M.O.R.E. Project

The Make Operating Radio Easier (MORE) Project aims to reduce both gender and age imbalances in Ham Radio, through education and hands-on activities.  The intention is to provide mentoring, proactive intervention, and inclusivity to help expand Ham Radio’s outreach.  The ambitious goals of the 2-year MORE Project are: to train and license 500 new U.S. Radio Amateurs, with 50% non-male and 60% between ages 12-18; to encourage understanding of digital and analog aspects of radio communication through hands-on activities and explorations, including Software Defined Radio (SDR); and to help these new Hams learn basic communications protocols by observing and participating in HF and VHF operations.  Each participant will have their testing and licensing fees paid for by the program.  Those who successfully license will receive a hand-held 2 Meter (HT) radio and will be assisted in Getting On The Air to make radio contacts.

Call for Participation 

STUDENTS: To be considered for this program, you must be at least 12 years old (or older). As radio operations in the U.S.A. are overseen by the Federal Government, all participants in the MORE Project must be willing to create a permanent public record of certain salient personal information. Step 1: Go to <https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/support/universal-licensing-system-uls-resources/getting-fcc-registration-number-frn> to obtain an FCC Registration Number (FRN). Step 2: Email the FRN, along with your full name and email address (plus your parent’s or guardian’s full name and email address, if you are within 12 to 18 years of age) to Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, K3RPM at <rtmercuri@ieee.org>. You will be sent an application form that will enable us to place you into one of our training courses.

GROUP LEADERS: The MORE Project is also seeking to hear from STEM clubs, scouting groups, preparedness teams, societies and lodges, senior centers, and other educational or recreational activity organizers. If your members would like to learn about radio technology and how it is used in a wide range of applications, including informal chatting, emergency search and rescue, global and outer-space communication, and much more, please contact Dr. Mercuri at <rtmercuri@ieee.org> for further information.

TRAINERS and VEs: Currently we are seeking FCC-licensed amateur radio operators, at the General level or above, living in NJ or eastern PA, who are certified as Volunteer Examiners (or would like to earn this certificate), to assist with teaching and testing.  If you are interested, and to receive additional information, please provide your full name and callsign in an email, with the subject line — MORE Project — to Rebecca K3RPM at <rtmercuri@ieee.org>

The formal description of the MORE Project can be found here: 

Our Sponsors:

The MORE Project is supported by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) <ampr.org> and is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Princeton / Central Jersey Section, Broadcast Technology Chapter (IEEE PCJS BTC) <site.ieee.org/pcjs>, with the assistance of the David Sarnoff Radio Club (DSRC) <n2re.org> and ARCsquared <arcsquared.org>.