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

Sat., Nov 18th, 2017, 9:00am
License exams
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.

November fox found despite torrential rain

Nov fox hunt photo

The November foxhunt, the last one of the year, was held on 5 November, 2017. Three foxhunting teams awaited the start of the contest at Cobin Memorial Park. They consisted of the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and Tim Hearld, KE8ECF, a visitor from Galesburg Michigan, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, WA9’s SAN and LAN, and the team of Jim and Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS and SSE. Jim was trying out a new piece of software he had acquired that depicted our GPS derived current location on a Google Maps type display and allowed him to draw vectors from our current location on the true DF bearings we were getting off the roof mounted quad antenna. The idea was that after a few bearings were taken the crossing point of the bearings would indicate the general location of the fox, i.e., it was quasi automated triangulation.

Their prey was provided by Don Glick, K9LI who was ensconced a little over seven miles from the starting point at Buckner Park off Bass Rd. The weather was very freaky around the start time of the hunt with torrential downpours occurring off and on. (Weather Underground was forecasting ¾ of an inch, just between 1:00 and 2:00 pm, and further significant downpour through the rest of the day)! With all of the rain predicted Don decided to hide the microfox in the trunk of his car rather than put it out in the park thus likely preventing (somewhat) the drenching if not downright drowning of the hunters.

As it was, Don parked his high power equipment under an open-sided pavilion which provided some protection until the rain was driven horizontally by the high winds accompanying the storm. Needless to say he got WET and cheered his pursuers on. His high power fox consisted of a 25 watt radio driving a soggy four element beam situated about seven feet of the ground.

Read more: November fox found despite torrential rain

The November 2017 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2017 11The November 2017 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."

November 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The November 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2017-11-02 Filesize 1.57 MB Download 105

Renew early, get an entry for a DMR radio

A photo of, and information about, the Tytera (TYT) MD-380 handheld DMR transceiver to be given away by the Fort Wayne Radio Club

The Fort Wayne Radio Club is again offering an incentive prize for those who pay their 2018 club dues prior to and during the Fort Wayne Hamfest.

This year’s incentive is a TYT MD-380 Analog & DMR 70 cm hand-held transceiver. Check your November QST for an in-depth review of this radio. DMR is expanding rapidly and is quickly becoming a major digital mode.

Some points to remember:

  1. If you are already paid for 2018, you are automatically entered!
  2. Pay your 2018 dues at the Hamfest prior to 1:30 pm on Nov. 19 and you are entered!
  3. You need not be present to win.
  4. Additional chances can be purchased for $1 each.
  5. Drawing for the radio will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the hamfest.

Send any questions about this opportunity to Steve Nardin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FWRC fox hunter standings: October 2017

Fort Wayne Radio Club's fox (hidden transmitter) hunters have released the table below, showing their standings going into the final hunt of the season (Nov. 5). New hunters are always welcome at any part of the season.


October Points

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October 2017 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the October, 2017 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available for download from this website. Use the link belor or the "Files" menu above.

October, 2017 general meeting minutes
Date 2017-10-31 Language  English Filesize 99.12 KB Download 52

Boy scout event photos available

A boy scout communicates via ham radio at a demonstration station set up at a camporee by the Fort Wayne Radio Club during the annual "Jamboree on the Air" event

The Fort Wayne Radio Club set up a demonstration station at a boy scout camporee on the campus of IPFW October 21, 2017. More photos of the event are available in this website's photo gallery.

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