FWRC Elects Officers

At its general meeting October 19, the Fort Wayne Radio Club elected the following people to their respective offices for 2013:

  • President, Steve Nardin, W9SAN
  • Vice President, Jim Pliett, K9OMA
  • Secretary, Al Burke, WB9SSE
  • Treasurer, Bob Streeter, W8ST
  • Communications Manager, Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ
  • Board of Directors members:
    • Tom Baker, K9TB
    • Jim Machamer, KB9DOT
    • Tom Rupp, KU8T
    • Charles Ward, KC9MUT

For more information, see the minutes of the October 19 meeting.

April Meeting Minutes Available

Minutes of the April, 2013 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available by using the link below.

Files:
April 2013 General Meeting Minutes
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Fort Wayne hams help residents configure weather radios

Ham radio operators and SKYWARN storm spotters Howard Pletcher (N9ADS) (left) and Steve Haxby (N9MEL) configure NOAA Weather Radio receivers during a public event at a Fort Wayne Walgreens store April 11, 2016
Howard Pletcher (N9ADS) (left) and Steve Haxby (N9MEL) configure NOAA Weather Radio receivers during a public event at a Fort Wayne Walgreens store April 11, 2016.

Four Fort Wayne amateur radio operators who are also volunteer storm spotters in the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN program spent several hours April 11 assisting residents with their NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) receivers.

Al Burke (WB9SSE), Steve Haxby (N9MEL), Howard Pletcher (N9ADS), and Jay Farlow (W9LW) worked alongside representatives of WANE TV, the Alllen County Office of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service and the Midland Radio Corporation at the Walgreens store on Stellhorn Road to configure NWR receivers.

The volunteers assured that the receivers' specific area message encoding (SAME) and receive frequency settings were correct, so users would receive warnings that the NWS issues for their home counties.

WANE TV had promoted the three-hour event, which was duplciated at other locations in the TV station's market area. The Walgreens store sold nearly 100 near NWR receivers during the event, which volunteers configured. Volunteers also assited other visitors who brought in their own equipment, some of which was not SAME-capable (and at least one of which was not even a receiver!).

More photos of the event are available in this website's photo gallery.

IMO SKYWARN net activates for multiple tornadoes

Storm damage in Allen County, Indiana Aug. 24, 2016. W9SAN photo.
August 24, 2016 storm damage near the intersection of State Road 101 And Notestine Road in northeastern Allen County, Indiana. W9SAN photo.

A tornado outbreak occurred in Indiana and Ohio August 24, 2016. Storms did considerable damage in several of the 11 counties covered by the IMO SKYWARN quadrant two net on the Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society 146.88 MHz repeater in Fort Wayne. Below is a log of the net's operations that day.

All Times EDT

1510 Began standby mode operation on IMO SKYWARN quadrant two ham radio frequency.

1713 K9RFZ reports 6 inches of standing water in Fort Wayne on Washington Center Road, east of N. Clinton St.

1714 Invoked directed net due to tornado warning in northeastern Allen County, Indiana (During a directed net, all stations remain off the air unless they have severe weather to report.)

1723 W9SAN confirms wall cloud, I-469 at State Road 37.

1729 KC9CGN confirms tornado, near intersection of Doty Rd. and Ricker Rd.

Read more: IMO SKYWARN net activates for multiple tornadoes

Operators sought for NWS special event station

The Fort Wayne Radio Club will be provide a special event station at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service (NWS) Office (KIWX), near North Webster, Ind. for SKYWARN Recognition Day.

The goal of the activation is to contact as many of the other NWS Offices as possible between the times of 1900 Local, December 4, 2015 (0000 UTC. December 5) and 1900 Local, Dec 5, 2015 (2400 UTC, December 5, 2015).

National Weather Service (NWS) northern Indiana weather forecast office (IWX) county warning area (CWA) mapThe FWRC is inviting all amateurs in the KIWX County Warning Area (lightly shaded counties on map at right) to participate in this event.

Please share this information with your teams and the radio clubs in your county and adjacent counties.

It is important to note that all amateurs who wish to participate in the event must pre-register with their desired times to operate.

Although it might have been possible in past years to "drop in" unexpected at the NWS office during the SKYWARN Recognition Day operations, current NWS policy prohibits access to the NWS facility by any operator who has not pre-registered. This is NWS policy over which FWRC has no control.

More information is available in a PDF file, a link to which appears below.

Any operator can pre-register by contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put "SRD" or "SKYWARN Recognition Day" in the subject line of your message.

2015 SKYWARN Recognitoin Day volunteer guidelines
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