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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

Sun., Jun 4th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Jun 6th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC Board of Directors meeting
Fri., Jun 16th, 2017, 7:00pm
FWRC general meeting
Sun., Jul 9th, 2017, 1:30pm
FWRC fox hunt
Tue., Jul 11th, 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.

Repeater building change completed, machines on the air

Well,  we told you the 76, 875, 255, and 390 machines would be off the air this week for a move out at the Indiana & Michigan Robison Park sub station;  and we were right, the but the outage lasted only about 8 hours!!

The 146.76, 444.875 are back on the air. So is the ACARTS 147.255 machine and the 144.390 Digipeater for packet radio. The work was accomplished rather quickly, so instead of waiting roughly a week, it is done.  Special thanks to the team, and I don't know all that were out there, but WB9SSE & K9OMA were leading the charge, I  believe!  Wow!

The 146.94 machine at Parkview on East State is next.  We will be testing the repeater to be used in the upcoming WLDE project. This is a Fusion machine,  and it is capable of digital and analog FM operation. The 141.3 tone is required for analog operation, since the machine needs a way to distinguish between an analog signal and a digital signal or just noise. Hopefully, this will be on the air by the end of this day (Wednesday).

Remember that the FWRC last fox hunt of the year is this coming Sunday, November 6th. Don't forget the time change (Fall BACK; Spring AHEAD). We start at 1:30 PM EST, as we switch back to standard time. Fox is on 146.430 FM simplex, intercom is on the 146.76 repeater. Join us for FUN!

2 FWRC repeaters to be off air for building change

Fort Wayne Radio Club North Clinton Street Repeater Shack April 2015Attention all Allen County & FWRC hams:

Due to impending construction at the Indiana and Michigan Power company's Robison Park substation, the FWRC voice repeaters on 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz and the ACARTS voice repeater on 147.255 MHz and digipeater on 144.39 MHz will be off the air for most of the week of October 30. The exact starting time of this outage is fuzzy right now, but most likely will start on Tuesday, November 1 and continue to the weekend.

Al Burke, WB9SSE, informed the FWRC board of directors yesterday about the move. I&M needs to build a new structure on the exact spot that we have our repeater shack, but has offered us a much bigger and nicer structure inside the fenced substation property, right next to the tower. I&M also informed us that they will take care of any feedline moving that needs to be accomplished for us to set up inside the newer structure. Included in this building is a much bigger uninterruptible power supply for emergency power.

Due do the rather fast timeline, the old FWRC shack, which was donated by Raytheon company back in 2005, will be taken down and removed by the I&M people. The building they are giving us is about 2.5 times the size and much newer, however.

We will try to keep  the membership up to date as all this takes place.

Stay tuned for more information!

October 2016 meeting minutes available

Minutes of the October, 2016 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available by clicking the link below.

Files:
October 2016 general meeting minutes
Date 2016-10-27 Language  English Filesize 250.07 KB Download 262

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.

FWRC Aug. 2016 general meeting minutes
Date 2016-09-22 Filesize 129.34 KB Download 298

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

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