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
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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.

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!

FWRC members attend Findlay Hamfest

Here is a group picture taken at the Findlay, Ohio Hamfest on Sep. 8, 2013.

Big turn out, lots of goodies and great bargains. The weather was good, overcast and cool.

Spare controller puts UHF repeater back on air

The 444.875 machine is back up, after going off the air. The problem was in the controller, a couple of popped capacitors. Jim has installed our (one) spare controller and I put the system back in service today.

The capacitors are 0602 surface mount ceramics. We will attempt to obtain replacements from Digikey.

Tailgate hamfest photos available

Photo of tailgate hamfestMembers have uploaded photos from the August, 2013 FWRC tailgate hamfest (and car show). Check them out in our photo gallery.

July meeting minutes available

Minutes of the July 19, 2013 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available on this website in PDF format. Use the download link below.

July 2013 General Meeting Minutes
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