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Upcoming Events

Sun., Aug 5th, 2018, 1:30pm
Sun., Aug 5th, 2018, 1:30pm
Tue., Aug 7th, 2018, 7:00pm
Fri., Aug 17th, 2018, 7:00pm
Sun., Sep 9th, 2018, 1:30pm
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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.

July fox hides on old tow path

foxhunt cartoonThe fox hunt for July started promptly at 1:30 pm, 8 July, one week late due to the 4th of July holiday. On hand were three eager foxhunter teams, Steve and Linda, W9’s SAN & LAN, Don, K9LI and his wife Kathy, and Charles, KC9MUT, Fred, KC9EZP accompanied by new ham and foxhunter Stuart, KD9LFW. 

The foxes for this hunt were Jim K9OMA and Anne KA9YYI. The fox location was on the near west side of Ft. Wayne just off Glendale Ave., on the Tow Path, part of the River Greenway This location was a bit of a challenge for the hunters because the direct path from the Corbin Memorial Park starting point to the fox location ran right through downtown Ft. Wayne. Experienced foxhunters will tell you the signal bounces around due to the tall buildings.  

Don was the first hunter to localize us at about 50 minutes in to the hunt. He and Kathy drove past the high power fox and went about ¼ mile further down the road. Don appeared about 10 minutes later on foot with his portable fox sniffer. 

The microfox was in a shallow hole covered with grass and just off the Tow Path. After a bit of careful sniffing Don located the microfox. About ten minutes later Charles and Stuart arrived on the scene and were successful also. Steve and Linda arrived about 20 minutes later. Being the last hunter is really frustrating because all of the other hunters critique your work. So after some very anxious moments Steve pulled the microfox out of the hole and nearly pitched it at me. So to get cooled down we all headed to Penguin Point for some Cold drinks and Snacks. 

Given Don and Kathy were the first to find the microfox, they will perform the duties of the fox for the August (5 August) hunt. The foxhunt scorecard so far this year is as follows:

Fox Hunter Points this Hunt Year-to-Date Points
WB9RUS 0 16.5
WB9SSE 0 17.5
K9OMA 4.33 18.33
KA9YYI 4.33 14.33
KC9MUT 2 18.5
KC9EZP 2 16.5
W9SAN 1 13.33
W9LAN 1 12.33
Alex 0 11.33
KC9UHU 0 5
AB9IZ 0 2
K9LI 4 6
Kathy 3 4
Rudy 0 1
KB9RLW 0 9
KD9LFW 2 2

Why not give foxhunting a try? It’s easy, fun (although at times it can be a little frustrating), and you’ll most likely learn something about propagation.

Indiana statewide DSTAR net expanding

An Indiana statewide net on DSTAR will change from biweekly to weekly beginning July 5, 2018, according to a letter from L.B. Nickerson, K9NWQ. The net will run every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on DSTAR reflector 24B. The FWRC DSTAR repeater autmatcially connects to that reflector at net time, according to Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ.

FWRC 146.91 MHz repeater temporarily requires CTCSS

The FWRC repeater on 146.91 MHZ has been repaired but in the process now needs a 141.3 HZ input tone. This requirement will be removed shortly. If you cannot bring up the system, try turning on your tone.

We will let you know when the machine is back to normal.

The July 2018 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2018 07The July 2018 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."

July 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The July 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2018-07-01 Filesize 1.59 MB Download 117

Dayton 2018 photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club Members at the 2018 Dayton HamVention

Photos from the 2018 Dayton Hamvention are now available in the photo gallery of this website.

May fox hides along Fort Wayne's trail system

Fort Wayne Radio Club members use special, portable antennas to search for a radio transmitter hidden along Fort Wayne's trail system during what ham radio operators call a "fox hunt."

The fourth fox (hidden transmitter) hunt of 2018 occurred on 6 May, 2018, a slightly overcast but otherwise simply gorgeous spring afternoon. Two teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex (who celebrated his 20th birthday the day before).

The fox function was provided by Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. (Their usual partners, Sir Jim & Lady Ann Pliett could not attend as they were on a cruise experiencing the British Isles. Jim said if they had time they were going to stop by and check out the new Prince Louie).

Al & Carole decided to locate the fox on the Puffer-Belly jogging trail about half-way between DuPont Rd. and Carroll Rd. in La Cabreah. So they set up the high power fox in a little clearing just off the trail. They planted a five element yagi on a mast at about ten feet, pointed south, and drove it with a 20 watt mobile rig.

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