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Upcoming Events

Sun., Apr 8th, 2018, 1:30pm
Tue., Apr 10th, 2018, 7:00pm
Fri., Apr 20th, 2018, 7:00pm
Tue., May 1st, 2018, 7:00am
Sun., May 6th, 2018, 1:30pm
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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.

Statewide tornado drill March 20

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The annual statewide tornado warning drill is scheduled to happen at around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 20.

The Allen County SKYWARN net plans to run a test net during the drill. The net will operate on its usual frequency, 146.88 MHz, unless that repeater is unavailable. In that case, the net will run on its usual back-up frequency, 146.76 MHz.

If you’re available, please check into the net with a simulated spotter report. You can make up a wall cloud, funnel cloud, tornado, whatever you choose.

Please use this opportunity to practice standard net procedures. For example, when you initally check in, transmit only your call sign (preferably in phonetics) and what you intend to report. For example, W9ABC might send “Whiskey nine alpha bravo Charlie, wall cloud.” K9XYZ might send “Kilo nine x-ray yankee zulu, tornado.”

After the net control station acknowledges you, transmit your full report in TEL (time, event, location) format, e.g. “This is Whiskey nine alpha bravo Charlie, at 10:15 a.m. I saw a rotating wall cloud in northern Allen County, Indiana, approximately five miles west of Leo.”

I realize that, because this drill occurs during a weekday morning, your work schedule might prohibit your participation. I hope, however, that you’ll participate if possible.

The drill is part of Indiana Severe Weather Prepardness Week, more information about which is avilalbe in an NWS PDF file.

March fox hides under bleachers

Fort Wayne Radio Club March 2018 fox hunt (hidden transmitter hunt)

The second foxhunt of 2018 occurred on 4 March, 2018 on a brisk but sunny afternoon. Three teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team included Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EP and Kevin Loughin, KB9RLW. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN. And the third team consisted of Don Glick, W9LI and newcomer Rudy Wilfong.

The fox function was provided by Jim and Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. They located the high-power fox on the grounds of Carroll High School off Carroll Rd. just west of the Carroll High School Natatorium. It pumped about 30 watts into a cubicle quad mounted on the roof of Jim’s van.

The microfox was the standard microprocessor-driven CW transmitter producing about 10 milliwatts into a monopole. Ultimately, the microfox was hidden under one of the seats in the tennis court’s aluminum bleacher stands in such a way that it was almost impossible to see.

Read more: March fox hides under bleachers

The March 2018 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2018 03The March 2018 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."


March 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The March 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2018-03-01 Filesize 1.54 MB Download 173

The February 2018 issue of Allen County HamNews is now available

HamNewsIcon 2018 02The February 2018 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."

February 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews

The February 2018 issue of the Allen County HamNews in PDF format.

Date 2018-02-01 Filesize 1.97 MB Download 288

2018 fox hunt season begins soon

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It’s once more time to dust off our roof-mounted mobile and hand-held direction-finding (DF) Yagis, check our DF receivers, and upgrade our maps of Allen County in preparation of the 2018 fox (hidden transmitter) hunting season. The first hunt of the season will occur in early February with hunts planned for the following dates through November:

4 February 4 March 8 April 6 May 3 June
8 July 5 August 9 September 7 October 4 November


Fox hunters gather near Daryl B. Cobin Memorial Park (in the former K-Mart parking lot) off Coliseum near the Lakeside Golf Course. 

Corbin Park Map

Each hunt starts at 1330, with whoever is serving as the fox transmitting a high power fox signal, strong enough to be heard at Corbin Park, on 146.430 MHz, for one minute.  After that, the fox transmits a high-power signal every five minutes, immediately followed by a low-power (microprocessor-controlled) hidden fox transmission, also on 146.430 MHz, for one minute. The low-power fox transmission is a cw signal. Generally speaking, the low-power fox is camouflaged to make it difficult to detect visually.

Read more: 2018 fox hunt season begins soon

November, 2017 general meeting minutes available

Minutes of the November, 2017 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available for download using the link below.

FWRC Nov 2017 minutes
Date 2017-11-19 Filesize 78.59 KB Download 337

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