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

Thu., Feb 21st, 2019, 6:30pm
ARES Spotter Training
Sun., Mar 3rd, 2019, 1:30pm
Tue., Mar 5th, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors
Fri., Mar 15th, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC General Meeting
Tue., Apr 2nd, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors
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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.

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

State ARRL official invites participation in simulated emergency


ARRL Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator Larry Jones, WB9FHP sent the following email message to Indiana ARRL members:

The month of October 2013 has been designated as the official month for the ARRL Indiana Section ARES teams, to complete their yearly Simulated Emergency Test (S.E.T.). Each county team should have it's SET completed by October 31st, 2013 unless extenuating circumstances causing a later date are cleared and approved by the SEC.

The ARES teams can use any scenario they choose which will test their readiness for disasters that may happen in their jurisdictions. There are certain items that do need to be sent to the SEC and the Section Manager. Each team needs to, at the start of their SET, send a "SITREP" or Situation Report to the SEC, and then, within a week of the end of their SET they need to submit an "AAR" or After-Action Report to the SEC.

Read more: State ARRL official invites participation in simulated emergency

September meeting minutes available

Minutes of the September, 2013, general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download, using the link below.

Sep. 2013 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-09-24 Filesize 74.72 KB Download 1390

September foxhunt chronicles

foxhunt cartoonSunday, September 8, 2013. The sun came up, the birds sang, and the weather was pleasant as an early fall day should be. And in the parking lot of the Off-Track Betting Parlor at Lima and Washington Center roads, there gathered a group of eleven foxhunters, intent for the activities that would occur that afternoon. The hunters consisted of the team of Jim and Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9RUS and WB9SSE, the team of Linda and Steve Nardin, W9LAN and W9SAN plus their grandson Alex, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT plus Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP, and the team of Dave Spence, K9NDU plus Bob Dean, KC9UHU.

It should be noted that as competitive as foxhunters tend to be, a new piece of (old) technology was introduced into this hunt by KC9MUT. Charles mounted a two element vertically polarized switched dipole antenna on the front of his truck (out front of his grill), part of a so-called "Pickle Fork" DF system, and used it to get "right-left" signal direction steering cues. He told me that it gave him helpful information as he drove down the road when the fox was up.

(Jim Pliett and I are researching the fine print in the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) to determine if that switched dipole DF system that Charles added to his foxhunting suite is legal. We're hoping it isn't, but if it turns out that it is, then it looks like we may have another building project. Seems like our work is never done. We are considering the use of UAV's).

Read more: September foxhunt chronicles

2013 SKYWARN Recognition Day set

For your planning purposes, the date for the 2013 SKYWARN Recognition Day has been finalized.

This years event well be held on December 7, 2013.

More information on the event will be coming as the date approaches.

Details about the 2012 SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) can be found online at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/

Now is the time to begin promoting and planning for SRD 2013 -

Let's be heard and be seen in 2013!