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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October fox visits new downtown park

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The October foxhunt occurred on Sunday the 6th of October, which again turned out to be a beautiful early Fall day in Indiana, temperatures in the mid 70’s, and a mostly blue sky with a pleasant breeze to make things comfortable following early morning showers.

Three teams were arrayed for this hunt. The first consisted of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Bill Hopkins, K9WEH. The second team was formed by Steve & Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex. And the third team included Don Glick, K9LI, his wife Julie, and her dad, Ed.

Jim and Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE were the fox for this contest. They decided to check out the just recently opened Promenade Park complex downtown where the Wells St. and the Harrison St. bridges cross the St. Mary’s river. It is a very nice facility; the Parks Department did a nice job on this one.

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FWRC participates in safety fair

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club participated in the annual Allen County Safety Fair Sep. 14 at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center in southwestern Fort Wayne. The event was designed to help citizens learn how to prepare, survive and recover from a disaster such as a tornado or earthquake. It provided information from local police and firefighters, and from other experts at over 45 informative booths. Below are photos of the FWRC’s display, taken by Steve Nardin, W9SAN Click on any photo for a larger version and to start a slide show.

September fox goes to school

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Fox hunters enjoy a meal together after the September hunt.

The September foxhunt occurred on Sunday the 15th of September, which turned out to be a beautiful early fall day in Indiana, temperatures in the mid 80’s and a overcast sky with a pleasant breeze to make things comfortable following early morning showers.

There were three hunter teams for this one. The first consisted of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA and KA9YYI, plus Carole and Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE.  The second team included Steve and Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN plus their grandson Alex.   And the third team included Don Glick, K9LI and his wife Julie.

Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagel, KC9EZP served as the fox. They very effectively hid out at the Leo Junior/Senior High School complex where the school buses park, on the south side of the property.  They hid the microfox in a piece of grey plastic tubing plastered up against a chain-link fence and surrounded by a bunch of vegetation. It was in plain sight yet very difficult to see.

The fox went on the air right on time at 13:30 hours and produced a very weak signal at the Cobin Memorial Park fox hunter starting point.  But it was strong enough for the three teams to get an initial bearing and peel rubber as they took off to the north-east.

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