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 4th, 2018, 7:00pm
Fri., Dec 14th, 2018, 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.

FWRC 2014 incentive HT drawing results


incentive drawing 2013
FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN, draws the winning ticket

At this year's Fort Wayne Hamfest we used a new "Incentive" idea to get people to pay next year's dues ahead of time. We held a drawing for a dual band BaoFeng HT with programming cable and software, speaker mic, and charging base. Tickets for the drawing were distributed as one "free" ticket for an individual or family membership, either renewal or new, and extra
tickets for $1 each (no limit).

The result was fantastic: we have now 59 memberships already paid for next year! Plus the extra tickets sales have actually paid for the transceiver itself, so for the club it was all positive
cash flow! Wow! With a result like this, we are already planning something even nicer for next year!


Special thanks to the following for their help with this incentive:

Read more: FWRC 2014 incentive HT drawing results

Submit storm damage to NWS

Thanks to all who participated in today's severe weather activity. Please send any reports and photographs of damage to the National Weather Service as soon as possible, to help the NWS detemine where to send survey teams tomorrow. Send reports and photos the the following address:

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Thanks again!

Amateur radio operations in Philippines disaster

ARRL Indiana Section Manager Lou Everett, WA5LOU sent out the information below via email to Indiana ARRL members.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association is currently conducting Ham Emergency Radio Operations (HERO) at the following frequencies:

40 meters HF - 7.095 MHz (Also, possibly 14.277 and 14.285 MHz for H&W)

2 meters VHF - 144.740 MHz

Current Net control stations:

Jojo, DU1VHY
Thelma, DU1IVT
Romy, DV1SMQ
Max, 4F1BYN

HERO Operators in the disaster area:


Nathan, DU5AOK - HF/VHF
Vilma, DU5VIE - HF/VHF
Lester, DV5PO - HF Borongan, Eastern Samar


Ador, DU7AL
Gerry, DU7AU

Cebuano Amateur Radio League, DX7CA - HF/VHF




Bobby, DU6BG – HF


Arnel, DV6WAV – HF
Iver, DV6ILA – HF

This information is provided, so you can have advance information when operating. Please give these frequencies a wide birth, so they can carry out needed emergency communications.

Thanks to George Hiscox, WA6RIK, Garden Grove, CA, for this information.

Journal Gazette runs big article on ham radio

Photograph of feature section front page, Journal Gazette, Nov. 15, 2013The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ran a 928-word feature story about ham radio in its November 15, 2013 issue. The story, including two photos, took up most of the front page of the the newspaper's, "Weekender" feature section.

The story features interviews with Jim Boyer, KB9IH, who is chairman of the Fort Wayne Hamfest. It quotes Boyer talking about the continuted relevance of ham radio in today's digital age and about the hamfest.

It also quotes Carole Burke, WB9RUS, on the role of girls and women in amateur radio.

And the article contains extensive information about the role of ham radio in emergencies, including references to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and SKYWARN.

The entire article appears on the Journal Gazette website.

November fox hides among briars

Fox hunters in the briars
Fox hunters search among briars for a hidden radio transmitter. More photos in this website's photo gallery.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 marked the last foxhunt of the (2013) season. It was a crisp late Fall day with a bit of a breeze, but the sun was more or less out. The day attracted foxhunters Steve Nardin, W9SAN, Linda Nardin, W9LAN, and their grandson Alex, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ, the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and lone hunter Robert Dean, KC9UHU. This motley crew were hole-up in the Off-Track Betting Parlor parking lot, as usual, anxiously awaiting the bleating voice of the fox.

For this hunt the role of the fox was played by Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE. Their usual partners, Annie, KA9YYI and Carole, WB9RUS were at Jim & Annie's QTH preparing goodies for the after-foxhunt cookout & bonfire that routinely caps-off the end of the foxhunting season, but they were with us in spirit.

Jim & Al were located deep within the Mengerson Nature Preserve about a half mile north of Stellhorn Rd. just off Schmucker Dr.

Read more: November fox hides among briars

FWRC President seeks support for SKYWARN Recognition Day

FWRC Members:

We have been asked to participate as operators for the annual Skywarn Recognition Day event that is coming up on Friday, December 6th to Saturday, December 7th from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC at the National Weather Service site in North Webster, Indiana. This is a special event station for the WX9IWX station at the NWS, and will join other Skywarn SE stations around the country.

In the past, other Northeast Indiana clubs have helped to activate this Special Event, but now we are being asked if we can help out. If you can run one of the VHF stations on that Friday evening, please let us know. On Saturday, we can set up HF stations and run most of the day, if possible. The NWS has plenty of room inside, so we would probably not need to run in the trailer, or any outside location.

If we are going to help support this effort, I need to hear from all of you that are interested in the next week or so. This is not an event you can decide to help on Saturday morning and just jump in the car and head up there! We will be interested in phone, CW, and digital operators for the HF bands, 80 to 10, and also VHF operators for FM and internet based modes as well. We can use the call sign W9TE or WX9IWX.

Sound like something you might want to help with? Want to show the NWS that we support the Skywarn program at all levels? Please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and let me know, but please don't drag your feet on this one!