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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

Tue., Apr 29th, 2014, 7:00pm
MAY BOD MEETING
Sun., May 4th, 2014, 1:30pm
FWRC MAY FOX HUNT
Fri., May 9th, 2014, 6:30pm
FWRC MAY BANQUET
Sun., Jun 1st, 2014, 1:30pm
JUNE FWRC FOX HUNT
Tue., Jun 10th, 2014, 7:00pm
FWRC BOD MEETING FOR JUNE
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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.

April meeting minutes available

Minutes of the April 11, 2014 FWRC general meeting are available for download from this webstie by using the link below.

Files:
April, 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-04-18 Filesize 69.07 KB Download 8

FWRC president announces CTCSS proposal

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!

Proposed plan:

  1. We will request new co-ordination from the Indiana Repeater Council for all our VHF & UHF FM voice repeater to list them as having 141.3 HZ tone input and output
  2. All systems will have a DTMF number or sequence of numbers to turn off the tone on the input.
  3. All systems will have a DTMF number or sequence of numbers to turn on the tone on the input. An option for the club will be a time delay automatic reset to turn on (or turn
  4. off) the tone on the input.
  5. There will always be a 141.3 HZ tone on the output of the repeaters, listeners will not hear any DX repeaters' outputs.
  6. IF the tone on the input is enabled, there will be a voice annoucement every hour that states " This is the W9TE FWRC repeater. Use a 141.3 HZ tone to access the repeater. Enter a DTMF of xxx to disable the tone". In that way you know that tone is enabled and exactly how to turn it off.
  7. We strongly suspect that the tone will end up being turned off about 80% of the time and only be used during Tropo band openings.
  8. It is our hope that all machines in the Fort Wayne area will be set to the same tone, so that the 99% of you with tone in their radios will simply leave it turned on and forget about it!
  9. D-STAR & ATV machines do not need CTCSS. No changes will be made.
  10. The ARRL repeater book will list us as open machines with a 141.3 HZ CTCSS.
  11. During any ARES or SKYWARN event, we presume that the first act will be to take the tone OFF.

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 Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2014 04aThe 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.

Date 2014-04-01 Filesize 1.29 MB Download 224

March 2014 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the March, 2014 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download as a PDF file using the link below.

March, 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-03-25 Filesize 74.9 KB Download 67

March fox hides in Harlan nature preserve

Photo of fox hunters at nature preserve entrance

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.

Read more: March fox hides in Harlan nature preserve

Hamfest flyer available

FW Hamfest flyer 2014 thumbnailA two-page flyer for the 2014 Fort Wayne Hamfest is available for download, printing and distribution. Use the link below.


2014 Fort Wayne Hamfest flyer
Date 2014-03-13 Filesize 254.09 KB Download 110

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