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The Fort Wayne Radio Club is an organization of amateur (ham) radio operators in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Use the menu above to learn more or scroll down for the latest news!

Upcoming Events

Sun., Apr 12th, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., May 3rd, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., Jun 7th, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., Jul 12th, 2015, 8:00am
FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., Jul 12th, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
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FWRC participates in the annual ARRL Field Day event every June.

FWRC conducts a monthly fox (hidden transmitter) hunt from March through November.

FWRC members bring test eqiupment to one meeting per year for the club's annual "rig clinic."

Every August, FWRC hosts a free tailgate hamfest.

FWRC members participate in the ARRL VHF QSO Party from an upper level of a parking structure.

March, 2015 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the March 27, 2014 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download, using the link below:

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March, 2015 general meeting minutes
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"Home brew" meeting photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club members inspect home brew projects at the March, 2015 meeting

Photos from the March 27, 2015 "home brew" meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for view in this website's photo gallery, thanks to Al Burke, WB9SSE.

March fox hides in city park

foxhunt cartoonThe weather for the (as originally planned) March foxhunt date (March 1) repeated what the weather did to us in February, i.e., it sucked. So the March foxhunt was delayed until the 8th where-upon three foxhunt teams gathered at our new foxhunt starting point of Cobin Memorial Park near Lakeside Golf course. The anxious hunters consisted of the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus AL & Carole Burke, WB9's SSE & RUS, a second team consisting of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and a third team consisting of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex.

The fox crew consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Bob Dean, KC9UHU, and included a couple of IPFW student "Observers" from Bangladesh invited along for the day's events by Bob. (Undoubtedly, their tagging along on the hunt almost for sure verified their belief that Americans are nuts).

The fox was situated near Soapbox Derby hill in Franke Park. The high power part of the fox was located in Charles's fancy new (and unrecognizable) pickup truck which drove a yagi stashed back in the woods at the end of a long feedline. The low power part was a microprocessor driven microfox spewing Morse code on 146.430 MHz, hidden under a log, in the brush, in a nearby copse of trees.

Read more: March fox hides in city park

Repeater replacement to require downtime

FWRC members will install two new repeater packages next week to replace existing equipment on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz. The transition to new equipment will require the repeaters to be temporarily off the air, beginning sometime Monday morning, March 30. The repeaters should return to the air about 24 hours later, sometime Tuesday, March 31.

Al Burke, WB9SSE expects that the VHF repeater should have greater range after the change, because the new receiver has greater sensitivity than the radio currently in service and the new transmitter will feed a 150-watt power amplifier. replacement to require downtime

FWRC members will install two new repeater packages next week to replace existing equipment on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz. The transition to new equipment will require the repeaters to be temporarily off the air, beginning sometime Monday morning, March 30. The repeaters should return to the air about 24 hours later, sometime Tuesday, March 31.

Al Burke, WB9SSE expects that the VHF repeater should have greater range after the change, because the new receiver has greater sensitivity than the radio currently in service and the new transmitter will feed a 150-watt power amplifier.

The March 2015 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2015 03The March 2015 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download using the link below. This and previous issues are also available for download by clicking the "Files" link in the main menu and then clicking "Newsletters."


March 2015 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The March 2015 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

 

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Tracks in snow fail to confuse fox hunters

foxhunt cartoonDecember came and went.... cold, snow, and no foxhunt. Then came January...cold, lotsa snow, but still no foxhunt. And finally February arrived....still more cold and snow, but.... our intrepid foxhunters eventually came out of their caves and didn't see the shadows of their yagis. So that meant that a foxhunt was on!!!

Thus for the February event, which occurred on Sunday, 8 February, (one week late because of, guess what, lotsa snow on the originally planned 1 February foxhunt date), three foxhunter teams gathered at the Off-Track Betting Parlor parking lot near Lima and Washington Center roads. They consisted of the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and Robert Dean, KC9UHU, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN. In total seven rabid hunters.

Their quarry, the fox, was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. They travelled down to Klotz Park, near Southwick Village in south-east Ft. Wayne. From there they emitted the high-power fox signal on 146.430 MHz from a roof mounted quad with about 40 watts into the feedline. The low-power signal was loosed from a camouflaged micro-fox transmitter hung from a tree branch about 10 feet high in a copse of trees bordering a creek, and out in the middle of a show field, around 1000 feet from the Klotz Park ball diamond. (Let me tell you, tromping around in a snow field without snow shoes is hard work).

Read more: Tracks in snow fail to confuse fox hunters

More Articles...

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  5. FWRC Christmas Banquet Dec. 12

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