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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

Tue., Jul 5th, 2016, 7:00pm
FORT WAYNE RADIO CLUB BOD MEETING
Sun., Jul 10th, 2016, 1:30pm
FORT WAYNE RADIO CLUB FOX HUNT
Fri., Jul 15th, 2016, 7:00pm
FORT WAYNE RADIO CLUB GENERAL MEETING
Sun., Aug 7th, 2016, 1:30pm
FORT WAYNE RADIO CLUB FOX HUNT
Tue., Aug 9th, 2016, 7:00pm
FORT WAYNE RADIO CLUB BOD MEETING
field_day fox_hunt rig_clinic tailgate_hamfest VHF_QSO_party

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.

June fox hides in Aboite Township

foxhunt cartoonJune 5th arrived, and with it beautiful early Indiana summer weather, perfect for a foxhunt, although there was bit of a threat of rain showers later in the afternoon. The foxhunting crews that gathered at Cobin Memorial Park consisted of: Jim & Kim, KB9’s DOS & DOT, Steve & Linda, W9’s SAN & LAN, plus their grandson, seasoned foxhunter Alex, Jason, KB9UOQ & Debbie, KK4QXC and Jason’s daughter Kylie, Charles, KC9MUT & Bob, KC9UHU. Charles and Bob hosted two newly minted hams as ride-alongs who were interested to see what foxhunting was like.

For this contest the role of the fox was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. They hunkered-down at the Homestead High School-Jorgensen YMCA baseball complex south south-east of Homestead High School.

Read more: June fox hides in Aboite Township

May, 2016 meeting minutes available

You may download the minutes of the May, 2016 FWRC general meeting in PDF form using the linke below.

Files:
May 2016 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2016-06-10 Language  English Filesize 80.68 KB Download 56

The June 2016 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2016 06The June 2016 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."


June 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The June 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2016-06-01 Filesize 1.05 MB Download 176

Fort Wayne newspaper promotes QSO Party operation

Fort Wayne Radio Club members install an antenna for a temporary station. The club will join the Indiana QSO Party from a temporary station at Historic Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel published a story in its May 5, 2016 issue reading plans by the Fort Wayne Radio Club to enter the 2016 Indiana QSO Party from a temporary station at Historic Fort Wayne. Read the complete story on the News-Sentinel's webiste.

Fund raising for the Fort Wayne Radio Club

I bet you have heard the "come-on" pitch. "Double Your Money"...and the fine print that hardly anyone reads. Many of the "double your money" offers seem to be unreal...requirements that are difficult or impossible to meet.

NOT THIS TIME.

The FWRC Matching Fund Drive is a honest "double your money" offer. No strings attached. Here is how it works:

The FWRC is raising funds to construct a wide area coverage repeater system to be installed on the WLDE tower north of New Haven. The estimated cost of the project may total as much as $7000, or perhaps even more. This is way beyond the capability of the FWRC treasury to fund. A Matching Fund drive has been established by the Board of Directors to help raise the money needed for this project.

Several generous and dedicated club members have joined forces to make you an offer: For every dollar you contribute to the Matching Fund drive, they (as a group) will match it dollar for dollar.

You contribute $10, the club benefits by $20.

You contribute $50, the club benefits by $100.

You contribute $250, the club benefits by $500.

Each dollar contributed moves the club twice as far toward the project funding needs. You can think of this as a challenge, with the matching fund donors challenging you to make them spend their money.

The current matching fund level is capped at $1500 for matching dollars, so donations totaling $1500 to the matching fund drive will result in $3000 available to the club exclusively for the WLDE project.

Matching fund drives typically last for a specified time limit. This fund drive will last through the end of November 2016. The club will publish the fund drive totals at regular intervals.

Donations will be accepted at any time, from anyone. This fundraiser is not restricted to FWRC members. Donors can make multiple donations if it is more convenient for them. A donation of any amount may be made.

The matching fund has collected donations of $120 thus far, yielding $240 for the club. This is 8% of the way to the matching fund goal of $3000.

Often donors prefer not to be identified. The amount of the donation will not be revealed unless the donor requests that it be made known. The FWRC will make provisions for anonymous donations in this way:

If you want your donation known only to the club treasurer, put your money (cash or check, do not mail cash) in an envelope and mark it "Treasurer Only-Anonymous". You may send it to the club post office box, the treasurer (W8ST) directly, or give it (in a marked envelope) to any Board of Directors member.

If you want your donation known to the Board of Directors but not to the club membership in general, send your money (cash or check, do not mail cash) in an envelope and mark it "BoD Only-Anonymous" to the club post office box or give it (in a marked envelope) to any Board of Directors member.

Donations that are identified but not marked as anonymous will be acknowledged in the ACHN at the conclusion of the fund drive.

The Interesting History of Matching Fund Drives:

The first gift matching was a scheme devised and implemented by Benjamin Franklin in 1751 when he persuaded the Pennsylvania Assembly to appropriate 2,000 pounds of public money if the citizens of Philadelphia could first raise 2,000 pounds of private money. (from en.wikipedia.org)

Fort Wayne hams help residents configure weather radios

Ham radio operators and SKYWARN storm spotters Howard Pletcher (N9ADS) (left) and Steve Haxby (N9MEL) configure NOAA Weather Radio receivers during a public event at a Fort Wayne Walgreens store April 11, 2016
Howard Pletcher (N9ADS) (left) and Steve Haxby (N9MEL) configure NOAA Weather Radio receivers during a public event at a Fort Wayne Walgreens store April 11, 2016.

Four Fort Wayne amateur radio operators who are also volunteer storm spotters in the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN program spent several hours April 11 assisting residents with their NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) receivers.

Al Burke (WB9SSE), Steve Haxby (N9MEL), Howard Pletcher (N9ADS), and Jay Farlow (W9LW) worked alongside representatives of WANE TV, the Alllen County Office of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service and the Midland Radio Corporation at the Walgreens store on Stellhorn Road to configure NWR receivers.

The volunteers assured that the receivers' specific area message encoding (SAME) and receive frequency settings were correct, so users would receive warnings that the NWS issues for their home counties.

WANE TV had promoted the three-hour event, which was duplciated at other locations in the TV station's market area. The Walgreens store sold nearly 100 near NWR receivers during the event, which volunteers configured. Volunteers also assited other visitors who brought in their own equipment, some of which was not SAME-capable (and at least one of which was not even a receiver!).

More photos of the event are available in this website's photo gallery.

More Articles...

  1. April fox leads hunters to state line
  2. FWRC past president WA9RAP, SK
  3. March fox hides in vehicle
  4. February 2016 foxhunt chronicles
  5. November 2105 meeting minutes available

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