Finland’s national amateur radio society, the SRAL, reports the OH2CH radio club applied for and got a grant of 99,915 Euros
The SRAL say:
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a private foundation whose mission is to support the science and technology of amateur radio and digital communications
Espoo’s Radio club OH2CH has done pioneering work by going through the ARDC application process with a successful outcome, receiving a 99,915 Euro grant for the implementation of an independent 5GHz IP backbone network focused on radio amateur services.
The network will connect the digital and analog repeaters maintained by the club together and enable access to AMPRnet services and the internet. The SRAL board also got to be in a small part of this process when they wrote a letter of support for the application.
This ‘exercise’ now opens doors for other clubs to apply for grants for various technical and scientific projects in the area of amateur radio technology. This kind of activity and activity will significantly increase the visibility and viability of the radio amateur hobby in the future.
Congratulations to Espoo Radio club OH2CH for the remarkable work and clearing the way. And a special note to Erik Finskas as the active promoter of the OH2LAK project.
Espoo Radio club’s OH2CH website
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