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Upcoming Events

Fri., Jan 20th, 2017, 6:30pm
FWRC Anual Auction
Sat., Feb 4th, 2017, 9:00am
License exams; W5YI Group
Sun., Feb 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Feb 7th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Tue., Feb 21st, 2017, 6:00pm
SKYWARN storm spotter training in lieu of general meeting
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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.

Vintage HF gear on block at Friday's FWRC auction

The FWRC annual Auction this coming Friday will feature several vintage radios. The club is selling three stations of vintage gear, and we would like to report that three other vintage rigs are also planned to be present.

The FWRC stations are a vintage Kenwood TS-520 radio with accessories and a Drake TR-3 Transceiver with power supply, matching speaker and D-104 microphone. Also, donated to the club is a Heathkit SB-104A station.

Here is a picture of the Kenwood station:

Vintage Kenwood ham radio HF station to be auctioned by Fort Wayne Radio Club

This Kenwood station has been checked out and it receives great. The transmitter has a little 120 HZ buzz, but otherwise works fine, and the CW works too. It has two filters, one for SSB and one for CW (500 HZ bandwidth).  In original boxes. The station is excellent cosmetically, except for the Electro Voice microphone, which has been through a war (but works fine). The digital display is very accurate. The remote VFO has not been tested, as the cable is missing. This rig has AC and DC power supplies, but the DC cable is missing as well. The tuner is great, and has only two knobs. It was tested with a long wire antenna and a 9:1 UNUN.

Here is a picture of the Drake station:

Vintage Drake ham radio HF station to be auctioned by Fort Wayne Radio Club

The Drake TR-3 is in good condition. The receiver is very weak and needs attention. The transmitter has not been tested. The D-104 mic is included. Original manual is included. All tubes light. The speaker includes an AC power supply. It is recommended that only some one familiar with tube circuits purchase and work on this rig. 

Here is the Heathkit station:

Vintage Heathkit ham radio HF station to be auctioned by Fort Wayne Radio Club

The Heathkit SB-104A is the solid state replacement for the famous SB-102 series. The tuner is home brew in a cabinet to match the SB series. Operational status of this station is unknown. Manuals are included.

Another FWRC rig to be sold at the auction is a Yaesu VX-170 HT with charger and speaker mic. This is a 2 meter only HT and it works fine.

The club also has a Century 21 CW transciever, if someone is interested, let me know.

Also coming to the auction are the following older rigs:

  • Collins 75S-3B receiver
  • Hallicrafters SX-100 receiver
  • Halicrafters HT-32 transmitter

Condition of this gear is unknown; see it at the auction!

For more information, contact Steve, W9SAN, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Paul Pestia's auction website.

73, See you at the Auction!!

The January 2017 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2017 01The January 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."

January 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The January 2017 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2017-01-02 Filesize 1.7 MB Download 158

Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

Fort Wayne Radio Club members test their radio direction-finding skills by participating in a monthly "foxhunt" hidden transmitter hunt

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:

  • 5 February,
  • 5 March,
  • 2 April,
  • 7 May,
  • 4 June,
  • 9 July,
  • 6 August,
  • 10 September,
  • 1 October, and,
  • 5 November

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.

Read more: Plan to participate in 2017's foxhunts!

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 377

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.

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!

Read more: November fox hides in tree

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