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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
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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.

Operators sought for NWS special event station

The Fort Wayne Radio Club will be provide a special event station at the Northern Indiana National Weather Service (NWS) Office (KIWX), near North Webster, Ind. for SKYWARN Recognition Day.

The goal of the activation is to contact as many of the other NWS Offices as possible between the times of 1900 Local, December 4, 2015 (0000 UTC. December 5) and 1900 Local, Dec 5, 2015 (2400 UTC, December 5, 2015).

National Weather Service (NWS) northern Indiana weather forecast office (IWX) county warning area (CWA) mapThe FWRC is inviting all amateurs in the KIWX County Warning Area (lightly shaded counties on map at right) to participate in this event.

Please share this information with your teams and the radio clubs in your county and adjacent counties.

It is important to note that all amateurs who wish to participate in the event must pre-register with their desired times to operate.

Although it might have been possible in past years to "drop in" unexpected at the NWS office during the SKYWARN Recognition Day operations, current NWS policy prohibits access to the NWS facility by any operator who has not pre-registered. This is NWS policy over which FWRC has no control.

More information is available in a PDF file, a link to which appears below.

Any operator can pre-register by contacting me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put "SRD" or "SKYWARN Recognition Day" in the subject line of your message.

Files:
2015 SKYWARN Recognitoin Day volunteer guidelines
Date 2015-11-16 Filesize 38.78 KB Download 1082

November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

Hunter group shot after Fort Wayne Radio Club November 2015 foxhunt (hiddden transmitter hunt)This month's foxhunt, the final contest of 2015, occurred on 1 November amidst absolutely gorgeous weather that was clear, dry, and with a temperature around seventy degrees, truly unusual for this time of the year in these parts. But who's complaining? Three teams of hunters showed up at the Cobin Memorial Park starting point. They consisted of the team of Jim Pliett, K9OMA and Al Burke, WB9SSE, the team of Steve and Linda Nardin, W9's SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex, and the team of Jim & Kim Machamer, KB9's DOS & DOT.

Fox duties were provided by Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Robert Dean, KC9UHU. They had found a brand new Acres Preserve location to serve as the fox hide spot, the Spring Lake Woods and Bog Nature Preserve, located at Lake Everett, about six miles due east of Columbia City. They set up a yagi driven at about 50 watts to serve as the high power fox. The low power fox, the micro-fox, consisted of a microprocessor implemented low power transmitter (around 20 mw) driving a stub antenna. The low power fox package was stuffed inside a hollowed-out tree branch lying on the ground amidst a bunch of other brush and detritus. It was very well camouflaged. Both the high power fox and microfox emitted on 146.855 MHz.

Read more: November fox hides in newly opened nature preserve

FWRC member creates new high-power T/R switch

QSK 2500 full break-in device for HF amplifies designed and sold by FWRC member Bill Rodgers, K3HZP

FWRC member Bill Rodgers, K3HZP has announced that he has created and is selling a new, automatic transmit/receive switch that makes full break-in CW operation possible with most HF amplifiers. For more information on the DxConnection QSK 2500, visit http://qsk2500.myfreesites.net/ or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October, 2015 meeting minutes available

Steve Nardin W9SAN leads the Fort Wayne Radio Club as it conducts elections during its October 2015 meeting

Minutes of the October, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download as a PDF file by using the link below.

October, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-10-22 Language  English Filesize 98.88 KB Download 711

ACOHS publishes flyer for 2016 SKYWARN training

SKYWARN storm spotter training flyer - Allen County, Indiana - February 16 2016 - Public Safety Academy - National Weather Service training hosed by Allen County Office of Homeland SecurityThe Allen County (Ind.) Office of Homeland Security has published an 8.5 x 11 inch flyer as a PDF file that announces the date and location of SKYWARN storm spotter training scheduled for Feb. 16, 2016. You can download your own copy of the flyer using the link below.


SKYWARN training flyer 2016
Date 2015-10-20 Language  English Filesize 1.26 MB Download 1609

FWRC elects officers, directors for 2016

The Fort Wayne Radio Club conducted elections for club officers and the board of directors for the 2016 club year during the club's October general meeting on October 16, 2015 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Since only one person ran for each of the positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and communications manager, the club elected all candidates by acclimation.

Six people ran for three positions on the board of directors: Tom Baker, N9TB; Terry Bowman, K9FMX; Kim Machamer, KB9DOS; Linda Nardin, W9LAN; Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ; and Tom Rupp, KU8T.

Elected officers and directors for 2016 appear in the list below.

President: Charles Ward, KC9MUT
Vice President: Carole Burke, WB9RUS
Secretary: Al Burke, WB9SSE
Treasurer: Bob Streeter, W8ST
Communications Manager: Fred Van Kempen, KA4YBR

 

Board of Directors:

  • Linda Nardin, W9LAN,
  • Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ
  • Tom Rupp, KU8T
  • Steve Nardin, W9SAN (retiring president is automatically the fourth member)

Thanks to all officers, directors and candidates for their willingness to serve.

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