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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., Dec 5th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Dec 15th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Christmas Banquet
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.

AUCTION AT FW HAMFEST

2017 FWRC AUTION

AT ACARTS 2017 HAMFEST

The auction will take place at the Fort Wayne Hamfest on Sunday, November 19th with registeration starting at 9:30 am and the auction itself starting at 10:00 am.

For buyers, registration is necessary. The Auction is CASH only, no checks or credit cards. An ATM is available at the Coliseum.

All items are sold as is. Most items have been given a brief, cursory test to determine basic function, but not a long term test. I will be updating the list shown at the bottom for test results,  if any. The list currently lists only the cosmetic condition of the gear.

Items for auction are from two Silent Key households, plus some additional items donated to the Fort Wayne Radio Club.

Please direct questions on the listed gear or photos to Steve Nardin, W9SAN, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The following is list of the available equipment. Photos will be placed on the Fort Wayne Radio Club website at WWW.FWRC.INFO under the heading of Photos: 2017 Hamfest Auction. We will be uploading and upgrading photos and the general list as we go.

Here is a listing of the equipment currently offered:

    KA9ZAZ BOB CURTS ESTATE AUCTION 2017  
       
# ITEM DESCRIPTION CONDITIONS AND COMMENTS
       
1 ICOM IC-736 SSB/CW XCVR 160-6 METERS WITH MIC PRESIDENT SPEAKER VERY GOOD
2 WYMAN RESEARCH ATV XCVR 450 MHZ GOOD
3 AEA PAKRATT TERMINAL NET CONTROLLER GOOD
4 PRESIDENT HR2600 10 METER AM/SSB/FM/CW XCVR VERY GOOD
5 G-400RC TERMINAL NET CONTROLLER GOOD
6 ASTRON VS-35M LINEAR POWER SUPPLY VERY GOOD
7 2 METER SMALL GROUND PLANE VERTICAL GOOD
8 AEA ISO-POLE 2 METER COLINEAR ANTENNA (TOTAL OF 2) FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
9 ALPHA DELTA SHORTENED 80-40-20-15-10 DIPOLE FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
10 TRAP  VERTICAL 20-15-10 (GUESS) FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
11 TRI BAND YAGI 3-L TRAPPED 20-15-10 METER YAGI GOOD
12 YAESU ROTATOR ROTATOR, CONTROL, CABLE GOOD
13 CUSHCRAFT R-7 40 TO 10 METER VERTICAL; ON GROUND; DISASSEMBLED GOOD
14 KENWOOD TS-570D TRANSCEIVER 160 TO 6 EXCELLENT
15 STANDARD C5900 FM XCVR 50/144/440 MHZ WITH MIC FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
16 KENWOOD TS-440S XCVR WITH MIC; 160 TO 10 METERS GOOD
17 YAESU FT-5100 DUAL BAND XCVR WITH MIC GOOD
18 JETSTEAM JTPS45 45 AMP SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY WITH METERS VERY GOOD
19 KENWOOD MC-85 BASE STATION MICROPHONE WITH AMP & EQUALIZER GOOD
20 MFJ-815B SWR WATTMETER DUAL NEEDLE READOUT GOOD
21 YAESU FT-2800M 2 METER XCVR GOOD
22 KENWOOD COMMERCIAL UHF XCVR WITH MIC FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
23 MFJ-1020 ACTIVE ANTENNA AND PREAMP GOOD
24 MFJ-949 VERSA TUNER II DELUXE GOOD
25 MFJ-986 3 KW TWO KNOB DIFFERENTIAL TUNER MAIN KNOB & COUNTER NEED TO B FIXED
26 ALINCO DM-340MV LINEAR POWER SUPPLY WITH METERS VERY GOOD
27 YAESU FT-100D 160 TO 70 cm MOBILE TRANSCEIVER (ATAS-100 ANTENNA+DIPLEXER) NEEDS NEW MICROPHONE
28 KENWOOD TH-77 2 METER HT WITH CHARGING BASE NOT WORKING
29 YAESU VX-5 HT UNKNOWN FUNCTION
30 MFJ-259 1.8 TO 170 MHZ ANTENNA ANALYZER PLUS "DIPPER COILS" WORKS WITH ALKALINE BATTERIES; WAL WART DEAD
31 MFJ / HEATH CANTENNA DUMMY LOAD IN A PAINT CAN WITH FLUID GOOD; HEATHKIT DETECTOR
32 DRAKE TR-22C VINTAGE TWO METER TRANSCIEVER WITH CARRYING CASE CLEAN
33 ASTRON RS-20M LINEAR POWER SUPPLY WITH METER VERY GOOD
34 ASTRON RS-12A LINEAR POWER SUPPLY  VERY GOOD
35 DRAKE SSR-1 VINTAGE SHORTWAVE COMMUNICATIONS RECEIVER WORKS, BUT RECEIVE IS WEAK
36 SONY ICF-8650 WIDE BAND RECEIVER LW TO AIRCRAFT BAND; PORTABLE GOOD
37 DRAKE TR-72 TWO METER FM XCVR GOOD
38 COASTAL NAVIGATOR VHF-55 MARINE FM XCVR FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
39 HEATHKIT HD-15 PHONE PATCH VERY GOOD
40 CDR LIGHT DUTY ROTATOR AND CONTROL BOX FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
41 APELCO VXL7000 MARINE VHF FM XCVR FAIR; NEEDS CLEANED
42 PRIDE ELECTRONICS FREQUENCY COUNTER AND CLOCK (FOR CB) GOOD
43      
44 RADIO  SHACK FREQUENCY COUNTER WITH ANTENNA 100KHZ TO 1.2 GHZ VERY GOOD; NO PICTURE
       
       
       
       
  SCANNERS: AT LEAST 14 DESK AND HAND HELD SCANNERS VARIOUS
       
  CITIZEN BAND: AT LEAST 15 CB RADIOS VARIOUS
       
  COAX AND JUMPERS: A TON OF COAX JUMPERS; UHF AND BNC TERMINATIONS VARIOUS
       
  MOBILE ANTENNAS: HF HUSTLER MOBILE RESONANTORS; 2 METER & CB ANTENNAS WIDE SELECTION
       
  HEADPHONES: AT LEAST 9 WE COUNTED. OK
       
       
       
    BEN GROSE ESTATE  
       
  ITEM DESCRIPTION CONDITIONS AND COMMENTS
101 DENTRON 1KW TUNER WITH 4:1 BALUN VERY GOOD
102 YAESU FT-757GX 160-10 METER XCVR  
103 KENWOOD TS-440S 160-10 METER XCVR; RCVR DOES NOT OPERATE  FAIR, BUT CLEANABLE
104 KENWOOD PS-50 POWER SUPPLY GOOD; NEEDS CLEANING
105 KENWOOD AT-230 AUTO TUNER 160-10 METERS 200WATTS VERY CLEAN; FUNCTION NOT TESTED
106 MFJ 1275 SOUND CARD INTERFACE  FAIR
107 RADIO SHACK MICRONTA POWER SUPPLY 12 V; 2.5 AMP GOOD
108 SWAN 500CX 80/40/20/15/10 TUBE TRANSCEIVER  
109 SWAN 117XC POWER SUPPLY FOR 500CX  
110 SWAN 508 REMOTE VFO FOR 500CX  
111 MFJ 1278 MULTIMODE DATA CONTROLLER GOOD
112 MFJ 1276 PACKET TNC GOOD
113 KENWOOD MC-60 DESK MICROPHONE GOOD
114 UNIDEN BC355C UP TO 800 MHZ SCANNER  
115 RADIO SHACK HT202 2 METER HT TWO RADIOS PLUS ACCESSORIES GIVES ERROR MESSAGE
116 GE 40 CH CB    
117 RADIO  SHACK PRO 25 SCANNER  
118 MIDLAND WEATHER RADIO  
119 BEARCAT 210XL DESKTOP SCANNER  
120 WELLER SOLDER GUN   POOR
121 ANTENNA SWITCH 2 POS  
122 AMERITRON AL811H 800 WATT LINEAR 160 TO 10 METERS  
123 KENWOOD TS-430 160-10 METER XCVR  
124 KENWOOD PS-430 POWER SUPPLY FOR ABOVE  
125 MFJ 962C VERSA TUNER FRONT PANEL WEAR IS SIGNIFICANT
126 RADIO SHACK PRO 2021 200 CHANNEL SCANNER  
127 MFJ 1272B MICROPHONE / TNC SWITCH  
128 PACE P-5453 CB SWR METER  
129 BOX O' WALL WARTS    
130      
       
       
    DONATED TO THE CLUB  
       
201 MIRAGE 160 WATT TWO METER LINEAR AMPLIFIER CW/FM/SSB NICE
202 UNKNOWN 500 WATT BUSINESS BAND LINEAR; 2 TUBES; 152-174 MHZ  
203 MULTI-ELMAC BCB TO 10 METER MOBILE RECEIVER W/6 VOLT VIBRATOR SUPPLY VERY CLEAN

April Meeting Minutes Available

Minutes of the April, 2013 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available by using the link below.

Files:
April 2013 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-04-29 Language  English Filesize 78.31 KB Download 1375

FWRC Radio Direction-Finding Team

One afternoon, we noticed that 146.76/.16 MHz machine was timed out and thus unusable. It was timed out because there was a continuous unmodulated signal on the (146.160 MHz) input (we think from somebody's stuck-on transmitter) which caused the 146.76 controller to do its thing and shut down the output.

Jim Pliett, K9OMA was able to detect the signal on the input using a pair of phased yagis at the top of his tower at his QTH up near Churubusco, and he was able to get a solid bearing on the source which pointed down through the center of Ft. Wayne. We wanted to get a few more bearings from other hams in the area so that we could radio direction find (RDF), i.e., triangulate the source and localize it. I was frustrated to realize that we didn't know who else in the area were set up with rotatable yagis on their towers.

As a result of this experience Jim and I decided to organize a cadre of hams in the Ft. Wayne/Allen County area who had the appropriate equipment at their QTH that would allow us to RDF a signal source should a similar problem arise in the future. So I'm requesting volunteers who would be willing to serve on an RDF team.

The idea of the RDF team is to have at hand a list of local hams who we can call when necessary and have them take a bearing on a problem signal source and report the bearing to me, or Jim, (or whoever is acting as the RDF coordinator). With sufficient cross bearings we can then localize the source of the signal and subsequently find it's exact location just like we do when we Foxhunt.

So if you're willing to participate as a member of the proposed RDF team, I need the following information:

  1. Name.
  2. Call.
  3. Address.
  4. Telephone Number.
  5. Type of antenna (model number or band(s), i.e. vhf,uhf, number of elements).
  6. Antenna height above ground.
  7. Bearing resolution (some rotors are continuous, some increment by 10 degrees, etc.).
  8. Method of determining signal strength (Analog S-meter, bar meter, etc.).
  9. Times of day when you are typically available and would be able to participate including weekends if availability is different from that on weekdays.

Once we have a list of participants we would plan to run a few tests, probably coordinating on the 146.76 machine where we would have folks bring a test signal up from known location(s) and have everyone on the team take a bearing on it and report said bearing to the coordinator. That would give us practice taking bearings and transferring data, and would also give us the opportunity to calibrate the bearing readings on each team member's system thus allowing us to compensate for bore-sighting errors.

So if you're interested in supporting the Allen County DF team, call Al Burke, WB9SSE at 260-637-1989, send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide the data mentioned above.

About FWRC

The Fort Wayne Radio Club is an organization of amateur (ham) radio operators in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Members participate in several activities in the Fort Wayne area. The two major activities are the annual ARRL Field Day (always the 4th weekend in June) and monthly fox hunts. We also provide communications support for many public events, including the Mastodon Stomp at IPFW, the Juvenile Walk for Diabetes, the Annual Heart Walk and the Annual March of Dimes Walk at Headwaters Park.

Many of the club members participate as weather spotters for the National Weather Service SKYWARN® program to help protect the community from the threat of severe weather. Some members also participate in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS).

For information on the club's current activities including the club's monthly meetings (all are welcome), see our latest newsletter. Information released since the latest newsletter can be found on our news Web page.

Read about the club's history

Club Roster

Don't remember if you've paid your dues for this year? Check the official list of current members. If you're not on it, fill out the application form in the back of an Allen County HamNews newsletter and bring it with your dues to a club meeting or mail it in. If you belive you've paid but don't find yourself on the roster, contact the club teasurer.

Member Handbook

Download the FWRC Member Handbook which includes information of importance to all members, including the club bylaws.

Foxhunts

The Fort Wayne Radio Club sponsors monthy foxhunts (radio direction finding contests). Find the date and time of the next foxhunt on the club calendar. Read the rules and procedures for foxhunts (PDF file).

Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Team

Learn how to become a part of FWRC's RDF team to help track down problem signals.

SKYWARN®

Learn more about the Skywarn volunteer storm spotter program, in which many FWRC members participate.

W9TE QSLs

In addition to the 90th anniversary special event station operation mentioned above, various club members put W9TE on the air at various times. To receive a QSL for such a contact, send an SASE to:

Carole Burke, WB9RUS
11714 Millstone Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

W9TE participates in the ARRL Logbook of the World and has uploaded contacts made since April 22, 2006. Electronic QSL Manager is Gary Stebbins, KC9GGV.

Want To Learn More About Ham Radio?

If you would like to find out more about amateur radio, please contact our club president. Meetings are usually held on the third Friday of each month at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave, Fort Wayne, Indiana (See a map). Our meetings are open to anyone that wants to learn more about amateur (ham) radio. Please join us in this exciting hobby.

Club History

ARRL affiliation certificate, 1930, thumbnail image
ARRL affiliation certificate signed in 1930 by ARRL founder Hiram Percy Maxim. See a larger version.

The Fort Wayne Radio Club traces its origin and roots through several predecessor clubs back to 1916 but the club as we know it today was founded in 1920. The club was named “Fort Wayne Radio Club” in 1930, which was when American Radio Relay League Founding President Hiram Percy Maxim (W1AW) signed a certificate of affiliation with that national organization.  Predecessor clubs included Fort Wayne Radio Association of Indiana (1916), YMCA Radio Club (1919), Old Fort Spark Gang (1920), G.E. Fort Wayne Radio Club (1922), Knights of Midnight Key (1924) and Radio Traffic Association of Fort Wayne (1928).

In 1986, The Fort Wayne Repeater Association was merged with the Fort Wayne Radio Club.

The first ARRL Indiana Convention was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana on July 17-19 1924. This was six years before the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (D.A.R.A. - Dayton, Ohio) held their first convention in 1930. On April 3, 1928 Wade Pitcher 9AAI was authorized to contact the city about procuring radio equipment for protection of the community in times of disaster. Pitcher was attributed as having built and installed the first police radio system.

In 1947, the Naval Reserve made their transmitter available to FWRC members for the operation as club station W9RJY. In 1948, the club provided emergency communications for local communities cut off by an ice storm / wind storm. The emergency situation lasted for about a week.

In 1951, the mobile group (10 meters) assisted in two disasters. On April 28, a United Airlines (UA) plane crashed near Baer Field. UA later presented FWRC with a Check for $100 (remember this is 1951!). A Wabash passenger train collided with a Nickel Plate freight train at the New Haven cross-over later on in the summer. The club was granted space in the Red Cross building for meetings and a station.

Articles of Incorporation thumbnailIn 1952, FWRC filed articles of incorporation with the office if the Indiana Secretary of State. See a scanned copy of the filing.

FWRC Roster

Listed below are the call signs of people (or first names and last initials of unlicensed people) who are, according to FWRC records, current memebrs of the club, with dues paid for calendar year 2017..

Club dues are payable by January 1. If you have not paid your dues for 2017, you can find an application form and instructions in the back of any issue of Allen County HamNews.

If you do not appear on this list and believe you have paid your dues for 2017, please contact the Treasurer.

AB9IZ

AB9PC

AB9RZ

AB9YA

AB9ZD

 AC9AT

AF9Y

 AC9EZ

 K3HZP

K4RMU

 K9BLI

 K9CUV

 K9DMA

 K9EA

 K9FMX

 K9FW

K9JDF

 K9LI

 K9OMA

 K9RFZ

K9SKS

 KA3OPZ

 KA4YBR

 KA9LVC

 KA9NLC

KA9QWC

KA9SLN

KA9YYI

KB9BNI

KB9DEB

KB9DOP

KB9DOT

KB9DPF

KB9IH

KB9IQW

KB9IWM

KB9NGM

KB9OS

KB9OZE

KB9OZI

KB9QLT

KB9WNY

KB9WWM

KB9YWG

KC9APP

KC9CPG

KC9EZP

KC9GAQ

KC9GAT

KC9GGV

KC9MUT

KC9OAX

KC9PXC

KC9UHU

KC9ZDA

KC9ZLN

KC9ZWF

KD9AXU

KD9CQG

KD9BCH

KD9CYG

KD9FBB

KD9FBQ

KD9FBG

KD9GFO

KD9GDN

KD9GDX

KD9GDY

KD9GFO

KD9HAV

KD9HWH

KD9INL

KD9ITZ

KD9VN

KR9U

KU8T

KV9B

N1RU

N3QKK

N9GIS

N9HRA

N9HZH

N9IRX

N9JTB

N9MEL

N9NMW

N9PWM

N9QR

N9RIS

N9TB

N9WLW

N9ZI

MEL M.

W4TXA

W8ST

W8UZ

W9BRW

W9DJS

W9FFK

W9FLA

W9GT

W9HV

W9JMJ

W9LAN

W9LE

W9LKH

W9LMB

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W9NVU

W9OWO

W9PMT

W9QHY

W9TP

W9SAN

W9WN

WA8NPF

WA9FAC

WA9QGL

WA9QXF

WA9WTJ

WB8ORR

WB9AA

WB9BGJ

WB9DLC

WB9NOO

WB9RUS

WB9SSE

WB9TWN

WB9UBF

WD9CVI

WD9UDW

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