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July 10 arrived as a sunny Indiana summer day with birds singing, the sun shining and foxhunters twirling their yagis and quads. Three teams showed up at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park near Lakeside Golf Course. The hunter teams were: Jason and Debbie, KB9UOQ & KK4QXC; Jim and Annie, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al, WB9’s RUS & SSE; and new fox hunters (and also newly minted hams) Jim & Brenda, KD9’s GDY & GDX who, despite participating in the June hunt as tag-alongs and thus rubbing elbows with the foxhunting motley crew, decided none-the-less to join our merry band.
Usual foxhunters Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN were not able to participate as they were somewhere up in the Upper Peninsula participating in a Mini-Cooper rally while foxhunters Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT had to sit this one out as their foxhunting van was down (with a sick transmission, I believe).
Charles, KC9MUT, Fred, KC9EZP and Robert, KC9UHU served as the fox for this hunt. They found a place called the Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve way out on old US 24 at Blue Cast Rd., north of Woodburn near the Indiana-Ohio border.
The Blue Cast Springs area was once the site of the Blue Cast Mineral Springs & Sanitarium, around the turn of the last century, where patrons could “find relief from the ills of rheumatism and stomach and kidney problems by sipping the waters from the natural mineral spring, and taking part in magnetic mud-baths.” The sanitarium is no longer there, but the springs and an ACRES Land Trust nature preserve are.
The August 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."
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The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced today that ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR has appointed Fort Wayne resident R. Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, to become the League's new Central Division Vice Director.
Carl fills a vacancy created when Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA became Director with the recent retirement of Dick Isely, W9GIG. Licensed since 1961, Carl is an ARRL Life Member and is well known in the amateur community.
He is a frequent contributor to the Allen County HamNews and many ARRL publications, and had previously served as the Editor of the ARRL’s National Contest Journal. He is an active contester and DXer, having achieved DXCC #1 Honor Roll as well as having earned 160 Meter DXCC. He is considered one of the leading authorities on HF propagation and has been a frequent presenter at many hamfests and conventions, including W9DXCC, Dayton Hamvention, and DX University.
“I plan to bring lots of energy to the job and to be visible to the members of the Central Division,” Luetzelschwab said. “It is an honor to serve and give back to the Amateur Radio service for all that it has given me over the years. I am looking forward to working with Kermit Carlson, W9XA, whom I have known for a number of years. And I would like to give a big thank you to retired director Dick Isely, W9GIG, for his friendship and many years of service. I hope to emulate his visibility and approachability.”
Luetzelschwab is married to Vicky, AE9YL, and together they have participated in several DXpeditions, including YK9A, OJØ, and numerous trips to ZF, operating as ZF2LA and ZF2YL. He retired in 2013 after 41 years as an RF Design Engineer with Motorola and Raytheon (formerly Magnavox).
The Outside Enclosures Inc. repeater cabinet donated to the club by Peters Broadcast Engineering, Inc. was hauled out to its temporary home at Jim Pliett, K9OMA’s garage by erstwhile furniture movers Al Burke, WB9SSE, Steve Nardin, W9SAN, Fred Van Kempen, KA4YBR, Bruce Dennis, N3QKX, Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Tom Rupp, KU8T. This crew managed to get the thing moved without smashing any fingers or toes. (The Enclosure and its base plate are HEAVY).
The enclosure will remain out at Jim’s QTH while it is prepared for installation at its ultimate home, the WLDE-FM site out on Parrott Rd. where it will house the 146.940 repeater, and potentially the club's D-STAR uhf repeater.
Meanwhile, work continues on preparing the club’s recently acquired Yaesu Fusion repeater which will be used on 146.940. On Wednesday, July 20, Al Burke and Tom Rupp took the Master II system at Parkview/State Blvd. out of service and replaced it with the club’s Motorola repeater which was programmed for the 146.340/.940 MHz frequency pair, and can be used as a back-up machine at any of our sites. (It contains a built in controller). This was done in order that the CAT-1000 controller could be removed from the Parkview site and made available for integration with the Fusion repeater currently located on KU8T’s bench.
When integration of the Fusion machine and the CAT-1000 controller is accomplished the system will be checked out on Tom’s bench and then it will be moved to Parkview and put on the air. At this point it will be able to operate as a standard analog-FM machine or in the digital C4FM-CDMA mode.
The next steps in this progression include finalizing and signing-off the lease agreement with Sarkes-Tarzian regarding the Parrott Rd. site (we are still working with Sarkes-Tarzian Legal to get this accomplished), and deciding whether we install two feedlines on the tower (7/8” heliax for the vhf system and 1 5/8” heliax for the uhf system), or just employ a single 1 5/8” feedline and use a diplexer at the top and bottom of the tower.
Once the lease agreement is signed-off we will then purchase feedline(s), antenna(s) and other paraphernalia, hire the antenna climbers, and turn them loose. We will also move the enclosure from Jim’s QTH out to the Parrott Rd. site and install it. Following this we will move the 146.940 machine from Parkview to Parrott Rd. and begin operation out there at 280 feet!
So stay tuned as the excitement continues.
No, that’s not Vanna White showing off a refrigerator on the Price Is Right, its Carole Burke, WB9RUS, Vice President of the Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) showing off the DDB, Inc. Outside Equipment Enclosure that was recently donated to the club by Mike Peters of Peters Broadcast Engineering. The enclosure will be used to house the FWRC’s W9TE 146.940/.390 repeater at the WLDE-FM tower site on Parrott Rd. near New Haven. With an antenna at 280’, the system is expected to have a substantially improved footprint relative to the coverage it can now provide from its Parkview Hospital site. And this will work well for regional Storm Spotter and Emergency Response hams that depend upon the 146.940 machine as well as ACARTS’ 146.880 repeater for area emergency response communications.
The enclosure is designed to house telecommunications equipment in harsh environments and as such is ruggedly built and has provisions for integral heating and cooling. It will provide ample room for the new Yaesu Fusion DR1X repeater the club acquired for use on 146.340/.940 that enables both analog-FM as well as C4FM-CDMA digital FM operation.