Straight key multi-op special event station welcomes FWRC members

SKCC members operate three special event stations using call sign K3Y/9 at N8KR’s shack, January 2019.

Ken Rogner, N8KR, will host a multi-operator special event station in his shack Jan. 11 as part of an annual activity organized by the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC).

For the fourth year in a row, three stations in Ken’s shack will simultaneously sign K3Y/9, SKCC’s special event call sign for the month of January.

Ken welcomes SKCC members and other members of FWRC to bring their favorite straight keys and/or bugs or use one of the many keys, bugs and cooties already in the shack.

Pop, coffee, and water and snacks will be there and all operators are welcome to add to the feast! Last year, operators enjoyed sloppy joes for lunch and pizza for supper.

Hams who are nervous about operating a CW special event station may watch, assist, or allow a “helping hand” to sit with them. Ken hopes operators will make a few hundred contacts and have a great time visiting with each other.

Stations will operate on the 160, 80, 40, 30, and 20 meter bands, with 15 and 10 meters available if propagation supports those bands.

Operators are also welcome to find K3Y/9 on the air and work the station, even if they also plan to operate at Ken’s shack. The official QSO exchange is signal report, state, name and SKCC number. Operators who don’t have an SKCC number may send, “none”.

Operations will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 8526 Fox Home Drive, New Haven, which is in the area of Maysville and Long Roads.

Send questions to Ken at or contact Ed Zobac, WA9BBN; Jim Plummer, KD9GDY, or Josh Long, W9HT on a local repeater.

Allen County Severe Weather Seminar announced

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Allen County ARES and Allen County Office of Homeland Security announced they will co-host the Allen County Severe Weather Seminar, Saturday, Mach 28, 2020, at the downtown Allen County Public Library. The co-hosts will announce speakers and registration in Saturday. The plan two sessions; a morning basic storm spotter course and an afternoon session of advanced presentations. See the flyer below.

Repeater disconnected from Echolink

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The FWRC repeater on 146.91 MHz has been disconnected from the Echolink network. Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ reports that Purdue Fort Wayne, on whose campus the repeater is located, disconnected the repeater’s internet connection, because university staff believed our Echolink computer was hacked. Paul reports that the FWRC is working with Purdue Fort Wayne to resolve the issue and return Echolink services as soon as possible.

2019 FWRC Christmas banquet sees great turnout

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Friday evening, December 13 saw a great turn-out at the annual FWRC Christmas Banquet held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Forty six club members attended and participated in much good food, drink, comradeship and an exchange of presents. No one went away hungry. The club provided both fried and baked chicken plus beverages and cutlery. Attendees provided a plethora of carry-in dishes including meatballs, deviled eggs (of course), baked beans, various casserole dishes and (thanks to some artful prodding of Carole, WB9RUS, by Paul Prestia) even mostaccioli, the Field Day pasta dish said to be favored by Guglielmo Marconi himself. (Hopefully the mostaccioli showing up will establish an on-going FWRC Field Day and banquet tradition, along with the meatballs and deviled eggs). In addition, many yummy deserts made the way to the serving tables. It was scrumptious, and a good time was had by all.

Ken Helms, K9ZT, SK

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Kenneth Allen Helms, K9ZT, who for years served as editor of Allen County HamNews, even after moving from Fort Wayne to Tennessee, became a silent key Nov. 20. 2019. He was 69. A brief obituary appears on a funeral home website.

The Fort Wayne Radio Club, Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society and Fort Wayne DX Association are seeking a new volunteer to edit Allen County HamNews, which serves as the official organ for all three clubs.

November fox hides in remote environmental preserve

The final Fox Hunt for 2019 started with a search for a good hiding place. On our way back from Toledo Julie and I came across the Blue Cast Springs Environmental Preserve, a part of the Acres Land Trust system, and is about 3 miles from Ohio on the East side of Allen County (basically at the corner of Bluecast Rd. and Old US 24 East). It looked promising, but we were concerned that we would not be heard from the starting point. A bit of scrounging and head scratching led us to construct a flimsy 28 foot support on which to put our homemade 4 element yagi to serve at the high power fox. We tried it out 9 days prior to the 3 November hunt , and our Sniffer pulled it right in from the Cobin Memorial Park starting point.

On the day of the hunt, 3 vehicles were ready. One vehicle had Jim, Annie, Al, and Carole, K9OMA, KA9YYI, WB9SSE and WB9RUS; the second vehicle included Steve and Linda, W9SAN and W9LAN, and their grandson Alex, and the third had Spencer, KD9NRS. Missing were regulars Charles, Fred, and Bill, KC9MUT, KC9EZP and K9WEH.

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Officers elected for 2020

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At its general meeting October 18, 2019, the Fort Wayne Radio Club elected the following slate of officers for calendar year 2020:

President – Carole Burke, WB9RUS
Vice President – Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ
Secretary – Al Burke, WB9SSE
Treasurer – Debbie Jenks, KB9DEB
Communications Manager – Charles Ward, KC9MUT
Board of Directors:
Steve Nardin – W9SAN
Clarke Derbyshire – KG9FM
Brian Jenks – W9BGJ
Spencer Cassady – KD9NRS

Two education opportunities for storm spotters

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Storm spotters can refresh and increase their knowledge at events in this month and next. One is the official spotter training that the National Weather Service plans to conduct in Fort Wayne October 22. The other is the annual Indiana Storm Chaser’s Convention Nov. 16.

NWS spotter class

As Allen County HamNews reported last month, the Northern Indiana office (IWX) of the National Weather Service (NWS) will conduct a storm spotter class, beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Public Safety Academy, 7602 Patriot Crossing. That’s behind the Walmart and Menards stores, off Lafayette Street, south of Tillman Road.

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