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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.

146.94 antenna move exhausting work

Just to make it official:  the antenna for the FWRC 146.94 repeater has been relocated to a slightly lower position in its home at Parkview Hospital's Randallia campus.  Due to the renovation of the Hospital, the antenna tower on top of the main core of the complex was considered too ugly, and the administration wants it to be removed. This meant that any antennas mounted on the tower structure had to be removed. Our 94 antenna was actually the second highest on the tower.

The antenna for the 94 is now on the edge of the main core's roof, at about 120 feet above the ground. While up on the roof last week helping with the take down, it was clear from our view that we have a nice unobstructed view in all directions, so we believe that the range of the repeater will see little degradation.  I simple test the other night with a mobile headed to Kendallville showed that coverage to the north was not seriously degraded. The tower itself is still up there, but will be dismantled shortly.  (the original plan was to use a Helicopter to take down the tower. This was judged to be unacceptably risky, so it was decided to disassemble the tower in place)

This work was very difficult. We were asked by the tower crew that stripped the tower of its antennas to help out and identify our assets and get the repeater back on the air. We spent almost 8 hours on the roof in the cold and the rain, and were pretty exhausted when it was all done. When finished, we had the repeater operation restored, frequency was tweaked to about 10 Hz of nominal, and the output tone was changed to the co-ordinated tone of 97.4 Hz (no input tone required).

I want to thank the following people for their work on this project:

  • WD9AVW, John Morton
  • KA3OPA, Paul Prestia
  • N3QKX, Bruce Dennis
  • W9SAN, Steve Nardin
  • Dave Duprey

Dave Duprey is my cousin from Waterbury, Connecticut, who was visiting with his wife for Christmas. I told him we might put him to work if he came, and we sure did!!

For our efforts, the club received a bunch of tower hardware, 3 standoffs for tower mounting of antennas, a bunch of heliax, and two VHF repeaters (GE), and assorted other bits and pieces.

Again, thank you to the folks that did this work. It was a fantastic effort, but the 94 is still on the air and working as good as always. 

146.94 repeater back on the air

Street view of Parkview Hospital, showing tower

After a several-hour outage to move the antenna, The Fort Wayne Radio Club 146.94 repeater located at Parkview Hospital on Randallia Drive in Fort Wayne returned to the air at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

The antenna had been on a roof-mounted tower, which workers removed. It is now mounted about 20 feet lower, at the roof level.

In addition, FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN reports that the repeater now transmits a CTCSS tone of 94.7 MHz. Although the repeater does not require CTCSS on its input, the CTCSS on the output will enable users to block reception of distant repeaters on 146.94 MHz.

 

Christmas Banquet photos available

Photo of people in attendance at 2014 FWRC Christmas banquet

Al Burke, WB9SSE, has graciously uploaded photos of the 2014 FWRC Christmas Banquet to this Website. You can see them by following this link.

FWRC Christmas Banquet Dec. 12

Please plan on joining us for the 2014 Fort Wayne Radio Club Christmas Banquet this coming Friday night, December 12th, at 6:30 pm at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. The banquet will be held in Raasch Hall in the Church, which is located at 4700 Vance Ave in Fort Wayne, just south of Snider High School. All hams and their families are welcome. If you joined the club for 2015, we consider you a member now, and it would be a great way to meet and get to know you!

As usual, the banquet is a carry-in. Please bring your favorite entree, side dish or dessert to share with your fellow hams and their families. The club will provide both grilled and fried chicken, coffee, lemonade, your place settings and dinner ware. Please bring you food warm (if applicable), as we may not have many outlets to plug in crock pots or warming dishes.

There will be an optional gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped gift of approximately $10 in value, marked for either a man (OM), or a woman (YL). Include your call inside so the recipient can thank you! Please do not mark the gift as "man or woman" as this causes confusion and someone could be left without a gift!

We will enjoy a short video of events this past year made by Tom Rupp, KU8T.

Join us for fun and fellowship!

Nov. 2014 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the November, 2014 FWRC general meeting are available for download in PDF format using the link below.

Files:
Nov. 2014 general meeting minutes
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Chronicles combine two fox hunts

foxhunt cartoonHave we got a deal for you! This issue of the Foxhunt Chronicles will feature a description of the hi-jinks surrounding both the October 2014 AND the November 2014 contests. "Why am I so lucky?" you may ask. Well, it's because I was out of town a lot right after the October hunt and didn't have time to attend to writing up a report of what happened in October. So I combined the October and November foxhunt descriptions, and you get two for one.

The October hunt occurred on Sunday the19th of October and featured the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP, the team of Bob Dean, KC9UHU and Dave Spence, K9NDU, and the team of Steve Nardin, W9SAN, Linda Nardin, W9LAN and their grandson Alex. Seven hunters in all. I really can't remember where they gathered and started the hunt from as that was way back in October, and hey, this is late November as I put this tome together. I.e., I'm getting old and forgetful.

The role of the fox was played by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS and SSE. They were ensconced at Klug Park, near Parkview Hospital, and hid the micro-fox just below the grate of a storm sewer at the intersection of Leroy Ave. and Lawndale Drive. They employed a mobile rig running about 25 watts and a cubical quad on the roof of Jim's van as the high power fox.

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