Now accepting applications for Grants Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee

We are now accepting applications from those wishing to serve on our Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). These are volunteer positions, with a term of one year. These committees usually meet twice a month for at least an hour. There is also email correspondence and reviews that happen between meetings. Estimated level of effort (LOE) is about 2-3 hours/week.

An amateur radio license is not required to serve on our committees; a technical degree or experience in digital communications is necessary. In addition, in service of broadening representation in amateur radio, we are looking to broaden the representation within these committees.

We are also interested in working with academics involved in communications research and people who are outside the U.S. Please note that a good command of the English language is needed to participate effectively.

Grants Advisory Committee (GAC)
The Grants Advisory Committee reviews and advises the Board on eligible proposals and helps identify potential grant-making opportunities. In 2022, we estimate that we will receive 150-200 grant applications for quality projects.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) advises 44Net technology, architecture, and policy. In 2022, the main task for the TAC will be to oversee development of the 44Net Point of Presence (POP), but the committee will also:

  • oversee Portal improvements,
  • improve address allocation policies and responsiveness, and
  • investigate and instigate next steps toward making IPv6 usable in the Amateur Radio Service.

This committee may also be asked to help with technical evaluation of active grants, particularly large or complex projects.

How to Apply
If you are interested in joining either of these committees, please send a resume and brief cover letter to contact@ardc.net by Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, with the name of the committee you’d like to join in the subject line. We’ll review all applications and seek to make a determination by Wed. Dec. 16, 2021, with terms for new committee members. Meetings will begin ideally by mid-January and no later than the first week in February 2022.

For more information about the roles and duties of these committees, you can read the Advisory Committee Policy in full here.

Please direct any questions to contact@ardc.net.

We’re looking forward to seeing your application!

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