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Attention all Allen County & FWRC hams:
Due to impending construction at the Indiana and Michigan Power company's Robison Park substation, the FWRC voice repeaters on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz and the ACARTS voice repeater on 147.255 MHz and digipeater on 144.39 MHz will be off the air for most of the week of October 30. The exact starting time of this outage is fuzzy right now, but most likely will start on Tuesday, November 1 and continue to the weekend.
Al Burke, WB9SSE, informed the FWRC board of directors yesterday about the move. I&M needs to build a new structure on the exact spot that we have our repeater shack, but has offered us a much bigger and nicer structure inside the fenced substation property, right next to the tower. I&M also informed us that they will take care of any feedline moving that needs to be accomplished for us to set up inside the newer structure. Included in this building is a much bigger uninterruptible power supply for emergency power.
Due do the rather fast timeline, the old FWRC shack, which was donated by Raytheon company back in 2005, will be taken down and removed by the I&M people. The building they are giving us is about 2.5 times the size and much newer, however.
We will try to keep the membership up to date as all this takes place.
Stay tuned for more information!
The October 2016 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."
|October 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews|
The October 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.
|2016-10-03 1.7 MB 150|
Minutes of the August, 2016 FWRC general meeting, at which president Charles Ward, KC9MUT signed a tower space agreement with a local broadcast radio station (see photo at left), are available for download using the link below.
|FWRC Aug. 2016 general meeting minutes|
|2016-09-22 129.34 KB 99|
July 10 arrived as a sunny Indiana summer day with birds singing, the sun shining and foxhunters twirling their yagis and quads. Three teams showed up at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park near Lakeside Golf Course. The hunter teams were: Jason and Debbie, KB9UOQ & KK4QXC; Jim and Annie, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al, WB9’s RUS & SSE; and new fox hunters (and also newly minted hams) Jim & Brenda, KD9’s GDY & GDX who, despite participating in the June hunt as tag-alongs and thus rubbing elbows with the foxhunting motley crew, decided none-the-less to join our merry band.
Usual foxhunters Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN were not able to participate as they were somewhere up in the Upper Peninsula participating in a Mini-Cooper rally while foxhunters Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT had to sit this one out as their foxhunting van was down (with a sick transmission, I believe).
Charles, KC9MUT, Fred, KC9EZP and Robert, KC9UHU served as the fox for this hunt. They found a place called the Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve way out on old US 24 at Blue Cast Rd., north of Woodburn near the Indiana-Ohio border.
The Blue Cast Springs area was once the site of the Blue Cast Mineral Springs & Sanitarium, around the turn of the last century, where patrons could “find relief from the ills of rheumatism and stomach and kidney problems by sipping the waters from the natural mineral spring, and taking part in magnetic mud-baths.” The sanitarium is no longer there, but the springs and an ACRES Land Trust nature preserve are.