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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., Mar 1st, 2015, 1:30am
FWRC FOX HUNT
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
Sun., Jul 12th, 2015, 8:00am
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.

Ham radio classes offered in Auburn

To satisfy the growing popularity of the Ham Radio hobby, the Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Club will sponsor free classes leading to the exam for an FCC Technician Class license.

There will be eight two-hour training sessions on Monday evenings beginning March 9 in preparation for the FCC license exam to be held on Monday, April 13.

The classes will be held at the DeKalb County Annex Building, 200 East Tenth Street in Auburn. To obtain complete information and the schedule, contact Dave Southern by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “License” in the subject line or by phone at 260-925-1673. Advance reservations are requested to be sure of adequate materials.

Amateur radio licensees are entitled to transmit on a wide range of frequencies and may use numerous modes of transmission including AM and FM voice, TV and Radio Teletype. Hams also enjoy using a variety of digital modes and can enjoy satellite communications including conversations with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The Ham radio hobby is growing worldwide. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 700,000 licensed amateurs. A proliferation of modestly priced radio equipment and the elimination of the requirement to learn Morse Code is credited with much of the resurgence of interest.

The class series will conclude with administration of the FCC exam on Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m.

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

Fox Hunt season resumes Sunday -- with new rules

Please join us this Sunday, March 1st, for the first club Fox Hunt to run under new rules adopted at last Friday's special Fox Hunt meeting. We will meet at the Parking lot for Carrington Field on Coliseum Blvd, just south of the old K-Mart store. This is very close to the geographical center of Allen County. This hunt will be on the 146.430 FM simplex frequency, with 146.76 as the intercom.

Since there is a possibility of heavy snow on Sunday, we will meet at 10:00 am on the 146.91 repeater and Echolink node on Sunday morning, to decide to go ahead with the hunt or postpone.

Look for the new rules in the March Allen County Ham News or on our website. Also look for information about new "Novice" fox hunts to be held on the Saturdays following club meetings. These will be geared for those who want to learn the ropes and get involved in Fox Hunting.

We'll look for you all this Sunday!!

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.

The February 2015 issue of Allen County HamNews is now available

HamNewsIcon 2015 02The February 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."


Files:
February 2015 issue of the Allen County HamNews

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

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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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