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Upcoming Events

Sun., Jul 8th, 2018, 1:30pm
JULY THREE RIVERS FOX HUNT
Tue., Jul 10th, 2018, 7:00pm
JULY BOD MTG
Fri., Jul 20th, 2018, 7:00pm
JULY GENERAL MEETING
Sun., Aug 5th, 2018, 1:30pm
AUGUST HEAT STROKE FOX HUNT
Sun., Aug 5th, 2018, 1:30pm
AUGUST HEAT STROKE FOX HUNT
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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.

August 2016 meeting minutes available

FWRC Parrott Rd. lease signMinutes of the August, 2016 FWRC general meeting, at which president Charles Ward, KC9MUT signed a tower space agreement with a local broadcast radio station (see photo at left), are available for download using the link below.

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FWRC Aug. 2016 general meeting minutes
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W9I Indiana centennial special event station photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club members celebrate Indiana's centennial by operating special events station W9I on the campus of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne

Photos of our club's W9I special events station operation in celebration of Indiana's centennial are now available on this website, thanks to Al Burke, WB9SSE.

IMO SKYWARN net activates for multiple tornadoes

Storm damage in Allen County, Indiana Aug. 24, 2016. W9SAN photo.
August 24, 2016 storm damage near the intersection of State Road 101 And Notestine Road in northeastern Allen County, Indiana. W9SAN photo.

A tornado outbreak occurred in Indiana and Ohio August 24, 2016. Storms did considerable damage in several of the 11 counties covered by the IMO SKYWARN quadrant two net on the Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society 146.88 MHz repeater in Fort Wayne. Below is a log of the net's operations that day.

All Times EDT

1510 Began standby mode operation on IMO SKYWARN quadrant two ham radio frequency.

1713 K9RFZ reports 6 inches of standing water in Fort Wayne on Washington Center Road, east of N. Clinton St.

1714 Invoked directed net due to tornado warning in northeastern Allen County, Indiana (During a directed net, all stations remain off the air unless they have severe weather to report.)

1723 W9SAN confirms wall cloud, I-469 at State Road 37.

1729 KC9CGN confirms tornado, near intersection of Doty Rd. and Ricker Rd.

Read more: IMO SKYWARN net activates for multiple tornadoes

Tailgate Hamfest 2016 photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club tailgate hamfest 2016

WB9SSE's photos of the Aug. 19, 2016 Fort Wayne Radio Club Tailgate hamfest are available in this website's photo gallery.

July fox takes respite at former sanitarium

julyfoxhuntJuly 10 arrived as a sunny Indiana summer day with birds singing, the sun shining and foxhunters twirling their yagis and quads. Three teams showed up at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park near Lakeside Golf Course. The hunter teams were: Jason and Debbie, KB9UOQ & KK4QXC; Jim and Annie, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al, WB9’s RUS & SSE; and new fox hunters (and also newly minted hams) Jim & Brenda, KD9’s GDY & GDX who, despite participating in the June hunt as tag-alongs and thus rubbing elbows with the foxhunting motley crew, decided none-the-less to join our merry band.

Usual foxhunters Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN were not able to participate as they were somewhere up in the Upper Peninsula participating in a Mini-Cooper rally while foxhunters Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT had to sit this one out as their foxhunting van was down (with a sick transmission, I believe).

Charles, KC9MUT, Fred, KC9EZP and Robert, KC9UHU served as the fox for this hunt. They found a place called the Blue Cast Springs Nature Preserve way out on old US 24 at Blue Cast Rd., north of Woodburn near the Indiana-Ohio border.

The Blue Cast Springs area was once the site of the Blue Cast Mineral Springs & Sanitarium, around the turn of the last century, where patrons could “find relief from the ills of rheumatism and stomach and kidney problems by sipping the waters from the natural mineral spring, and taking part in magnetic mud-baths.” The sanitarium is no longer there, but the springs and an ACRES Land Trust nature preserve are.

Read more: July fox takes respite at former sanitarium

Fort Wayne ham appointed ARRL vice director

ARRL Central Division Vice Director Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LAThe American Radio Relay League (ARRL) announced today that ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR has appointed Fort Wayne resident R. Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, to become the League's new Central Division Vice Director.

Carl fills a vacancy created when Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA became Director with the recent retirement of Dick Isely, W9GIG. Licensed since 1961, Carl is an ARRL Life Member and is well known in the amateur community.

He is a frequent contributor to the Allen County HamNews and many ARRL publications, and had previously served as the Editor of the ARRL’s National Contest Journal. He is an active contester and DXer, having achieved DXCC #1 Honor Roll as well as having earned 160 Meter DXCC. He is considered one of the leading authorities on HF propagation and has been a frequent presenter at many hamfests and conventions, including W9DXCC, Dayton Hamvention, and DX University.

“I plan to bring lots of energy to the job and to be visible to the members of the Central Division,” Luetzelschwab said. “It is an honor to serve and give back to the Amateur Radio service for all that it has given me over the years. I am looking forward to working with Kermit Carlson, W9XA, whom I have known for a number of years. And I would like to give a big thank you to retired director Dick Isely, W9GIG, for his friendship and many years of service. I hope to emulate his visibility and approachability.”

Luetzelschwab is married to Vicky, AE9YL, and together they have participated in several DXpeditions, including YK9A, OJØ, and numerous trips to ZF, operating as ZF2LA and ZF2YL. He retired in 2013 after 41 years as an RF Design Engineer with Motorola and Raytheon (formerly Magnavox).

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