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Upcoming Events

Tue., Feb 21st, 2017, 6:00pm
SKYWARN storm spotter training in lieu of general meeting
Sun., Mar 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Mar 7th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Mar 17th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Apr 2nd, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC 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.

FM Simplex Contest April 8

The Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society (ACARTS) will sponsor a simplex FM contest on the two-meter, 1.25-meter and 70 cm bands April 8, 2017. The contest will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT.

According to information provided by the ACARTS, the contest is designed for hams to have fun over a short period. "You don't need to devote an entire weekend, just an enjoyable Saturday evening. So get a cup of hot chocolate, a comfortable chair, and sit down for a few hours to see who is on the air. There will be some rovers running around during the full contest period to keep activity going the entire time."

Complete information, including rules, etc. is available by downloading the PDF file below.

2017 ACARTS FM Simplex Contest

Rules for the ACARTS VHF/UHF FM simplex contest, April 8, 2017

Date 2017-02-17 Language  English Filesize 531.55 KB Download 27

Everything ready for antenna installation at new repeater site

Fort Wayne Radio Club Parrot Road repeater enclosureProgress continues on the Parrott Road repeater project with the equipment enclosure having been installed on its mounting platform next to the tower. Power wiring has been routed from the WLDE transmitter building to the enclosure via buried conduit, and the final pieces of above ground flexible conduit have been acquired that will allow us to complete the wiring of the enclosure service box that will provide a 120-volt, 20-amp service.

Carole and Al Burke, (WB9RUS, WB9SSE) made a road trip to tower site equipment suppliers Site Pro-1 (Plymouth, Indiana), and Primus (Morris, Illinois) to pick up the final items necessary to complete the project. These items included two 320-foot spools of 7/8-inch foam coaxial cable, four cable connectors, four side mount assemblies (for the antennas), four coax ground strap kits and 200 stackable coax cable clips (to fasten the feedlines to the tower leg). Some of this stuff is big, and heavy, and sure made a load for the trailer that Al borrowed from Jim Pliett (K9OMA). Jim’s trailer really got a workout.

The road trip was more or less uneventful, but made for a full day. I can only comment that I don’t recommend hauling a trailer load of stuff through Chicago Heights.

Trailer loaded with supplies for Fort Wayne Radio Club Parrot Road repeater projectAt this point all of the material is at the Parrott Road site ready for our tower climbing firm, Peters Broadcast Engineering, to do their thing. Mike Peters and crew will perform the tower work (installing the antennas, hanging the feedlines, integrating our equipment into the site ground system) as soon as weather permits with an eye towards minimizing the tower work expenses.

I expect that the 146.940 machine and the D_STAR machine will be on the air from the Parrott Road site (at 280 feet) by early spring.

The February 2017 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2017 02The February 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."

February 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews

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

Date 2017-02-01 Filesize 1.46 MB Download 133

Annual SKYWARN storm spotter training for 2017

Flyer for SKYARN storm spotter training, 7 p.m. ET, Feb. 21, 2017, Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing, Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosted by Allen County Office of Homeland Security, presented by National Weather Service Northern Indiana

Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

Fort Wayne Radio Club members test their radio direction-finding skills by participating in a monthly "foxhunt" hidden transmitter hunt

It’s time for YOU to start planning for the upcoming foxhunting season. Foxhunts will occur on Sundays in the months February through November. We knock off for December and January. The dates established for 2017 are as follows:

  • 5 February,
  • 5 March,
  • 2 April,
  • 7 May,
  • 4 June,
  • 9 July,
  • 6 August,
  • 10 September,
  • 1 October, and,
  • 5 November

A foxhunt in any particular month can be rescheduled once within that month (due to weather, civil riots, Godzilla attacks or other unforeseen events). If the rescheduled hunt subsequently cannot be executed for whatever reason, then there will be no hunt that month.

Read more: Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

NWS northern Indiana publishes 2017 storm spotter training schedule

SKYWARN training Fort Wayne February 2016

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has published its complete schedule of 2017 in-person SKYWARN storm spotter training sessions.

The Fort Wayne session is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South Campus at 7602 Patriot Crossing on the south side of Fort Wayne.

The NWS requests all participants to register in advance via on online form. If you know anyone who wishes to attend but does not have web access, please help them register with your connection or have them call the Allen County Office of Homeland Security at 260-449-4663.

The NWS recommends that all spotters complete the COMET® Program's two-unit, MetEd SKYWARN Spotter Training Course before attending in-person training.

Both the online and in-person training are free of charge.

If you can't attend the Fort Wayne session, consider attending one of the other sessions in neaby towns, including Huntington, Bluffton, Auburn, Defiance or Paulding. Dates and locations for all sessions throughout the NWS northern Indiana county warning area appear on the office's website.

I’m often asked, “How often must I attend?” I attend the training every year, to make sure my knowledge is current and my memory of what to look for and what to report is refreshed before the next storm season. The National Weather Service Northern Indiana office expects all spotters to take the training at least every three years.

More Articles...

  1. November fox hides in tree
  2. Repeater building change completed, machines on the air
  3. 2 FWRC repeaters to be off air for building change
  4. October 2016 meeting minutes available
  5. August 2016 meeting minutes available

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