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Ask Slashdot: College Club Fundraising On the Fly?

timothy posted about 7 months ago | from the but-if-everyone-sold-their-plasma-for-a-year dept.

Communications 89

An anonymous reader writes "As luck would have it, I was video-attending the monthly meeting of my alma mater's amateur radio club last night and learned that a local Alumnus had passed, leaving a significant amount of equipment to the club, including a 'Big Bertha' tower that the club does not have a home for. This particular 'Big Bertha,' as it is called, is a 115 foot tall, self-supporting rotatable pole that can support an enormous number of antennae. There are thought to be only a small number of them in civilian use, and this was one of them. I also happen to be a member of the local University's amateur radio club, and our local meeting was right after the Georgia Tech meeting, so upon learning of the availability I immediately informed them that this tower could be had so long as they could support the logistics of moving the tower approximately 100 miles.

After discussing the logistics, and the fact that construction crews would be required on both sides, we came to the conclusion that a significant amount of money would be required, and that your typical intramural basketweaving team bake sale would not do the job. The use case for such a tower is not difficult to make with the University, or with local emergency services who would no doubt love to have space on such a tall tower in such a prime 'top of the hill' geographical location. Zoning will also not be an issue owing to the location having one other taller tower belonging to the college radio station, and a water tower on site. However, with most governments being cash-strapped and unlikely willing to contribute to the project, we need some more ideas on how to raise the needed funds.

So if you're a small University club, and need to raise $30-40K in a hurry, how do you do it? They are working on some small grants from local corporations, and also contacting the manufacturer to see if there is any goodwill there. But, many more ideas are needed. Thanks in advance."

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ks (4, Interesting)

nblender (741424) | about 7 months ago | (#46458101)

I've seen lots of this sort of stuff on kickstarter... I've seen it be successful.

Re:ks (2)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 7 months ago | (#46458161)

That was my first thought too. But to be successful, it needs to go viral. That's another order of magnitude in difficulty.

Re:ks (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 7 months ago | (#46458217)

Going viral is exponentially difficult, literally like juggling eggs in variable gravity.

Re:ks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458265)

It already made /. so there's that. I imagine that if someone involved were to create the kickstarter and make a post on reddit or pass the story along to a few members of the tech press that it might be able to generate the needed funds.

I don't know if Kickstarter is the best choice though as this is a project where the cost is essentially fixed baring any unforeseen difficulties, but if it goes viral there's certainly the potential to take in far more money than is necessary. At that point it becomes an issue of determining what should be done with that.

Re:ks (3, Interesting)

nblender (741424) | about 7 months ago | (#46458413)

The ham crowd is fairly well connected so news travels pretty quickly in that community and they like seeing this sort of thing.... Going viral is a reasonable possibility.

$40k isn't that much money.

Said no student ever. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46470307)

$40k isn't that much money.

Re:ks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458625)

If it had got funding, I would have loaned him/her the death star I tried to build on KS.

Re:ks (1)

chuckinator (2409512) | about 7 months ago | (#46460319)

Kickstarter is merely one form of grant application. If you and others from your organisation go through the proper research, you can find grant money in all sorts of corners.

Ask the university (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458105)

I work at an University. There is money to be had.

Just ask the groups in charge of facilities and/or student groups.

They can come up with it easily..

Re:Ask the university (3, Informative)

sneakyimp (1161443) | about 7 months ago | (#46458227)

Call wealthy alumni. You could probably get a list from the alumni office.

Re:Ask the university (1)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 7 months ago | (#46459125)

Call wealthy alumni. You could probably get a list from the alumni office.

A school like Georgia Tech would already have a finely tuned fundraising apparatus targeting 'wealthy alumni.'

It is highly unlikely the alumni office would provide this list to just anyone.

However, as a 'parent said, there may be funds available at the school.

Alumni (1)

Etherwalk (681268) | about 7 months ago | (#46462665)

Call wealthy alumni. You could probably get a list from the alumni office.

A school like Georgia Tech would already have a finely tuned fundraising apparatus targeting 'wealthy alumni.'

It is highly unlikely the alumni office would provide this list to just anyone.

However, as a 'parent said, there may be funds available at the school.

The alumni office shouldn't provide this list--it's intelligent to tightly control fundraising efforts, if they know their job; and having someone go off-script or divert a $50K donation from their general fund is a big deal. (Especially since their job is to build that fund and preserve those relationships).

You might be able to get a donation from alums you are aware of--successful entrepreneurs tend to make the biggest donations, but for $40K it would be worth contacting successful engineers and the like for a few thousand each. Their companies may have matching programs. But if you're an employee, figure out who to ask at the school about the politics.

Crypto currencies (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 7 months ago | (#46458117)

Set up wallets to accept Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin donations.

Re:Crypto currencies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458409)

And ask nicely on Reddit.

crypto currencies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46460807)

Will definitely donate dogecoin.

Re:Crypto currencies (1)

biodata (1981610) | about 7 months ago | (#46461501)

this. dogecoin. your tower will help get to the moon.

Try Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458123)

I heard a lot of people go there

Fundraising.. (3, Informative)

Keith Fimreite (2883429) | about 7 months ago | (#46458139)

My college fraternity has a paypal donation account and they placed a donation widget on their website. I would create a donation page / small website describing your need and accept donations via paypal if you can. Kickstarter and other crowdfunding take a percentage but if you are a non-profit Paypal doesn't charge...

Volunteers? (4, Informative)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 7 months ago | (#46458169)

In a particular case like this, it may be possible for much of the transport work to be done by volunteers from the local ham community.

W2CXM's Force12 antenna was entirely put up by volunteers. This isn't exactly a small antenna - http://www.qsl.net/w2cxm/pics.... [qsl.net]

Re:Volunteers? (3, Insightful)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 7 months ago | (#46458689)

In a particular case like this, it may be possible for much of the transport work to be done by volunteers from the local ham community.

I think that's probably a good way to go - hams generally love to help others, especially other hams. And nothing's better than helping emergency preparedness either.

Put the call out, and earmark some money for beer and pizza and stuff at the end and you may find that you'll have lots of help - not to pay for the transport, but to actually do it. And I'm sure lots of hams would love to have the chance to actually put up a tower or to learn how to put one up (a good skill to have).

Heck, have workshops as well - turn this not into a "let's get a tower" event but into a whole community involvement and relations thing. After all, you'll get curious onlookers wondering what's going on. It's the perfect time to also do outreach and explain what ham radio is about, what they're good for, and why in an emergency it's good to know a few of 'em.

Re:Volunteers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46459935)

Not to rain on the idea, because I'd personally love to see it happen. I'm a ham too.

HOWEVER, you need liability insurance for everyone. One slip up and several people could be maimed or killed. You may have some very fit young men to do this, but you'll need some training and equipment besides. If someone is hurt on the tower, can you handle a rescue situation at 100' up? I can just about guarantee that the fire department won't have the gear to help you in a timely fashion. I've seen how tower erection is done, the training they have, and the equipment they use. There is a reason why those guys have a job doing what they do.

If you're interested in a tower more than 50' tall, you really should get professional help for tear down, inspection, and erection. You may be able to get help from the civil engineering department to do soil cores, foundation design, and a sign-off from a state certified PE.

Re:Volunteers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46460847)

wow! great link thank you - especially for the images and memory of John B Hill. I worked with him at WVBR and was shocked to hear Keith OIlberman read his obituary on MSNBC. The last time I saw John was several years ago when a mutual friend was moving and needed help to remove a tower and antenna. This project had death-trap written all over it. John and I looked at each other and realized that if we didn't do the job, some other person was likely to be seriously injured, or killed, because of the nightmare installation we were witnessing. Thus went another unrecognized sacrifice because it was the right thing to do.

i loved the rest of the ÇXM antenna story. I noticed, a few weeks ago, that one element had rotated 90 degrees during this record setting rotten winter. It was fixed the next day during below zero windchill.

I see these folks have good tower climbing belts. If you need another, mine is across the street, many years after a job putting up 120ft of Rohn (SP?) 45 in between breakfast and diner.

Crowdsource (2)

pvt_medic (715692) | about 7 months ago | (#46458171)

Crowdsource, I am sure there are many Amateur Radio Operators out there and others who would be interested in supporting your efforts

He Died (-1, Flamebait)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 7 months ago | (#46458177)

>learned that a local Alumnus had passed

I think you mean he died. There isn't another side to pass to.

Re:He Died (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458249)

Prepare for some a** pounding on the other side... The don't take kindly to such talk there...

Re:He Died (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 7 months ago | (#46458289)

They sound like a harsh unforgiving bunch.

Re: He Died (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458707)

Your talking about the dark side? Where the sun doesn't shine?

Re:He Died (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458261)

How about you fuck off with your irritating pedantry?

Re:He Died (-1, Flamebait)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 7 months ago | (#46458277)

Less irritating than religious gullibility.

Re:He Died (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about 7 months ago | (#46458577)

While I agree that religious gullibility is a problem, there is no reason to be an ahole. We all knew what the submitter meant. You just wanted to cause a flamewar.

Re:He Died (0)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 7 months ago | (#46460533)

Nope. I had intention to start a flame war. It was the A.C. above who went off all flame-war-y I did indeed know what the submitter meant, and they were making a false religious insinuation of the sort that is supposed to slip under the wire and go unchallenged in a technical forum where being challenged on correctness is the norm.

For reference: https://xkcd.com/386/ [xkcd.com]

Re:He Died (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 7 months ago | (#46458283)

Perhaps he passed English, unlike the submitter.

The euphemistic phrase for popping one's clogs is passing away.

Re:He Died (1)

Experiment 626 (698257) | about 7 months ago | (#46458317)

You speak from experience?

Re:He Died (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 7 months ago | (#46460537)

Nope. Common sense.

Ask ARRL and suggest Kickstarter (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458197)

Definitely contact the ARRL and ask them how others have done it. Suggest Kickstarter. At the ARRL contact Dave, K1ZZ. He has to know how to do this!

The ARRL actually gives grants for this. (4, Informative)

tlambert (566799) | about 7 months ago | (#46458889)

The ARRL actually gives grants for this.

http://www.arrl.org/the-arrl-f... [arrl.org]

So does FEMA, including to schools.

https://www.citizencorps.fema.... [fema.gov]

Although getting involved in something statewide might be biting off more than you can chew.

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/s... [emergencymgmt.com]

Go into business (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 7 months ago | (#46458199)

Re-fi your home. Buy it. Move it. Own it. Rent space to all comers.

Call the Army (5, Insightful)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | about 7 months ago | (#46458209)

Try calling your local National Guard unit, see if you can talk them into using a CH-47 to move it for you as a training exercise. After all, the National Guard needs the training anyway, so give them something in the real world to practice on. Just emphasize that you need it for disaster preparedness.

Re:Call the Army (2)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 7 months ago | (#46458267)

Try calling your local National Guard unit, see if you can talk them into using a CH-47 to move it for you as a training exercise. After all, the National Guard needs the training anyway, so give them something in the real world to practice on. Just emphasize that you need it for disaster preparedness.

This seems like something clever enough to work.

Barring that.. you could always try whoring yourself out. Literally and metaphorically.

Re:Call the Army (2)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about 7 months ago | (#46458441)

you could always try whoring yourself out.

Damn. You beat me to it.

Sell drugs.

Re:Call the Army (1)

OutOnARock (935713) | about 7 months ago | (#46458533)

So cocaine and hookers, but on the other side of the transaction?

Brilliant!

Re:Call the Army (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 7 months ago | (#46458587)

Sell drugs.

Everyone knows the real money is in Girl Scout Cookies.
Those things are like crack, except your grandmother would buy 'em for you.

Re:Call the Army (1)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | about 7 months ago | (#46458787)

Everyone knows the real money is in Girl Scout Cookies.

Is that what they're calling it these days...

Convenient (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458303)

The armory is right across the street from the desired final location.

Re:Convenient (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458335)

Yes, yes it is, although I do not think they're an air unit.

Re:Convenient (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about 7 months ago | (#46458597)

No, but I am sure they know the air units. Also many NG and AR units have large trucks, and lots of low ranking labor to help with the "grunt" work. Maybe they could help with the dismantling/transportation.

Re:Call the Army (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458381)

Perilously close to the load limit of a CH-47.

The tower does break down and can be placed on a standard tractor-trailer flatbed, though.

ARES == disaster prep (3, Informative)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 7 months ago | (#46458569)

Check to see if there's an ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) [arrl.org] in your area [gaares.org] .

They might have some useful contacts to get things moved, with the simple request that they be able to use your tower when there's an emergency. (I think they also like some inside space where they can set up their gear, but it doesn't have to be dedicated space ... they were looking at using our conference room 'til they determined that we didn't have good propagation from our town hall))

If they don't have the contacts, they might be able to help you raise funds ... like at their various hamfests or relay events. Cash might seem like the best thing to ask for, but in-kind donations go a hell of a lot further and can sometimes be easier to get ... it just requires having good contacts or lots of cold calls (trucking companies, crane companies, etc ... might also ask telecom companies)

Re:Call the Army (1)

LoRdTAW (99712) | about 7 months ago | (#46458579)

This would not work. Not only are there liabilities if something goes wrong, but how does a chopper align a 140 foot pole over bolts with precision? The alignment process would be very difficult to achieve. And I doubt the government would want to accept responsibility if something goes wrong and there is loss of life, property damage or something else bad.

From the big bertha site they state the mast is bolted together in 20 foot sections so all you need is a crew, crane and a small flatbed truck. The expensive part is the crane which runs into the hundreds or thousands of dollars per hour. Its not a difficult job. Its just expensive.

Re:Call the Army (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 7 months ago | (#46458759)

You'd think they could build a climbing crane (or series of bolt on hoists) to assemble this. Red Green would build the hoists out of 2x4s and duct tape, then use a car to pull the sections up.

It kind of obvious and I suspect the OP has already done this, but call the original vendor. They have the expertise. See if you can go watch them put one up. Airfare to most places is relatively cheap vs the cost of putting up this monster.

They might even be willing to help or at least cut you a price for schedule back-fill work.

I suspect the OP is vastly underestimating the difficulty of building a foundation for this tower.

Re:Call the Army (2)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 7 months ago | (#46460093)

I assure you we are fully aware of the complexity of erecting this tower. It is not a simple job, and requires a very large crane. Most of the $30-40K expense we're ballparking is in the erection of the new base and assembly of the tower. At the very least a new in-base tube must be fabricated as the original is hopelessly captured in the original base.

Here's a photo gallery of the construction of one of these monsters:

http://www.qth.com/gallery3/nt... [qth.com]

Re: Call the Army (1)

Yeggous (1056912) | about 7 months ago | (#46459787)

Ever see videos of how ski lifts are built? This is exactly what they do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

Alumnae Association (2)

Spazmania (174582) | about 7 months ago | (#46458239)

That's what it exists for: getting money for school activities.

Waste of Money ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458393)

"Zoning will also not be an issue owing to the location having one other taller tower belonging to the college radio station, and a water tower on site."

If there already is a taller tower available, then what added value does it bring to the site that would justify the cost?

Re:Waste of Money ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458611)

It's a fair question.. but, the radio station doesn't want anyone else on their tower, and it's not rotatable either, which means frequent climbing and off-air time for maintaining rotors on ham beams anyway. Having the entire tower rotate on its own is actually far simpler to maintain because working on the motor and bearings does not require climbing, or off time.

But the short of it is that they really just don't want anything to do with us or anyone else being on their tower.

Re:Waste of Money ? (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 7 months ago | (#46458801)

Downside to rotating the tower, of course, is that the whole thing has to move. No hard mounted directional side shows.

Also: What kind of foundation is required for this tower? That has to be a big cost.

Raffles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458397)

Try raffling off an iPad or some other gadget of your choosing. There are legal rules and regs for doing so, but if your org. is a 501c nonprofit, you might be able to make some headway.

Depending on how many people you get interested, it's 3-5k raised minus expenses. 10% of your goal, way better than a bakesale!

I used to do this raising funds for a student chapter of AITP, so we could go to the National Collegiate Conference every year.

Good luck!

Kinda pricy eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458437)

Might shop around for a better price, and-or ask around for some volunteer work to get it moved. 30-40k to move a tower seems way high to me. How much is a new tower? 50' ones go for what, around 2-3k, or so, I guess? Free beer and BBQ works wonders for volunteer labor motivation. Some business might help out as well, I'd get the club to call the radio manufactures for some sponsorship help, maybe in exchange for some word-of-mouth advertising or such...

  In Atlanta there is always the panhandling at intersection gig! ; )

Re:Kinda pricy eh? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458511)

This tower was probably between $150-250K when originally installed. This is not some wimpy guyed truss tower. It's a fully rotatable self-supporting pole - the entire pole rotates on ball bearings at its base. When they sold these new, part of that price included the engineering and installation owing to the necessary soil studies, structural evaluations, and so on.

It requires nearly 30 yards of concrete in the base, and weighs in at nearly 30,000lbs for the taller versions.

The thing is a monster that can handle 150 square feet of wind load, and still be self-supporting.

Even if it cost $75K it would be a bargain.

israelis crashed the malaysian flight (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458439)

they trying to disrupt an iranian arms shipment and accident took the plane down. you heard it here first!

Call the big companies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458471)

Call some big companies and sell naming rights to the tower, like the football stadiums do.

If the student association can't pay, contact your (4, Informative)

jmulvey (233344) | about 7 months ago | (#46458491)

There may be an endowment fund that this type of expense might already qualify under, they can help you identify if any such monies exist.

If not, try reaching out to alumni, but DO NOT DO THIS ON YOUR OWN. Work with your school's Alumni Relations group. Alumni Relations likely won't agree to start cold-calling random alumni for your pet project. So propose that Alumni Relations cross-references their alumni list with the Ham Radio callbook. Should be an easy database join (match by name and address). You'll get highly qualified hits that should result in excellent yields. And you can have meaningful conversations with Alumni that should help build/rebuild the alumni's connection with the school, even if they don't give.

Does the GT club have a list of alumni members? (2)

n4djs (1097963) | about 7 months ago | (#46458513)

I would start with asking them for money... and the local GT hams... and the GT alumni at local ham clubs, of which there are many in the Atlanta area.
However, I think that this will prove to be a white elephant, IMO. I would think long and hard before accepting this gift, unless you can ID a buyer.
Advertising on QRZ.com at a steep discount off of list price may get some money for the club.
Make certain you actually have a plan on how and where to use, and plan on some expenses for the accessories that go with the tower if you actually try to implement it.
73, Dave N4DJS

Re:Does the GT club have a list of alumni members? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458531)

It's the Clemson club that needs the money. The tower was bequeathed to the GT club, but they have no place to put it, and no use for it.

But I get your point.

Call some Big Companies.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458543)

You could try to sell naming rights.

Companies only get a tax deduction for expenditures laid out to earn income. Hence if you sell them something you have a better chance than asking for a donation.

Write a business plan (4, Interesting)

Ichijo (607641) | about 7 months ago | (#46458669)

The use case for such a tower is not difficult to make with the University, or with local emergency services who would no doubt love to have space on such a tall tower in such a prime 'top of the hill' geographical location.

It looks like you have two customers already. You could also put up some WiFi antennas and become a wireless ISP. So all you need now is to write a business plan and find investors or take out a loan.

Re:Write a business plan (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46459307)

try contacting contractors that would be likely to build and get them to donate time/equipment in exchange for regular ads (students will later be good erners so shoudn't be to difficult to convince them).

+ they can possibly claim it as charity and make it tax duductible (not sure if possible in the US).

if you need a good start for cash I have never seen a nud calendar bring in less than 1k (male or female) as all over students will likeley buy just for a lough (every little helps).

Alumni (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458701)

Reach out to your alumni with your fundraisers. Pull your roster of previous amateur radio club members and ask them for ideas on how to raise money for this.

Sex? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458731)

I keep reading about all the promiscuous, hot, co-ed, lust on college campuses. Maybe something to work with there? /.'ers would be happy to "lend a hand" if you know what I mean (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!).

Do you have a chemist in your club? (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | about 7 months ago | (#46458793)

If so, you might get them to watch the documentary Breaking Bad, for some money making ideas.
:)

This is Crowdtilt's space (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46458899)

Generally speaking, this is what Crowdtilt [slashdot.org] is for.

Contact Homeland Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46459191)

Homeland Security maybe able to help if you contact them.

Is the tower worth this much? (3, Interesting)

n7ytd (230708) | about 7 months ago | (#46459313)

I might be modded off-topic, since the question was not "Should we raise this money?" but "How do I raise this money?"

Two questions:
1) Is $30-$40k a good price for this tower?
2) If the tower weren't available for free, would your club spend this kind of money to install a tower like this?

Disassembling the tower isn't free, and purchasing a tower new wouldn't come with this expense, and could be done on your schedule. The right answer might be to decline the donation.

Re:Is the tower worth this much? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46459527)

Oh yes, this tower would be a bargain if it cost $50K to get here.

I found this photo album on the web of a Bertha installation.

http://www.qth.com/gallery3/nt... [qth.com]

Re:Is the tower worth this much? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46460831)

If they install a used BigBertha tower for $50 grand they are doing very well, if they get it for around $40 grand they are doing excellent. If by some chance they get it installed for close to $30 grand (or less) ..... I will be amazed and very very happy for them. Big Bertha's are awesome towers.

Naming rights - and a communications plan :-) (2)

slincolne (1111555) | about 7 months ago | (#46460211)

Many businesses like to get their presence out there.

I'd suggest having an auction (with a sensible starting price) to name the tower, so that when it's on maps, and people talk about it they get the name for a set period (e.g. 10 years).

Also, this is a 'big' deal, so a communications plan to get the work out (and add value to the naming rights) would help push its value.

Having something about the 'Google Emergency Communications Tower' or some such stuff in the press would get eyeballs.

Why try delivery? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46460631)

Perhaps you should sell it, and purchase something more appropriate (with a kicker for the club treasury in the process).

Cel Company Rights/Rental (1)

drkim (1559875) | about 7 months ago | (#46461803)

Contact some/all of your local cel telcos.

Tell them you are leasing space for cel nodes and microwave on your tower. Tell them if they get in now, and pre-pay, they will get a guaranteed low rate for the first X years.

Bonus: After this lease period runs out, this turns into a revenue stream. Money for maintenance, perhaps even a little profit..?

Colege Amature Radio Club? (1)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about 7 months ago | (#46461805)

Ah Truly news for nerds is back :D

Sorry erm fund raising well you could try kickstarter but you might need to go viral for success. I'd speak to some of the colleges senior staff and ask them for suggestions they probably know some of the better places to ask. Also look at local charitable associations and find out if any of them have links to any kind of military radio operators (You'd be surprised there are some that only accept army pay clerks).

But most of all pound the streets talk to the local Radio/TV Stations, local papers and don't forget the college's student papers.

You ASK. Really, that easy. (1)

pla (258480) | about 7 months ago | (#46462021)

My Alma Mater hits me up for donations constantly, with hype about how $SPORT team performed last year and the need for a new stadium. Oh, and some random feelgood BS about diversity and student culture and did I know they have classes, in the footnotes?

And I patiently respond to every such solicitation the same way, which boils down to "fuck $SPORT, I'll donate when you promise to put it toward actual academic endeavors". I don't think I alone feel that way, either (hell, just about everyone I associate with has told me they feel similarly). So here, you have a chance to make people like me put up or shut up.

TLDR: If I got a letter from my Uni asking for money for this project, you'd have a check on your desk by the end of the week.

How to get money for a club (1)

Anonym1ty (534715) | about 7 months ago | (#46462227)

If you are not already, fill out the paperwork to incorporate the club under 501(c)3 non-profit paperwork status.

Request grants from local and national businesses

Our club regularly receives such money in the $1000-$5000 range from local utilities, national cellular providers, large box discount chain stores and grocery stores

These types of businesses have ready-made grant requests - sometimes right on their websites They are looking to give their money away You do need to meet their criteria... usually to be a 501(c)3 not for profit and provide community service.

Re:How to get money for a club (1)

Anonym1ty (534715) | about 7 months ago | (#46462243)

thats $1000-$5000 each

Non-Profit Raffle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46462495)

Check the laws in your state, but in Ohio, non-profit clubs can run raffles. If your club has 501c3 status, do a couple of raffles.

Ex. Put together a package of a Flex-3000, nice laptop and mike or put together a complete K3 package etc etc. Make is something a lot of hams 'dream' about and spend about $3-4K retail values. (Companies can donate to non-profits or sell to you at cost). Sell 1000 tickets at $25 and you net about $20k.

I volunteer for a non-profit here in Ohio and this is how a lot of our work is funded.

JLE

PORN (1)

cgfsd (1238866) | about 7 months ago | (#46462763)

Do what every college student does now a days, make porn!
Although the amateur radio club might not be a good pool to pull from.

Reddit, of course (1)

mwfischer (1919758) | about 7 months ago | (#46462767)

Involves cats doing cute things, Nikola Tesla, and kickstarter.

Infinity money.

Followup from OP (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46462885)

Hello everyone, thanks so much for all of your suggestions, especially the one to "call the Army!" We never would have thought of that.

It just so happens that the Major General at the local Army National Guard armory has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from GT (just like I do), and the CWO5 is a Clemson graduate. So, there may actually be some goodwill, and some amazing publicity, to be had. We will definitely approach them as well as the media relations departments of both universities.

To answer some of the other questions I've seen throughout this thread:

1) Here is a photo album on the web documenting a Big Bertha installation. You can see that it is quite the monster: http://www.qth.com/gallery3/nt... [qth.com]

2) The concrete base is specified to be at least 8x8x12, which works out to nearly 30 yards of concrete, with the base tube for the tower immersed in it. We approximate that this weighs nearly 60 tons with the rebar and base tube.

3) The gentlemen who passed away was Navy Rear Admiral (ret.) and renowned architect Ted Levy [dignitymemorial.com] . In addition to building some amazing buildings over the years, he served on the editorial board of the Naval Institute Press when they published Tom Clancy's first novel "Hunt for Red October."

Re:Followup from OP (1)

michael021689 (791941) | about 7 months ago | (#46464867)

Just based on the fact that the situation involves a former Rear Admiral should be able to open doors for you. Such a person would have had a lot of useful associates. If you could manage to contact that circle of people, you would likely find many people that are happy to help. You could name the tower or facility after him and put of a plaque talking about his career and life. Us military types usually eat up that kind of thing.

kickstarter + online stream (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#46470235)

setup a kickstarter
if successful make audio stream/s available online for kickstarter supporters or a fee

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