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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

Tue., May 1st, 2018, 7:00am
MAY BOD MTG
Sun., May 6th, 2018, 1:30pm
MAY FOX HUNT
Fri., May 11th, 2018, 7:00pm
MAY GENERAL MEETING
Mon., Jun 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
JUNE FOX HUNT
Tue., Jun 5th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE BOD MTG
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.

Repeater building change completed, machines on the air

Well,  we told you the 76, 875, 255, and 390 machines would be off the air this week for a move out at the Indiana & Michigan Robison Park sub station;  and we were right, the but the outage lasted only about 8 hours!!

The 146.76, 444.875 are back on the air. So is the ACARTS 147.255 machine and the 144.390 Digipeater for packet radio. The work was accomplished rather quickly, so instead of waiting roughly a week, it is done.  Special thanks to the team, and I don't know all that were out there, but WB9SSE & K9OMA were leading the charge, I  believe!  Wow!

The 146.94 machine at Parkview on East State is next.  We will be testing the repeater to be used in the upcoming WLDE project. This is a Fusion machine,  and it is capable of digital and analog FM operation. The 141.3 tone is required for analog operation, since the machine needs a way to distinguish between an analog signal and a digital signal or just noise. Hopefully, this will be on the air by the end of this day (Wednesday).

Remember that the FWRC last fox hunt of the year is this coming Sunday, November 6th. Don't forget the time change (Fall BACK; Spring AHEAD). We start at 1:30 PM EST, as we switch back to standard time. Fox is on 146.430 FM simplex, intercom is on the 146.76 repeater. Join us for FUN!

2 FWRC repeaters to be off air for building change

Fort Wayne Radio Club North Clinton Street Repeater Shack April 2015Attention all Allen County & FWRC hams:

Due to impending construction at the Indiana and Michigan Power company's Robison Park substation, the FWRC voice repeaters on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz and the ACARTS voice repeater on 147.255 MHz and digipeater on 144.39 MHz will be off the air for most of the week of October 30. The exact starting time of this outage is fuzzy right now, but most likely will start on Tuesday, November 1 and continue to the weekend.

Al Burke, WB9SSE, informed the FWRC board of directors yesterday about the move. I&M needs to build a new structure on the exact spot that we have our repeater shack, but has offered us a much bigger and nicer structure inside the fenced substation property, right next to the tower. I&M also informed us that they will take care of any feedline moving that needs to be accomplished for us to set up inside the newer structure. Included in this building is a much bigger uninterruptible power supply for emergency power.

Due do the rather fast timeline, the old FWRC shack, which was donated by Raytheon company back in 2005, will be taken down and removed by the I&M people. The building they are giving us is about 2.5 times the size and much newer, however.

We will try to keep  the membership up to date as all this takes place.

Stay tuned for more information!

October 2016 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the October, 2016 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available by clicking the link below.

Files:
October 2016 general meeting minutes
Date 2016-10-27 Language  English Filesize 250.07 KB Download 667

August 2016 meeting minutes available

FWRC Parrott Rd. lease signMinutes of the August, 2016 FWRC general meeting, at which president Charles Ward, KC9MUT signed a tower space agreement with a local broadcast radio station (see photo at left), are available for download using the link below.

FWRC Aug. 2016 general meeting minutes
Date 2016-09-22 Filesize 129.34 KB Download 652

Tailgate Hamfest 2016 photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club tailgate hamfest 2016

WB9SSE's photos of the Aug. 19, 2016 Fort Wayne Radio Club Tailgate hamfest are available in this website's photo gallery.

July fox takes respite at former sanitarium

julyfoxhuntJuly 10 arrived as a sunny Indiana summer day with birds singing, the sun shining and foxhunters twirling their yagis and quads. Three teams showed up at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park near Lakeside Golf Course. The hunter teams were: Jason and Debbie, KB9UOQ & KK4QXC; Jim and Annie, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al, WB9’s RUS & SSE; and new fox hunters (and also newly minted hams) Jim & Brenda, KD9’s GDY & GDX who, despite participating in the June hunt as tag-alongs and thus rubbing elbows with the foxhunting motley crew, decided none-the-less to join our merry band.

Usual foxhunters Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN were not able to participate as they were somewhere up in the Upper Peninsula participating in a Mini-Cooper rally while foxhunters Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT had to sit this one out as their foxhunting van was down (with a sick transmission, I believe).

Charles, KC9MUT, Fred, KC9EZP and Robert, KC9UHU served as the fox for this hunt. They found a place called the Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve way out on old US 24 at Blue Cast Rd., north of Woodburn near the Indiana-Ohio border.

The Blue Cast Springs area was once the site of the Blue Cast Mineral Springs & Sanitarium, around the turn of the last century, where patrons could “find relief from the ills of rheumatism and stomach and kidney problems by sipping the waters from the natural mineral spring, and taking part in magnetic mud-baths.” The sanitarium is no longer there, but the springs and an ACRES Land Trust nature preserve are.

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