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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., Dec 15th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Christmas Banquet
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.

Field Day 2017 photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club Field Day 2017 Activity

Photos from the 2017 FWRC Field Day operation are available in this web site's photo gallery.

June 2017 meeting minutes available

Use the link below to download the minutes of the June, 2017 general meeting of the FWRC.

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June 2017 general meeting minutes
Date 2017-06-28 Language  English Filesize 101.69 KB Download 302

FWRC 146.76 MHz repeater down

FWRC BridgeCom repeaters

Well, they always say no good deed goes unpunished, and such seems to be the case with the BridgeCom Systems BCR50V repeater at Robison Park that forms the basis of our 146.16/.76 machine. We installed this hardware at Robison Park (and a similar UHF version of the machine for 444.875 MHz) over a year ago, replacing the GE Master II hardware that had previously served as our Robison Park hardware.

The BCR-50V is a modern micro-processor based system that provides state-of-the-art repeater capability features upgradeable by virtue of it being micro-processor based.  The system we installed was one of the first units developed by BridgeCom and so incorporated an early version of its operating system.  Several revisions to this software have been released by BridgeCom, and installed in our system as experience over time with the system revealed bugs, a process common with the maturation of new hardware.

Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ received a new version of software from BridgeCom after discussing things noticed by Paul, and by BridgeCom, at the Dayton (Xenia) Hamfest.  Paul just recently installed the (new software) upgrade to the Robison Park (146.76) hardware which caused the 146.76 machine to cease operating.  When he attempted to reinstall the previous version of the software, the system would still not respond. So Paul is currently working with BridgeCom to get to the bottom of the problem so that we can put the BridgeCom hardware back in service at Robison Park.

In the interim, Jim Pliett is attempting to utilize our Motorola based “emergency” repeater on 146.16/.76 from his QTH near Columbia City using a yagi, at 70 feet, aimed towards Ft. Wayne.  Depending upon how well this works, we may wind up installing the Motorola system at Robison Park until we can get the problem with the BridgeCom system resolved.

June fox had few hunters

foxhunt cartoonWell, the June foxhunt was minimalistic in terms of hunters because only Team-Steve & Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex, and Team- Charles Ward & Fred Gengnagel, KC’s MUT & EZP, were able to participate in this month’s contest. But no matter, they were primed and ready to go at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park, twirling their Weber Rakes (a technical term for receive antennas) in anticipation of detecting and getting a bearing on the electro-magnetic waves launched from the fox’s antenna.

The services of the fox this month was provided by Don Glick, K9LI who was situated on the back porch of his QTH out in Grabill. Don was not able to acquire the micro-fox normally used these days for our fox hunts, so locating Don constituted finding the fox for this contest.

The signal was weak but readable at the starting point. But once detected and a bearing to the north-east established the chase was on, and both teams drove like Fernando Alonso at the Indy 500. It took about 50 minutes for the hunters to get localized to the Leo-Cedarville-Grabill area. Linda, Steve and Alex went all the way around Riverside Park and down route 1, while Charles and Fred took a slower, but more precise route.

In Cedarville, the W9LAN team came upon the MUT team executing a U-turn in the middle of the road. (After phoning an anonymous tip to the Allen County Sheriff’s department regarding apparent reckless driving), they followed the Charles team over Cedar Creek and spotted the location of the fox. Charles and Fred came to rest in a cloud of tire smoke, while the Linda-Steve-Alex team approached from the rear, and the chase was now on foot! Charles was first to discover Don and wife sitting on their back porch, so that team was deemed the winner.

Following the hunt everyone boogied over to the Tasty Freeze in Grabill for banana splits and other concoctions. As Alex was recovering from quadruple wisdom teeth removal he ate (according to him) only soft, tasteless food.

Hunter June hunt points Year-to-date points
WB9RUS 0 3
WB9SSE 0 6
K9OMA 0 8.33
KA9YYI 0 6.33
W9SAN 1 5
W9LAN 1 5
Alex 1 3
KC9MUT 3 18.67
KC9EP 2 16.67
KC9UOQ 0 9.33
KK4QXC 0 8.33
K9LI 4 11

 

So, Charles and Fred will serve as the fox for the July hunt. Why not join us?

FWRC wins Indiana QSO Party!

The scores are in, and Fort Wayne Radio Club has won the club competition of this year's Indiana QSO Party!! This is mostly due to the excellent performance of Jack Shutt, W9GT, who also is the individual winner of the INQP. Way to go, Jack!!

With 167,000 points the FWRC has easily won with the second place Goshen and Kokomo clubs all beating the Indianapolis club.

To see all the scores and results, go to the link http://hdxcc.org/inqp/scores.php and read all about it!

Thanks to all that worked the INQP and submitted their logs. Thanks again to Jack for the biggest score in the state and helping to push FWRC over the top. This is the second win for FWRC as well, and we have the plaques to prove it, hanging in our Robison Park repeater shack

May fox hides in Huntertown

The saying goes “April showers bring May flowers”. But the major rain we’ve experienced this May has also brought us floods. We thought that might be the case for the May hunt, but as luck would have it, the sun made its appearance on Sunday the 7th. All in all it was a great day for a fox hunt.

Three teams were assembled at the Cobin Memorial Park starting point. They included the team of Charles, KC9MUT and Fred, KC9EZP, the team of Steve and Linda, K9’s SAN & LAN, and single hunter Don, K9LI.

The role of the wily fox was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI. They located themselves in the Huntertown Family Park (the Huntertown Dog Park) north of Ft. Wayne, and they hid the microfox inside a piece of rotten wood in a copse of trees and underbrush.

The contest commenced at 1:35 p.m. with everyone hearing the fox from the get-go. First to arrive at the Huntertown dog park after about an hour were W9SAN and W9LAN followed by KC9MUT and KC9EZP, and then K9LI.

Once having localized the fox the teams quickly assembled their portable fox sniffers and commenced stomping about the park. After considerable searching amongst the flora and fauna, and not a little bit of digging, the microfox was found embedded in a rotten piece of wood. First to unearth the subterranean fox was Don. He was followed by Steve & Linda, and then by Steve and Charles. Among the comments heard were; “that darn poison ivy”,…” those nasty brambles”,… and of course “those damn ticks”. The good news, no mosquitoes!

Following the hunt the weary hunters relaxed and refueled at a friendly watering hole, the Willows Bar & Grill in Hunter town. A nice end to a pleasant day and enjoyable contest.

Why not join us next month (Sunday, June 4th) as Don serves as the fox and hides it in some devious locale?

Scores

Hunter May score Year-to-date score
WB9RUS 0 3
WB9SSE 0 6
K9OMA 3.33 8.33
KA9YYI 3.33 6.33
KC9MUT 1 15.67
KC9EZP 1 14.67
W9SAN 2 4
W9LAN 2 4
Alex 0 2
KC9UOQ 0 9.33
KK4QXC 0 8.33
K9LI 4 7

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