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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.

June fox takes hunters shopping

foxhunt cartoonJune, ahh June, when graduations abound and summer vacations start and fox hunters shuck their boots, caps, overcoats and sweatshirts for breezier garb. And thus it was that the first hunt of the summer commenced on a beautiful first day of June with the foxhunt team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Bob Dean, KC9UHU & Dave Spence, K9NDU congregating at Buckner Park as the starting point.

The services of the fox were provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE. Jim & Annie served as the high power fox and were ensconced in their van behind the McDonald's on Coliseum Blvd. near Speedway Dr. while the low power fox was contained in Carole and Al's daughter's van located in the north parking lot of Glenbrook Square near the Barnes & Noble store. The high power fox emitted about 20 watts into Jim's roof mounted Yagi, while the low power fox emitted about one watt using an HT. Both foxes used 146.280 MHz.

Taunting of the hunters started promptly at 13:30 and we believe was heard by all at Buckner Park. Around thirty minutes into the hunt we noticed that Kim & Jim were snooping around the McDonald's parking lot where Jim & Annie were located, and in fact found them a little bit after that. Then, forty six minutes into the hunt Bob & Dave drove right past our (low power fox) hide, smiled and waved to us. Thus, they were the first to physically find the fox. A little after that Charles and Fred parked on the north edge of Glenbrook's lot next to Coldwater, dismounted and started hunting on foot, but they stayed on the north edge of the lot. Steve and Linda were driving and walking-hunting much closer to our Barnes & Noble location, and if fact Steve walked past our location, one row over, several times without spotting us.

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ARRL officially announces section manager election results

ARRL sent the following information via email today:

ARLB010 Four New ARRL Section Managers Elected

ARRL Bulletin 10 ARLB010
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT May 21, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLB010 Four New ARRL Section Managers Elected

Four new ARRL Section Managers will take office on July 1. Ballots were counted May 20 at ARRL HQ for contested races in the spring SM election cycle.

In Indiana, Joseph Lawrence, K9RFZ, of Fort Wayne, received 652 votes to top incumbent Section Manager Lou Everett Sr, WA5LOU, of Cumberland, who polled 482 votes. Everett has been SM for the past 2 years.

Lawrence previously served as Indiana's Section Emergency Coordinator, as Allen County ARES Emergency Coordinator, and District 3 DEC. He is currently the Allen County RACES Radio Officer and IDHS Digital Amateur Radio Advisory Council facilitator. An aerospace and physics professional, he's also taught numerous Technician license classes.

In Maine, Bill Crowley, K1NIT, received 258 votes, to defeat veteran incumbent Section Manager Bill Woodhead, N1KAT, who got 156 votes.
Woodhead has served as Maine's SM since 1998.

Crowley, of Farmingdale, is currently Assistant Section Manager and Public Information Coordinator, and he was a former State Government Liaison. He's the president of the Augusta Amateur Radio Association, a past president of the Yankee Amateur Radio Club, and chair of the WinterFest and Windsor Hamfest.

In Northern Florida, Stephen Szabo, WB4OMM, polled 833 votes to 296 votes cast for Gary Alberstadt, KA3FZO, of Monticello. A retired Daytona Beach Police captain, Szabo, of Port Orange, is currently the Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency Coordinator as well as an instructor/mentor and a DXCC/WAS/VUCC card checker.

Current Northern Florida SM Paul Eakin, KJ4G, decided not to run for a new term of office after serving since 2008.

In Delaware, Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, of Milton, received 142 votes to defeat Jerome Palmer, N3KRX, of Houston, who got 122 votes. Duveneck has been Delaware's ARRL Emergency Coordinator since 2009, and a Volunteer Examiner of the ARRL and Laurel VECs. He is a past president of the Sussex Amateur Radio Association and chaired the
2012-2013 Delmarva Hamfest. He has developed and manages SARA's weekend ham radio licensing classes.

Outgoing SM Frank Filipkowski, AD3M, of Wilmington, who has served as SM in Delaware since 2006, did not run for a new term. Because candidates in Delaware had to be resolicited for this nomination/election cycle, Duveneck's term of office will be 18 months instead of 24 months.

Five incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face opposition and were declared elected for new 2-year terms beginning on July 1: Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN (Illinois); Everett Curry, W6ABM (Oregon); Brandon Bianchi, NI6C (Santa Clara Valley); Paul Gayet, AA1SU (Vermont), and Gary Sorensen, W9ULK (Wisconsin).

Report: FWRC member K9RFZ elected ARRL section manager

FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN, sent the following information via email today:

I would like to inform the membership of FWRC that one of our members, Joseph Lawrence, K9RFZ, has been elected to the position of Section Manager for the state of Indiana. Joseph informed of the result of the recent election by phone today. The vote count was approximately 1100, with Joseph receiving 58% of the vote.

As president of the club, I want to congratulate Joseph on his win! He expresses thanks to all that voted in his favor.

May fox up a tree

Fox hunters posing near park entrance sign

Well, May finally arrived, and with it the promise of more reasonable weather. About time after this last winter, ehhh? The local contingent of Allen County foxhunters, less the fox, gathered together at Krueger Park eager to start their quest for their elusive prey early Sunday afternoon on the 4th of May. This crew consisted of the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and Phil Hooper, AB9IZ, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT, and the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN.

The role of the fox was played by Bob Dean, KC9UHU who was hid-out at Cook's Landing Park on Cedar Creek at the corner of Shoaff and Coldwater roads. Bob was using a cubical quad driven with about 50 watts as the high power fox, and a microcontroller controlled microfox which emitted around 30 milliwatts. Both of these units radiated on 146.340 MHz, i.e., on the input to the 146.940 repeater. The microfox was attached to a tree branch about ten feet in the air.

The fox started warbling promptly at 13:30 hours and was immediately heard by all of the foxhunt teams at Kruger Park.

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April meeting minutes available

Minutes of the April 11, 2014 FWRC general meeting are available for download from this webstie by using the link below.

April, 2014 general meeting minutes
Date 2014-04-18 Filesize 69.07 KB Download 1238

March 2014 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the March, 2014 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download as a PDF file using the link below.

March, 2014 general meeting minutes
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