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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

Mon., Jun 4th, 2018, 1:30pm
JUNE FOX HUNT
Tue., Jun 5th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE BOD MTG
Fri., Jun 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE GENERAL MEETING
Fri., Jun 15th, 2018, 7:00pm
JUNE GENERAL MEETING
Sun., Jul 8th, 2018, 1:30pm
JULY THREE RIVERS FOX HUNT
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.

Tracks in snow fail to confuse fox hunters

foxhunt cartoonDecember came and went.... cold, snow, and no foxhunt. Then came January...cold, lotsa snow, but still no foxhunt. And finally February arrived....still more cold and snow, but.... our intrepid foxhunters eventually came out of their caves and didn't see the shadows of their yagis. So that meant that a foxhunt was on!!!

Thus for the February event, which occurred on Sunday, 8 February, (one week late because of, guess what, lotsa snow on the originally planned 1 February foxhunt date), three foxhunter teams gathered at the Off-Track Betting Parlor parking lot near Lima and Washington Center roads. They consisted of the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and Robert Dean, KC9UHU, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN. In total seven rabid hunters.

Their quarry, the fox, was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. They travelled down to Klotz Park, near Southwick Village in south-east Ft. Wayne. From there they emitted the high-power fox signal on 146.430 MHz from a roof mounted quad with about 40 watts into the feedline. The low-power signal was loosed from a camouflaged micro-fox transmitter hung from a tree branch about 10 feet high in a copse of trees bordering a creek, and out in the middle of a show field, around 1000 feet from the Klotz Park ball diamond. (Let me tell you, tromping around in a snow field without snow shoes is hard work).

Read more: Tracks in snow fail to confuse fox hunters

Membership grace period ends soon

Have you paid your 2015 dues yet? March 1, we will only send e-mail bulletins to paid 2015 and beyond paid members. Please fill out the membership application in the back of the Allen County Ham News, or the application on our website and send to the Fort Wayne Radio Club PO Box, 15127, Fort Wayne, 46885-5127.

Can't remember if you paid? Look for your call sign on our club roster.

146.94 antenna move exhausting work

Just to make it official:  the antenna for the FWRC 146.94 repeater has been relocated to a slightly lower position in its home at Parkview Hospital's Randallia campus.  Due to the renovation of the Hospital, the antenna tower on top of the main core of the complex was considered too ugly, and the administration wants it to be removed. This meant that any antennas mounted on the tower structure had to be removed. Our 94 antenna was actually the second highest on the tower.

The antenna for the 94 is now on the edge of the main core's roof, at about 120 feet above the ground. While up on the roof last week helping with the take down, it was clear from our view that we have a nice unobstructed view in all directions, so we believe that the range of the repeater will see little degradation.  I simple test the other night with a mobile headed to Kendallville showed that coverage to the north was not seriously degraded. The tower itself is still up there, but will be dismantled shortly.  (the original plan was to use a Helicopter to take down the tower. This was judged to be unacceptably risky, so it was decided to disassemble the tower in place)

This work was very difficult. We were asked by the tower crew that stripped the tower of its antennas to help out and identify our assets and get the repeater back on the air. We spent almost 8 hours on the roof in the cold and the rain, and were pretty exhausted when it was all done. When finished, we had the repeater operation restored, frequency was tweaked to about 10 Hz of nominal, and the output tone was changed to the co-ordinated tone of 97.4 Hz (no input tone required).

I want to thank the following people for their work on this project:

  • WD9AVW, John Morton
  • KA3OPA, Paul Prestia
  • N3QKX, Bruce Dennis
  • W9SAN, Steve Nardin
  • Dave Duprey

Dave Duprey is my cousin from Waterbury, Connecticut, who was visiting with his wife for Christmas. I told him we might put him to work if he came, and we sure did!!

For our efforts, the club received a bunch of tower hardware, 3 standoffs for tower mounting of antennas, a bunch of heliax, and two VHF repeaters (GE), and assorted other bits and pieces.

Again, thank you to the folks that did this work. It was a fantastic effort, but the 94 is still on the air and working as good as always. 

146.94 repeater back on the air

Street view of Parkview Hospital, showing tower

After a several-hour outage to move the antenna, The Fort Wayne Radio Club 146.94 repeater located at Parkview Hospital on Randallia Drive in Fort Wayne returned to the air at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

The antenna had been on a roof-mounted tower, which workers removed. It is now mounted about 20 feet lower, at the roof level.

In addition, FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN reports that the repeater now transmits a CTCSS tone of 94.7 MHz. Although the repeater does not require CTCSS on its input, the CTCSS on the output will enable users to block reception of distant repeaters on 146.94 MHz.

 

Christmas Banquet photos available

Photo of people in attendance at 2014 FWRC Christmas banquet

Al Burke, WB9SSE, has graciously uploaded photos of the 2014 FWRC Christmas Banquet to this Website. You can see them by following this link.

FWRC Christmas Banquet Dec. 12

Please plan on joining us for the 2014 Fort Wayne Radio Club Christmas Banquet this coming Friday night, December 12th, at 6:30 pm at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. The banquet will be held in Raasch Hall in the Church, which is located at 4700 Vance Ave in Fort Wayne, just south of Snider High School. All hams and their families are welcome. If you joined the club for 2015, we consider you a member now, and it would be a great way to meet and get to know you!

As usual, the banquet is a carry-in. Please bring your favorite entree, side dish or dessert to share with your fellow hams and their families. The club will provide both grilled and fried chicken, coffee, lemonade, your place settings and dinner ware. Please bring you food warm (if applicable), as we may not have many outlets to plug in crock pots or warming dishes.

There will be an optional gift exchange. Please bring a wrapped gift of approximately $10 in value, marked for either a man (OM), or a woman (YL). Include your call inside so the recipient can thank you! Please do not mark the gift as "man or woman" as this causes confusion and someone could be left without a gift!

We will enjoy a short video of events this past year made by Tom Rupp, KU8T.

Join us for fun and fellowship!

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