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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX017 (1995)

ARLX017 US grant to Ukraine
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Special Bulletin 17  ARLX017
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  April 10, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
ARLX017 US grant to Ukraine
U.S. grant to Ukraine
Ukrainian Amateur Radio operators will benefit from a 24,987 dollar
grant from the US Agency for International Development.
The grant, from USAID through the Eurasia Foundation, was obtained
by a proposal made by the Foundation for Amateur International Radio
Service, a nonprofit public foundation founded in May 1991.  FAIRS
has charter groups in Ukraine, Guyana, Bangladesh, and Russia.
The grant will fund electronics hardware to extend APLINK coverage
to Kiev from the Western Ukraine, with nodes also going to Hungary,
the Czech Republic, and Poland.  An Internet gateway also is
planned, as well as an additional APLINK station and an FM repeater
in western Ukraine.
Delivery of the equipment is expected by early summer, and will
include hardware for seven digipeater nodes, including terminal node
controllers, radios, and antennas.  About 35 Ukrainian amateurs have
packet capability in the current APLINK system.
The FAIRS grant proposal was written by Executive Director David
Larsen, KK4WW, and European Director Victor Goncharsky, US5WE.
A previous FAIRS project, training of prospective amateurs in
Bangladesh, was described in September 1993 QST, on page 86.