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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

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.

Fort Wayne hams help residents configure weather radios

Ham radio operators and SKYWARN storm spotters Howard Pletcher (N9ADS) (left) and Steve Haxby (N9MEL) configure NOAA Weather Radio receivers during a public event at a Fort Wayne Walgreens store April 11, 2016
Howard Pletcher (N9ADS) (left) and Steve Haxby (N9MEL) configure NOAA Weather Radio receivers during a public event at a Fort Wayne Walgreens store April 11, 2016.

Four Fort Wayne amateur radio operators who are also volunteer storm spotters in the National Weather Service (NWS) SKYWARN program spent several hours April 11 assisting residents with their NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) receivers.

Al Burke (WB9SSE), Steve Haxby (N9MEL), Howard Pletcher (N9ADS), and Jay Farlow (W9LW) worked alongside representatives of WANE TV, the Alllen County Office of Homeland Security, the National Weather Service and the Midland Radio Corporation at the Walgreens store on Stellhorn Road to configure NWR receivers.

The volunteers assured that the receivers' specific area message encoding (SAME) and receive frequency settings were correct, so users would receive warnings that the NWS issues for their home counties.

WANE TV had promoted the three-hour event, which was duplciated at other locations in the TV station's market area. The Walgreens store sold nearly 100 near NWR receivers during the event, which volunteers configured. Volunteers also assited other visitors who brought in their own equipment, some of which was not SAME-capable (and at least one of which was not even a receiver!).

More photos of the event are available in this website's photo gallery.

April fox leads hunters to state line

Fort Wayne Radio Club April 2016 fox (hidden transmitter) hunt

On Saturday, April 2nd, the weather decided to go absolutely crazy! We had very cold temperatures for April, the wind was hurricane force, and the snow was horizontal! It was totally out of character for the time of year, so when Sunday the 3rd rolled around, we were happy that the sun was shining brightly. The temps were a little on the chilly side and the wind was still rather strong, but the Fox Hunters that gathered that day were thankful for the great improvement.

At the start of the Hunt, four teams had gathered: Charles, Fred, Robert, and Phil in one vehicle, Jason and his daughter Kylie, the team of Al, Carole, Anne, and Jim, rounded out by Kim and Jim with our first ride-along of the season, new ham Chris, KD9FNM, aboard for his first Fox Hunt. At 1:30 pm, the Fox went on the air. Two of the four teams had difficulty hearing the Fox on the input of the 146.76 machine, which prompted a furious anti-Murphy response by the Fox to try a better antenna, which turned out to be broken. So the Fox went back to the on-glass antenna on a rather low to the ground Mini Cooper but running at 50 watts output. In the process, I had completely tore apart the boot on the Cooper and had to reassemble in the field.

Read more: April fox leads hunters to state line

FWRC past president WA9RAP, SK

Bill Kindred portraitThe Fort Wayne Radio Club mourns the passing of past president Bill Kindred, WA9RAP. Bill died April 4 at Parkview Hospital. He was 86. Many amateur radio operators in Fort Wayne received their licenses with Bill's help, either as a teacher or examiner.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, at C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home, 1327 N. Wells St., Fort Wayne, with calling from 10 to 11 a.m. Calling also from 5 to 7 Friday, April 8, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial in Catholic Cemetery. Preferred memorials to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen or The Salvation Army.

According to FWRC secretary Al Burke, WB9SSE, the club will make a donation to either the Soup Kitchen or the Salvation Army in Bill's name. The club plans to circulate a card for signature at the upcoming FWRC Spring Banquet Friday, April 15th.

View Bill's obituary on the Web.

March fox hides in vehicle

Fort Wayne Radio Club March 2016 fox (hidden transmitter) hunt

March 6th was a nice day – low winds, and decent temperatures (48F) for early March in Indiana. The sun was out, and the Foxhunt turnout was good: Five teams were vying for the elusive fox:

  • Kim and Jim
  • Steve and Linda
  • Dave and Robert
  • Charles and Fred
  • Al, Jim, Carole, and Annie

After participating with the Foxhunt team for over a year now, Deborah and I were trying to figure out a way to be more devious than Charles. We scouted for locations the weekend prior, and came up with a lovely place out of the way: The historic Brunswick bridge in the southeast part of the county. However, it didn’t feel devious enough. Sure the location was tricky to get to, due to some road closures that forced you to circle behind the transmitter to get there, but it wasn’t quite “Charles-devious”. For that, the praise (or scorn) can be given to Deborah, who mischievously suggested that the transmitter shouldn’t be anywhere near the bridge. In fact, it should be right next to the high power transmitter.

Read more: March fox hides in vehicle

February 2016 foxhunt chronicles

On February 7th, The weather was sunny but there was still a bite in the air when the Fort Wayne Radio Club began its first Fox Hunt of the year at 1:30 PM. The turnout was a good one: Five teams were gathered at the start point at Carrington Field on the city's east side near the old K-Mart store. The foxes for this hunt was W9LAN, her hubby, W9SAN, and their grandson, Alex, and they had hidden in a rare commercial place (with special permission of the owner of course).

The fox's lair was relatively close by the start, located at the Books, Comics, and Things store in Georgetown Square. With Linda's minivan as the high power fox parked in the lot behind the store, we were certain that the hunters would make multiple passes around our site before the light bulbs in their heads would turn on and localize us. Boy, were we wrong! Several hunters homed in on us pretty quick. The first on the scene were Jason and Deborah, KC9UOQ & KK4QXC, followed closely by Charles, KC9MUT, and Fred, KC9EZP, with Phil Hooper, AB9IZ tagging along.

As the hunters swarmed around BCT looking for the low power micro fox, the property's owner, Tracie, and my daughter, Courtney, were inside watching the insanity that was unfolding outside. Some of the store's patrons thought that Homeland Security was hunting for a North Korean satellite, but were amused none the less!

Read more: February 2016 foxhunt chronicles

November 2105 meeting minutes available

Al Burke, WB9SSE poses with the birthday cake he was presented during the Nov. 2015 FWRC general meetingMinutes of the November, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available, using the link below. At right, Al Burke, WB9SSE poses with the birthday cake he was presented during the meeting.


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November, 2015 general meeting minutes
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