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The repeater councils of Indiana and all surrounding states are moving in a direction to require CTCSS or "tone" inputs for all open repeaters. This is a trend that has been in motion for at least 10 years now. There is a lot of flexibility, however, and the FWRC has drawn up a plan to exercise that flexibility to ease the impact on all club members and any local amateurs using our repeaters.
Here is our plan at the present. Please feel free to contact any BOD member and voice your concerns, we do want to hear from you!
We have examined the current CTCSS of area repeaters, and it is split 50/50 roughly between the two tones for North East Indiana. A lot of systems are still using 131.8, but this will be slowly phased out, so we be leading the way, unless this 141.3 is not available and we need to select 97.4 instead. The IRC has stated that they will NOT allow any new 131.8 systems in NE Indiana.
Unless we hear of any valid reasons to the contrary, this plan will be implemented over the next year and a half. Since repeaters are now the predominate entry method to amateur radio, it is essential that the clubs in the area have good working machines that are properly co-ordinated, with no worries that the FCC will kick us off the air!
The April 2014 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."
|April 2014 issue of the Allen County HamNews|
The April 2014 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.
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The March foxhunt kicked-off from the Ft. Wayne Safety Academy parking lot at 13:30 hours on the 9th of the March. This was the first instance of starting hunts from locations other than the Off-Track-Betting Parlor. The weather was cold but clear, and substantially better than the weather the week prior, the originally scheduled date for the March hunt.
Eleven hunters showed up at the Safety Academy site consisting of the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI along with Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS, and the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and new foxhunter Jeff Brady, KC9ZGN.
Dave Spence, K9NDU and Bob Dean, KC9UHU provided the role of the fox for this hunt, and they were ensconced out in the Herman Hammer Wald Nature Preserve, part of the ACRES system of preserves, close to the intersection of Rupert and Hurshtown Roads northeast of Harlan. Dave & Bob utilized a cubical-quad for the high power fox, and microcontroller controlled 30 milliwatt emitter for the hidden (micro) fox. The micro-fox was hidden in tree branches at about six feet off the ground, and both it and the high power fox emitted on 146.430 MHz.