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Upcoming Events

Sun., Nov 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC final fox hunt of season
Tue., Nov 7th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Nov 17th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sat., Nov 18th, 2017, 9:00am
License exams
Tue., Dec 5th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
field_day fox_hunt rig_clinic tailgate_hamfest VHF_QSO_party

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.

Journal Gazette runs big article on ham radio

Photograph of feature section front page, Journal Gazette, Nov. 15, 2013The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ran a 928-word feature story about ham radio in its November 15, 2013 issue. The story, including two photos, took up most of the front page of the the newspaper's, "Weekender" feature section.

The story features interviews with Jim Boyer, KB9IH, who is chairman of the Fort Wayne Hamfest. It quotes Boyer talking about the continuted relevance of ham radio in today's digital age and about the hamfest.

It also quotes Carole Burke, WB9RUS, on the role of girls and women in amateur radio.

And the article contains extensive information about the role of ham radio in emergencies, including references to the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and SKYWARN.

The entire article appears on the Journal Gazette website.

November fox hides among briars

Fox hunters in the briars
Fox hunters search among briars for a hidden radio transmitter. More photos in this website's photo gallery.

Sunday, November 10, 2013 marked the last foxhunt of the (2013) season. It was a crisp late Fall day with a bit of a breeze, but the sun was more or less out. The day attracted foxhunters Steve Nardin, W9SAN, Linda Nardin, W9LAN, and their grandson Alex, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ, the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and lone hunter Robert Dean, KC9UHU. This motley crew were hole-up in the Off-Track Betting Parlor parking lot, as usual, anxiously awaiting the bleating voice of the fox.

For this hunt the role of the fox was played by Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE. Their usual partners, Annie, KA9YYI and Carole, WB9RUS were at Jim & Annie's QTH preparing goodies for the after-foxhunt cookout & bonfire that routinely caps-off the end of the foxhunting season, but they were with us in spirit.

Jim & Al were located deep within the Mengerson Nature Preserve about a half mile north of Stellhorn Rd. just off Schmucker Dr.

Read more: November fox hides among briars

FWRC President seeks support for SKYWARN Recognition Day

FWRC Members:

We have been asked to participate as operators for the annual Skywarn Recognition Day event that is coming up on Friday, December 6th to Saturday, December 7th from 0000 UTC to 2359 UTC at the National Weather Service site in North Webster, Indiana. This is a special event station for the WX9IWX station at the NWS, and will join other Skywarn SE stations around the country.

In the past, other Northeast Indiana clubs have helped to activate this Special Event, but now we are being asked if we can help out. If you can run one of the VHF stations on that Friday evening, please let us know. On Saturday, we can set up HF stations and run most of the day, if possible. The NWS has plenty of room inside, so we would probably not need to run in the trailer, or any outside location.

If we are going to help support this effort, I need to hear from all of you that are interested in the next week or so. This is not an event you can decide to help on Saturday morning and just jump in the car and head up there! We will be interested in phone, CW, and digital operators for the HF bands, 80 to 10, and also VHF operators for FM and internet based modes as well. We can use the call sign W9TE or WX9IWX.

Sound like something you might want to help with? Want to show the NWS that we support the Skywarn program at all levels? Please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and let me know, but please don't drag your feet on this one!

FWRC HT Drawing for new and renewing members: limited time only!

uv5-re plusFor a limited time, when you either renew your FWRC membership or create a new Membership, you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a new Baofeng model UV-5RE 'PLUS' dual band HT with USB programming cable. Each new member or renewal, either individual or family, will receive one entry ticket. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 each. People who have renewed early for 2014 are automatically entered. student memberships for 2014 do not include a free ticket, but they may purchase them for the $1 charge.

The entry time period is from the FWRC Nov meeting, on Nov 8th, to the drawing at 11:00 am on Nov 17th, at the Fort Wayne Hamfest. You need not be present to win. The HT will be on display at the FWRC tables at the Hamfest, across from the ACARTS main table setup. Early renewals will start at the club meeting on November 8th, or you can send in your application to our PO box and be eligible as long as it is received by November 16th.

This is offered to encourage all to renew or join for 2014 NOW! Why not get'r done right away, you won't have to worry about it later, and you could start the new year with a new dual band HT!

October meeting minutes available

Minutes of the October, 2013 general meeting of FWRC are now available for download from this website in PDF format. Use the link below.

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Oct. 2013 General Meeting Minutes
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NWS announces new plans for SKYWARN storm spotter training

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) today announced new plans for volunteer storm spotter training as part of the NWS SKYWARN program.

The NWS office plans seven regional, multi-county spotter training sessions in 2014 (see the region map below). An NWS meteorologist will lead each regional session in person, rather than remotely via teleconference. The session for the region that includes Allen County, Indiana is scheduled to take place at Columbia City High School, 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, Ind. That session is scheduled for Feb. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. The NWS will not conduct SKYWARN training in Allen County, Indiana in 2014 -- not even the remotely-presented training the NWS provided in 2013.

NWS map of training regions

Spotters and people interested in becoming spotters may attend any of the regional spotter training sessions listed on the NWS event calendar. It is not necessary to attend the session designated for your county. For example, residents of southern Allen County might prefer to attend the training that's scheduled in Bluffton, Ind. Regardless of which session you plan to attend, NWS requests that you register in advance, using the appropriate link on the NWS event calendar. Registration is not required but the NWS encourages registration to help it assure that it has sufficient facilities, etc. for the number of people who attend.

For those unable to attend any of the regional spotter training sessions in 2014, the NWS plans multiple other training opportunities. For more information, please see an email message below from Michael Lewis, the warning coordination meteorologist at the northern Indiana NWS office. See also this PDF document that outlines the various training modalities that the NWS office has planned.

From: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:10 PM
Subject: Spotter Training Continues!

The process of learning is a life-long journey and ceases never!

The National Weather Service will be hosting a series of spotter training programs beginning in February and continuing through March of 2014.

We will be using Social Media to engage the public (especially our spotters) YouTube to provide a series of spotter instructional videos, webinars at various times to answer spotter specific questions, and seven in-person training sessions throughout the area.

More details will be posted on the NWS Skywarn Page (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/?n=nwsnorthernindianaskywarnpage)

Registration for the live spotter training can be found on our Event Calendar http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/program_areas/outreach/index.php

Additionally, there are several FREE MetEd Online courses that are beneficial to all spotters.

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/?n=online_spotter_training

Keep on learning!

Michael Lewis
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NWS Northern Indiana

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