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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.

August 2014 issue of Allen County HamNews is now available

Allen County HamNews 2014-08 cover thumbnailThe August, 2014 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download using the link below. This and previous issues are also available for download by clicking the "Files" link in the main menu and then clicking "Newsletters."

August 2014 issue of the Allen County HamNews
Date 2014-08-02 Filesize 688.91 KB Download 3366

July meeting minutes available

Minutes of the July FWRC general meeting are available using the link below.

July, 2014 general meeting minutes
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July fox hides in mosquito sanctuary

foxhunt july 2014

foxhunt cartoonWell, halfway through this beautiful summer, on a clear and muggy 13th of July, three foxhunt teams gathered at the Ft. Wayne Safety Academy as the starting point for this month's contest. The three teams consisted of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS plus their nephew Brandon, the team of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN plus grandson Alex, and a team consisting of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Ben Myers, N9IRX.

Robert Dean, KC9UHU single-handedly served as this month's fox and he was hidden out at the Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of Sunlight Lane off East Fitch Rd. in extreme northern Allen County. He injected 50 watts into a quad at about 16' as the high power fox, and employed the microprocessor based micro fox rig, running around 10 milliwatts, ensconced in a tree trunk, as the low power fox. Both emitted on 146.430 MHz.

The fox commenced transmitting promptly at 13:30 hours and produced extremely weak, but readable signals at the Safety Academy site indicating that the action was to the north, so to the north everyone proceeded. The Nardin team was following Kim & Jim up Coldwater Rd. way north of Dupont when it spotted Charles and crew buzzing rapidly south on Coldwater as if the Cap-N-Cork were passing out free cold beer samples.

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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette covers FWRC Field Day ops

Fort Wayne Radio Club’s TJ Walker attempts to make contact with another radio operator Sunday during Field Day at the Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW.Fort Wayne Radio Club’s TJ Walker attempts to make contact with another radio operator Sunday during Field Day at the Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW. Journal Gazette photo.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette provided print and video coverage of the Fort Wayne Radio Club's 2014 ARRL Field Day operation.

Here's a link to the items on their website.


Field Day, VHF/UHF QSO Party photos available

Operators at work during Field Day

Photos from the FWRC's operation in both the ARRL June VHF/UHF QSO Party and Field day are now available in our photo gallery.

See the VHF/UHF QSO party photos.

See the Field Day photos.

June fox takes hunters shopping

foxhunt cartoonJune, ahh June, when graduations abound and summer vacations start and fox hunters shuck their boots, caps, overcoats and sweatshirts for breezier garb. And thus it was that the first hunt of the summer commenced on a beautiful first day of June with the foxhunt team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Bob Dean, KC9UHU & Dave Spence, K9NDU congregating at Buckner Park as the starting point.

The services of the fox were provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. Jim & Annie served as the high power fox and were ensconced in their van behind the McDonald's on Coliseum Blvd. near Speedway Dr. while the low power fox was contained in Carole and Al's daughter's van located in the north parking lot of Glenbrook Square near the Barnes & Noble store. The high power fox emitted about 20 watts into Jim's roof mounted Yagi, while the low power fox emitted about one watt using an HT. Both foxes used 146.280 MHz.

Taunting of the hunters started promptly at 13:30 and we believe was heard by all at Buckner Park. Around thirty minutes into the hunt we noticed that Kim & Jim were snooping around the McDonald's parking lot where Jim & Annie were located, and in fact found them a little bit after that. Then, forty six minutes into the hunt Bob & Dave drove right past our (low power fox) hide, smiled and waved to us. Thus, they were the first to physically find the fox. A little after that Charles and Fred parked on the north edge of Glenbrook's lot next to Coldwater, dismounted and started hunting on foot, but they stayed on the north edge of the lot. Steve and Linda were driving and walking-hunting much closer to our Barnes & Noble location, and if fact Steve walked past our location, one row over, several times without spotting us.

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