WANE TV-15 story features ham radio & Morse code

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Closeup photos of a telegraph key.

January 25, Fort Wane CBS affiliate WANE TV-15 aired a feature story, “The dits and dahs of Morse Code in the digital age,” about local ham radio operators and their enthusiasm for Morse code and straight keys.

The hypertext above links to a page on the station’s website where one can view the video, a written version of the story and several still frames.

WANE videographer Dani Hough visited the New Haven shack of Ken Rogner, N8KR while local members of the Straight Key Century Club participated in a special event. WANE news anchor Pat Hoffman, who produces a series of feature stories called, “Positively Fort Wayne” decided to base a story for his series on video his colleague recorded at Ken’s station.

The videographer’s visit resulted from a pitch sent to the station by ARRL volunteer public information officer Jay Farlow, W9LW, who also provided some of the video that Hoffman used.

Electronics auction at Feb. 17 FWRC meeting

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club will meet February 17, 2023, and conduct an auction of electronic equipment.

Everyone is welcome to buy and sell. Send any questions about auction procedures to jimpliett@gmail.com.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Enter the church building using door number 2. If possible, arrive no later than 6:30 p.m., so someone will be at the door to let you in. Late arrivals might need to call for assistance on the 146.76 MHz FWRC repeater.

Once inside, proceed to Raasch Hall.

January meeting to feature talk on radio frequency interference

The Fort Wayne Radio Club will meet Friday, January 20, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Avenue, at 6:30 p.m.

Steve Nardin, W9SAN will speak on “RFI Facts for Hams.”

Enter the church building using door number 2. If possible, arrive no later than 6:30 p.m., so someone will be at the door to let you in. Late arrivals might need to call for assistance on the 146.76 MHz FWRC repeater.

Once inside, proceed to Raasch Hall.

Allen County ARES/Skywarn winter storm plans

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The Allen County Skywarn net does not expect to activate for this week’s winter storm, because the National Weather Service doesn’t typically winter storm reports as immediately as it needs severe weather reports.

We encourage spotters, however, to report winter storm impacts directly to US National Weather Service Northern Indiana via one of the following methods.

* Email the office at W-IWX.Webmaster@noaa.gov.
* Post a report on Twitter and include the string, @NWSIWX in your tweet.

The office will be especially interested in visibility reports (how far you can see in the blowing snow), snow depth reports (see this web page for instructions on creating valide depth measurements), wind damage reports and other impact reports.

Remember to use “TEL” format: Time of occurence, Event (what happened) and Location.

FWRC to conduct prize drawing for new and renewed memberships

New and renewing FWRC members who pay their 2023 dues before the Fort Wayne Hamfest ends Nov. 20 will receive a chance to win a new TinySA spectrum analyzer in a drawing the club plans at the hamfest.

Anyone may enter the drawing by mailing their dues payment or paying at the FWRC table during the hamfest. To be included in the drawing, mailed dues payments must arrive at the FWRC post office box by noon, Dec. 17.

The club will sell additional raffle entries for $1.00 each. Payment for such additional entries may be included with mailed dues or made at the club table at the hamfest.

Every person who pays 2023 dues will also receive a new club decal, suitable for display on vehicles and elsewhere. Members may purchase additional decals for $1.00 each.

The drawing prize, manufactured by SeeSii, will include the latest firmware version (V0.3.1). Its input frequency range is 100 kHz to 960 MHz (MF thru UHF). The device features a 2.8-inch touch screen and provides electrostatic discharge protection on its inputs. It includes a signal generator that provides a low-level sine wave output between 100 KHz and 350 MHz and a square wave output from 240 MHz thru 960 MHz. The signal generator is used for automatic self test and calibration.

Members who have already paid their 2023 dues are already entered in the drawing. As of November 14, those members include KD9HWH, K9UWA, KC9GGV, W4UHF, WA9BBN, KA9GKE, N9HRA and N9AKZ.

Entrants may download, print, and complete the form linked below.

2023 dues promotion entry form

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Satellite DXCC talk at Nov. 11 FWRC meeting

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club will meet Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Church, 4700 Vance Ave, Fort Wayne. Enter the church through door number 2 and go to the big meeting room, Raasch Hall.

Our meetings are open to everyone, not just club members, so if you are interested in Amateur Radio and all the fun you can have, please attend!

This month’s meeting is a week earlier than normal to avoid conflicting with the Fort Wayne Hamfest. Check out the Allen County Ham News for more details on the Hamfest, which is conducted by the Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society.

Adam Warrix, KD9NRT will present a program on the challenge of earning the DX Century Club award by contacting 100 countries via ham satellites!

We hope to have our new club window stickers available to see as well!

NWS to host Skywarn event at North Webster office

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The Northern Indiana Weather Forecast Office (WFO) of the National Weather Service plans to host amateur radio operations at its facility near North Webster December 2 and 3 for the agency’s annual Skywarn Recognition Day. The 24-hour special event begins at 0000 UTC Saturday, December 3 (7 p.m. ET Friday, December 2) and ends at 2359 UTC (6:59 p.m. ET) December 3. Thus, Skywarn Recognition Day is a 24-hour day in UTC.

Kosciusko County ARES Emergency Coordinator Brian Sexton, KD9EDR, is coordinating special event station operations at the WFO. He is looking for hams to assist with setup from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET December 2, operations during the period described above, and tear-down at 7 p.m. ET December 3.
Three operators are needed to volunteer for each hour of the 24-hour on-air operation; one each to operate two HF stations and one to operate an IRLP station.

To limit the number of people at the WFO, operators must register for shifts in advance. To do so, send email to kd9edr@arrl.net in which you provide your name, call sign, contact information and a list of the shifts you’d like to fill, including setup, tear-down and operating shifts. For example, you could offer to operate from 11 p.m. Friday night to 1 a.m. Saturday morning, if that fits your schedule.

All licensed amateur radio operators who live anywhere in the 37-county area served by the Northern Indiana WFO are welcome to register.

Shifts will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so Brian will reply to your email with confirmation of when you can operate.

Contact Brian with any questions.