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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.

ACOHS publishes flyer for 2016 SKYWARN training

SKYWARN storm spotter training flyer - Allen County, Indiana - February 16 2016 - Public Safety Academy - National Weather Service training hosed by Allen County Office of Homeland SecurityThe Allen County (Ind.) Office of Homeland Security has published an 8.5 x 11 inch flyer as a PDF file that announces the date and location of SKYWARN storm spotter training scheduled for Feb. 16, 2016. You can download your own copy of the flyer using the link below.


Files:
SKYWARN training flyer 2016
Date 2015-10-20 Language  English Filesize 1.26 MB Download 1928

FWRC elects officers, directors for 2016

The Fort Wayne Radio Club conducted elections for club officers and the board of directors for the 2016 club year during the club's October general meeting on October 16, 2015 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Since only one person ran for each of the positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and communications manager, the club elected all candidates by acclimation.

Six people ran for three positions on the board of directors: Tom Baker, N9TB; Terry Bowman, K9FMX; Kim Machamer, KB9DOS; Linda Nardin, W9LAN; Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ; and Tom Rupp, KU8T.

Elected officers and directors for 2016 appear in the list below.

President: Charles Ward, KC9MUT
Vice President: Carole Burke, WB9RUS
Secretary: Al Burke, WB9SSE
Treasurer: Bob Streeter, W8ST
Communications Manager: Fred Van Kempen, KA4YBR

 

Board of Directors:

  • Linda Nardin, W9LAN,
  • Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ
  • Tom Rupp, KU8T
  • Steve Nardin, W9SAN (retiring president is automatically the fourth member)

Thanks to all officers, directors and candidates for their willingness to serve.

October fox chooses Leo lair

foxhunt cartoonThe October foxhunt occurred on 4 October amidst a beautiful mid-Fall Sunday. There were three hunter teams participating in this contest. Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Al & Carole Burke, WB9's SSE & RUS formed team number one. Team number two included Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. And the Machamers, Jim & Kim, KB9's DOS & DOT filled out team number three. All three teams awaited the warbling of the wiley fox from their starting point at Cobin Memorial Park.

Meanwhile, Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN, and their grandson Alex served as the fox and thus, for this hunt, skulled around the Leo/Cedarville Pavilion at Grabill and Schwartz Roads and ensconced the micro-fox amidst and under some rock features in the Pavilion complex. Since the micro-fox blurped out just a few milli-watts, its meager signal was augmented by a high power fox via a mobile rig driving a yagi for the initial portions of the hunt.

With Linda at the mic taunting the three hunter teams, the contest started on time at 13:30 hours and all three teams heard the high power fox's emissions on 146.340 MHz from the get-go. So everyone exited Cobin Park in a cloud of screeching rubber and headed east.

Read more: October fox chooses Leo lair

Phishing Scheme Targeting ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service Participants

You might have seen the notice below on the ARRL website but it bears repeating:

09/25/2015

A phishing scheme currently afoot has been targeting ARRL members who have signed up for the ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service and have an @arrl.net e-mail alias. An e-mail from "Arrl Webmail Admin" with the subject line "ACCOUNT UPGRADE" was received September 25 by an unknown number of members who use @arrl.net e-mail aliases. The e-mail, which requests that recipients reply by providing their usernames and passwords, did not come from the ARRL, and anyone receiving this sort of message should delete it and not reply. The ARRL would never distribute an e-mail requesting personal information.

"ARRL is aware of this phishing scheme and is working to block the sender's e-mail address at our upstream provider," said Andy Shefrin, KB1YHB, ARRL's IT Infrastructure & Operations Manager. "As with any e-mails of unknown origin, do not open or reply." Simply replying to this e-mail alerts the sender that your e-mail address is valid.

The bogus message indicates that access to @arrl.net account holders is being "removed" and accounts "upgraded to a new enhanced web mail user interface provided by arrl.net." Recipients are being asked to provide usernames and passwords "to ensure your e-mail address book is saved in our database." This is clearly an effort to harvest @arrl.net subscriber information and valid e-mail addresses.

Ignore any message of this sort that seeks to have recipients provide any sensitive information, such as usernames, account numbers, and passwords. If you experience any problem with e-mail forwarding, send details to the ARRL IT Department.

Save the date! 2016 SKYWARN storm spotter training

Skywarn LogoUpdate: The ACOHS has announced that the Allen County, Indiana training will take place in the auditorium of the Public Safety Academy of Northeastern Indiana, 7602 Patriot Crossing, Fort Wayne, Indiana

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service and the Allen County (Ind.) Office of Homeland Security have scheduled annual volunteer SKYWARN storm spotter training for 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

The NWS office is also scheduling the training in other counties in its county warning area. The full list, when available, will eventually appear somewhere on the office's website.

September general meeting minutes available

Minutes of the September, 2015 monthly general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available for download from this website, using the link below.

September, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-09-22 Filesize 68.19 KB Download 940

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