Skywarn training registration opens

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The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) has opened registration for online storm spotter classes for the spring, 2021 season. The office will teach no classes in person this spring. Click a class date below to register for that class. All four classes contain the same content, so you need attend only one.

Participation requirements

To participate in any of the online sessions above, a person must have:

  • A computer or mobile device with internet access.
  • An active email address
  • Audio capability (either speakers and microphone connected to the device or a phone with which to dial in for the audio program).
  • The ability to install GoToWebinar client software (a list of supported platforms appears on the GoToWebinar website).

Additional information

  • Training is free to attend.
  • Registration is limited to 150 per session.
  • NWS prefers that people register as individuals, vs. groups.
  • ​Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with the webinar link.
  • Program length is approximately two hours, including a brief stretch break.
  • This training is not county-specific
  • Recommended participant age is 14 and older.

This training will teach new storm spotters what information the NWS needs to better issue timely severe weather warnings, how to visually distinguish dangerous weather phenomena from scary-looking but harmless lookalikes, and how to communicate needed reports to the NWS.

Allen County SKYWARN net manager Jay Farlow, W9LW, attends every year as a refresher course and recommends that other previously trained spotters do the same.

ARRL to extend Field Day rule waivers from 2020, add class D and E power limit

The ARRL announced today that COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

Read more on the ARRL website.

K9LI-Don Glick SK February foxhunt canceled

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Update: Don’s obituary is available on the website of Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home+.

FWRC member Don Glick, K9LI passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday February 4th of this year. Don was an active member in the club and a cw enthusiast. He enjoyed foxhunting, participating in Field Day, and was quite active with the SKCC group and in special event station activities.

Don and his wife Julie were to serve as the fox for the February foxhunt. In memory of Don the February foxhunt has been cancelled.

Follow this link to view Don’t obituary, including details of his funeral arrangements.

Carole Burke, WB9RUS
President, FWRC

2021 fox hunt dates announced

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Al Burke, WB9SSE announced today the following dates for this year’s club fox (hidden transmitter) hunts:

February 7
March 7
April 11
May 2
June 6
July 11
August 8
September 19
October 3
November 7

The above dates will be added to this website’s calendar as time permits.

Past hunts began at 1:30 p.m. at Corbin Park, 742 N Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne. Al’s message did not indicate any changes to the starting time or location. For more information, contact Al directly at aburke55@comcast.net.

FWRC receives contest plaque

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Indiana QSO Party 2020 Top Indiana Club plaque

The Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) received from the Hoosier DX and Contest Club (HDXCC) the “Top Indiana Club” plaque for the FWRC’s high score during the 2020 Indiana QSO Party on-air contest.

The FWRC outscored 13 other Indiana clubs during the May event to win the award. Detailed scores appear on the HDXCC website.

The HDXCC has scheduled the 2021 Indiana QSO Party for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 1.

FWRC Announces Raffle Results

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We held the raffle of the three items in the FWRC 2021 dues re-up initiative tonight. Steve Nardin dropped off the last of the inputs received this afternoon and following dinner, we had two young men (our grand-daughters boyfriend, Alex King, and his friend Alex Thomas, both young men from Garrett, do the drawings. We bribed them by having them over for dinner. Carole’s a good cook). I took video and if I can figure out how to get that video up on the club web page I will make it available.

I transferred re-up and the extra raffle chance purchase requests from one hundred persons, (yes, at this point we have one hundred folks who have renewed their club membership for 2021) and transferred these inputs to physical raffle tickets. A total of four hundred and twenty four tickets resulted that I segregated between tickets for the wireless weather station, the 50 amp linear power supply, and the 20 amp switching power supply.

We implemented three raffles, one for each item, with the results (see attached) that the winners were:

  1. Jim Pliett, K9OMA – won the La Crosse Technology Wireless Weather Station.
  2. Mike Stien, WB9NOO – won the Astron VS-50M, 50 amp, 13.8 vdc linear power supply.
  3. Bob Jones, KB9MEA – won the Astron SS-25, 20 amp, 13.8 vdc switching power supply.

Carole called the three winners tonight and gave them the good news. Steve Nardin has the three items and will arrange to get the items to the winners.