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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!

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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.

New photo galleries for hamfest, fox hunt bonfire

FWRC booth at 2014 Fort Wayne Hamfest

Two new photo galleries on this website feature photos from the 2014 Fort Wayne Hamfest and the final 2014 fox hunt bonfire. The links above will take you directly to each respective gallery.

FWRC November meeting to feature club history video

Please join us for the November meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club this coming Friday night, November 21st, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. We will be meeting in the Middle high rooms on the north side of the building, with windows facing Vance Avenue. Raasch hall, where we usually meet, will be taken by a seniors' Thanksgiving meal.

The presentation for the evening will be a video trip through some of the FWRC's past including clips from the ATV repeater and other activities that the club has been involved with. Jim Pliett, K9OMA, will be the presenter. Join us for a fun look into past club activities.

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FWRC membership promotion successful

Hopefully, all of you got to attend the 2014 edition of the Fort Wayne Hamfest. Let's have a round of applause again for the folks at ACARTS for putting on the best hamfest in the state!

And a big TNX to all that signed up and paid their 2015 dues for the FWRC. The "incentive" raffle radio, a Kenwood TS-440 with PS-50 supply, was a successful carrot, as we easily paid for the radio above and beyond our cost. The additional tickets did the trick!

W9SAN congratulates KC9UHU on his raffle winThe lucky winner of the radio was Robert Dean, KC9UHU. As for our membership drive we concluded with 83 hams on the books for 2015. Fantastic!

If you missed this opportunity, please take the time to fill out a membership application and send it in with your check! We had a record year in 2014 with 119 members; haven't been that high since the early 80's!

Thanks again for supporting the FW Hamfest and FWRC!

(and congratulations to Mellissa Jenks for getting her ticket!)

FWRC 2014 Field Day station scores 3rd

W9TE finished third among Indiana section entrants in the 2014 ARRL Field Day event, behind Lake County and Indianapolis clubs. The FWRC entry finished eighth nationally in the 6A category. Complete results are on ARRL webpage.

October meeting minutes available

Files:
Oct. 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-11-06 Filesize 72.64 KB Download 897

FWRC elects officers, other club news

The FWRC October meeting was Friday night, October 17th. October is our typical election month, and the BOD for 2015 was chosen that night. Results were very close, but the following won the day, and will serve for next year:

Office Winner
President Steve, W9SAN
VP Carole, WB9RUS
Secretary Al, WB9SSE
Treasurer Bob, W8ST
Communications Manager Charles, KC9MUT
Director Linda, W9LAN
Director Tom, N9TB
Director Tom, KU8T
Director Terry, K9FMX

 

You know how they say that your vote counts? Well, some posts were decided by one vote! This was a very close election for the contested positions. Thank you to all that threw their names onto the ballot!

JOTA

The annual Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is held the middle weekend of October for world wide connection between Girl Scouts and Guides and Boy Scouts. This year the Fort Wayne Radio Club put together two demonstrations for local scouts. At the Boy Scout office on West Jefferson in Fort Wayne, we did a short demo of ham radio using Echolink technology for Cub Scouts. This ran from 10:00 to Noon. Also, we did a much more extensive station and fox hunt setup at Camp Chief Little Turtle in Steuben County. The camp operation consisted of two HF stations, one on 40 meter CW and SSB, and a second on 20 meter SSB. It also had three hidden "foxes" and three direction-finding radio receivers for scouts to practice their skills. The operation ran from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. There was a break for some really good camp food at lunch time.

The operation was a great success, and roughly 100 scouts passed through the communication table and the fox hunt section. I want to thank all that were involved in making this run so smoothly for the scouts:

  • Charles, KC9MUT
  • Mike, AC9BE
  • Rich, KC9PUX
  • Al, WB9SSE
  • Terry, K9FMX
  • Robert, KC9UHU
  • Jim, K9OMA

This was a great effort by the FWRC in showing off Amateur Radio Technology to a new generation! Also, it was a "shakedown" of the recently donated transceiver, the Yaesu FT-1000 Mark V, from W9INA, and it did not disappoint! What a sweet rig to operate!

October fox hunt

The October FWRC Fox Hunt was held on Sunday, Oct 19th, starting from the Public Safety Academy and using 146.430 FM simplex. The winners were Charles, KC9MUT, and Fred, KC9EZP.

See the Fox Hunt Chronicles for a full story on the hunt.