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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., Apr 2nd, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Apr 11th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Apr 21st, 2017, 6:30pm
FWRC spring banquet
Tue., May 2nd, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Sun., May 7th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
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.

Everything ready for antenna installation at new repeater site

Fort Wayne Radio Club Parrot Road repeater enclosureProgress continues on the Parrott Road repeater project with the equipment enclosure having been installed on its mounting platform next to the tower. Power wiring has been routed from the WLDE transmitter building to the enclosure via buried conduit, and the final pieces of above ground flexible conduit have been acquired that will allow us to complete the wiring of the enclosure service box that will provide a 120-volt, 20-amp service.

Carole and Al Burke, (WB9RUS, WB9SSE) made a road trip to tower site equipment suppliers Site Pro-1 (Plymouth, Indiana), and Primus (Morris, Illinois) to pick up the final items necessary to complete the project. These items included two 320-foot spools of 7/8-inch foam coaxial cable, four cable connectors, four side mount assemblies (for the antennas), four coax ground strap kits and 200 stackable coax cable clips (to fasten the feedlines to the tower leg). Some of this stuff is big, and heavy, and sure made a load for the trailer that Al borrowed from Jim Pliett (K9OMA). Jim’s trailer really got a workout.

The road trip was more or less uneventful, but made for a full day. I can only comment that I don’t recommend hauling a trailer load of stuff through Chicago Heights.

Trailer loaded with supplies for Fort Wayne Radio Club Parrot Road repeater projectAt this point all of the material is at the Parrott Road site ready for our tower climbing firm, Peters Broadcast Engineering, to do their thing. Mike Peters and crew will perform the tower work (installing the antennas, hanging the feedlines, integrating our equipment into the site ground system) as soon as weather permits with an eye towards minimizing the tower work expenses.

I expect that the 146.940 machine and the D_STAR machine will be on the air from the Parrott Road site (at 280 feet) by early spring.