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Upcoming Events

Sat., Apr 27th, 2019, 8:00am
Tue., Apr 30th, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors
Sun., May 5th, 2019, 1:30pm
Fri., May 10th, 2019, 7:00pm
FWRC General Meeting
Sun., Jun 2nd, 2019, 1:30pm
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.

NWS announces new plans for SKYWARN storm spotter training

The northern Indiana office of the National Weather Service (NWS) today announced new plans for volunteer storm spotter training as part of the NWS SKYWARN program.

The NWS office plans seven regional, multi-county spotter training sessions in 2014 (see the region map below). An NWS meteorologist will lead each regional session in person, rather than remotely via teleconference. The session for the region that includes Allen County, Indiana is scheduled to take place at Columbia City High School, 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, Ind. That session is scheduled for Feb. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. EST. The NWS will not conduct SKYWARN training in Allen County, Indiana in 2014 -- not even the remotely-presented training the NWS provided in 2013.

NWS map of training regions

Spotters and people interested in becoming spotters may attend any of the regional spotter training sessions listed on the NWS event calendar. It is not necessary to attend the session designated for your county. For example, residents of southern Allen County might prefer to attend the training that's scheduled in Bluffton, Ind. Regardless of which session you plan to attend, NWS requests that you register in advance, using the appropriate link on the NWS event calendar. Registration is not required but the NWS encourages registration to help it assure that it has sufficient facilities, etc. for the number of people who attend.

For those unable to attend any of the regional spotter training sessions in 2014, the NWS plans multiple other training opportunities. For more information, please see an email message below from Michael Lewis, the warning coordination meteorologist at the northern Indiana NWS office. See also this PDF document that outlines the various training modalities that the NWS office has planned.

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Sent: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:10 PM
Subject: Spotter Training Continues!

The process of learning is a life-long journey and ceases never!

The National Weather Service will be hosting a series of spotter training programs beginning in February and continuing through March of 2014.

We will be using Social Media to engage the public (especially our spotters) YouTube to provide a series of spotter instructional videos, webinars at various times to answer spotter specific questions, and seven in-person training sessions throughout the area.

More details will be posted on the NWS Skywarn Page (http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/?n=nwsnorthernindianaskywarnpage)

Registration for the live spotter training can be found on our Event Calendar http://www.crh.noaa.gov/iwx/program_areas/outreach/index.php

Additionally, there are several FREE MetEd Online courses that are beneficial to all spotters.


Keep on learning!

Michael Lewis
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
NWS Northern Indiana

New officers elected

If you were not present for the 2014 Club Elections this past Friday night, here are the results:

President: Steve Nardin, W9SAN
Vice Pres: Carole Burke, WB9RUS
Secretary: Al Burke, WB9SSE
Treasurer: Bob Streeter, W8ST
Communications Manager: Charles Ward, KC9MUT
BOD: Tom Baker, N9TB
BOD: Tom Rupp, KU8T
BOD: Kim Machemer, KB9DOS
BOD: Linda Nardin, W9LAN

Special thanks to :

Rich Gilson, KC9PUX
Jon Preble, AD9DX

who were also running for BOD positions. We appreciate your participation!!

I am looking forward to a great 2014, which will be the centennial year for the ARRL.

Next month's meeting will be a video of Fox Hunting fun, by Charles, KC9MUT. This should be great!

October fox found in Metea Park

October 2013 foxhunt fox siteSunday, October 6, 2013. The sun sorta came up, the birds stay in bed, and the skies opened up with rain, rain, rain. But none-the-less, a stalwart crew of foxhunters assembled in the Off-Track Betting Parlor at Lima and Washington Center roads for the October foxhunt. This enthusiastic (if damp) crew consisted of the team of Linda and Steve Nardin, W9's LAN and SAN, the team of Annie and Jim Pliett, KA9YYI and K9OMA plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9's RUS and SSE, and single hunter Robert Dean, KC9UHU.

While the foxhunters were contemplating the wet slogging ahead, the foxes, Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP, luxuriated under a nice, dry, warm tent fly out in the piney-woods of Matea Park near Cedar Creek off Hursh Rd. (A photo of this bourgeoisie encampment taken surreptitiously by an RPV cleverly engaged by the Pliett-Burke team is possibly included in the Ham news version of this article, or on the club web page). During the fly-by the RPV's microphone picked up audio, reportedly from Charles, stating "We doon need no stinking umbrellas,....hee, hee, hee". They were utilizing a yagi fed by about 150 watts for the high power signal, and a camouflaged microfox radiating about 150 miliwatts of cw, and cleverly secreted in a tree, as the actual fox.

Promptly at 13:30 the fox began squawking on the 146.76 machines input.

Read more: October fox found in Metea Park

State ARRL official invites participation in simulated emergency


ARRL Indiana Section Emergency Coordinator Larry Jones, WB9FHP sent the following email message to Indiana ARRL members:

The month of October 2013 has been designated as the official month for the ARRL Indiana Section ARES teams, to complete their yearly Simulated Emergency Test (S.E.T.). Each county team should have it's SET completed by October 31st, 2013 unless extenuating circumstances causing a later date are cleared and approved by the SEC.

The ARES teams can use any scenario they choose which will test their readiness for disasters that may happen in their jurisdictions. There are certain items that do need to be sent to the SEC and the Section Manager. Each team needs to, at the start of their SET, send a "SITREP" or Situation Report to the SEC, and then, within a week of the end of their SET they need to submit an "AAR" or After-Action Report to the SEC.

Read more: State ARRL official invites participation in simulated emergency

September meeting minutes available

Minutes of the September, 2013, general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download, using the link below.

Sep. 2013 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-09-24 Filesize 74.72 KB Download 1425

September foxhunt chronicles

foxhunt cartoonSunday, September 8, 2013. The sun came up, the birds sang, and the weather was pleasant as an early fall day should be. And in the parking lot of the Off-Track Betting Parlor at Lima and Washington Center roads, there gathered a group of eleven foxhunters, intent for the activities that would occur that afternoon. The hunters consisted of the team of Jim and Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9RUS and WB9SSE, the team of Linda and Steve Nardin, W9LAN and W9SAN plus their grandson Alex, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT plus Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP, and the team of Dave Spence, K9NDU plus Bob Dean, KC9UHU.

It should be noted that as competitive as foxhunters tend to be, a new piece of (old) technology was introduced into this hunt by KC9MUT. Charles mounted a two element vertically polarized switched dipole antenna on the front of his truck (out front of his grill), part of a so-called "Pickle Fork" DF system, and used it to get "right-left" signal direction steering cues. He told me that it gave him helpful information as he drove down the road when the fox was up.

(Jim Pliett and I are researching the fine print in the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) to determine if that switched dipole DF system that Charles added to his foxhunting suite is legal. We're hoping it isn't, but if it turns out that it is, then it looks like we may have another building project. Seems like our work is never done. We are considering the use of UAV's).

Read more: September foxhunt chronicles

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