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Sun., Apr 12th, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., May 3rd, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., Jun 7th, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
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FWRC FOX HUNT
Sun., Jul 12th, 2015, 1:30pm
FWRC FOX HUNT
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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.

March fox hides in city park

foxhunt cartoonThe weather for the (as originally planned) March foxhunt date (March 1) repeated what the weather did to us in February, i.e., it sucked. So the March foxhunt was delayed until the 8th where-upon three foxhunt teams gathered at our new foxhunt starting point of Cobin Memorial Park near Lakeside Golf course. The anxious hunters consisted of the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus AL & Carole Burke, WB9's SSE & RUS, a second team consisting of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and a third team consisting of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex.

The fox crew consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Bob Dean, KC9UHU, and included a couple of IPFW student "Observers" from Bangladesh invited along for the day's events by Bob. (Undoubtedly, their tagging along on the hunt almost for sure verified their belief that Americans are nuts).

The fox was situated near Soapbox Derby hill in Franke Park. The high power part of the fox was located in Charles's fancy new (and unrecognizable) pickup truck which drove a yagi stashed back in the woods at the end of a long feedline. The low power part was a microprocessor driven microfox spewing Morse code on 146.430 MHz, hidden under a log, in the brush, in a nearby copse of trees.

Read more: March fox hides in city park

Repeater replacement to require downtime

FWRC members will install two new repeater packages next week to replace existing equipment on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz. The transition to new equipment will require the repeaters to be temporarily off the air, beginning sometime Monday morning, March 30. The repeaters should return to the air about 24 hours later, sometime Tuesday, March 31.

Al Burke, WB9SSE expects that the VHF repeater should have greater range after the change, because the new receiver has greater sensitivity than the radio currently in service and the new transmitter will feed a 150-watt power amplifier. replacement to require downtime

FWRC members will install two new repeater packages next week to replace existing equipment on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz. The transition to new equipment will require the repeaters to be temporarily off the air, beginning sometime Monday morning, March 30. The repeaters should return to the air about 24 hours later, sometime Tuesday, March 31.

Al Burke, WB9SSE expects that the VHF repeater should have greater range after the change, because the new receiver has greater sensitivity than the radio currently in service and the new transmitter will feed a 150-watt power amplifier.

The March 2015 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2015 03The March 2015 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."


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March 2015 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The March 2015 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

 

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Tracks in snow fail to confuse fox hunters

foxhunt cartoonDecember came and went.... cold, snow, and no foxhunt. Then came January...cold, lotsa snow, but still no foxhunt. And finally February arrived....still more cold and snow, but.... our intrepid foxhunters eventually came out of their caves and didn't see the shadows of their yagis. So that meant that a foxhunt was on!!!

Thus for the February event, which occurred on Sunday, 8 February, (one week late because of, guess what, lotsa snow on the originally planned 1 February foxhunt date), three foxhunter teams gathered at the Off-Track Betting Parlor parking lot near Lima and Washington Center roads. They consisted of the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and Robert Dean, KC9UHU, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN. In total seven rabid hunters.

Their quarry, the fox, was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. They travelled down to Klotz Park, near Southwick Village in south-east Ft. Wayne. From there they emitted the high-power fox signal on 146.430 MHz from a roof mounted quad with about 40 watts into the feedline. The low-power signal was loosed from a camouflaged micro-fox transmitter hung from a tree branch about 10 feet high in a copse of trees bordering a creek, and out in the middle of a show field, around 1000 feet from the Klotz Park ball diamond. (Let me tell you, tromping around in a snow field without snow shoes is hard work).

Read more: Tracks in snow fail to confuse fox hunters

Membership grace period ends soon

Have you paid your 2015 dues yet? March 1, we will only send e-mail bulletins to paid 2015 and beyond paid members. Please fill out the membership application in the back of the Allen County Ham News, or the application on our website and send to the Fort Wayne Radio Club PO Box, 15127, Fort Wayne, 46885-5127.

Can't remember if you paid? Look for your call sign on our club roster.

146.94 antenna move exhausting work

Just to make it official:  the antenna for the FWRC 146.94 repeater has been relocated to a slightly lower position in its home at Parkview Hospital's Randallia campus.  Due to the renovation of the Hospital, the antenna tower on top of the main core of the complex was considered too ugly, and the administration wants it to be removed. This meant that any antennas mounted on the tower structure had to be removed. Our 94 antenna was actually the second highest on the tower.

The antenna for the 94 is now on the edge of the main core's roof, at about 120 feet above the ground. While up on the roof last week helping with the take down, it was clear from our view that we have a nice unobstructed view in all directions, so we believe that the range of the repeater will see little degradation.  I simple test the other night with a mobile headed to Kendallville showed that coverage to the north was not seriously degraded. The tower itself is still up there, but will be dismantled shortly.  (the original plan was to use a Helicopter to take down the tower. This was judged to be unacceptably risky, so it was decided to disassemble the tower in place)

This work was very difficult. We were asked by the tower crew that stripped the tower of its antennas to help out and identify our assets and get the repeater back on the air. We spent almost 8 hours on the roof in the cold and the rain, and were pretty exhausted when it was all done. When finished, we had the repeater operation restored, frequency was tweaked to about 10 Hz of nominal, and the output tone was changed to the co-ordinated tone of 97.4 Hz (no input tone required).

I want to thank the following people for their work on this project:

  • WD9AVW, John Morton
  • KA3OPA, Paul Prestia
  • N3QKX, Bruce Dennis
  • W9SAN, Steve Nardin
  • Dave Duprey

Dave Duprey is my cousin from Waterbury, Connecticut, who was visiting with his wife for Christmas. I told him we might put him to work if he came, and we sure did!!

For our efforts, the club received a bunch of tower hardware, 3 standoffs for tower mounting of antennas, a bunch of heliax, and two VHF repeaters (GE), and assorted other bits and pieces.

Again, thank you to the folks that did this work. It was a fantastic effort, but the 94 is still on the air and working as good as always. 

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