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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

Mon., Jun 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
JUNE FOX HUNT
Tue., Jun 5th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE BOD MTG
Fri., Jun 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE GENERAL MEETING
Fri., Jun 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE GENERAL MEETING
Sun., Jul 8th, 2018, 1:30pm
JULY THREE RIVERS 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.

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!

FWRC HT Drawing for new and renewing members: limited time only!

uv5-re plusFor a limited time, when you either renew your FWRC membership or create a new Membership, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a new Baofeng model UV-5RE 'PLUS' dual band HT with USB programming cable. Each new member or renewal, either individual or family, will receive one entry ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each. People who have renewed early for 2014 are automatically entered. student memberships for 2014 do not include a free ticket, but they may purchase them for the $1 charge.

The entry time period is from the FWRC Nov meeting, on Nov 8th, to the drawing at 11:00 am on Nov 17th, at the Fort Wayne Hamfest. You need not be present to win. The HT will be on display at the FWRC tables at the Hamfest, across from the ACARTS main table setup. Early renewals will start at the club meeting on November 8th, or you can send in your application to our PO box and be eligible as long as it is received by November 16th.

This is offered to encourage all to renew or join for 2014 NOW! Why not get'r done right away, you won't have to worry about it later, and you could start the new year with a new dual band HT!

October meeting minutes available

Minutes of the October, 2013 general meeting of FWRC are now available for download from this website in PDF format. Use the link below.

Files:
Oct. 2013 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-10-28 Filesize 72.95 KB Download 1490

New officers elected

If you were not present for the 2014 Club Elections this past Friday night, here are the results:

President: Steve Nardin, W9SAN
Vice Pres: Carole Burke, WB9RUS
Secretary: Al Burke, WB9SSE
Treasurer: Bob Streeter, W8ST
Communications Manager: Charles Ward, KC9MUT
BOD: Tom Baker, N9TB
BOD: Tom Rupp, KU8T
BOD: Kim Machemer, KB9DOS
BOD: Linda Nardin, W9LAN

Special thanks to :

Rich Gilson, KC9PUX
Jon Preble, AD9DX

who were also running for BOD positions. We appreciate your participation!!

I am looking forward to a great 2014, which will be the centennial year for the ARRL.

Next month's meeting will be a video of Fox Hunting fun, by Charles, KC9MUT. This should be great!

October fox found in Metea Park

October 2013 foxhunt fox siteSunday, October 6, 2013. The sun sorta came up, the birds stay in bed, and the skies opened up with rain, rain, rain. But none-the-less, a stalwart crew of foxhunters assembled in the Off-Track Betting Parlor at Lima and Washington Center roads for the October foxhunt. This enthusiastic (if damp) crew consisted of the team of Linda and Steve Nardin, W9's LAN and SAN, the team of Annie and Jim Pliett, KA9YYI and K9OMA plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9's RUS and SSE, and single hunter Robert Dean, KC9UHU.

While the foxhunters were contemplating the wet slogging ahead, the foxes, Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP, luxuriated under a nice, dry, warm tent fly out in the piney-woods of Matea Park near Cedar Creek off Hursh Rd. (A photo of this bourgeoisie encampment taken surreptitiously by an RPV cleverly engaged by the Pliett-Burke team is possibly included in the Ham news version of this article, or on the club web page). During the fly-by the RPV's microphone picked up audio, reportedly from Charles, stating "We doon need no stinking umbrellas,....hee, hee, hee". They were utilizing a yagi fed by about 150 watts for the high power signal, and a camouflaged microfox radiating about 150 miliwatts of cw, and cleverly secreted in a tree, as the actual fox.

Promptly at 13:30 the fox began squawking on the 146.76 machines input.

Read more: October fox found in Metea Park