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

Sun., Mar 3rd, 2019, 1:30pm
Tue., Mar 5th, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors
Fri., Mar 15th, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC General Meeting
Tue., Apr 2nd, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors
Sun., Apr 7th, 2019, 1:30pm
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.

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:


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 1374

September fox employs decoy

The September Fort Wayne Radio Club fox (hidden transmitter) hunt included this decoy.
See more photos from the fox hunt in this website's photo gallery.

The September foxhunt occurred on 13 September, a gorgeous early fall day. Turns out that three hunter teams were available for this contest. The first team consisted of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN and LAN plus their grandson Alex. The second team included Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. The third team consisted of Kim and Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS and DOT. This motley crew awaited the 146.160 MHz emissions from the fox at their starting point of Cobin Memorial Park.

Carole and Al Burke, WB9's RUS and SSE served as the fox for this contest. The Pliett's, Jim and Annie, couldn't attend this one as they were up at Soaring Eagle attempting to break the bank. So it was up to the Burke's to find a hide-out for the furry little quarry.

Now it turns out that Carole has been hanging out a bit with Kim lately and it seems that some of the Machamer's crafty (fox hiding) ways have rubbed off on Carole because she picked out a fairly devious spot to ensconce the thing. Although Al objected, muttering that "even Charles, Fred and Robert wouldn't be this cruel", Carole had her way and made Al set up the high power fox on the western shore of the St. Joe river on the River Greenway adjacent to the Griswold play lot, with a clear view of the eastern shore of the river. The high power fox consisted of a jumper-battery powered mobile rig pumping about 50 watts into a 4-element yagi aimed south-southeast. (Carole made Al lug all of this stuff from the car, hidden in the Oak River Apartments parking lot, to their lair on the River Greenway.....and batteries, for one, are heavy). Then she made him stash the microfox itself across the river in the ballast rock that lines the eastern shore of the river near Northside Drive and St. Joe Blvd. Then she made him fabricate a decoy microfox in the form of a large Bob Evans coffee cup complete with a fake antenna, and with the sign "Nope" printed on the side of it, and had him stash it on the western shore of the river quite near their (high power fox) lair, in order to draw the foxhunters in. (Yes, sometimes it's like living with Erwin Rommel).

Read more: September fox employs decoy

2015 tailgate hamfest photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club hosts a tailgate hamfest every August

Thanks to Al Burke, WB9SSE, photos of the 2015 tailgate hamfest are now available in this website's photo gallery.

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