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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.

May fox up a tree

Fox hunters posing near park entrance sign

Well, May finally arrived, and with it the promise of more reasonable weather. About time after this last winter, ehhh? The local contingent of Allen County foxhunters, less the fox, gathered together at Krueger Park eager to start their quest for their elusive prey early Sunday afternoon on the 4th of May. This crew consisted of the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN.

The role of the fox was played by Bob Dean, KC9UHU who was hid-out at Cook's Landing Park on Cedar Creek at the corner of Shoaff and Coldwater roads. Bob was using a cubical quad driven with about 50 watts as the high power fox, and a microcontroller controlled microfox which emitted around 30 milliwatts. Both of these units radiated on 146.340 MHz, i.e., on the input to the 146.940 repeater. The microfox was attached to a tree branch about ten feet in the air.

The fox started warbling promptly at 13:30 hours and was immediately heard by all of the foxhunt teams at Kruger Park.

Read more: May fox up a tree

April meeting minutes available

Minutes of the April 11, 2014 FWRC general meeting are available for download from this webstie by using the link below.

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April, 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-04-18 Filesize 69.07 KB Download 967

March 2014 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the March, 2014 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download as a PDF file using the link below.

March, 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-03-25 Filesize 74.9 KB Download 952

March fox hides in Harlan nature preserve

Photo of fox hunters at nature preserve entrance

The March foxhunt kicked-off from the Ft. Wayne Safety Academy parking lot at 13:30 hours on the 9th of the March. This was the first instance of starting hunts from locations other than the Off-Track-Betting Parlor. The weather was cold but clear, and substantially better than the weather the week prior, the originally scheduled date for the March hunt.

Eleven hunters showed up at the Safety Academy site consisting of the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI along with Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS, and the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and new foxhunter Jeff Brady, KC9ZGN.

Dave Spence, K9NDU and Bob Dean, KC9UHU provided the role of the fox for this hunt, and they were ensconced out in the Herman Hammer Wald Nature Preserve, part of the ACRES system of preserves, close to the intersection of Rupert and Hurshtown Roads northeast of Harlan. Dave & Bob utilized a cubical-quad for the high power fox, and microcontroller controlled 30 milliwatt emitter for the hidden (micro) fox. The micro-fox was hidden in tree branches at about six feet off the ground, and both it and the high power fox emitted on 146.430 MHz.

Read more: March fox hides in Harlan nature preserve

February meeting minutes available

Minutes of the February, 2014 FWRC general meeting are available as a PDF file by using the link below. Please note that these minutes contain a correction that did not appear in the March, 2014 issue of Allen County HamNews.

Feb. 2014 minutes
Date 2014-03-04 Language  English Filesize 76.99 KB Download 1300

To tone or not to tone: That is the question

CTCSS tone frequency tableAlthough not too many hams seem to have been aware of it, for several years now repeater councils of many Midwestern states (including the Indiana Repeater Council) have been on a course to require that ALL coordinated repeater systems on all VHF and UHF bands require a CTCSS tone be present on the input to the repeater in order for the repeater to un-squelch and retransmit the received audio.

CTCSS, stands for continuous tone-coded squelch system, often called "tone" or "PL" (i.e. “Private Line,” a Motorola trademark); it is a sub-audible frequency between 67.0 Hz and 254.1 Hz that is added to the audio of the signal that is transmitted to the input of a repeater. In other words, the handheld, base station or mobile rig that is intended to operate through the repeater must have a CTCSS tone encoder installed in it. (Virtually all post-1980 built amateur FM transceivers have the capability built-in.) Detection of the sub-audible tone then satisfies the condition necessary to un-squelch the repeater receiver and cause the detected audio to be retransmitted. Often, the repeater also will transmit the same tone on its output, so that individual receivers, so equipped for CTCSS, will only un-squelch for the local repeater and not be bothered by occasional DX repeaters, spurious signals, noise and so forth.

This move is significant to anyone that operates a repeater system, since coordination is essentially mandatory. Although the FCC does not explicitly require that a repeater be coordinated, it does however always stand behind the coordinated machine if any kind of complaint is received. By virtue of this, if you do not have the blessing of the recognized coordinating body in your state, it is only a matter of time before you're off the air! This implies that anyone with a current coordinated repeater pair could lose that status and another party could potentially “hijack” the frequency! We would hope that this could never happen, but it pays to be prepared.

Read more: To tone or not to tone: That is the question

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