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Upcoming Events

Tue., Sep 5th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Sun., Sep 10th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Fri., Sep 15th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Oct 1st, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC spook hunt
Tue., Oct 10th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
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.

Peters Broadcast Engineering donates repeater enclosure

Carole Burke, WB9RUS, Vice President of the Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) with DDB Inc. outside equipment enclosure recently donated by Mike Peters of Peters Broadcast Engineering.

No, that’s not Vanna White showing off a refrigerator on the Price Is Right, its Carole Burke, WB9RUS, Vice President of the Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) showing off the DDB, Inc. Outside Equipment Enclosure that was recently donated to the club by Mike Peters of Peters Broadcast Engineering. The enclosure will be used to house the FWRC’s W9TE 146.940/.390 repeater at the WLDE-FM tower site on Parrott Rd. near New Haven. With an antenna at 280’, the system is expected to have a substantially improved footprint relative to the coverage it can now provide from its Parkview Hospital site. And this will work well for regional Storm Spotter and Emergency Response hams that depend upon the 146.940 machine as well as ACARTS’ 146.880 repeater for area emergency response communications.

The enclosure is designed to house telecommunications equipment in harsh environments and as such is ruggedly built and has provisions for integral heating and cooling. It will provide ample room for the new Yaesu Fusion DR1X repeater the club acquired for use on 146.340/.940 that enables both analog-FM as well as C4FM-CDMA digital FM operation.

July 2016 Fox Hunt

If you missed todays Fox Hunt, check out the clubs Facebook page to see what happened.

 

https://www.facebook.com/FortWayneRadioClub/

June fox hides in Aboite Township

foxhunt cartoonJune 5th arrived, and with it beautiful early Indiana summer weather, perfect for a foxhunt, although there was bit of a threat of rain showers later in the afternoon. The foxhunting crews that gathered at Cobin Memorial Park consisted of: Jim & Kim, KB9’s DOS & DOT, Steve & Linda, W9’s SAN & LAN, plus their grandson, seasoned foxhunter Alex, Jason, KB9UOQ & Debbie, KK4QXC and Jason’s daughter Kylie, Charles, KC9MUT & Bob, KC9UHU. Charles and Bob hosted two newly minted hams as ride-alongs who were interested to see what foxhunting was like.

For this contest the role of the fox was provided by Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. They hunkered-down at the Homestead High School-Jorgensen YMCA baseball complex south south-east of Homestead High School.

Read more: June fox hides in Aboite Township

May, 2016 meeting minutes available

You may download the minutes of the May, 2016 FWRC general meeting in PDF form using the linke below.

Files:
May 2016 General Meeting Minutes
Date 2016-06-10 Language  English Filesize 80.68 KB Download 434

Fort Wayne newspaper promotes QSO Party operation

Fort Wayne Radio Club members install an antenna for a temporary station. The club will join the Indiana QSO Party from a temporary station at Historic Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel published a story in its May 5, 2016 issue reading plans by the Fort Wayne Radio Club to enter the 2016 Indiana QSO Party from a temporary station at Historic Fort Wayne. Read the complete story on the News-Sentinel's webiste.

Fund raising for the Fort Wayne Radio Club

I bet you have heard the "come-on" pitch. "Double Your Money"...and the fine print that hardly anyone reads. Many of the "double your money" offers seem to be unreal...requirements that are difficult or impossible to meet.

NOT THIS TIME.

The FWRC Matching Fund Drive is a honest "double your money" offer. No strings attached. Here is how it works:

The FWRC is raising funds to construct a wide area coverage repeater system to be installed on the WLDE tower north of New Haven. The estimated cost of the project may total as much as $7000, or perhaps even more. This is way beyond the capability of the FWRC treasury to fund. A Matching Fund drive has been established by the Board of Directors to help raise the money needed for this project.

Several generous and dedicated club members have joined forces to make you an offer: For every dollar you contribute to the Matching Fund drive, they (as a group) will match it dollar for dollar.

You contribute $10, the club benefits by $20.

You contribute $50, the club benefits by $100.

You contribute $250, the club benefits by $500.

Each dollar contributed moves the club twice as far toward the project funding needs. You can think of this as a challenge, with the matching fund donors challenging you to make them spend their money.

The current matching fund level is capped at $1500 for matching dollars, so donations totaling $1500 to the matching fund drive will result in $3000 available to the club exclusively for the WLDE project.

Matching fund drives typically last for a specified time limit. This fund drive will last through the end of November 2016. The club will publish the fund drive totals at regular intervals.

Donations will be accepted at any time, from anyone. This fundraiser is not restricted to FWRC members. Donors can make multiple donations if it is more convenient for them. A donation of any amount may be made.

The matching fund has collected donations of $120 thus far, yielding $240 for the club. This is 8% of the way to the matching fund goal of $3000.

Often donors prefer not to be identified. The amount of the donation will not be revealed unless the donor requests that it be made known. The FWRC will make provisions for anonymous donations in this way:

If you want your donation known only to the club treasurer, put your money (cash or check, do not mail cash) in an envelope and mark it "Treasurer Only-Anonymous". You may send it to the club post office box, the treasurer (W8ST) directly, or give it (in a marked envelope) to any Board of Directors member.

If you want your donation known to the Board of Directors but not to the club membership in general, send your money (cash or check, do not mail cash) in an envelope and mark it "BoD Only-Anonymous" to the club post office box or give it (in a marked envelope) to any Board of Directors member.

Donations that are identified but not marked as anonymous will be acknowledged in the ACHN at the conclusion of the fund drive.

The Interesting History of Matching Fund Drives:

The first gift matching was a scheme devised and implemented by Benjamin Franklin in 1751 when he persuaded the Pennsylvania Assembly to appropriate 2,000 pounds of public money if the citizens of Philadelphia could first raise 2,000 pounds of private money. (from en.wikipedia.org)

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