Welcome to program 145 of Shortwave Radiogram.
I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.
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1:48 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
2:59 Olivia 16-1000: Hams to help develop low cost ventilator
9:42 MFSK64: Ford helps produce respiratory equipment*
14:29 This week's images*
28:00 MFSK32: Closing announcements
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Radio Amateurs Team Up to Help University Design Low-Cost
23 March 2020
Amateur radio volunteers from around the world have volunteered
to assist University of Florida Professor Sam Lampotang and his
engineering team in their quest to rapidly develop an
open-source, low-cost patient ventilator that can be built
anywhere from such commonly available components as PVC pipe and
lawn-sprinkler valves. The amateur radio volunteers are
developing Arduino-based control software that will set the
respiratory rate and other key parameters in treating critically
ill coronavirus victims.
Multiple volunteers responding to a call for help from Gordon
Gibby, MD, KX4Z, included noted software developer Jack Purdum,
W8TEE, and uBITX transceiver maker Ashhar Farhan, VU2ESE.
University of Florida physicians are working to address the
critical legal aspects as the design moves closer to fruition.
The ventilator's valves would precisely time compressed oxygen
flow into patient breathing circuits under Arduino control,
allowing exhausted patients with "stiff" lungs impacted by viral
pneumonia to survive until their body can clear the infection.
The software design team is also adding simple features suc, enntilator
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From New Atlas:
Ford uses manufacturing muscle and F-150 parts in coronavirus
24 March 2020
With auto production at a virtual standstill throughout North
America, automakers are repurposing their vast manufacturing
resources toward helping fill the shortage of medical supplies
around the continent. Ford is partnering with 3M and GE
Healthcare to rapidly up the production of respiratory equipment,
creating parts and new designs with 3D printing and off-the-shelf
auto components like F-150 seat-cooling hardware.
ord and 3M are working together to quickly increase production
capacity of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs), with
engineers from both companies actively collaborating on a
new-generation PAPR that can be manufactured efficiently with
available components. Both 3M and Ford have mined their
warehouses for useful parts, using 3M HEPA filters and portable
tool batteries, in addition to Ford F-150 seat-cooling
components, to piece together the new design. If successful, Ford
could handle manufacturing of the new respirator at one of its
Michigan facilities, increasing 3M's production capacity as much
"We have empowered our teams of engineers and designers to be
scrappy and creative to quickly help scale up production of this
vital equipment," says Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO.
3M's traditional powered respirators rely on a waist-mounted,
battery-powered blower system to circulate clean, filtered air
into a hood, protecting the wearer from airborne contaminants.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a skyrocketing demand for
these PAPRs from the likes of first responders and healthcare
workers, leaving 3M to look outside company walls to meet the
"We're exploring all available opportunities to further expand
3M's capacity and get healthcare supplies as quickly as possible
to where they're needed most, which includes partnering with
other great companies like Ford," says Mike Roman, 3M chairman of
the board and CEO.
3M says that it has already doubled its global output of N95
respirators, producing them at a rate of nearly 100 million per
month. Of the 35 million it's making each month in the US, 90
percent are earmarked for healthcare workers, with the other 10
percent going to other critical industries, including food
supply, energy and pharmaceuticals.
Ford is also in the process of building and testing protective
face shields. Designed to be used by healthcare professionals in
conjunction with N95 respirators, the transparent shields protect
the eyes and face from contact with liquids. More than 1,000 of
the face shields will be put into testing at Detroit-area
hospitals this week, and Ford plans to ramp up manufacturing to
100,000 per week.
Ford is also cooperating with GE Healthcare on building a
simplified version of the company's ventilators, used to support
patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing.
Finally, it is using the 3D-printing capabilities of its Advanced
Manufacturing Center to create components and subassemblies of
other personal protective equipment.
Ford is not the only American Big 3 automaker involved in such
work. etG tne Motors and Fiat Chr4²er announced their own
efforts this week. FCA is prepaee eo m tayuNN
manufacturing anOŠde›tZZyjmillion per month. The masks will go to police, EMTs,
firefighters, and hospital and clinic workers in the US, Canada
and Mexico. Meanwhile, GM is working with Ventec Life Systems to
scale up the production of the company's ventilators.
Sources: Ford, 3M