We have completed the application and approved to move forward at last night’s meeting, to apply for an ARRL equipment grant! As a school club, we hope the ARRL considers our request given the importance in mentoring new hams and being a service to our community and access point for University students who are interested in technology but are often living in dorms or apartments that come with antenna and station restrictions.
The grant request is to purchase a more functional digital HF transceiver and a small solid state amplifier. We will also be updating our license manual library to accommodate technicians, generals, and extra class examinations.
It’s the first ARRL grant request that we have ever made based on old club records.
We have, through our own hard work and fund raising plus alumni donations and club dues accomplished the following in the past 2 years:
New yaesu fusion vhf analog and C4FM repeater. New Sinclair vhf repeater 4-bay antenna. Antenna and repeater relocation to the Indiana Stadium press box with new Andrews hardline run and grounding.
New shack HF Mosley Pro67 HF yagi Antenna. New Long wire with icom AH4 remote tuner. New coaxial cable runs.
A New Telrex T2X antenna rotor is also going to be procured and installed soon.
We also Host a Hoosier DMR mototrbo repeater with the club giving the owner free tower space and free 24×7 Internet which enable the vast Hoosier bandmeister DMR network access to our local hams/community.
We are reconfiguring both D-star repeaters sponsored by K9IU to allow students to connect globally to other D-star machines.
Digital is the new direction and we are active on digital modes PSK, FT, and JT
So .. lots of work done and more to come Fingers crossed that the ARRL comes through to help out active club become even more radio-active !