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Upcoming Events

Sun., Jun 4th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Jun 6th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Jun 16th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Jul 9th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Jul 11th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
field_day fox_hunt rig_clinic tailgate_hamfest VHF_QSO_party

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.

November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

Hunter group shot after Fort Wayne Radio Club November 2015 foxhunt (hiddden transmitter hunt)This month's foxhunt, the final contest of 2015, occurred on 1 November amidst absolutely gorgeous weather that was clear, dry, and with a temperature around seventy degrees, truly unusual for this time of the year in these parts. But who's complaining? Three teams of hunters showed up at the Cobin Memorial Park starting point. They consisted of the team of Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex, and the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT.

Fox duties were provided by Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. They had found a brand new Acres Preserve location to serve as the fox hide spot, the Spring Lake Woods and Bog Nature Preserve, located at Lake Everett, about six miles due east of Columbia City. They set up a yagi driven at about 50 watts to serve as the high power fox. The low power fox, the micro-fox, consisted of a microprocessor implemented low power transmitter (around 20 mw) driving a stub antenna. The low power fox package was stuffed inside a hollowed-out tree branch lying on the ground amidst a bunch of other brush and detritus. It was very well camouflaged. Both the high power fox and microfox emitted on 146.855 MHz.

Read more: November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

FWRC member creates new high-power T/R switch

QSK 2500 full break-in device for HF amplifies designed and sold by FWRC member Bill Rodgers, K3HZP

FWRC member Bill Rodgers, K3HZP has announced that he has created and is selling a new, automatic transmit/receive switch that makes full break-in CW operation possible with most HF amplifiers. For more information on the DxConnection QSK 2500, visit http://qsk2500.myfreesites.net/ or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October, 2015 meeting minutes available

Steve Nardin W9SAN leads the Fort Wayne Radio Club as it conducts elections during its October 2015 meeting

Minutes of the October, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download as a PDF file by using the link below.

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October, 2015 general meeting minutes
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FWRC elects officers, directors for 2016

The Fort Wayne Radio Club conducted elections for club officers and the board of directors for the 2016 club year during the club's October general meeting on October 16, 2015 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Since only one person ran for each of the positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and communications manager, the club elected all candidates by acclimation.

Six people ran for three positions on the board of directors: Tom Baker, N9TB; Terry Bowman, K9FMX; Kim Machamer, KB9DOS; Linda Nardin, W9LAN; Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ; and Tom Rupp, KU8T.

Elected officers and directors for 2016 appear in the list below.

President: Charles Ward, KC9MUT
Vice President: Carole Burke, WB9RUS
Secretary: Al Burke, WB9SSE
Treasurer: Bob Streeter, W8ST
Communications Manager: Fred Van Kempen, KA4YBR

 

Board of Directors:

  • Linda Nardin, W9LAN,
  • Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ
  • Tom Rupp, KU8T
  • Steve Nardin, W9SAN (retiring president is automatically the fourth member)

Thanks to all officers, directors and candidates for their willingness to serve.

October fox chooses Leo lair

foxhunt cartoonThe October foxhunt occurred on 4 October amidst a beautiful mid-Fall Sunday. There were three hunter teams participating in this contest. Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Al & Carole Burke, WB9's SSE & RUS formed team number one. Team number two included Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. And the Machamers, Jim & Kim, KB9's DOS & DOT filled out team number three. All three teams awaited the warbling of the wiley fox from their starting point at Cobin Memorial Park.

Meanwhile, Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN, and their grandson Alex served as the fox and thus, for this hunt, skulled around the Leo/Cedarville Pavilion at Grabill and Schwartz Roads and ensconced the micro-fox amidst and under some rock features in the Pavilion complex. Since the micro-fox blurped out just a few milli-watts, its meager signal was augmented by a high power fox via a mobile rig driving a yagi for the initial portions of the hunt.

With Linda at the mic taunting the three hunter teams, the contest started on time at 13:30 hours and all three teams heard the high power fox's emissions on 146.340 MHz from the get-go. So everyone exited Cobin Park in a cloud of screeching rubber and headed east.

Read more: October fox chooses Leo lair

Phishing Scheme Targeting ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service Participants

You might have seen the notice below on the ARRL website but it bears repeating:

09/25/2015

A phishing scheme currently afoot has been targeting ARRL members who have signed up for the ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service and have an @arrl.net e-mail alias. An e-mail from "Arrl Webmail Admin" with the subject line "ACCOUNT UPGRADE" was received September 25 by an unknown number of members who use @arrl.net e-mail aliases. The e-mail, which requests that recipients reply by providing their usernames and passwords, did not come from the ARRL, and anyone receiving this sort of message should delete it and not reply. The ARRL would never distribute an e-mail requesting personal information.

"ARRL is aware of this phishing scheme and is working to block the sender's e-mail address at our upstream provider," said Andy Shefrin, KB1YHB, ARRL's IT Infrastructure & Operations Manager. "As with any e-mails of unknown origin, do not open or reply." Simply replying to this e-mail alerts the sender that your e-mail address is valid.

The bogus message indicates that access to @arrl.net account holders is being "removed" and accounts "upgraded to a new enhanced web mail user interface provided by arrl.net." Recipients are being asked to provide usernames and passwords "to ensure your e-mail address book is saved in our database." This is clearly an effort to harvest @arrl.net subscriber information and valid e-mail addresses.

Ignore any message of this sort that seeks to have recipients provide any sensitive information, such as usernames, account numbers, and passwords. If you experience any problem with e-mail forwarding, send details to the ARRL IT Department.

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