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

Tue., Dec 1st, 2015, 7:00pm
Fri., Dec 11th, 2015, 7:00pm
field_day fox_hunt rig_clinic tailgate_hamfest VHF_QSO_party

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.

FWRC 146.76 MHz repeater off the air

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.

November 2105 meeting minutes available

Al Burke, WB9SSE poses with the birthday cake he was presented during the Nov. 2015 FWRC general meetingMinutes 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
Date 2015-11-25 Filesize 75.97 KB Download 26

Operator positions still available for NWS special event station

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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.

To register for an operating time, contact Jim Moehring, KB9WWM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put "SRD" or "SKYWARN Recognition Day" in the subject line of your message.

Operators sought for NWS special event station

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).

National Weather Service (NWS) northern Indiana weather forecast office (IWX) county warning area (CWA) mapThe 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.

Any operator can pre-register by contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put "SRD" or "SKYWARN Recognition Day" in the subject line of your message.

2015 SKYWARN Recognitoin Day volunteer guidelines
Date 2015-11-16 Filesize 38.78 KB Download 53

FWRC to coordinate SKYWARN special event station

Northern Indiana National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office (exterior view)

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.

November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

Hunter group shot after Fort Wayne Radio Club November 2015 foxhunt (hiddden transmitter hunt)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.

Read more: November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

More Articles...

  1. The November 2015 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available
  2. FWRC member creates new high-power T/R switch
  3. October, 2015 meeting minutes available
  4. ACOHS publishes flyer for 2016 SKYWARN training
  5. FWRC elects officers, directors for 2016

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