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

Tue., Dec 4th, 2018, 7:00pm
Fri., Dec 14th, 2018, 7:00pm
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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.

Spare controller puts UHF repeater back on air

The 444.875 machine is back up, after going off the air. The problem was in the controller, a couple of popped capacitors. Jim has installed our (one) spare controller and I put the system back in service today.

The capacitors are 0602 surface mount ceramics. We will attempt to obtain replacements from Digikey.

Tailgate hamfest photos available

Photo of tailgate hamfestMembers have uploaded photos from the August, 2013 FWRC tailgate hamfest (and car show). Check them out in our photo gallery.

July meeting minutes available

Minutes of the July 19, 2013 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available on this website in PDF format. Use the download link below.

July 2013 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-07-21 Language  English Filesize 70.4 KB Download 1381

July fox hides under log

The Foxhunt Chronicles

foxhunt cartoonThe sixth foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC's foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 14th of July as planned. The July hunters consisted of the team of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9's SAN and LAN plus their grandson Alex, the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS and DOT, the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP, and the team of Annie & Jim Pliett, KA9YYI and K9OMA plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS and SSE.

Dave Spence, K9NDU and Bob Dean, KC9UHU served as the wily fox. The actual (micro-power) fox was hidden under a log in a nature preserve just off Chapman Rd. near Coldwater Rd. They used a mobile rig feeding a yagi as the high power fox and both the high power fox and the micro-power fox operated on the input to the 146.76 MHz machine so that the local ham community could follow the goings-on of the hunt. Joseph Lawrence, KB9RFZ was also at the Off-Track Betting Parlor starting point trying out some experimental DF equipment, but he did not join in on the hunt proper.

When the high power fox came up at 13:30 the signal was a little weak, but eventually everyone heard it coming from the north, and the race was on.

Our team headed up Lima Rd. until the bearings indicated that the signal was starting to have an easterly bearing, so we turned right on Gump Rd. and headed to the east. The Nardin and Machamer teams continued heading up Lima Rd., and we didn't see where the Ward/Gengnagel team got off too.

Read more: July fox hides under log

Field Day 2013 video

Tom Rupp, KU8T created the video below of the FWRC 2013 Field Day operation:

FWRC Field Day 2013 wrap-up


The 2013 addition of the ARRL Field Day activity is in the record books! Once again, the Fort Wayne Radio Club has made me the proudest club president in the state. We all came together, got the stations up without any incidents, operated for the full 24 hours, and took down the towers again without any safety concerns. Here are some of the highlights:

Read more: FWRC Field Day 2013 wrap-up

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