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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

Mon., Jun 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
JUNE FOX HUNT
Tue., Jun 5th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE BOD MTG
Fri., Jun 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE GENERAL MEETING
Fri., Jun 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE GENERAL MEETING
Sun., Jul 8th, 2018, 1:30pm
JULY THREE RIVERS 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.

May fox hides along Fort Wayne's trail system

Fort Wayne Radio Club members use special, portable antennas to search for a radio transmitter hidden along Fort Wayne's trail system during what ham radio operators call a "fox hunt."

The fourth fox (hidden transmitter) hunt of 2018 occurred on 6 May, 2018, a slightly overcast but otherwise simply gorgeous spring afternoon. Two teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex (who celebrated his 20th birthday the day before).

The fox function was provided by Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. (Their usual partners, Sir Jim & Lady Ann Pliett could not attend as they were on a cruise experiencing the British Isles. Jim said if they had time they were going to stop by and check out the new Prince Louie).

Al & Carole decided to locate the fox on the Puffer-Belly jogging trail about half-way between DuPont Rd. and Carroll Rd. in La Cabreah. So they set up the high power fox in a little clearing just off the trail. They planted a five element yagi on a mast at about ten feet, pointed south, and drove it with a 20 watt mobile rig.

Read more: May fox hides along Fort Wayne's trail system

FWRC On-Line Auction Is in Progress

The auction has started. Anyone wishing to place bids on items must register at WWW.BIDKALL.com prior to doing so. Please note that the item numbers have all been changed from the initial list and there have been a few corrections. Item #30 was mistakenly listed as an ICOM IC-756. It is in fact an IC-765 transceiver. Also, the Elecraft K3 and P3 items are sn # 4810 and 751 respectively.

As before, for questions please e-mail me, Steve, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Multi Auction Sale by Fort Wayne Radio Club

Many of you have no doubt heard talk on the repeaters of another FWRC Silent Key Auction. OK, this has been in the works for a while now and we are just about ready to begin. Actually, it is several auctions rolled into one! We have two people here in the Fort who have equipment from either a spouse or father that were amateurs. Also, one local ham can no longer use his gear, so his daughter has asked that we let it go. Plus, there has been equipment donated to the club (one rig and one tower), and to top it all off, the folks at ACARTS have some surplus stuff that they need to clean out so they can reduce the size of their rental locker space. Whew!

This is intended to be a "local pickup" kind of auction as we do not want to get into shipping stuff around the country. So, bear that in mind when bidding.

We intend to run this as an on-line auction by using the software at the Auction company that Paul, KA3OPZ, works for. The tentative plan is to start the auction on May 7th, and let it run through Memorial Day, May 28th. Payment and pickup will be the following week, at the FWRC club meeting on June 15th.

More details will follow shortly, but I think you have been waiting for the list of gear long enough, so it is included below. We will be filling in the information on the result of our testing as we go forward, so you can make informed decisions. Plus, we will be calling for volunteers to help take down the two towers mentioned in the list. Questions can be sent to Steve, W9SAN, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Payment is intended to be cash, certified check, or money order payable to the Fort Wayne Radio Club.

Click the link below for more details.

Files:
May 2018 Multi-Auction Sale by FWRC

Details on the May 2018 equipment auction by FWRC.

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The May 2018 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

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The May 2018 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."


May 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The May 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2018-05-02 Filesize 1.69 MB Download 113

2018 spring banquet photos available

Group photo of FWRC members at 2018 spring banquet

Photos of the 2018 Fort Wayne Radio Club spring banquet are now awvailable in the photo gallery of this website.

April fox hides in tree

April 2018 FoxThe third foxhunt of 2018 occurred on 8 April, 2018, a beautiful sunny afternoon. Two teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team included Jim Pliett, K9OMA, Carole Burke, WB9RUS and Al Burke, WB9SSE. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex.

The fox function was provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EP, Bob Dean, KC9UHU, and Kevin Loughin, KB9RLW. They chose a little patch of woods just south of Pro Bowl West (on Goshen Rd.) and north of Glen Park, to hide the microfox. It was squirreled into the cleft of a tree branch about six feet off the ground wrapped in camo and almost impossible to see, even when you were a foot or so away from it.Prior to the foxhunt, Jim, K9OMA had been trying to diagnose the cause of 30 degree error in indicated direction of signal arrival exhibited by the horizontally polarized cubical quad foxhunting antenna mounted on the roof of his van. When he changed to vertical polarization, the bearing error was eliminated so he decided to try vertical polarization for this hunt. That proved to be problematic as it turned out.

Read more: April fox hides in tree

More Articles...

  1. March fox hides under bleachers
  2. 2018 fox hunt season begins soon
  3. November, 2017 general meeting minutes available
  4. November fox found despite torrential rain
  5. FWRC fox hunter standings: October 2017

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