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K-State Today

November 10, 2022

Amateur Radio Club awarded American Radio Relay League Foundation grant

Submitted by Vern Wirka


The American Radio Relay League Foundation has awarded a grant to the W0QQQ Amateur Radio Club at Kansas State University, a registered independent student organization. 

The grant funds transformative projects that encourage the growth of active amateur radio operators and training opportunities, education programs for student groups and schools, and club revitalization. The ARRL Foundation, established by ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio®, administers the Club Grant Program.

The W0QQQ Amateur Radio Club grant is $2,500. W0QQQ was one out of 24 clubs from across the nation that were notified that they are receiving grants. The American Radio Relay League Foundation received 128 applications for this round of grants.

The foundation has long recognized that it is in the best interest of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed, and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for them to continue their education and training. The grant, to the student organization registered as W0QQQ Amateur Radio Club, will help provide and expand important services through equipment upgrades and a more extensive outreach effort to involve more students, faculty, staff and community members.

The Federal Communications Commission-licensed club station operates under the call sign W0QQQ. The station is on the fourth floor of Seaton Hall. For more information about W0QQQ contact club adviser Vern Wirka at vwirka@k-state.edu.