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.

Phishing Scheme Targeting ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service Participants

You might have seen the notice below on the ARRL website but it bears repeating:


A phishing scheme currently afoot has been targeting ARRL members who have signed up for the ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service and have an @arrl.net e-mail alias. An e-mail from "Arrl Webmail Admin" with the subject line "ACCOUNT UPGRADE" was received September 25 by an unknown number of members who use @arrl.net e-mail aliases. The e-mail, which requests that recipients reply by providing their usernames and passwords, did not come from the ARRL, and anyone receiving this sort of message should delete it and not reply. The ARRL would never distribute an e-mail requesting personal information.

"ARRL is aware of this phishing scheme and is working to block the sender's e-mail address at our upstream provider," said Andy Shefrin, KB1YHB, ARRL's IT Infrastructure & Operations Manager. "As with any e-mails of unknown origin, do not open or reply." Simply replying to this e-mail alerts the sender that your e-mail address is valid.

The bogus message indicates that access to @arrl.net account holders is being "removed" and accounts "upgraded to a new enhanced web mail user interface provided by arrl.net." Recipients are being asked to provide usernames and passwords "to ensure your e-mail address book is saved in our database." This is clearly an effort to harvest @arrl.net subscriber information and valid e-mail addresses.

Ignore any message of this sort that seeks to have recipients provide any sensitive information, such as usernames, account numbers, and passwords. If you experience any problem with e-mail forwarding, send details to the ARRL IT Department.

September general meeting minutes available

Minutes of the September, 2015 monthly general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available for download from this website, using the link below.

September, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-09-22 Filesize 68.19 KB Download 1371

September fox employs decoy

The September Fort Wayne Radio Club fox (hidden transmitter) hunt included this decoy.
See more photos from the fox hunt in this website's photo gallery.

The September foxhunt occurred on 13 September, a gorgeous early fall day. Turns out that three hunter teams were available for this contest. The first team consisted of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN and LAN plus their grandson Alex. The second team included Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. The third team consisted of Kim and Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS and DOT. This motley crew awaited the 146.160 MHz emissions from the fox at their starting point of Cobin Memorial Park.

Carole and Al Burke, WB9's RUS and SSE served as the fox for this contest. The Pliett's, Jim and Annie, couldn't attend this one as they were up at Soaring Eagle attempting to break the bank. So it was up to the Burke's to find a hide-out for the furry little quarry.

Now it turns out that Carole has been hanging out a bit with Kim lately and it seems that some of the Machamer's crafty (fox hiding) ways have rubbed off on Carole because she picked out a fairly devious spot to ensconce the thing. Although Al objected, muttering that "even Charles, Fred and Robert wouldn't be this cruel", Carole had her way and made Al set up the high power fox on the western shore of the St. Joe river on the River Greenway adjacent to the Griswold play lot, with a clear view of the eastern shore of the river. The high power fox consisted of a jumper-battery powered mobile rig pumping about 50 watts into a 4-element yagi aimed south-southeast. (Carole made Al lug all of this stuff from the car, hidden in the Oak River Apartments parking lot, to their lair on the River Greenway.....and batteries, for one, are heavy). Then she made him stash the microfox itself across the river in the ballast rock that lines the eastern shore of the river near Northside Drive and St. Joe Blvd. Then she made him fabricate a decoy microfox in the form of a large Bob Evans coffee cup complete with a fake antenna, and with the sign "Nope" printed on the side of it, and had him stash it on the western shore of the river quite near their (high power fox) lair, in order to draw the foxhunters in. (Yes, sometimes it's like living with Erwin Rommel).

Read more: September fox employs decoy

2015 tailgate hamfest photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club hosts a tailgate hamfest every August

Thanks to Al Burke, WB9SSE, photos of the 2015 tailgate hamfest are now available in this website's photo gallery.

August fox crosses Interstate

Fort Wayne Club fox hunt participants with microtransmitter fox

The August foxhunt occurred on 2 August on a beautiful, sunny, non-monsoony (for a change) day. Two hunter teams were available for this contest. The first team consisted of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. The second team consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. Both teams awaited the 146.430 MHz emissions from the fox at their starting point of Cobin Memorial Park.

Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT served as the fox. Their high power fox consisted of a mobile rig driving a yagi, and they were located where the southern segment of Young Rd. abuts I-469. They placed the micro-fox up against the chain link fence that runs parallel to the west-bound lane of I469 where the northern segment of Young Rd. abuts I-469. I-469 bisects Young Rd, and there is no overpass or underpass that allows one to get from the north to the south segment of (the bisected) Young Rd. directly. In other words Jim & Kim were sitting in their van on Young Rd. just to the south of I-469 and could look across I-469 to the southern segment of Young Rd., and to where the microfox was located. Sorta sneaky.

Read more: August fox crosses Interstate

FWRC participates in Maker Faire

The Fort Wayne Radio Club participated in the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire Aug. 8, 1025. Below is a video provided by Tom Rupp, KU8T. Still photos are available soon in this website's photo gallery.