Investment project code: 102
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): We have an Amateur Radio Club and we are based in the John Connolly Centre in Renton. We are very fortunate here in that we can have a room and leave our equipment permanently set up, we can also erect an aerial system in the yard at the back. Our membership hovers around the 25 mark and we meet every week on a Thursday Evening. Amateur Radio is a technical interest and to be able to transmit you have to pass exams, our club runs classes so that new members can gain the necessary certificates to take part. We have been going over 40 years and during that time we have trained many people who have gone on to have careers in the communications industry. We still do training when things are normal and as a leisure activity we take part in international Radio Communication Competitions. As a voluntary sideline we have an organisation called "Radio Amateurs Emergency Network" which makes our equipment and expertise available to the "County Emergency Planning Officer" at times of local emergency, our younger members take part in exercises to to keep our skills up. Almost all the Amateur Radio Clubs in Scotland are involved with this.
What will you use the money for?: The money would be used to maintain and upgrade our Radio equipment, we face an ongoing task with adverse weather taking it's toll on our aerial systems and our equipment becomes technically obsolete and requires replacement.
Who will benefit from this money?: Our club members will benefit from this by having modern equipment to operate with. From a training viewpoint trainees will benefit from learning on equipment that they will use in later life
Proposed on behalf of: Lomond Radio Club - £2275.30