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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

Fri., Dec 15th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Christmas Banquet
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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.

Boy scout event photos available

A boy scout communicates via ham radio at a demonstration station set up at a camporee by the Fort Wayne Radio Club during the annual "Jamboree on the Air" event

The Fort Wayne Radio Club set up a demonstration station at a boy scout camporee on the campus of IPFW October 21, 2017. More photos of the event are available in this website's photo gallery.

September fox hides in urban lair

foxhunt cartoonSeptember’s foxhunt occurred on Sunday 10 September, again with a reduced number of hunters in the game because that Sunday was also the date of the Findlay Hamfest. So the hunters that participated consisted of the team of Linda and Steve Nardin, K9’s LAN and SAN and their grandson Alex, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ, and individual hunter Clarke Derbyshire, KG9FM.

Serving as the fox was Don Glick, K9LI, who situated himself in Reservoir Park (now known as Ivan Lebamoff Park) on the corner of Creighton Ave. and South Clinton St., a few blocks south of Parkview Field. Don used a 5 watt hand held to taunt the hunters who were initially situated at Cobin Memorial Field. He emplaced the microfox within a metal birdhouse on the grounds of Reservoir Park and both he and it squawked on the usual foxhunt frequency of 146.430 MHz.

Read more: September fox hides in urban lair

2017 safety fair photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club members prepare their exhibit at the annual Safety Fair at Jefferson Pointe shopping center

Photos of the Fort Wayne Radio Club's exhibit at the annual Jefferson Pointe safety fair (Sep. 23, 2017) are available in this website's photo gallery.

Sep. 2017 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the September, 2017 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available for download, using the link below.

 

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FWRC Sep 2017 Minutes
Date 2017-09-25 Filesize 106.5 KB Download 124

Tailgate hamfest 2017 photos online

Fort Wayne Radio Club Tailgate Hamfest, August, 2017

Al Burke, WB9SSE has uploaded photos of our August 18, 2017 "tallgate hamfest. You can see the photos in this website's photo gallery.

Fox hunt chronicles for July and August

foxhunt cartoonWell, it’s two for one with this edition of the Foxhunt Chronicles. The results of both the July as well as the August contest will be, well, chronicled here.

The July hunt occurred on Sunday 9 July with just a few of the usual mob of hunters able to participate. They consisted of the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN, and single hunter Clarke Derbyshire, KG9FM. Their quarry, the fox, consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and they were holed-up at Dan Ward, W9WLW’s Ward Metal Plating facilities located in the industrial park north of Smith Field just off Cook Rd. Charles had obtained permission from Dan to use the property as a fox hiding site. The high power fox emanated from Charles’s truck which was parked back in the woods and essentially hidden from sight. The microfox was contained within a metal sleeve in the wall of one of a large collection of metal containers located behind the building, and used to store and move metal parts at the facility. Given the placement of the microfox, its signal was very weak. Steve, Linda and Clarke crawled around and about the metal containers and eventually found the microfox. Linda was the first to actually lay eyes on the little bugger. Interestingly, Clarke used a combination of body shielding and an improvised attenuator consisting of a cardboard tube wrapped in aluminum foil that he would place over his HT’s antenna to reduce the microfox’s signal strength when he got close to it.

Read more: Fox hunt chronicles for July and August