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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.

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.


Files:
November, 2015 general meeting minutes
Date 2015-11-25 Filesize 75.97 KB Download 879

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.

2015 SKYWARN Recognitoin Day volunteer guidelines
Date 2015-11-16 Filesize 38.78 KB Download 1280

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 823

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