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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

Tue., Sep 5th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Sun., Sep 10th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Fri., Sep 15th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Oct 1st, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC spook hunt
Tue., Oct 10th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC 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.

Tailgate hamfest 2017 photos online

Fort Wayne Radio Club Tailgate Hamfest, August, 2017

Al Burke, WB9SSE has uploaded photos of our August 18, 2017 "tallgate hamfest. You can see the photos in this website's photo gallery.

Fox hunt chronicles for July and August

foxhunt cartoonWell, it’s two for one with this edition of the Foxhunt Chronicles. The results of both the July as well as the August contest will be, well, chronicled here.

The July hunt occurred on Sunday 9 July with just a few of the usual mob of hunters able to participate. They consisted of the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN, and single hunter Clarke Derbyshire, KG9FM. Their quarry, the fox, consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and they were holed-up at Dan Ward, W9WLW’s Ward Metal Plating facilities located in the industrial park north of Smith Field just off Cook Rd. Charles had obtained permission from Dan to use the property as a fox hiding site. The high power fox emanated from Charles’s truck which was parked back in the woods and essentially hidden from sight. The microfox was contained within a metal sleeve in the wall of one of a large collection of metal containers located behind the building, and used to store and move metal parts at the facility. Given the placement of the microfox, its signal was very weak. Steve, Linda and Clarke crawled around and about the metal containers and eventually found the microfox. Linda was the first to actually lay eyes on the little bugger. Interestingly, Clarke used a combination of body shielding and an improvised attenuator consisting of a cardboard tube wrapped in aluminum foil that he would place over his HT’s antenna to reduce the microfox’s signal strength when he got close to it.

Read more: Fox hunt chronicles for July and August

The August 2017 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2017 08The August 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."


Files:
August 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews

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

Date 2017-08-01 Filesize 1.75 MB Download 162

Field Day 2017 photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club Field Day 2017 Activity

Photos from the 2017 FWRC Field Day operation are available in this web site's photo gallery.

June 2017 meeting minutes available

Use the link below to download the minutes of the June, 2017 general meeting of the FWRC.

June 2017 general meeting minutes
Date 2017-06-28 Language  English Filesize 101.69 KB Download 136

FWRC 146.76 MHz repeater down

FWRC BridgeCom repeaters

Well, they always say no good deed goes unpunished, and such seems to be the case with the BridgeCom Systems BCR50V repeater at Robison Park that forms the basis of our 146.16/.76 machine. We installed this hardware at Robison Park (and a similar UHF version of the machine for 444.875 MHz) over a year ago, replacing the GE Master II hardware that had previously served as our Robison Park hardware.

The BCR-50V is a modern micro-processor based system that provides state-of-the-art repeater capability features upgradeable by virtue of it being micro-processor based.  The system we installed was one of the first units developed by BridgeCom and so incorporated an early version of its operating system.  Several revisions to this software have been released by BridgeCom, and installed in our system as experience over time with the system revealed bugs, a process common with the maturation of new hardware.

Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ received a new version of software from BridgeCom after discussing things noticed by Paul, and by BridgeCom, at the Dayton (Xenia) Hamfest.  Paul just recently installed the (new software) upgrade to the Robison Park (146.76) hardware which caused the 146.76 machine to cease operating.  When he attempted to reinstall the previous version of the software, the system would still not respond. So Paul is currently working with BridgeCom to get to the bottom of the problem so that we can put the BridgeCom hardware back in service at Robison Park.

In the interim, Jim Pliett is attempting to utilize our Motorola based “emergency” repeater on 146.16/.76 from his QTH near Columbia City using a yagi, at 70 feet, aimed towards Ft. Wayne.  Depending upon how well this works, we may wind up installing the Motorola system at Robison Park until we can get the problem with the BridgeCom system resolved.

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  4. License exams in Fort Wayne Nov. 18
  5. March, 2017 meeting minutes available

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