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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

Sat., Feb 4th, 2017, 9:00am
License exams; W5YI Group
Sun., Feb 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Feb 7th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Tue., Feb 21st, 2017, 6:00pm
SKYWARN storm spotter training in lieu of general meeting
Sun., Mar 5th, 2017, 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.

The January 2017 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2017 01The January 2017 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."


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January 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The January 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2017-01-02 Filesize 1.7 MB Download 221

Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

Fort Wayne Radio Club members test their radio direction-finding skills by participating in a monthly "foxhunt" hidden transmitter hunt

It’s time for YOU to start planning for the upcoming foxhunting season. Foxhunts will occur on Sundays in the months February through November. We knock off for December and January. The dates established for 2017 are as follows:

  • 5 February,
  • 5 March,
  • 2 April,
  • 7 May,
  • 4 June,
  • 9 July,
  • 6 August,
  • 10 September,
  • 1 October, and,
  • 5 November

A foxhunt in any particular month can be rescheduled once within that month (due to weather, civil riots, Godzilla attacks or other unforeseen events). If the rescheduled hunt subsequently cannot be executed for whatever reason, then there will be no hunt that month.

Read more: Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

The December 2016 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2016 12The December 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."


December 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews

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

Date 2016-12-01 Filesize 1.91 MB Download 401

NWS northern Indiana publishes 2017 storm spotter training schedule

SKYWARN training Fort Wayne February 2016

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has published its complete schedule of 2017 in-person SKYWARN storm spotter training sessions.

The Fort Wayne session is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus at 7602 Patriot Crossing on the south side of Fort Wayne.

The NWS requests all participants to register in advance via on online form. If you know anyone who wishes to attend but does not have web access, please help them register with your connection or have them call the Allen County Office of Homeland Security at 260-449-4663.

The NWS recommends that all spotters complete the COMET® Program's two-unit, MetEd SKYWARN Spotter Training Course before attending in-person training.

Both the online and in-person training are free of charge.

If you can't attend the Fort Wayne session, consider attending one of the other sessions in neaby towns, including Huntington, Bluffton, Auburn, Defiance or Paulding. Dates and locations for all sessions throughout the NWS northern Indiana county warning area appear on the office's website.

I’m often asked, “How often must I attend?” I attend the training every year, to make sure my knowledge is current and my memory of what to look for and what to report is refreshed before the next storm season. The National Weather Service Northern Indiana office expects all spotters to take the training at least every three years.

November fox hides in tree

Fort Wayne Radio Club Nov 2016 fox hunt group

On an usually warm first Sunday of November, the Fort Wayne Radio Club held its final Fox Hunt of the 2016 season. The foxes, Linda, W9LAN, Steve, W9SAN, and their grandson, Alex, had chosen an Acres Land Trust location on Chapman Road in northern Allen County. This location includes the main office of the Acres organization. Pulling our Honda fox vehicle into the small parking lot, we assigned Alex the job of hiding the micro fox, which he located behind an old garage in a dead Elm tree, sliding it behind some the bark on the tree at about 5 feet above the ground. This height would prove to be just enough to allow the micro fox signal to be heard before hunters could localize the site.

At 1:30 pm, after turning all of our clocks back an hour to go back on Standard Time, the fox began transmitting. Since initial reception reports were weak, we increased power to 25 watts, swung the antenna in the direction we imagined the start point to be, and continued. Most were hearing us with enough strength to get a decent bearing and the hunt was on! Included in the hunt were 5 teams; the Burke-Pliett team of 4, the Charles-Fred team of 2, Jason plus daughter Kylie and Deborah, Jim and Kim, and a new team consisting of Brenda and Jim, KD9GDX & KD9GDY, hunting on their own for the first time after several ride along hunts. We kept transmitting every 5 minutes despite several interruptions by curious passersby’s, curious bees, and Alex's new found bird calling skills.

Little did we know the drama that the hunters were enduring!

Read more: November fox hides in tree

Repeater building change completed, machines on the air

Well,  we told you the 76, 875, 255, and 390 machines would be off the air this week for a move out at the Indiana & Michigan Robison Park sub station;  and we were right, the but the outage lasted only about 8 hours!!

The 146.76, 444.875 are back on the air. So is the ACARTS 147.255 machine and the 144.390 Digipeater for packet radio. The work was accomplished rather quickly, so instead of waiting roughly a week, it is done.  Special thanks to the team, and I don't know all that were out there, but WB9SSE & K9OMA were leading the charge, I  believe!  Wow!

The 146.94 machine at Parkview on East State is next.  We will be testing the repeater to be used in the upcoming WLDE project. This is a Fusion machine,  and it is capable of digital and analog FM operation. The 141.3 tone is required for analog operation, since the machine needs a way to distinguish between an analog signal and a digital signal or just noise. Hopefully, this will be on the air by the end of this day (Wednesday).

Remember that the FWRC last fox hunt of the year is this coming Sunday, November 6th. Don't forget the time change (Fall BACK; Spring AHEAD). We start at 1:30 PM EST, as we switch back to standard time. Fox is on 146.430 FM simplex, intercom is on the 146.76 repeater. Join us for FUN!

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