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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Jim Pliett, K9OMA – won the La Crosse Technology Wireless Weather Station.
Mike Stien, WB9NOO – won the Astron VS-50M, 50 amp, 13.8 vdc linear power supply.
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.