2020 Auburn Hamfest Set for July 11

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The Northeastern Indiana Amateur Radio Association (NIARA) plans to conduct the Auburn Hamfest July 11, 2020 at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, 1600 South Wayne Street, Auburn. The hamfest opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

In an email message to the FWRC webmaster May 19, Jack Dodd, W9OWO said the hamfest complies with the guidelines of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the venue has approved the event. Dodd also wrote, “Our venue is about four times larger than last year’s so we believe ‘distancing’ can be achieved,” but that the club would reconsider hosting the event “if detrimental changes occur.”

More information is available on the NIARA website.

2020 Indiana QSO Party Recap

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“Wow! What a Saturday! When we put our minds to it, our club can rise to the occasion!” That’s how Ken Rogner, N8KR reacted to the Fort Wayne Radio Club’s participation in the 2020 Indiana QSO Party (INQP), May 2.

Ken wrote that he knew of at least 32 Allen County stations on the air for the event. He logged 28 of them himself.

The list of participating Allen County stations included at least the following (in arbitrary order): W9TE, N9HRA, W9HT, KC8ZH, K9BLI, KD9GDY, KJ9R, K9LA, WB9MYQ, KD9HAV, KD9INP, WD7G, W9GT, K9FMX, K9FW, WA9BBN, KS9KCC, W9SAN, KD9NRT, W9LW, N9RIS, KU8T, KC9WOM, AE9YL, KC9TGK, KD9ITZ, KB9OS, K3HZP, KA9GKE, K9LI, KD9JLL, and AC9EZ.

Ken reminded all participating FWRC members to submit their logs to the event organizers and to assure that they identify the Fort Wayne Radio Club as their club affiliation. The log submission deadline is June 1, according to INQP rules, but Ken encouraged members to submit their logs without delay.

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Antenna Basics white paper provides helpful information

FWRC member Al Burke, WB9SSE, discovered a white paper on antenna fundamentals produced by broadcast equipment manufacturer Rhode & Schwarz. The white paper provides basic insight into the world of antennas and Al thinks it is written at just the right level for new hams.

Al said the paper provides just a little theory, and explains much potentially confusing terminology.

He recommends that you check it out, using the link below to the PDF version.

Antenna Basics

FWRC plans group QSO Party entry

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By Ken Rogner, N8KR

The Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) encourages members to enter the club competition of the Indiana QSO Party (INQP), Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

The club competition relies on aggregate scores submitted by individual club members. That means all we need to do is get on the air from our home stations, make some contacts on HF (SSB, CW or both), indicate our FWRC affiliation on our logs and then submit them.

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April 25 Whitley County license exams canceled

Volunteer examiners have canceled an amateur radio license exam session scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Columbia City, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Examiners tentatively plan a replacement session June 27 at the Whitley County 4H Fairgrounds during Field Day, if not prohibited by continued COVID-19 restrictions.

For additional information contact Roger McEntarfer via email at n9qcl@arrl.net or visit the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club Facebook page.

FWRC cancels April fox hunt

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Unfortunately, the FWRC fox (hidden transmitter) hunt for April is cancelled. We are looking into ways that we can run a fox hunt in May, without the need to get out of our vehicles. Stay active and on the air, we’ll all get through this emergency in due time, and be back to full activities. Remember that amateur radio is the original social distancing!