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|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
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
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Progress 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.
At 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 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.
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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 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.