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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.

Echolink computer operating system update underway

Echolink logoPaul Prestia, KA3OPZ has removed from the 146.91 MHz repeater site at IPFW the Windows XP computer that provided Echolink services on that repeater. He said that during the coming week, he will update the computer's operating system to Windows 7, as is now required of all Windows computers connected to IPFW's local area network.

Tone squelch set to 141.3 Hz on 146.91 MHz repeater output

Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ informed the FWRC websmaster that he has configured a continuous tone-coded squelch system (CTCSS) tone of 141.3 Hz on the output of the FWRC repeater on 146.91 MHz, located on the campus of IPFW.

The repeater's input continues to operate on carrier squelch, which means CTCSS is not required to use the repeater. The tone on the output, however, will allow users to optionally configure their radios to remain silent except when the repeater is transmitting, thus preventing the reception of intermodulation interference, distant repeaters on the same frequency, etc.

The table below reflects the current CTCSS status of all FWRC repeaters as of today:

Repeater (MHz) Repeater input CTCSS (Hz) & status Repeater output CTCSS (Hz) & status
444.875 141.3, required 141.3, present
146.76 141.3, optional 141.3, present
146.94 None 141.3, present
146.91 None 141.3, present

Revised: May fox hides along river downtown

foxhunt cartoonWebmaster's note: After we published an article about the May, 2015 fox hunt, author Al Burke, WB9SSE submitted a revised version, which appears below.

This month's hunt, which occurred on the third of May, was held on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in shirt-sleeve weather. The hunters included the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, K9's LAN & SAN and their grandson Alex, the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Jason Eicholtz, KC9UOQ & Debbie Romine, KK4QXC.

The duties of the fox were provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. They chose a shady location in Guildin Park along the south bank of the St. Mary's river northeast of the Van Buren St. Bridge to hide the microfox. It was cleverly emplaced and camouflaged in a tree branch about 6' off the deck. They employed three high power foxes located around the hide area, including one, in Fred's truck, parked between two semi-trailers with the evil intent of creating a quasi waveguide aimed towards downtown Ft. Wayne. As usual, the microfox would transmit a cw signal at about 50 milliwatts for one minute followed by the high power fox who would transmit for one minute, this sequence repeated every five minutes.

The hunters were stationed at Cobin Memorial Park when the fox started squawking at 13:30 hours. At first Robert had some difficulty with his equipment such that we heard no modulation on the fox signal, just carrier, when he functioned as the high power fox. But when Charles or Fred operated as the high power fox, we heard their taunting, but melodic voices just fine and took DF bearings on their signals. Shortly after they started transmitting the stampede was on in earnest!

We wound up traveling down Lake Ave. and into the downtown area following our DF readings, and eventually found out way to Bloomingdale Park on the north side (yes, that is the wrong side) of the St. Mary's river. Anyway, we dismounted and walked the St. Mary's Pathway far enough to determine that the fox was on the other side of the river. Hence we exclaimed "Oh phooey!!" (sort of) because we had to double back, cross the Van Buren St. Bridge and then find our way into Guildin Park. By that time, and before our arrival, the other foxhunter teams had localized the fox and were tromping around the area on foot searching for the elusive microfox.

But as things evolved Jim, K9OMA, was the first hunter to find the microfox, about 93 minutes into the hunt. He was followed by Jason & Debbie at about 95 minutes, then by Steve, Linda and Alex at 96 minutes, and finally by Jim and Kim at 103 minutes.

So the Pliett / Burke team were the winners based upon time-to-find and will serve as the fox for the June hunt which is scheduled to occur on Sunday, 7 June. The fox will emanate on 146.855 MHz, and the foxhunt intercom will be on the 146.76 machine.

Following the hunt everyone proceeded to the Dairy Queen on Sherman and West State and consumed mass quantities. Mmmmm-good!! (Some claim this is the best part of a fox hunt). Maybe yes, maybe no...but, YOU should have been there. It's easy, it's fun and we always have ride-along space in our vehicles for those interested in experiencing the sport from the hunter's point of view. Or, if you contact the upcoming fox team (Pliett/Burke for the June hunt) ahead of time, you can become part of the wily fox and experience the hunt from its vantage point. Either way is fun.

Given the time-to-find numbers mentioned above, the following points earned for this hunt, and for the year-to-date are:

Hunter May Points Year-to-Date Points
KC9MUT 7.75 (Fox) 21.75
KC9UHU 7.75 (Fox) 21.75
KC9EZP 7.75 (Fox) 10.75
K9OMA 5 (first to find) 18.66
KA9YYI 4 16.66
WB9RUS 4 16.66
WB9SSE 4 16.66
KC9UOQ 3 5
KK4QXC 3 3
W9SAN 2 7
W9LAN 2 7
Alex 2 4
KB9DOS 1 3
KB9DOT 1 3

Echolink off line on 146.91 MHz repeater

Echolink logoEcholink is temporarily unavailable on the FWRC's 146.91 MHz repeater. Here's an explanation from club president Steve Nardin, W9SAN:

"The 91 computer is running Windows XP. IPFW has ordered that any computer on its networks must be running Windows 7 or higher! So we had to take it off. The guys are working on two different angles:  1.) get a copy of Windows 7  or 2.) use Linux to run the machine. We have two teams working in parallel, we'll see what the best solution turns out to be."

FWRC 146.94 repeater begins transmitting 141.3 CTCSS

As part of the Fort Wayne Radio Club's plan to adopt a tone squelch frequency of 141.3 Hz on all club repeaters, members have enabled 141.3 Hz encoding on the FWRC 146.94 MHz repeater. Users may now optionally enable decoding of that tone frequency on their own radios, to provent those radios from hearing intermodulation signals, distant repeaters or any other signals on 146.94 Mhz.

The repeater does not yet support tone decoding. This means that user radios need not transmit a tone to access the repeater.

At the time of this writing, the club's 146.91 MHz repeater still encoded 97.4 Hz, according to Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ. Paul said he planned to change the frequency of the 146.91 MHz repeater's tone encoder sometime after this weekend's Dayton HamVention.

So, as of Tuesday evening, May 12, the following table correctly reflects the current continous tone-coded squelch system (CTCSS) status of all FWRC repeaters:

Repeater (MHz) Repeater input CTCSS (Hz) & status Repeater Output CTCSS (Hz) & status
444.875 141.3, required 141.3, present
146.76 141.3, optional 141.3, present
146.94 None 141.3, present
146.91 None 97.4, present

FWRC spring banquet May 8

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club Spring Banquet will be this coming Friday, May 8th, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. The church is located at 4700 Vance Ave in Fort Wayne, just south of Snider High School. We will get the Banquet started at 6:30 pm EDT.

As usual, the Banquet is a carry-in. The club will provide Chicken, both grilled and fried, plus necessary placeware and utensils, lemonade and coffee. Please bring your favorite main course, side dish, or dessert to share with the group.

We hope to see you all there! We have a lot of fun things planned for the rest of 2015, so please come join us.

The May 2015 Allen County Ham News is now on line for your download and reading pleasure! Lots of great articles, pictures, and news about the 3 FW clubs! Check it out now.

Also, if you operated in the Indiana QSO Party this past Saturday, please send in your logs before the June 1st deadline and don't forget to list Fort Wayne Radio Club as your club affiliation! Even if your score wasn't spectacular, all of our scores may add up to another win and plaque! Thanks for supporting the club!

How can the club get the Amateur Radio Message in front of more than 100,000 people in less than two hours?? By marching in the Three Rivers Festival Parade on July 11th, that is how! Mark your calendars for this date. We will need walkers and drivers. Please plan on helping show the fun and relevance of Ham Radio to the Public!

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