Welcome!

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

Fri., Oct 20th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Nov 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC final fox hunt of season
Tue., Nov 7th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Nov 17th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sat., Nov 18th, 2017, 9:00am
License exams
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 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.