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Author Topic: Grant Money - Were to get  (Read 421 times)
KB2EHJ
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« on: December 14, 2003, 01:48:18 AM »

Were to start.

Guess we will start with some background history.  Years ago a now defunk amateur radio club installed a single run of belden 9913 coax and installed an AEA ISOPole antenna for use at the local American Red Cross chapter office.  Ever since I moved to this area and started assisting with ARES type operations that involved the chapter office, communications was always marginal.   Recently myself and and another ham started looking at what was currently installed and what we could do to improve communications.

We came back with a plan to our local club requesting funds in the amount of $550.00 to include runnning three lengths of new coax, installing a new 2m/70cm vertical antenna, materials to build a multiband HF dipole, the third coax run be used with the ISOPole for an APRS setup once we removed the antenna and cleaned it.

Myself and the other ham would now like to work on getting some better radios into the communications room.  The current radio is an old, but still working well for the most part, Icom IC-25H.  This radio has no tone cap. so using it on some of the local repeaters is impossible. If new radios are secured this radio will be used with a packet setup.

We would like to replace the single radio with two seperate but identical 2m and 70cm mobile rigs.  Although a single dual band radio would be nice, we would like to be able create two seperate communication spots and be able to maximise the staff.  Another reason is if the dual bander were to die we would be out all communications methods, yes somebody would bring there own rig in if necessary....but.


So after all this past history, does anybody have a web sites or suggestions for getting some grant money for such a project?  We are talking about maybe $500.00 worth of radios.

Thank you for reading and giving any suggestions

Mark Wright
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WA4MJF
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2003, 11:49:06 AM »

Check with you County EC, DHS is showering
money for communications, among other things.

Happy Holidaze,

Ronnie
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2003, 12:19:03 AM »

Considering that you are providing comms for the ARC chapter, have you asked them to fund all or part of the cost?

They do have a disaster-related equipment budget.

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KE4SKY
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2004, 03:16:43 PM »

We formed Virginia RACES, Inc. as a tax-exempt corporation to enable corporate donations of supplies, equipment, antenna space, etc. for these kinds of purposes.  Telecomm companies, and service fleet operators are more likely to donate used equipment, reel ends of cable, connectors, waterproofing kits, etc. for site installs, if they can write them off.  There will be record keeping and tax reporting requirements, but worth the effort.  Virginia ARES received a portable repeater from HRO Woodbridge after the Pentagon attack.
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