Friday, June 30, 2017

ECARS Awards Grant for Education Programs

The East Coast Amateur Radio Service (ECARS) has awarded nearly $1000 to a Pennsylvania group dedicated to promoting amateur radio awareness among Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and to using amateur radio as a vehicle for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. The group says its $984 grant will help The Educational Alliance for Amateur Radio to purchase receivers, transmitters and direction-finding antennas to be used in conjunction with its courses for the Boy Scouts' Radio Merit Badge and the Girl Scouts' Wireless Technologies Award.

ECARS has operated a daily service net on 7255 kHz since 1968. Public relations manager Jim Freed, KA1MQ, notes that additional grant funds are available for amateur radio groups and other not-for-profit organizations "with programs to educate, license and otherwise support amateur radio activities, with emphasis on youth-based projects." For more information, visit <>.