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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

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
Tue., Dec 5th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
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.

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 1346

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

W9LW

W9NVU

W9OWO

W9PMT

W9QHY

W9TP

W9SAN

W9WN

WA8NPF

WA9FAC

WA9QGL

WA9QXF

WA9WTJ

WB8ORR

WB9AA

WB9BGJ

WB9DLC

WB9NOO

WB9RUS

WB9SSE

WB9TWN

WB9UBF

WD9CVI

WD9UDW

D-STAR

The Fort Wayne Radio Club and Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society jointly operate a Digital Smart Technologies for Amateur Radio (D-STAR) repeater. This page is designed to provide helpful information to present and potential D-STAR users.

Fort Wayne Repeater Information

  • Call sign: W9TE
  • Frequency: 442.99375 MHz, +5 Mhz offset
  • Mode: DV
  • Your Call: CQCQCQ
  • RPT1 Call: W9TE***B (* = spaces)
  • RPT2 Call: W9TE***G (* = spaces)

Learn how to register with the W9TE D-STAR gateway.

Learn how to program a D-STAR radio for any Indiana D-STAR repeater.

View a map showing the approximate signal footprints of all Indiana D-STAR repeater systems.

Join the Indiana D-STAR Yahoo! Group.

Links to D-STAR-Related Resources

http://www.dstarusers.org – The D-STAR Users Organization site contains information on last heard JFindU D-STAR maps, a repeater directory, D-STAR solutions, forums and more.

http://www.dstarinfo.com – The Georgia D-STAR website contains information on FAQs, conferences, news, applications (D-STAR programs), nets, reflectors, repeaters, a calculator and more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-STAR – Wikipedia description of D-STAR, subject content includes: history, gateway technical details, D-RATS, criticisms, Non-Icom D-STAR repeater, compatible programs and projects, home-brew D-STAR radio and equipment.

http://www.niftyaccessories.com/ – select "D-STAR E-Z Guide" from left panel to display description of the "Comprehensive D-STAR Operating Reference" book which includes information on these subjects: D-STAR call routing, local and remote repeater operation, linking to D-STAR reflectors, programming radios for D-STAR operation, text and data file transmission, using a computer and a DV dongle, finding and accessing D-STAR repeaters and more.

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/dstar/dstar/default.aspx – Icom general information on D-STAR includes: Five communication applications using D-STAR, ICOM D-STAR radio selection guides, D-STAR FAQs, and D-RATS capabilities.

http://www.k5tit.org – The Texas Interconnect Team K5TIT D-STAR website includes information on: K5TIT repeaters, meeting information, membership information, club officers, Web links, and D-STAR users last heard.

http://www.jfindu.net/DSTARPages.aspx - Pete Loveall, AE5PL's D-STAR website contains information on D-STAR repeaters, D-STAR activity, D-PRS IGates, and D-PRS IGate activity.

Subcategories

  • Nets

    Fort Wayne Radio Club and area nets.

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