Two education opportunities for storm spotters

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Storm spotters can refresh and increase their knowledge at events in this month and next. One is the official spotter training that the National Weather Service plans to conduct in Fort Wayne October 22. The other is the annual Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention Nov. 16.

NWS spotter class

As Allen County HamNews reported last month, the Northern Indiana office (IWX) of the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a storm spotter class, beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing. That’s behind the Walmart and Menards stores, off Lafayette Street, south of Tillman Road.

IWX needs spotter reports year-round. Autumn classes like the one in Fort Wayne October 22 will cover late-season severe weather as well as winter weather types and reporting methods.

Even if you attended a spotter class last spring, I recommend attending this October class. It will give you a chance to see what changes IWX has made to its curriculum, refresh your knowledge for the autumn severe weather season, and prepare you to be more helpful during the winter weather season. I plan to attend and hope to see you there. Register online at

Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention

Every year, serious storm chasers from around the Midwest gather in the Indianapolis area for a day of learning about severe meteorology and other topics related to their hobby. Unlike chasers, storm spotters might not be interested in driving all over the Plains in the hope of seeing a tornado. The information imparted at the Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention, however, can help any storm spotters be more effective at protecting their communities.

The Convention unfortunately conflicts with the first day of the Fort Wayne Hamfest. But for storm spotters who are eager to increase their knowledge of severe meteorology, it can be worth attending, even if it means missing the first day of the Hamfest. Learn more about the Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention at

FWRC participates in safety fair

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club participated in the annual Allen County Safety Fair Sep. 14 at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center in southwestern Fort Wayne. The event was designed to help citizens learn how to prepare, survive and recover from a disaster such as a tornado or earthquake. It provided information from local police and firefighters, and from other experts at over 45 informative booths. Below are photos of the FWRC’s display, taken by Steve Nardin, W9SAN Click on any photo for a larger version and to start a slide show.

September fox goes to school

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Fox hunters enjoy a meal together after the September hunt.

The September foxhunt occurred on Sunday the 15th of September, which turned out to be a beautiful early fall day in Indiana, temperatures in the mid 80’s and a overcast sky with a pleasant breeze to make things comfortable following early morning showers.

There were three hunter teams for this one. The first consisted of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI, plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE.  The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex.   And the third team included Don Glick, K9LI and his wife Julie.

Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP served as the fox. They very effectively hid out at the Leo Junior/Senior High School complex where the school buses park, on the south side of the property.  They hid the microfox in a piece of grey plastic tubing plastered up against a chain-link fence and surrounded by a bunch of vegetation. It was in plain sight yet very difficult to see.

The fox went on the air right on time at 13:30 hours and produced a very weak signal at the Cobin Memorial Park fox hunter starting point.  But it was strong enough for the three teams to get an initial bearing and peel rubber as they took off to the north-east.

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