr.org

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ARDC is Hiring a Grants Manager!

Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. Our mission is to support, promote, and enhance digital communication and broader communication science and technology, to promote Amateur Radio, scientific research, experimentation, education, development, open access, and innovation in information and communication technology.

ARDC seeks an experienced Grants Manager to join our team and grow our grantmaking efforts. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Grants Manager will serve as a lead team member in organizing the grantmaking wing of our operations.

Duties

  • Tracking all grants in our portfolio, including collecting and compiling reports from grantees.
  • Screening inbound grant applications for eligibility.
  • Engaging in Q&A and negotiations with potential grantees, including preparation of grant agreements.
  • Working with the Treasurer and Executive Director to compile required year-end reporting for 990-PF.
  • Working with the Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) to draft requests for proposals (RFPs) and other materials related to grantmaking.
  • Coordinating with Treasurer to ensure that all grant-related liabilities and expenditures are properly tracked.

Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional grant management experience.
  • Able to manage compliance for our portfolio of issued grants, including reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using a range of technology, including LibreOffice, and willingness to learn new technologies.
  • Organized with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to adapt to a continually evolving environment and thrive in a collaborative workplace.

Preferred Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, particularly in an area related to technology.
  • Familiarity with processes related to expenditure responsibility, equivalency determination, and other requirements related to grantmaking to international organizations, non-501(c)(3)s, and individuals.
  • Familiarity with and involvement in amateur radio, including the possession of an amateur radio license.
  • Familiarity with (and love for) open source software and culture, as well as technological innovation in general.
  • Familiarity with Git and Git workflows (it will be required to use these to do your job).
  • Experience working in startups or other new, growing organizations.

Location

Remote, US.

At this time, we are only able to extend employment to US citizens operating within US states and territories.

Language

English proficiency required.

Salary & Benefits

$60,000 – $80,000 / year, depending on experience

Benefits:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Medical insurance premium stipend reimbursement
  • Matched contribution retirement plan
  • Option for 32/hour workweek; some flexibility in work hours

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to contact@ampr.org. In your application, please:

  • Send your cover letter and resume as attachments, and
  • Format your attachments so they do not have spaces (e.g. yolanda-jones-cover-letter.pdf).

We look forward to seeing your application!

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Feb. 06 Community Meeting Recap: 2020 Annual Report, New GAC & TAC Members, and more

A couple weeks ago, ARDC got together for first quarterly meeting of the year. We did a similar meeting back in October specifically for 44net. For this one, we invited a much wider audience.
One of the first items was to introduce our new 2021 Advisory Committees. The Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) is now in its second year, and a couple of members from the first year are remaining:

  • Chair: John Hays – K7VE
  • Hank Magnuski – KA6M

We’re also excited to welcome:

  • Douglas Kingston – KD7DK
  • Steve Stroh – N8GNJ
  • Renzo Rossi – IW0SAB
  • Bob Witte – K0NR

After some time in hibernation, we’ve also revived the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), specifically to address and guide the work being done for 44net infrastructure. Two members of the inaugural GAC have moved on to this committee:

  • Chair: Jann Traschewski – DG8NGN
  • Tim Požár – KC6GNJ

And, like the GAC, it also has some new members:

  • Antonios Chariton – SV2OIY
  • Adam Lewis – KC7GDY
  • Caleb Pal – KD7KAB
  • Pierre Martel – VE2PF

Following introductions, we also took a look back at 2020 with our first ever annual report. By the end of the year, we managed to issue nearly $2.7 million in grants, which included funding for over 120 scholarships.

To learn more about our activities in 2020, read the full report here.

We also got to take a look at what 2021 has in store for us. Of course, that includes more grantmaking – ideally doubling our giving from 2020, which means we have a lot of work to do.
In service of making it easier to figure out what kinds of projects ARDC is looking to fund (and following some feedback that our 2020 goals were a bit confusing), we’ve revised our grantmaking categories and goals for 2021. At a high level, our grants now fall into three categories:

  • Support and Growth of Amateur Radio,
  • Education, and
  • Technical Innovation.

Education is, of course, specific to amateur radio and digital communications. Technical Innovation has four subcategories:

  • Amateur Radio Technology & Experimentation,
  • Internet Technologies,
  • Digital Communications, and
  • Communication Science and Technology.

For more information about these categories as well as some of our broader goals, please visit:
ampr.org/grantmaking-categories-requirements-goals/

ARDC is also planning some significant investments in 2021. Specifically, we’re looking to invest in 44net infrastructure and improvements – something that the new TAC has already begun brainstorming. Additionally, we’ll be investing in open source grant management software, which can ideally be used far beyond ARDC. We’ll share more about both of those items as they become available.

All of this work means that we’ll be hiring some folks in the coming weeks and months to support these efforts:

  • Grants Manager (Q1)
  • Web Designer and Developer (contract) (Q2)
  • Additional development support for 44net (TBD as determined by TAC)

Look for more information about these coming soon.

For those of you who are interested in watching the full video, you can see it here. Note that the meeting actually gets started at about 13:52.

If you’d like a copy of the slides from the meeting, they’re available here.

If you know of an eligible organization who would be interested in receiving a grant, please send them our way by pointing them to ampr.org/giving to get started.

Last but not least, so many thanks to everyone who showed up. And double thanks to our Board and 2020 GAC – none of this would be possible without them!

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Feb. 6 Community Meeting + New Survey

It’s 2021, and things are already getting off to a running start at ARDC. We’ve got a big year of grantmaking and 44net portal work in store for the year, with additional members being added to our Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) and a new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) being created to support both efforts. We’ll have more to share about it soon, and we’d love to tell you about it at our next community meeting:

  • Saturday, 06 Feb 2021
  • 18:00 GMT (10am PT / 1pm ET / 7pm CET)

Join us by signing up here.

In this meeting, we’ll cover:

  • Highlights from 2020,
  • Grantmaking goals in 2021,
  • Introductions of new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) Members,
  • Survey results from our latest survey, discussed below, and
  • Questions from our attendees.

We held a similar meeting on 10 Oct. 2020, which was primarily for people using 44net addresses. This one is intended for a much broader audience. So – please tell your friends! We also plan to record this meeting for those who can’t make it.

New Survey

Leading up to the meeting, we’re also asking amateur radio enthusiasts to give us their thoughts in this survey.

Please share it with other hams you know. As with the last survey, the aim is to get to know the people we aim to support through our grantmaking. And like our upcoming meeting, it too is meant for a broader audience.

That’s all for now! Looking forward to sharing more with everyone soon.

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