AUBURN — The Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Association recently received two grants to help purchase equipment for the group.
The ARRL Foundation, headquartered in Newington, Connecticut, awarded NIARA a grant of just under $3,000 to support a Go Box project. A Go Box is a complete amateur radio station in a box.
A Go Box can be very useful in emergency communication situations and for portable and remote communication operations.
The ARRL Foundation advances the art, science, and societal benefits of the amateur radio service by providing financial grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations to support their charitable, educational, and scientific endeavors.
Amateur Radio Digital Communications, headquartered in San Diego, awarded NIARA a grant of just under $30,000 to support a project to purchase a trailer and equip it with most forms of analog communications and digital, including a mobile analog/digital repeater, Arden Mesh and computers with software such as FLDIGI, FLARQ, FLAMP, FLMSG, FLWRAP, N3FJP, WSJT and Winlink.
The trailer will be taken to events and gatherings to demonstrate amateur radio and its capabilities. The fully equipped trailer can also be used for amateur radio emergency service activities and events.
Amateur Radio Digital Communications is a private foundation that exists to support the science and technology of amateur radio and digital communication.
“I applied for these grants to advance amateur radio in Auburn and DeKalb County,” said John “JD” Maag, KD9QDL, NIARA Secretary. “NIARA is a growing organization that can use the additional equipment to benefit the community.”
NIARA is headquartered in Auburn and has members in DeKalb and surrounding counties. For more information, visit w9ou.org.