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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.

Tone squelch set to 141.3 Hz on 146.91 MHz repeater output

Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ informed the FWRC websmaster that he has configured a continuous tone-coded squelch system (CTCSS) tone of 141.3 Hz on the output of the FWRC repeater on 146.91 MHz, located on the campus of IPFW.

The repeater's input continues to operate on carrier squelch, which means CTCSS is not required to use the repeater. The tone on the output, however, will allow users to optionally configure their radios to remain silent except when the repeater is transmitting, thus preventing the reception of intermodulation interference, distant repeaters on the same frequency, etc.

The table below reflects the current CTCSS status of all FWRC repeaters as of today:

Repeater (MHz) Repeater input CTCSS (Hz) & status Repeater output CTCSS (Hz) & status
444.875 141.3, required 141.3, present
146.76 141.3, optional 141.3, present
146.94 None 141.3, present
146.91 None 141.3, present

Revised: May fox hides along river downtown

foxhunt cartoonWebmaster's note: After we published an article about the May, 2015 fox hunt, author Al Burke, WB9SSE submitted a revised version, which appears below.

This month's hunt, which occurred on the third of May, was held on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in shirt-sleeve weather. The hunters included the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, K9's LAN & SAN and their grandson Alex, the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Jason Eicholtz, KC9UOQ & Debbie Romine, KK4QXC.

The duties of the fox were provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. They chose a shady location in Guildin Park along the south bank of the St. Mary's river northeast of the Van Buren St. Bridge to hide the microfox. It was cleverly emplaced and camouflaged in a tree branch about 6' off the deck. They employed three high power foxes located around the hide area, including one, in Fred's truck, parked between two semi-trailers with the evil intent of creating a quasi waveguide aimed towards downtown Ft. Wayne. As usual, the microfox would transmit a cw signal at about 50 milliwatts for one minute followed by the high power fox who would transmit for one minute, this sequence repeated every five minutes.

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FWRC spring banquet May 8

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club Spring Banquet will be this coming Friday, May 8th, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. The church is located at 4700 Vance Ave in Fort Wayne, just south of Snider High School. We will get the Banquet started at 6:30 pm EDT.

As usual, the Banquet is a carry-in. The club will provide Chicken, both grilled and fried, plus necessary placeware and utensils, lemonade and coffee. Please bring your favorite main course, side dish, or dessert to share with the group.

We hope to see you all there! We have a lot of fun things planned for the rest of 2015, so please come join us.

The May 2015 Allen County Ham News is now on line for your download and reading pleasure! Lots of great articles, pictures, and news about the 3 FW clubs! Check it out now.

Also, if you operated in the Indiana QSO Party this past Saturday, please send in your logs before the June 1st deadline and don't forget to list Fort Wayne Radio Club as your club affiliation! Even if your score wasn't spectacular, all of our scores may add up to another win and plaque! Thanks for supporting the club!

How can the club get the Amateur Radio Message in front of more than 100,000 people in less than two hours?? By marching in the Three Rivers Festival Parade on July 11th, that is how! Mark your calendars for this date. We will need walkers and drivers. Please plan on helping show the fun and relevance of Ham Radio to the Public!

Repeater site open house photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club president Steve Nardin, W9SAN talks in visitors to the club's Clinton Street repeater site during an open house in April, 2015

Photos of the April 18,2015 open house at the Fort Wayne Radio Club's Clinton Street repeater site are now available on this website by following this link.

April, 2015 meeting minutes available

Tom Rupp, KU8T, tells FWRC members about the JT65 digital mode

Minutes of the April, 2015 general meeeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club, which included a presentation on the JT65 digital mode by Tom Rupp, KU8T (pictured above), are now available for download, usign the link below.

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April, 2015 general meeting minutes
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April fox “stumps” hunters

Fort Wayne Radio Club Fox Hunters searching for a hidden transmitter on the playground of Roanoke Baptist Church

Well now, given that the weather in February and March sucked in general, and specifically as regards foxhunts, April the 12th rewarded us with a simply beautiful day to pursue the wily canine in the wilds of northeast Indiana for the April contest. The hunters included the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, K9's LAN & SAN, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT & Robert Dean, KC9UHU, and the team of Jason Eicholtz, KC9UOQ & his daughter Kiley, plus Clay Rust, KC9WUJ. Unfortunately veteran hunters Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS were unable to participate in this one.

The role of the fox was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. Their lair was the playgrounds of the Roanoke Baptist Church situated at the corner of Feighner Rd. & Lafayette Center Rd. near the GM truck plant in south west Allen County. We of course had obtained permission from the Roanoke Church's pastor to use the playground as the fox lair after explaining to him what it was all about. Turns out he had had an uncle who was a ham, so he was eager to graciously grant our request.

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