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Upcoming Events

Fri., Dec 14th, 2018, 7:00pm
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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.

Fort Wayne Ham Wins QST Cover Award

K9LA portraitAccording to the ARRL Website, the winner of the March QST Cover Plaque Award is Fort Wayne resident Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA for his article “The Sun and the Ionosphere.” The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page.

Vintage Radio Photos Available

Vintage radio displayed at March, 2013 FWRC meetingPhotos of vintage radios displayed at the March, 2013 FWRC general meeting are available in our online photo gallery, thanks to WB9SSE.

March Meeting Minutes Available

Minutes of the March, 2013 FWRC general meeting are available for download, using the link below.

March 2013 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-03-29 Filesize 74.25 KB Download 1542

Ft. Wayne Hams Attend Toledo Hamfest

We went to the Toledo Hamfest on Sunday March 17, 2013, held at the Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Before we left I took this picture of  20+ me attending, mostly from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Link to Hamfest: www.tmrahamradio.org.

Seemed like a good hamfest this year, more vintage this year and lot of Hams attending.

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March Fox Rings a Bell

The Foxhunt Chronicles

fox cartoonThe second foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC's foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 3rd of March on a sunny but cold March afternoon. In  general good foxhunting weather albeit a little nippy.

The March hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Charles Ward & Fred Gengnagle, KC9MUT & KC9EZP, the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN plus their grandson Alex, and the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT,.... In all a total of eleven rabid hunters just chomping at the bit to find their elusive prey.

And serving as the prey for this contest were Bob Dean, KC9UHU & Dave Spence, KB9VTK who were holed-up at a baseball diamond at Harlan Community Park. They had erected a yagi driven by about 50 watts of rf for the high power fox signal, and hid a microcontroller controlled "microfox" within a brass bell located on the baseball diamond property as the actual fox. The microfox was programmed to automatically produce about 50 milliwatts of cw on the fox output frequency for one minute every five minutes. For this hunt the fox frequency was set to 146.31 MHz which is the input frequency for the FWRC's 146.91/.31 repeater, and thus allowed area hams to listen in on the progress of the hunt via the 146.91/.31 machine.

Read more: March Fox Rings a Bell

SKYWARN Training Handouts

Due to budget constraints, paper handouts are/were not available during the Allen County SKYWARN spotter training Feb. 26. Below are links to the handouts, so you can view and/or print them for yourself. They are in PDF format, so you'll need Adobe Reader.

Reporting criteria (new for 2013)

Graphical depiction of how to maintain Severe Weather Awareness

Hail Chart

Beaufort Wind Chart (and Spotter Reporting Format)

Thunderstorm Type Chart and Associated Threats

QR Codes and Shortened Webpage Addresses

Owlie Skywarn Booklet (1.6 MB pdf) from NOAA's National Weather Service

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