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Upcoming Events

Sun., Feb 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
February Fox Hunt
Tue., Feb 6th, 2018, 7:00am
February Board of Directors Meeting
Tue., Feb 20th, 2018, 6:30pm
SKYWARN® training (No regular meeting)
Sun., Mar 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
March Fox Hunt
Tue., Mar 6th, 2018, 7:00pm
March 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.

May fox hides in Huntertown

The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers”. But the major rain we’ve experienced this May has also brought us floods. We thought that might be the case for the May hunt, but as luck would have it, the sun made its appearance on Sunday the 7th. All in all it was a great day for a fox hunt.

Three teams were assembled at the Cobin Memorial Park starting point. They included the team of Charles, KC9MUT and Fred, KC9EZP, the team of Steve and Linda, K9’s SAN & LAN, and single hunter Don, K9LI.

The role of the wily fox was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI. They located themselves in the Huntertown Family Park (the Huntertown Dog Park) north of Ft. Wayne, and they hid the microfox inside a piece of rotten wood in a copse of trees and underbrush.

The contest commenced at 1:35 p.m. with everyone hearing the fox from the get-go. First to arrive at the Huntertown dog park after about an hour were W9SAN and W9LAN followed by KC9MUT and KC9EZP, and then K9LI.

Once having localized the fox the teams quickly assembled their portable fox sniffers and commenced stomping about the park. After considerable searching amongst the flora and fauna, and not a little bit of digging, the microfox was found embedded in a rotten piece of wood. First to unearth the subterranean fox was Don. He was followed by Steve & Linda, and then by Steve and Charles. Among the comments heard were; “that darn poison ivy”,…” those nasty brambles”,… and of course “those damn ticks”. The good news, no mosquitoes!

Following the hunt the weary hunters relaxed and refueled at a friendly watering hole, the Willows Bar & Grill in Hunter town. A nice end to a pleasant day and enjoyable contest.

Why not join us next month (Sunday, June 4th) as Don serves as the fox and hides it in some devious locale?

Scores

Hunter May score Year-to-date score
WB9RUS 0 3
WB9SSE 0 6
K9OMA 3.33 8.33
KA9YYI 3.33 6.33
KC9MUT 1 15.67
KC9EZP 1 14.67
W9SAN 2 4
W9LAN 2 4
Alex 0 2
KC9UOQ 0 9.33
KK4QXC 0 8.33
K9LI 4 7

March, 2017 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the March, 2017 FWRC general meeting are available for download using the link below.

Files:
March 2017 general meeting minutes
Date 2017-03-29 Language  English Filesize 11.5 KB Download 351

The February 2017 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2017 02The February 2017 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."


February 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The February 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2017-02-01 Filesize 1.46 MB Download 878

Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

Fort Wayne Radio Club members test their radio direction-finding skills by participating in a monthly "foxhunt" hidden transmitter hunt

It’s time for YOU to start planning for the upcoming foxhunting season. Foxhunts will occur on Sundays in the months February through November. We knock off for December and January. The dates established for 2017 are as follows:

  • 5 February,
  • 5 March,
  • 2 April,
  • 7 May,
  • 4 June,
  • 9 July,
  • 6 August,
  • 10 September,
  • 1 October, and,
  • 5 November

A foxhunt in any particular month can be rescheduled once within that month (due to weather, civil riots, Godzilla attacks or other unforeseen events). If the rescheduled hunt subsequently cannot be executed for whatever reason, then there will be no hunt that month.

Read more: Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

November fox hides in tree

Fort Wayne Radio Club Nov 2016 fox hunt group

On an usually warm first Sunday of November, the Fort Wayne Radio Club held its final Fox Hunt of the 2016 season. The foxes, Linda, W9LAN, Steve, W9SAN, and their grandson, Alex, had chosen an Acres Land Trust location on Chapman Road in northern Allen County. This location includes the main office of the Acres organization. Pulling our Honda fox vehicle into the small parking lot, we assigned Alex the job of hiding the micro fox, which he located behind an old garage in a dead Elm tree, sliding it behind some the bark on the tree at about 5 feet above the ground. This height would prove to be just enough to allow the micro fox signal to be heard before hunters could localize the site.

At 1:30 pm, after turning all of our clocks back an hour to go back on Standard Time, the fox began transmitting. Since initial reception reports were weak, we increased power to 25 watts, swung the antenna in the direction we imagined the start point to be, and continued. Most were hearing us with enough strength to get a decent bearing and the hunt was on! Included in the hunt were 5 teams; the Burke-Pliett team of 4, the Charles-Fred team of 2, Jason plus daughter Kylie and Deborah, Jim and Kim, and a new team consisting of Brenda and Jim, KD9GDX & KD9GDY, hunting on their own for the first time after several ride along hunts. We kept transmitting every 5 minutes despite several interruptions by curious passersby’s, curious bees, and Alex's new found bird calling skills.

Little did we know the drama that the hunters were enduring!

Read more: November fox hides in tree

Repeater building change completed, machines on the air

Well,  we told you the 76, 875, 255, and 390 machines would be off the air this week for a move out at the Indiana & Michigan Robison Park sub station;  and we were right, the but the outage lasted only about 8 hours!!

The 146.76, 444.875 are back on the air. So is the ACARTS 147.255 machine and the 144.390 Digipeater for packet radio. The work was accomplished rather quickly, so instead of waiting roughly a week, it is done.  Special thanks to the team, and I don't know all that were out there, but WB9SSE & K9OMA were leading the charge, I  believe!  Wow!

The 146.94 machine at Parkview on East State is next.  We will be testing the repeater to be used in the upcoming WLDE project. This is a Fusion machine,  and it is capable of digital and analog FM operation. The 141.3 tone is required for analog operation, since the machine needs a way to distinguish between an analog signal and a digital signal or just noise. Hopefully, this will be on the air by the end of this day (Wednesday).

Remember that the FWRC last fox hunt of the year is this coming Sunday, November 6th. Don't forget the time change (Fall BACK; Spring AHEAD). We start at 1:30 PM EST, as we switch back to standard time. Fox is on 146.430 FM simplex, intercom is on the 146.76 repeater. Join us for FUN!

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