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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.

ARRL seeks support for "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014"

"Get behind HR 4969" logoIn June, 2014 with Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) as the sponsor and Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) as co-sponsor, HR 4969 - the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014" - was introduced into the 113th Congress. This bipartisan effort would direct the FCC to extend the "reasonable accommodation" provisions for amateur radio antennas to include all types of land-use regulation, including deed restrictions and restrictive covenants.

If enacted, HR 4969 would direct the FCC to extend the the reasonable accommodation protections to those amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities. Known as "CC&Rs" (covenants, conditions and restrictions), these are the prohibitions and limitations placed on properties by builders or home-owner associations (HOAs) which prevent licensed amateur radio operators from erecting even modest antennas.

The ARRL is asking all members to contact their members of the US House of Representatives to state their support for HR 4969 and to ask their representatives to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill.

The ARRL asks that letters be mailed to ARRL for delivery instead of simply mailing them directly to the Congressional offices, for two reasons: First, since the 9/11 attacks and subsequent security threats, all incoming mail to Congressional offices is first diverted to a holding area outside of Washington DC. Once at that facility, it undergoes a series of scans to test for a variety of problems. Only after it passes the security tests is it forwarded on to Capitol Hill for delivery. The delay in delivery is generally in the five- to seven-week range. The ARRL will hand-deliver to various congressional offices all letters mailed to the ARRL.

Second, when the ARRL's Washington team delivers letters to a congressional office, it provides them an opportunity for at least a brief face-to-face meeting with some of the key staff members in each congressional office they visit. Each in-person meeting is another opportunity for the ARRL's story to be told – and is another chance to answer questions that may arise.

Learn more about the bill and how to support it and see a sample support letter on the ARRL website.

August 2014 issue of Allen County HamNews is now available

Allen County HamNews 2014-08 cover thumbnailThe August, 2014 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."

August 2014 issue of the Allen County HamNews
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July meeting minutes available

Minutes of the July FWRC general meeting are available using the link below.

July, 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-07-23 Filesize 78.74 KB Download 1326

July fox hides in mosquito sanctuary

foxhunt july 2014

foxhunt cartoonWell, halfway through this beautiful summer, on a clear and muggy 13th of July, three foxhunt teams gathered at the Ft. Wayne Safety Academy as the starting point for this month's contest. The three teams consisted of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS plus their nephew Brandon, the team of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN plus grandson Alex, and a team consisting of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP and Ben Myers, N9IRX.

Robert Dean, KC9UHU single-handedly served as this month's fox and he was hidden out at the Little Cedar Creek Wildlife Sanctuary at the end of Sunlight Lane off East Fitch Rd. in extreme northern Allen County. He injected 50 watts into a quad at about 16' as the high power fox, and employed the microprocessor based micro fox rig, running around 10 milliwatts, ensconced in a tree trunk, as the low power fox. Both emitted on 146.430 MHz.

The fox commenced transmitting promptly at 13:30 hours and produced extremely weak, but readable signals at the Safety Academy site indicating that the action was to the north, so to the north everyone proceeded. The Nardin team was following Kim & Jim up Coldwater Rd. way north of Dupont when it spotted Charles and crew buzzing rapidly south on Coldwater as if the Cap-N-Cork were passing out free cold beer samples.

Read more: July fox hides in mosquito sanctuary

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette covers FWRC Field Day ops

Fort Wayne Radio Club’s TJ Walker attempts to make contact with another radio operator Sunday during Field Day at the Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW.Fort Wayne Radio Club’s TJ Walker attempts to make contact with another radio operator Sunday during Field Day at the Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW. Journal Gazette photo.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette provided print and video coverage of the Fort Wayne Radio Club's 2014 ARRL Field Day operation.

Here's a link to the items on their website.


Field Day, VHF/UHF QSO Party photos available

Operators at work during Field Day

Photos from the FWRC's operation in both the ARRL June VHF/UHF QSO Party and Field day are now available in our photo gallery.

See the VHF/UHF QSO party photos.

See the Field Day photos.

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  4. May fox up a tree
  5. April meeting minutes available