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!
The FWRC 146.76 repeater is currently off the air. The antenna SWR went ballistic yesterday in the rain, and the 76 power amplifier has been damaged. It is currently off the air until the antenna dries out or we get a replacement. Please use the 444.875 or the ACARTS 147.255 repeaters in the mean time. We will resolve this problem as quickly as we can.
Minutes of the November, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available, using the link below. At right, Al Burke, WB9SSE poses with the birthday cake he was presented during the meeting.
|November, 2015 general meeting minutes|
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Operating positions are still available for the SKYWARN Recognition Day special event station at the National Weather Service (NWS) office near North Webster, Friday Dec. 4 and Sat. Dec. 5. The chart above shows operators who have already signed up to participate in the 24-hour operation.
All licensed hams from all of the 37 counties served by the northern Indiana NWS office, including technician class operators, are welcome to operate the special event station.
The National Weather Service requires advance registration, however, for any person who wishes to operate at the NWS office. NWS policy prohibits anyone from "stopping by" unexpectedly during the operation.
The Fort Wayne Radio Club will be provide a special event station at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service (NWS) Office (KIWX), near North Webster, Ind. for SKYWARN Recognition Day.
The goal of the activation is to contact as many of the other NWS Offices as possible between the times of 1900 Local, December 4, 2015 (0000 UTC. December 5) and 1900 Local, Dec 5, 2015 (2400 UTC, December 5, 2015).
The FWRC is inviting all amateurs in the KIWX County Warning Area (lightly shaded counties on map at right) to participate in this event.
Please share this information with your teams and the radio clubs in your county and adjacent counties.
It is important to note that all amateurs who wish to participate in the event must pre-register with their desired times to operate.
Although it might have been possible in past years to "drop in" unexpected at the NWS office during the SKYWARN Recognition Day operations, current NWS policy prohibits access to the NWS facility by any operator who has not pre-registered. This is NWS policy over which FWRC has no control.
More information is available in a PDF file, a link to which appears below.
|2015 SKYWARN Recognitoin Day volunteer guidelines|
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In a Nov. 7 email message, the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service accepted an offer from the Fort Wayne Radio Club to coordinate a special event station at the NWS office on SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2015, Dec. 5 (UTC).
FWRC will set up one or more HF stations and possibly other stations Friday, Dec. 4 (EST). The goal of SRD is normally to provide a 24-hour operation from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC Dec. 5 (7 p.m. EST Dec. 4 to 6:59 p.m. EST Dec. 5).
FWRC plans to seek operators from other radio clubs in the area. In previous years, the NWS has insisted that all operators register in advance and has prohibitied operators from "dropping in" unexpected.
Mark your calendar and watch this website for details of the SRD operation as they become available.
This month's foxhunt, the final contest of 2015, occurred on 1 November amidst absolutely gorgeous weather that was clear, dry, and with a temperature around seventy degrees, truly unusual for this time of the year in these parts. But who's complaining? Three teams of hunters showed up at the Cobin Memorial Park starting point. They consisted of the team of Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex, and the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT.
Fox duties were provided by Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. They had found a brand new Acres Preserve location to serve as the fox hide spot, the Spring Lake Woods and Bog Nature Preserve, located at Lake Everett, about six miles due east of Columbia City. They set up a yagi driven at about 50 watts to serve as the high power fox. The low power fox, the micro-fox, consisted of a microprocessor implemented low power transmitter (around 20 mw) driving a stub antenna. The low power fox package was stuffed inside a hollowed-out tree branch lying on the ground amidst a bunch of other brush and detritus. It was very well camouflaged. Both the high power fox and microfox emitted on 146.855 MHz.