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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.

FWRC participates in Maker Faire

The Fort Wayne Radio Club participated in the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire Aug. 8, 1025. Below is a video provided by Tom Rupp, KU8T. Still photos are available soon in this website's photo gallery.


July, 2015 meeting minutes available

FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN, presents informatoin about the club's June, 2015 ARRL Field Day operation during its July, 2015 general meeting

Minutes from the July, 2015 general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club are available for download from this website, using the link below.

July, 2015 general meeting minutes
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FWRC president proposes high-profile repeater project

New WLDE tower in New Haven Indiana is the possible site of new Fort Wayne Radio Club amateur radio repeatersFWRC President Steve Nardin presented a proposal for installing high-profile repeaters at a new tower site during the July general meeting.

Broadcast radio station WLDE has offered the club space at 280 feet above ground level on its new tower in New Haven, near the geographical center of Allen County. Power (including automatic emergency power) and Internet access would be free. The club would have to provide a building for its equipment.

Steve also expressed concerns about existing sties for FWRC repeaters:

  • The 146.76 MHz and 444.875 MHz systems on north Clinton Street at a site historically referred to as Robison Park might see a degradation of the noise level environment because of an AEP substation upgrade.
  • The D-STAR system might lose its home at the Masonic Temple in downtown Fort Wayne.
  • The Echolink 146.910 MHz machine is located at IPFW, where Steve expects the club to lose its internal contact and champion in the near future.

Steve proposed that the club:

  1. Install new two-meter and 440 MHz antennas and feed lines at on the WLDE tower.
  2. Construct a small building at the tower to house repeaters.
  3. Move the club’s 146.76 MHz, 146.94 MHz or 146.91 MHz repeater to the WLDE site to become Fort Wayne’s high-profile two-meter repeater.
  4. Move the D-STAR or 444.875 MHz machine to the same site.
  5. Mothball decommissioned site(s).

The total estimated cost would be slightly more than $6,800, including new antennas, feed lines, building and the services of a professional tower climber. Steve suggested a number of ways that the club might raise the money for the project.

Steve displayed a PowerPoint file while presenting the proposal during the club meeting. Download a PDF version of the slide deck by using the link below.

Steve plans to write more about the proposal in the August issue of Allen County HamNews. He said the plan would require a vote by the FWRC membership “at some point in the future.”

High-profile repeater proposal, July, 2015
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July fox hides in dummy electrical outlet

Fort Wayne Radio Club members hid a small transmitster in a dummy electrical outlet to fool club members during their monthly fox (hidden transmitter) hunt.

The July foxhunt occurred as scheduled on 12 July, in a brief respite between monsoons. There were only two foxhunting teams available for this contest what with people decompressing after participation in the Three Rivers Festival parade the day before, replacing the brakes on their van, putting the finishing touches on their Ark, brewing up 55 gallon drums of DEET, and so forth. The two teams available to participate were that of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9's DOT & DOS, and the team of Carole & Al Burke, WB9's RUS & SSE.

The role of the fox was provided by Charles Ward, KC9MUT, Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP and Robert Dean, KC9UHU, commonly referred to within the foxhunting community as "The Devious Ones", (for good reason). They hid out at a City of New Haven Park Department facility several blocks from Charles's QTH near an out-of-service Parks Department swimming pool. They chose this spot in somewhat of a panic after having to abandon two other previously planned hide locations because those sites were under water. They employed the usual high-power fox plus a microprocessor enabled micro-fox which burped out about 200 mw of cw on 146.580 MHz.

Now, the Ward-Gengnagle-Dean crew outdid themselves in camouflaging that microfox. They put it inside an aluminum duplex service box, you know, the kind you routinely find in outside locations that are meant for waterproof service. The thing had a standard duplex recepticale installed so you couldn't see the microfox inside. The microfox's antenna extended down into about a 6" length of standard plastic conduit with a stake on its lower end that was shoved into the ground. They installed it alongside several other electrical outlets grouped around a fence post so that the thing looked like it had been there for years. Absolutely devious!!

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IMO SKYWARN Quad 2 Activates July 13

IMO SKYWARN quadrant map including the entire Natiional Weather Service Northern Indiana (IWX) county warning area (CWA)
IMO SKYWARN quadrant map

On the evening of July 13, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado watch that included Allen County, Ind. and all the other Indiana counties in IMO SKYWARN quadrant two (see map at right). The ACARTS 146.88 MHz repeater serves as a relay point for spotter reports from the entire quadrant to the NWS office in North Webster.

IMO SKYWARN put the repeater in SKYWARN "standby mode" shortly after the NWS issued the tornado watch. During standby mode, stations are welcome to use the repeater as they wish (although they are requested to keep transmissions short and leave enough time between transmissions to allow spotters to break in), and a SKYWARN net control station monitors the frequency to assist with any spotter reports.

Over the course of the evening, 37 stations checked in with the net control station to advise of their presence and availability to submit reports (see list below). Many were members of the Fort Wayne Radio Club. Net control stations accept such check-ins only during standby mode. When a directed net is in session, the net accepts check-ins only from stations that have spotter reports to make that comply with NWS reporting criteria.

Read more: IMO SKYWARN Quad 2 Activates July 13

Parade photos available

Fort Wayne Radio Club members carry a club banner in the 2015 Three Rivers Festival Parade

Photos of Fort Wayne Radio Club members participating in the 2015 Three Rivers Festival parade are now available in the photo gallery of this website, thanks to Al Burke, WB9SSE and Tom Rupp, KU8T.

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