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

Tue., Dec 1st, 2015, 7:00pm
Fri., Dec 11th, 2015, 7:00pm
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 2105 meeting minutes available

Al Burke, WB9SSE poses with the birthday cake he was presented during the Nov. 2015 FWRC general meetingMinutes of the November, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available, using the link below. At right, Al Burke, WB9SSE poses with the birthday cake he was presented during the meeting.

November, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-11-25 Filesize 75.97 KB Download 23

FWRC to coordinate SKYWARN special event station

Northern Indiana National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office (exterior view)

In a Nov. 7 email message, the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service  accepted an offer from the Fort Wayne Radio Club to coordinate a special event station at the NWS office on SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2015, Dec. 5 (UTC).

FWRC will set up one or more HF stations and possibly other stations Friday, Dec. 4 (EST). The goal of SRD is normally to provide a 24-hour operation from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC Dec. 5 (7 p.m. EST Dec. 4 to 6:59 p.m. EST Dec. 5).

FWRC plans to seek operators from other radio clubs in the area. In previous years, the NWS has insisted that all operators register in advance and has prohibitied operators from "dropping in" unexpected.

Mark your calendar and watch this website for details of the SRD operation as they become available.

November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

Hunter group shot after Fort Wayne Radio Club November 2015 foxhunt (hiddden transmitter hunt)This month's foxhunt, the final contest of 2015, occurred on 1 November amidst absolutely gorgeous weather that was clear, dry, and with a temperature around seventy degrees, truly unusual for this time of the year in these parts. But who's complaining? Three teams of hunters showed up at the Cobin Memorial Park starting point. They consisted of the team of Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex, and the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT.

Fox duties were provided by Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. They had found a brand new Acres Preserve location to serve as the fox hide spot, the Spring Lake Woods and Bog Nature Preserve, located at Lake Everett, about six miles due east of Columbia City. They set up a yagi driven at about 50 watts to serve as the high power fox. The low power fox, the micro-fox, consisted of a microprocessor implemented low power transmitter (around 20 mw) driving a stub antenna. The low power fox package was stuffed inside a hollowed-out tree branch lying on the ground amidst a bunch of other brush and detritus. It was very well camouflaged. Both the high power fox and microfox emitted on 146.855 MHz.

Read more: November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

The November 2015 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2015 11The November 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."


November 2015 issue of the Allen County HamNews

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

Date 2015-11-01 Filesize 1.04 MB Download 187

FWRC member creates new high-power T/R switch

QSK 2500 full break-in device for HF amplifies designed and sold by FWRC member Bill Rodgers, K3HZP

FWRC member Bill Rodgers, K3HZP has announced that he has created and is selling a new, automatic transmit/receive switch that makes full break-in CW operation possible with most HF amplifiers. For more information on the DxConnection QSK 2500, visit http://qsk2500.myfreesites.net/ or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October, 2015 meeting minutes available

Steve Nardin W9SAN leads the Fort Wayne Radio Club as it conducts elections during its October 2015 meeting

Minutes of the October, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download as a PDF file by using the link below.

October, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-10-22 Language  English Filesize 98.88 KB Download 95

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