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Upcoming Events

Sun., Mar 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
March Fox Hunt
Tue., Mar 6th, 2018, 7:00pm
March Board of Directors Meeting
Fri., Mar 16th, 2018, 7:00pm
March General Meeting
Sun., Apr 8th, 2018, 1:30pm
APRIL FOX HUNT
Tue., Apr 10th, 2018, 7:00pm
APRIL BOD MTG
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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.

FWRC Participates in VHF QSO Party

June 8 and 9, FWRC participated in the ARRL VHF QSO Party, the biggest VHF & up contest of the year. Because we did not receive confirmation to use Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW, a last minute change was made to operate from the QTH of Steve, W9SAN. We put up a temporary 30 foot tower with 6 and 2 meter yagis, set up stations in the trailer and my garage, and operated from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm on Sunday. Despite bad propagation, we all had fun and made a decent number of contacts. We also put up a tripod and extendable mast for 432 and made several contacts on that band, too.

Special thanks to:

K9FMX
KC9MUT
N9WLW
KC9EZP
KB9WWM
KC9OAX
K9RFZ

We also had a chance to Elmer a new ham by checking out his new QRP rig and making new key and power cables for him. (AC9EZ).

Spring Banquet Photos Available

Al Burke, WB9SSE, has provided two photos from the FWRC Spring Banquet, which took place May 10, 2013. You'll find them in our photo gallery.

May Fox Nearly Invisible

may 2013 foxhunt 1The fourth foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC’s foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 5th of May on a warm but overcast spring day. The mild Sunday afternoon put everyone in the mood to HUNT!!

May’s hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE; the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOT & DOS, a total of eight participants eager to get at the wily fox.

Now the role of the fox was played by Dave Spence, K9NDU & Bob Dean, KC9UHU and they were hiding at an Acres, Inc. nature preserve off Zubrick Rd. adjacent to I69 just south of the Vera Bradley complex. You had to drive by the entrance to the preserve off Zubrick Rd. to spot them, otherwise they were invisible.

The high power fox was a mobile rig driving a quad antenna while the actual fox was a microfox programmed to output cw one minute out of every five. The fox broadcast on the input to the 146.94 machine so that local hams would be able to listen-in on the progress of the hunt.

Dave & Bob had added camouflage to the microfox and installed it in the branches of a tree at about six feet off the deck. It was extremely hard to spot as can be demonstrated in the pictures associated with this issue of the Chronicles.

Read more: May Fox Nearly Invisible

April Fox Hides in Uncharted Territory

The Foxhunt Chronicles

fox cartoonThe third foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC’s foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 7th of April on a beautiful warmish spring day. Just a perfect opportunity to be outside after a long winter.

April’s contingent of hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE; the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, accompanied by a blast-from-the-past, Phil Hooper, AB9IZ; the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9’s LAN & SAN plus their grandson Alex; and the team of Bob Dean, KC9UHU & Dave Spence, K9NDU. So there was a total of eleven hunters’ intent upon getting after their ever elusive prey (as long as it wasn’t in New Haven, although it turned out that it was).

Serving the role of the prey for this contest were Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT. They hole-up at a single diamond baseball complex in Klotz Park, hidden in the Southwick Village neighborhood of New Haven, and a part of the New Haven Parks and Recreation System. This location was not on any of the maps, paper or electronic, possessed by the hunters, and I think a band of Navajo Trail Trackers would have had the same amount of trouble we did ferreting out their location. Why, it was almost like Jim and Kim planned it that way,…….hmmmm.

Read more: April Fox Hides in Uncharted Territory

Ham Radio Featured in Genealogy Magazine

Genealogy qsl article thumbnalThe February/March 2013 issue of "Internet Genealogy" magazine included an article, "Can You Acknowledge Receipt?" by Fort Wayne author Carol Richey about QSL cards. The story quotes FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN. Use the link below to download a copy as a PDF file.

 

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Internet Genealogy QSL Card Article

The February/March 2013 issue of "Internet Genealogy" magazine included this article, "Can You Acknowledge Receipt?" by Fort Wayne author Carol Richey about QSL cards. The story quotes FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN.

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Fort Wayne Ham Wins QST Cover Award

K9LA portraitAccording to the ARRL Website, the winner of the March QST Cover Plaque Award is Fort Wayne resident Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA for his article “The Sun and the Ionosphere.” The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page.

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