Radio volunteers needed for 100-mile trail run

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Edward Scott, K9EJS is seeking licensed amateur radio volunteers to support a two-day, 100-mile trail run at Chain O’ Lakes State Park near Albion next month.

Edward is Amateur Radio Emergency Service emergency coordinator for Whitley County. He is recruiting volunteers for 65 four-hour shifts from 6 a.m. October 9 to noon October 10. The Indiana Trail 100 (IT100) event needs radio operators at 13 locations around the park.

The IT100 provides an unusual opportunity to practice the kind of 24-hour field communications a disaster might require.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Edward via email at or 260-229-7479. If volunteering, include in your message the hours you are available. Edward also requests that readers share this information widely, to help him recruit as many volunteers as possible.

Two-Meter Classic Sprint – August results

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The Two-Meter Classic Sprint continued with the August edition held on August 7, 2021, lasting 30 minutes from 1300z to 1330z. Although the number of submitted score summaries decreased in August to seven, contact totals in each of the logs has increased, with one station breaking the 20+ qso mark. It is great to see the level of two meter activity increasing in some portions of the country!

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FWRC plans two August gatherings

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The August meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. at the main location of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. at 6:00 pm. Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ will speak about D-STAR use and registration.

The annual FWRC tailgate hamfest is scheduled for Friday, August 20, on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus, in parking structure number three. Setup begins and 5:30 and sales begin at 6 p.m.

Admission is free for buyers and sellers.

New venue for annual tailgate hamfest

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The FWRC board of directors announced a new venue for the club’s annual tailgate hamfest, scheduled for August 20. Rather than the traditional location on the parking lot of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, this year’s event will be in a parking structure on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW).

The club has reserved the second level of parking structure number three, in the northern part of the PFW campus, near Rhinehart Music Center. This location offers advantages including:

  • Shade
  • Protection from rain
  • Fewer mosquitos and other insects
  • Access to rest rooms

The easiest way to get to the parking structure is to use the “St. Joe Entrance” to enter campus on Dean Drive from St. Joe Road, just north of Stellhorn Road. Follow Dean Drive to the parking structure.

Set up will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the hamfest will begin at 6 p.m. There are no fees.

146.91 MHz repeater off the air

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The FWRC repeater on 146.91 MHz, located on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne, is temporarily out of service. FWRC secretary Al Burke, WB9SSE advised the FWRC webmaster that the board is aware that the repeater is off the air and that the members will visit the site to diagnose the problem as soon as they are able. Al gave no estimate of when repairs might occur.

Skywarn® net announces permanent frequency change

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The Allen County Skywarn® net has updated its net operations manual to indicate a change in the net’s alternate (backup) frequency to 146.94 MHz.

Effective immediately, any time the ACARTS 146.88 MHz repeater is unavailable (due to repeater failure or other issues), the Skywarn net will operate on the FWRC 146.94 MHz repeater in FM mode. That repeater also supports C4FM, also known as Yaesu Fusion mode, which the Skywarn net will not use. The 146.94 repeater requires user radios to transmit a 141.3 Hz continuous tone-coded squelch system tone. Users who also configure their radios to decode that tone will avoid hearing digital noise when the repeater is being used in C4FM mode.

For detailed information about how the Allen County Skywarn net works and how to participate, use the link below to download the latest version of the net operations manual.

Skywarn® is a registered trademark and program of the U.S. National Weather Service.