In January, the QRP Amateur Radio Club International challenged their members to come up with a kit that would be buildable by those with physical disabilities. The original deadline was this year’s Four Day’s in May, held in conjunction with the Dayton Hamvention.
Yesterday, however, they decided to extend the deadline to next year’s FDIM. In an e-mail sent to various QRP mailing lists, Ken Evans, W4DU, QRP-ARCI president says:
Since issuing the challenge, we have received feedback from a number of sources stating that a four month timeline was overly optimistic to perform all the needed steps to develop such a kit. We have discussed various alternatives and have decided to extend the timeline. The rules will stand as initially stated, however this will be a special category at FDIM 2013. Thus giving a full year for the development and design effort.
Complete rules can be found on the QRP-ARCI’s Accessibility Challenge page.