What Our Grantees are Saying

One Down Fifty-Nine To Go – Mi6WAN ARDC Grant
Central Michigan Emergency Network, September 18, 2022

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, members and directors of Central Michigan Emergency Network visited the first site in a project that has been in the works for over a year and a half and will continue for the next 18 months.  That project is to replace all 3.4ghz Point-to-Point links in our network with 10/11ghz equipment.  Add additional Point to Point links between sites. Bring newly secured sites online and existing sites into our network. We are also bringing online new 2ghz and 5.9ghz Part97 Point to Multipoint Access Points to over 70% of our sites. And to help those clubs and organizations in our newly covered areas get connected we have identified 18 clubs that will get “Go-Kit” style client radios for them to use as they see fit.  This will help those groups get connected to the network allowing them to experiment or provide services to the served agencies that they work with.  And all of this is being made possible by a grant that has been issued from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) this past June.

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ARRL Foundation Grants $270,000 to Amateur Radio Clubs
August 31, 2022

The new ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded by a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), has awarded $270,000 to radio clubs that participated in the first round of applications.

The Club Grant Program, introduced earlier this year, includes $500,000 to be awarded to radio clubs with projects that will have the most impact on amateur radio, the community, and the future of radio technology. The grants will fund transformative projects that encourage the growth of active amateur radio operators and training opportunities, education programs for student groups and schools, and club revitalization. A second round of applications to award the program’s remaining funding will open on September 7, 2022.

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NRAO to Launch New Amateur Radio Learning Program for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Students with Support from ARDC
NRAO, July 26, 2022

Credit: ARDC, NRAO/AUI/NSF

Following a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), the National Science Foundation‘s National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) will soon launch a two-year project to engage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students in learning about the electromagnetic spectrum and the excitement of amateur— also called ham— radio. The new project, Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS), is expected to offer its first student-facing trainings in January 2023.

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