ARDC in the News

Mentions of Amateur Radio Digital Communications on websites, podcasts, social media, and newspapers.

John, K7VE, Appears on Ham Radio Now

John, K7VE, appeared on episode 431 of Ham Radio Now, a videocast hosted by David Goldenberg W0DHG and Gary Pearce K4AAQ. He explained how ARDC got its start and it current mission of administering 44Net and giving out grants to support and promote amateur radio. John’s segment starts at about the 23:00 mark.


Indiana Radio Group Receives Grants for Emergency Operations

Amateur Radio Newsline, May 6, 2022—The emergency response work by hams in the Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Association just got a big boost from more than $33,000 in grants to buy additional equipment, including a trailer. The club’s Go Box project, a key tool for efficient response in disasters, has received a grant of nearly $3,000 from the ARRL Foundation. The club’s other project is to buy a trailer and furnish it with an analog and digital repeater, radios and an array of software including Winlink and FLDIGI. That effort has just been given a grant of nearly $30,000 from San Diego-based Amateur Radio Digital Communications. When the trailer is not in use supporting the activity of Amateur Radio Emergency Services, it will be taken to public events to be part of various amateur radio demonstrations and public education.

AMSAT Receives Grant from ARDC

March 23, 2022—There were numerous mentions of this $94,000 grant for the development of a 3U spaceframe with deployable solar panels. This mention appeared on the This Week in Amateur Radio podcast and website.

Grantee Bridgerland ARC on the Radio

KVNU, March 8, 2022—The March 8 episode of KVNU’s For the People features our grantee Bridgerland ARC and partner Cache Makers. They discuss their program of teaching kids about space using amateur radio. The spot starts at the 8:45 mark.

Young Hams Wax Eloquent on Keeping the Hobby Relevant

CQ Newsroom, January 31, 2022—The Intrepid DX Group, working with ARDC (Amateur Radio Digital Communications), recently announced the winners of its annual “Dream Rig” essay contest for young hams. The topic was keeping ham radio relevant in the age of the internet and the winner was 10-year-old Silas Davis, W3SED. Silas wrote that ham radio will always be relevant because it “inspires and creates community,” can help save lives and … it’s fun! Second and third place recognition went to Olivia Lee, KD2UYX, and Isaac Schmidt, K6IAS, respectively. Each of the three won radios donated by ICOM and Yaesu. The essays are posted on the ARDC website (

4-H starts Eleanor Hazel After-School Program

Fauquier Now, January 13, 2022—Although not specifically about an ARDC grant, it does mention that “the Fauquier County 4-H Ham Radio Club recently received a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications to build a ham radio trailer that can be hauled to different schools to give participants a hands-on experience.”

ARDC Grant Will Expand RMHAM’s 5 GHz Microwave Network in Rockies

ARRL News, December 8, 2021—A grant of $374,233 from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to Rocky Mountain Ham Radio (RMHAM) will go toward expanding a multistate 5 GHz microwave network and help to outfit communications trailers.

ARDC Grants Will Expand Emergency Capabilities in Haiti and the US Virgin Islands

ARRL News, November 24, 2021—Grants from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) will benefit amateur radio emergency communication networks in Haiti and the US Virgin Islands (USVI).

Mississippi Valley Amateur Radio Club awarded $116,000

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW), November 22, 2021—Local ham radio operators get a sizable grant to help expand their emergency and educational capabilities. The Mississippi River Valley Amateur Radio Club received $116,000 from the Amateur Radio Digital Communications Foundation (ARDC).

ARISS, Others Benefit from ARDC Grants

CQ Newsroom, November 10, 2021 – This story reports on three ARDC grants including grants to ARISS-USA, Oregon HamWAN, and the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club.

ARISS Receives Generous ARDC Grant for ARISS STEREO Education Project

ARRL News, November 3, 2021 – Best known for arranging amateur radio contacts between students and astronauts, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that it’s received a generous grant to fund its “Student and Teacher Education via Radio Experimentation and Operations” (STEREO) project. The 5-year Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) grant totaling nearly $1.3 million will fund three distinct initiatives that will enable ARISS to sustain and improve science, technology, electronics, arts, and technology (STEAM) educational outcomes.

John, K7VE, and Dan, KB6NU, on Ham Nation

October 27, 2021 — John and Dan appear on Episode #506 of Ham Nation to discuss the history of ARDC, some of the cool grants we’ve made lately, and how Ham Nation viewers might qualify for a grant of their own.

Amateur Radio Station, K6TZ, Will Offer Visitors A Glimpse Of Island Life

October 16, 2021 — Episode #1181 of This Week in Amateur Radio reports on the ARDC grant to the Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club, which will fund an amateur radio station at the new Chrisman California Islands Center (CCIC) in downtown Carpinteria, California. 

ARDC Grant Provides ARESLAX with Sophisticated Noise Location Capabilities

October 6, 2021 – ARESLAX, an arm of the ARRL Los Angeles Section, has used a $23,600 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to purchase equipment that will help Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) team members to locate and eliminate sources of radio frequency interference (RFI) that could hinder their operations.

Utah Amateur Radio Club Receives Nearly $18,000 Grant to Introduce and Engage Youth

The August 5, 2021 issue of the ARRL Letter included a story on the ARDC grant to the Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club. The club in northern Utah received a nearly $18,000 grant to fund the club’s initiatives to engage and educate youth in amateur radio through hands-on space science activities.

August 2, 2021 – The Summer 2021 issue of TAPR’s PSR includes a story about our grant to Oregon HamWAN to bolster amateur radio’s ability to respond to disasters in the U.S. Northwest.

Linux in the Ham Shack Episode #418: ARDC Deep Dive

June 28, 2021 – In this episode, Rosy, KJ7RYV, and John, K7VE, talk about the history and mission of ARDC, including our grant program for amateur radio projects, available resources for grantees, and more.

ARDC is Busy with Major Grants (CQ Magazine)

June 14, 2021 – CQ reports, “Amateur Radio Digital Communications, or ARDC, administers the AMPRNet (44) internet domain and recently came into lots of money as a result of selling off a portion of that domain that it determined it was unlikely ever to be used by hams. In 2019, it began making grants for various projects and programs involving amateur radio and/or digital communications. It recently made its largest grant ever as well as its first international grant.”

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Linux in the HamShack Episode #415: Open Research Institute Deep Dive 2

June 10, 2021 – In this episode, Michelle, W5NYV, of the Open Research Institute first mentions ARDC and the funding provided by ARDC at about the 29:30 point, and for the next 10 minutes, talks about how ORI funds their projects. ARDC is a big part of that discussion. At the 38:30 point, Michelle says, “[ARDC] is absolutely game-changing…..It’s huge….Over time, [ARDC] will change amateur radio in a dramatic way.”

ARDC Grant Will Support HAMNET Expansion in Europe – ARRL

June 8, 2021 – Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has awarded a grant to support European expansion of HAMNET, a high-speed digital network that interconnects automated amateur radio stations using links in the 13-, 6-, and 3-centimeter bands, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC) reports. This marks the first international grant from ARDC since it began awarding grants in 2019….more

Hackaday Links: May 23, 2021

In other architectural news, perched atop Building 54 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge for the last 55 years has been a large, fiberglass geodesic sphere, known simply as The Radome. It’s visible from all over campus, and beyond; we used to work in Kendall Square, and the golf-ball-like structure was an important landmark for navigating the complex streets of Cambridge. The Radome was originally used for experiments with weather radar, but fell out of use as the technology it helped invent moved on. That led to plans to remove the iconic structure, which consequently kicked off a “Save the Radome” campaign. The effort is being led by the students and faculty members of the MIT Radio Society, who have put the radome to good use over the years — it currently houses an amateur radio repeater, and the Radio Society uses the dish within it to conduct Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) microwave communications experiments. The students are serious — they applied for and received a $1.6-million grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) to finance their efforts. The funds will be used to renovate the deteriorating structure.

Saving the radiome

MIT News, May 7, 2021 – “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 Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics 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.”

ARRL Foundation Announces Matching Scholarship Grants by Amateur Radio Digital Communications

March 3, 2020 – ARRL Foundation President Dr. David Woolweaver, K5RAV, announced this week that the non-profit Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) has generously agreed to award a grant to the ARRL Foundation to match the Foundation’s 2020-2021 scholarships on a dollar-for-dollar basis, up to a total of $200,000….more