July 2023 meeting to focus on Field Day review

The Fort Wayne Radio Club plans to conduct its monthly general meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Avenue, Fort Wayne.

Enter the church building using door number 2. Late arrivals might need to call or text Steve Nardin for assistance. Once inside, proceed to Raasch Hall.

Our meeting will focus on our performance at this year’s Field Day event and discuss what went right and what could be righter in the future! Positive and negative comments are welcome as we always look to improve.

Also, we will be talking about the upcoming special event station, K9H, which we want to run during the Harvester Homecoming on the first Saturday in August. We need operators and people to help with set up and take down. Our operation will only be on Saturday, August 4th from roughly 10 am to 3 pm at the former engineering center at 2911 Meyer Road.

FWRC reserves tables at Auburn hamfest

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club has reserved three tables at the Auburn hamfest, scheduled for July 29 at the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Museum. FWRC members may place items for sale on one of the club’s three tables, in exchange for help staffing the table for at least an hour.

The club encourages members who have many items to sell to purchase their own tables.

The hamfest is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, 1600 South Wayne Street, Auburn. Admission and parking are free and hamfest attendees receive free admission to the museum’s antique car exhibits. See the flyer below for more information about the hamfest.

FWRC plans spring/summer banquet during Field Day

The Fort Wayne Radio Club will host a member dinner Saturday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the site of our Field Day operation on the Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW) campus. This meal will also serve as the club’s spring/summer banquet.

The Field Day site will be near Ginsberg Hall on Baker Drive of the PFW north campus. It’s the same building that houses Fort Wayne Philharmonic PFW physical plant offices. The easiest access is from the intersection of St. Joe Road and Dean Drive. Drive northeast to the first intersection, turn left and drive to Ginsburg Hall.

The club, with the help of “Master Chef” Charles Ward, KC9MUT will provide hot dogs and hamburgers. It will also provide all necessary dinnerware, cutlery and condiments, as well as coffee and lemonade. The club asks all who attend to bring a carry-in dish (e.g., meatballs or deviled eggs) or a dessert to share.

All FWRC members are invited and need not operate during Field Day to attend the dinner. Diners should, however, bring a chair and, if possible, a table.

RSVP! We need a head count to know how many hot dogs and hamburgers to buy, so please contact Charles Ward at kc9mut@gmail.com or 260-312-6338 no later than June 22 if you plan to attend the dinner.

On-Air Field Day planning

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In preparation for ARRL Field Day, the FWRC will hold several on the air planning meetings. These are open to anyone who wants to participate in the event on June 24 and 25 at Ginsberg Hall at PFW northeast campus.

The club plans on-air meetings on the 146.91 MHz repeater (or Echolink node 519521) at 7 p.m. ET on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Monday June 19
  • Wednesday, June 21

If you plan to join the club on Field Day, please let a club officer know, even if you can’t attend any of the above meetings.

Non-hams are invited to come out for Field Day, learn about the event, and even get on the air with licensed hams at the controls. The on-air meetings can be heard with a scanner by tuning 46.91 MHz FM.

The 2023 Field Day site will be near Ginsburg Hall, on the grounds of the Purdue Fort Wayne north campus (outlined in red on the graphic below). All stations will be outdoors (tentatively marked a star (club trailer) and diamonds (tents)), but we will have access to restrooms in Ginsburg Hall and can take shelter there in the event of severe weather.

The typical Field Day schedule is as follows:

  • Setup starts around 8-9 a.m. Saturday with stations complete and tested.
  • Operators meeting at 1:30 p.m. to review category, etc.
  • Field Day operation begins at 2 p.m.
  • Food usually planned for 5:30 p.m.
  • Operations continues through the night.
  • Field Day operation ends at 2 p.m. Sunday, tear down begins.
  • Ready to leave by 4 p.m. (typically).

ARRL seeks member input on possible dues increase

The ARRL recently contacted all affiliated clubs, including the Fort Wayne Radio Club to request that the clubs encourage members to participate in a survey regarding ARRL dues.

The ARRL plans to launch the survey on May 1. It will include short questions about raising ARRL dues and modifying the way some membership benefits are bundled. The survey will also include an opportunity for members to share their feedback.

To complete the survey, go to www.arrl.org/take-s-survey on or after May 1. The survey is for ARRL members only. To participate, members must log into the ARRL website. Members who are not logged in may select the Login button on the top of the web page. The website will then ask for a user name and password. Any member who has not logged in since April 2022 should use these login Instructions.

Help FWRC win another Indiana QSO Party award

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The 2023 Indiana QSO Party, takes place May 6-7. It’s a 12-hour on-the-air contest during which stations try to make as many contacts as possible, including as many Indiana counties as possible. Only SSB (voice) and CW (Morse code) contacts are allowed. No digital, no VHF and no WARC bands. Stations must keep a log (usually via a computer logging program) and may submit their logs to see where they place.

Fort Wayne Radio Club members have often participated as individuals and submitted our logs with the club identified as our affiliated club. This allows the governing body, the Hoosier DX and Contest Club, to issue an award plaque for the top club in the state. We have won at least five times, with three of them as new record high scores!

Another cool thing is that the New England QSO Party, the “7 Land” QSO Party, and the Delaware QSO Party are on the same day, so the bands are really a target rich environment! They help us and we help them.

April 14 FWRC meeting dedicated to Morse code

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Interested in CW (Morse code)? The April 14 Fort Wayne Radio Club meeting is where you want to be! The program will include a discussion of the origins of the code (before the Civil War) and how it has developed since.

We will also talk about how Morse code is used today and how to learn or improve your code abilities. Even if you aren’t really interested in Morse code, this will be an interesting program.

We meet at Good Shepherd Church, 4700 Vance Avenue. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm.