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Upcoming Events

Fri., Dec 9th, 2016, 7:00pm
FWRC Christmas Banquet
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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.

FWRC to host Christmas banquet Dec. 9

Food line at the 2015 FWRC Christmas banquet

The Fort Wayne Radio Club will host it’s Christmas Banquet on Friday, 9 December at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (at the corner of Vance and Reed, across the street from Snider High School) starting promptly at 6:30 pm.  The club will be providing both baked and fried chicken, soft drinks, coffee, plates, cups and utensils.

As this is a carry-in affair attendees are asked to bring some other goodies in to supplement the chicken. It can be side dishes, salads, vegetables, desserts or whatever suits you’re fancy.  (You know, you can’t go wrong with meatballs and/or deviled eggs, you just can’t).

This year we will be entertained by a special guest. Her name is Ann Bigley and she is an accomplished music educator, teacher, pianist, choral director, vocalist, musician, actress, and, in her spare time the mother of club member Elizabeth Wolverton, KD9BCH.  Ann is all set to provide us with a program that will put us in the holiday mood.

We will also have a voluntary gift exchange again this year. Those interested in participating should bring a wrapped gift suitable for, and identified as for a man or woman, perhaps something an OM or XYL would appreciate. But it doesn’t necessarily need to be something related to our hobby.

The value of the gift should be limited to not more than $10.00 to keep things within reason.  (The only exception to this guideline is that if you intend to bring in ANY item of Collins gear, just be sure to mark it “For An OM, specifically WB9SSE”). It’ll make him happy, and you feel warm and fuzzy.

So please plan to join us for this evening of good food, good friends and good entertainment. Remember, Friday, 9 December starting at 6:30 pm at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, corner of Vance and Reed Rd.

The December 2016 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2016 12The 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.

Date 2016-12-01 Filesize 1.91 MB Download 37

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.

Warsaw club invites FWRC members to register for NWS special event station

Fort Wayne Radio Club operates special event station WX9IWX for SKYWARN Recognition Day 2015 at the northern Indiana National Weather Service (NWS) office (IWX)

The Hoosier Lakes Radio Club will set up a special events station at the northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) December 2 and 3 for SKYWARN™ Recognition Day.

According to the NWS website, SKYWARN Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the NWS and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

Our local NWS office is located north of North Webster, Indiana and that is where HLRC plans to set up its special event station. A leader of this year's special event station operation, Ken Ledgerwood, KC9NWM sent the email message below to invite FWRC members to register to participate in the special event station operation.

Subject: Skywarn Recognition Day 2016

To: "'Joseph Lawrence'" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Cc: "Michael Lewis" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>, "Gary McDaniel" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 5:31 PM


The Hoosier Lakes Radio Club is hosting the 2016 Skywarn Recognition Day at the National Weather Service Office here in North Webster. I will be the coordinator this year and I am looking for amateur radio operators from all counties covered by this office including the Fort Wayne Radio Club membership. The 2016 SRD is December 3rd from 0000z to 2400z.

Additional Information for this year's SRD can be found here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/index.php

I will need all amateur radio operators interested in participating this year, to preregister with me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The NWS needs a list of all participants [Operators and Observers] before this year's SRD.

Please have all registrants list what times they are interested in working the SRD. If they are not sure what hours, I will be sending a spreadsheet to all who register, to know what open times are available.

I look forward in seeing you all there on December 3rd and at your Hamfest this weekend.


Ken Ledgerwood KC9NWM
Hoosier Lakes Radio Club
2016 Skywarn Recognition Day Coordinator

November fox hides in tree

Fort Wayne Radio Club Nov 2016 fox hunt group

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!

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Repeater building change completed, machines on the air

Well,  we told you the 76, 875, 255, and 390 machines would be off the air this week for a move out at the Indiana & Michigan Robison Park sub station;  and we were right, the but the outage lasted only about 8 hours!!

The 146.76, 444.875 are back on the air. So is the ACARTS 147.255 machine and the 144.390 Digipeater for packet radio. The work was accomplished rather quickly, so instead of waiting roughly a week, it is done.  Special thanks to the team, and I don't know all that were out there, but WB9SSE & K9OMA were leading the charge, I  believe!  Wow!

The 146.94 machine at Parkview on East State is next.  We will be testing the repeater to be used in the upcoming WLDE project. This is a Fusion machine,  and it is capable of digital and analog FM operation. The 141.3 tone is required for analog operation, since the machine needs a way to distinguish between an analog signal and a digital signal or just noise. Hopefully, this will be on the air by the end of this day (Wednesday).

Remember that the FWRC last fox hunt of the year is this coming Sunday, November 6th. Don't forget the time change (Fall BACK; Spring AHEAD). We start at 1:30 PM EST, as we switch back to standard time. Fox is on 146.430 FM simplex, intercom is on the 146.76 repeater. Join us for FUN!

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