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The Fort Wayne Radio Club is an organization of amateur (ham) radio operators in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Use the menu above to learn more or scroll down for the latest news!

Upcoming Events

Fri., Dec 15th, 2017, 7:00pm
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.

FWRC Field Day 2013 wrap-up

FIELD DAY WRAPUP:

The 2013 addition of the ARRL Field Day activity is in the record books! Once again, the Fort Wayne Radio Club has made me the proudest club president in the state. We all came together, got the stations up without any incidents, operated for the full 24 hours, and took down the towers again without any safety concerns. Here are some of the highlights:

Read more: FWRC Field Day 2013 wrap-up

SKYWARN frequency change might be necessary

Skywarn Logo Attention all operators:

During the past two activations of IMO SKYWARN quadrant two, the ACARTS 146.88 MHz repeater experienced intermittent transmitter failure. The most recent occurrence was at about 9 p.m. last night, June 24.

Please be aware that if the 146.88 MHz repeater exhibits the same issues during the severe weather expected today and tomorrow, the active net control station (whoever it is at the time) will move SKYWARN operations to the FWRC 146.76 MHz repeater.

This decision will be made on an as-needed basis. Ideally, however, if the issue arises early in the operation, SKYWARN will change frequencies sooner, rather than later, to avoid dealing with the issue during potential periods of heavy spotter reporting.

Read more: SKYWARN frequency change might be necessary

Field Day photos available

Field Day stationPhotos from the FWRC 2013 Field Day operation are available in our photo gallery.

FWRC Participates in VHF QSO Party

June 8 and 9, FWRC participated in the ARRL VHF QSO Party, the biggest VHF & up contest of the year. Because we did not receive confirmation to use Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW, a last minute change was made to operate from the QTH of Steve, W9SAN. We put up a temporary 30 foot tower with 6 and 2 meter yagis, set up stations in the trailer and my garage, and operated from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm on Sunday. Despite bad propagation, we all had fun and made a decent number of contacts. We also put up a tripod and extendable mast for 432 and made several contacts on that band, too.

Special thanks to:

K9FMX
KC9MUT
N9WLW
KC9EZP
KB9WWM
KC9OAX
K9RFZ

We also had a chance to Elmer a new ham by checking out his new QRP rig and making new key and power cables for him. (AC9EZ).

Spring Banquet Photos Available

Al Burke, WB9SSE, has provided two photos from the FWRC Spring Banquet, which took place May 10, 2013. You'll find them in our photo gallery.

May Fox Nearly Invisible

may 2013 foxhunt 1The fourth foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC’s foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 5th of May on a warm but overcast spring day. The mild Sunday afternoon put everyone in the mood to HUNT!!

May’s hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE; the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOT & DOS, a total of eight participants eager to get at the wily fox.

Now the role of the fox was played by Dave Spence, K9NDU & Bob Dean, KC9UHU and they were hiding at an Acres, Inc. nature preserve off Zubrick Rd. adjacent to I69 just south of the Vera Bradley complex. You had to drive by the entrance to the preserve off Zubrick Rd. to spot them, otherwise they were invisible.

The high power fox was a mobile rig driving a quad antenna while the actual fox was a microfox programmed to output cw one minute out of every five. The fox broadcast on the input to the 146.94 machine so that local hams would be able to listen-in on the progress of the hunt.

Dave & Bob had added camouflage to the microfox and installed it in the branches of a tree at about six feet off the deck. It was extremely hard to spot as can be demonstrated in the pictures associated with this issue of the Chronicles.

Read more: May Fox Nearly Invisible

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