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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.

Ft. Wayne Hams Attend Toledo Hamfest

We went to the Toledo Hamfest on Sunday March 17, 2013, held at the Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Before we left I took this picture of  20+ me attending, mostly from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Link to Hamfest: www.tmrahamradio.org.

Seemed like a good hamfest this year, more vintage this year and lot of Hams attending.

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March Fox Rings a Bell

The Foxhunt Chronicles

fox cartoonThe second foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC's foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 3rd of March on a sunny but cold March afternoon. In  general good foxhunting weather albeit a little nippy.

The March hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE, the team of Charles Ward & Fred Gengnagle, KC9MUT & KC9EZP, the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9's LAN & SAN plus their grandson Alex, and the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT,.... In all a total of eleven rabid hunters just chomping at the bit to find their elusive prey.

And serving as the prey for this contest were Bob Dean, KC9UHU & Dave Spence, KB9VTK who were holed-up at a baseball diamond at Harlan Community Park. They had erected a yagi driven by about 50 watts of rf for the high power fox signal, and hid a microcontroller controlled "microfox" within a brass bell located on the baseball diamond property as the actual fox. The microfox was programmed to automatically produce about 50 milliwatts of cw on the fox output frequency for one minute every five minutes. For this hunt the fox frequency was set to 146.31 MHz which is the input frequency for the FWRC's 146.91/.31 repeater, and thus allowed area hams to listen in on the progress of the hunt via the 146.91/.31 machine.

Read more: March Fox Rings a Bell

SKYWARN Training Handouts

Due to budget constraints, paper handouts are/were not available during the Allen County SKYWARN spotter training Feb. 26. Below are links to the handouts, so you can view and/or print them for yourself. They are in PDF format, so you'll need Adobe Reader.

Reporting criteria (new for 2013)

Graphical depiction of how to maintain Severe Weather Awareness

Hail Chart

Beaufort Wind Chart (and Spotter Reporting Format)

Thunderstorm Type Chart and Associated Threats

QR Codes and Shortened Webpage Addresses

Owlie Skywarn Booklet (1.6 MB pdf) from NOAA's National Weather Service

Feb. Minutes Available

Minutes of the February, 2013 FWRC general meeting are now available on this website. For your convenience, use the link below.

Files:
February 2013 FWRC General Meeting Minutes
Date 2013-02-19 Language  English Filesize 7.34 KB Download 1255

Fox Found in Little-Known Park

The Foxhunt Chronicles

fox cartoonThe 2013 Foxhunt season commenced on a darkly overcast Sunday, the 10th of February, amidst a cold, breezy and slightly, here and there, snow covered landscape. Aside from the mild frostbite potential, and the outlook for a bone chilling rain, not a bad day for a foxhunt.

The February hunters included the team of Annie and Jim Pliett, KA9YYI and K9OMA, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS &SSE, the team of Bob Dean & Dave Spence, KC9UHU & KB9VTK, and the team of Charles Ward & Fred Gengnagle, KC9MUT & KC9EZP. Stalwart foxhunters Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT, and Steve & Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN were not able to participate in this first hunt of the year due to Kim having a case of the Eww-Fung-Gu while Linda is recuperating from a broken hoof which she got from tripping in the garage. Steve didn’t attend because he was nervous about the doctor-vet who was eyeing Linda’s foot and the pistol he carries in his belt.

Read more: Fox Found in Little-Known Park

Auction photos online

Al Burke, WB9SSE has uploaded photos from the Jan. 18, 2013 FWRC auction. FWRC Treasurer Bob Streeter, W8ST reports that the club recieved income from the auction totaling $402.50

 

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