The Fort Wayne Radio Club is an organization of amateur (ham) radio operators in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Use the menu above to learn more or scroll down for the latest news!

Upcoming Events

Fri., Oct 20th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Nov 5th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC final fox hunt of season
Tue., Nov 7th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Nov 17th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sat., Nov 18th, 2017, 9:00am
License exams
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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.

July fox hides in dummy electrical outlet

Fort Wayne Radio Club members hid a small transmitster in a dummy electrical outlet to fool club members during their monthly fox (hidden transmitter) hunt.

The July foxhunt occurred as scheduled on 12 July, in a brief respite between monsoons. There were only two foxhunting teams available for this contest what with people decompressing after participation in the Three Rivers Festival parade the day before, replacing the brakes on their van, putting the finishing touches on their Ark, brewing up 55 gallon drums of DEET, and so forth. The two teams available to participate were that of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS, and the team of Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE.

The role of the fox was provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU, commonly referred to within the foxhunting community as "The Devious Ones", (for good reason). They hid out at a City of New Haven Park Department facility several blocks from Charles's QTH near an out-of-service Parks Department swimming pool. They chose this spot in somewhat of a panic after having to abandon two other previously planned hide locations because those sites were under water. They employed the usual high-power fox plus a microprocessor enabled micro-fox which burped out about 200 mw of cw on 146.580 MHz.

Now, the Ward-Gengnagle-Dean crew outdid themselves in camouflaging that microfox. They put it inside an aluminum duplex service box, you know, the kind you routinely find in outside locations that are meant for waterproof service. The thing had a standard duplex recepticale installed so you couldn't see the microfox inside. The microfox's antenna extended down into about a 6" length of standard plastic conduit with a stake on its lower end that was shoved into the ground. They installed it alongside several other electrical outlets grouped around a fence post so that the thing looked like it had been there for years. Absolutely devious!!

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Parade photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club members carry a club banner in the 2015 Three Rivers Festival Parade

Photos of Fort Wayne Radio Club members participating in the 2015 Three Rivers Festival parade are now available in the photo gallery of this website, thanks to Al Burke, WB9SSE and Tom Rupp, KU8T.

Club participates in festival parade

Members of the Fort Wayne Radio Club participated in the Three Rivers Festival Parade July 11, 2015. Below is a video provide by Tom Rupp, KU8T:

June, 2015 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the June, 2015 general meeting of the FWRC are now available for download, using the link below.

June, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-06-29 Language  English Filesize 52.55 KB Download 919

2015 Field Day photos available

Bill Rodgers, K3HZP and Jack Shutt, W9GT, operate one of the stations during the Fort Wayne Radio Club's participation in the American Radio Relay League Field Day event, June 27 and 28, 2015.

Al Burke, WB9SSE has uploaded photos from the 2015 FWRC ARRL Field Day operation to this website's photo gallery.

Area repeater implements tone squelch

Bradd Davidson, KA9LCF informed our club webmaster that his repeater on 442.45 MHz, Auburn now requires a 141.3 Hz continuous tone-coded squelch system tone. The KA9LCF repeater also transmits the 141.3 Hz tone. Previously, the repeater's receiver operated on carrier squelch only and the transmitter sent a tone of 131.8 Hz.