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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., Sep 21st, 2018, 7:00pm
SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING
Sun., Oct 7th, 2018, 1:30pm
OCT GHOST BUSTER FOX HUNT
Tue., Oct 9th, 2018, 7:00pm
OCT BOD MTG
Fri., Oct 19th, 2018, 7:00pm
OCTOBER GENERAL MEETING
Fri., Oct 19th, 2018, 7:00pm
OCTOBER GENERAL 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.

May fox hides along Fort Wayne's trail system

Fort Wayne Radio Club members use special, portable antennas to search for a radio transmitter hidden along Fort Wayne's trail system during what ham radio operators call a "fox hunt."

The fourth fox (hidden transmitter) hunt of 2018 occurred on 6 May, 2018, a slightly overcast but otherwise simply gorgeous spring afternoon. Two teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex (who celebrated his 20th birthday the day before).

The fox function was provided by Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. (Their usual partners, Sir Jim & Lady Ann Pliett could not attend as they were on a cruise experiencing the British Isles. Jim said if they had time they were going to stop by and check out the new Prince Louie).

Al & Carole decided to locate the fox on the Puffer-Belly jogging trail about half-way between DuPont Rd. and Carroll Rd. in La Cabreah. So they set up the high power fox in a little clearing just off the trail. They planted a five element yagi on a mast at about ten feet, pointed south, and drove it with a 20 watt mobile rig.

Read more: May fox hides along Fort Wayne's trail system

2018 spring banquet photos available

Group photo of FWRC members at 2018 spring banquet

Photos of the 2018 Fort Wayne Radio Club spring banquet are now awvailable in the photo gallery of this website.

April fox hides in tree

April 2018 FoxThe third foxhunt of 2018 occurred on 8 April, 2018, a beautiful sunny afternoon. Two teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team included Jim Pliett, K9OMA, Carole Burke, WB9RUS and Al Burke, WB9SSE. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN and their grandson Alex.

The fox function was provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EP, Bob Dean, KC9UHU, and Kevin Loughin, KB9RLW. They chose a little patch of woods just south of Pro Bowl West (on Goshen Rd.) and north of Glen Park, to hide the microfox. It was squirreled into the cleft of a tree branch about six feet off the ground wrapped in camo and almost impossible to see, even when you were a foot or so away from it.Prior to the foxhunt, Jim, K9OMA had been trying to diagnose the cause of 30 degree error in indicated direction of signal arrival exhibited by the horizontally polarized cubical quad foxhunting antenna mounted on the roof of his van. When he changed to vertical polarization, the bearing error was eliminated so he decided to try vertical polarization for this hunt. That proved to be problematic as it turned out.

Read more: April fox hides in tree

March fox hides under bleachers

Fort Wayne Radio Club March 2018 fox hunt (hidden transmitter hunt)

The second foxhunt of 2018 occurred on 4 March, 2018 on a brisk but sunny afternoon. Three teams arrived at the starting point at Cobin Memorial Park in anticipation of the hunt beginning at 13:30 hours. The first team included Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagel, KC9EP and Kevin Loughin, KB9RLW. The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin W9’s SAN & LAN. And the third team consisted of Don Glick, W9LI and newcomer Rudy Wilfong.

The fox function was provided by Jim and Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. They located the high-power fox on the grounds of Carroll High School off Carroll Rd. just west of the Carroll High School Natatorium. It pumped about 30 watts into a cubicle quad mounted on the roof of Jim’s van.

The microfox was the standard microprocessor-driven CW transmitter producing about 10 milliwatts into a monopole. Ultimately, the microfox was hidden under one of the seats in the tennis court’s aluminum bleacher stands in such a way that it was almost impossible to see.

Read more: March fox hides under bleachers

2018 fox hunt season begins soon

Fox hunt 3

It’s once more time to dust off our roof-mounted mobile and hand-held direction-finding (DF) Yagis, check our DF receivers, and upgrade our maps of Allen County in preparation of the 2018 fox (hidden transmitter) hunting season. The first hunt of the season will occur in early February with hunts planned for the following dates through November:

4 February 4 March 8 April 6 May 3 June
8 July 5 August 9 September 7 October 4 November

 

Fox hunters gather near Daryl B. Cobin Memorial Park (in the former K-Mart parking lot) off Coliseum near the Lakeside Golf Course. 

Corbin Park Map

Each hunt starts at 1330, with whoever is serving as the fox transmitting a high power fox signal, strong enough to be heard at Corbin Park, on 146.430 MHz, for one minute.  After that, the fox transmits a high-power signal every five minutes, immediately followed by a low-power (microprocessor-controlled) hidden fox transmission, also on 146.430 MHz, for one minute. The low-power fox transmission is a cw signal. Generally speaking, the low-power fox is camouflaged to make it difficult to detect visually.

Read more: 2018 fox hunt season begins soon

November, 2017 general meeting minutes available

Minutes of the November, 2017 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are now available for download using the link below.

Files:
FWRC Nov 2017 minutes
Date 2017-11-19 Filesize 78.59 KB Download 560

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