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|Fri., Jan 20th, 2017, 6:30pm|
FWRC Anual Auction
|Sat., Feb 4th, 2017, 9:00am|
License exams; W5YI Group
|Sun., Feb 5th, 2017, 1:30pm|
FWRC fox hunt
|Tue., Feb 7th, 2017, 7:00pm|
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
|Tue., Feb 21st, 2017, 6:00pm|
SKYWARN storm spotter training in lieu of general meeting
The FWRC annual Auction this coming Friday will feature several vintage radios. The club is selling three stations of vintage gear, and we would like to report that three other vintage rigs are also planned to be present.
The FWRC stations are a vintage Kenwood TS-520 radio with accessories and a Drake TR-3 Transceiver with power supply, matching speaker and D-104 microphone. Also, donated to the club is a Heathkit SB-104A station.
Here is a picture of the Kenwood station:
This Kenwood station has been checked out and it receives great. The transmitter has a little 120 HZ buzz, but otherwise works fine, and the CW works too. It has two filters, one for SSB and one for CW (500 HZ bandwidth). In original boxes. The station is excellent cosmetically, except for the Electro Voice microphone, which has been through a war (but works fine). The digital display is very accurate. The remote VFO has not been tested, as the cable is missing. This rig has AC and DC power supplies, but the DC cable is missing as well. The tuner is great, and has only two knobs. It was tested with a long wire antenna and a 9:1 UNUN.
Here is a picture of the Drake station:
The Drake TR-3 is in good condition. The receiver is very weak and needs attention. The transmitter has not been tested. The D-104 mic is included. Original manual is included. All tubes light. The speaker includes an AC power supply. It is recommended that only some one familiar with tube circuits purchase and work on this rig.
Here is the Heathkit station:
The Heathkit SB-104A is the solid state replacement for the famous SB-102 series. The tuner is home brew in a cabinet to match the SB series. Operational status of this station is unknown. Manuals are included.
Another FWRC rig to be sold at the auction is a Yaesu VX-170 HT with charger and speaker mic. This is a 2 meter only HT and it works fine.
The club also has a Century 21 CW transciever, if someone is interested, let me know.
Also coming to the auction are the following older rigs:
Condition of this gear is unknown; see it at the auction!
73, See you at the Auction!!
The January 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."
|January 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews|
The January 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.
|2017-01-02 1.7 MB 158|
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:
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.
The December 2016 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."
|December 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews|
The December 2016 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.
|2016-12-01 1.91 MB 377|
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.
On an usually warm first Sunday of November, the Fort Wayne Radio Club held its final Fox Hunt of the 2016 season. The foxes, Linda, W9LAN, Steve, W9SAN, and their grandson, Alex, had chosen an Acres Land Trust location on Chapman Road in northern Allen County. This location includes the main office of the Acres organization. Pulling our Honda fox vehicle into the small parking lot, we assigned Alex the job of hiding the micro fox, which he located behind an old garage in a dead Elm tree, sliding it behind some the bark on the tree at about 5 feet above the ground. This height would prove to be just enough to allow the micro fox signal to be heard before hunters could localize the site.
At 1:30 pm, after turning all of our clocks back an hour to go back on Standard Time, the fox began transmitting. Since initial reception reports were weak, we increased power to 25 watts, swung the antenna in the direction we imagined the start point to be, and continued. Most were hearing us with enough strength to get a decent bearing and the hunt was on! Included in the hunt were 5 teams; the Burke-Pliett team of 4, the Charles-Fred team of 2, Jason plus daughter Kylie and Deborah, Jim and Kim, and a new team consisting of Brenda and Jim, KD9GDX & KD9GDY, hunting on their own for the first time after several ride along hunts. We kept transmitting every 5 minutes despite several interruptions by curious passersby’s, curious bees, and Alex's new found bird calling skills.
Little did we know the drama that the hunters were enduring!