New location for Field Day 2022

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) will conduct its 2022 ARRL Field Day operations at Jefferson Township Park, 1702 Webster Road, just east of New Haven, Indiana. Road construction near Historic Fort Wayne led the FWRC board of directors to choose a new location for this year.

On-air operations begin at 1800 UTC (2 p.m. ET) Saturday, June 25 and run through the night until 2059 UTC (4:59 p.m. ET) Sunday, June 26.

Members of the general public are always welcome to visit the club’s Field Day operation.

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FWRC wins QSO Party club competition

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The Hoosier DX and Context Club announced that the Fort Wayne Radio Club (FWRC) was the top-scoring Indiana club in the 2022 Indiana QSO Party. The FWRC scored a total of 1,187,825 points, thanks to logs contributed by AC9EZ, KU8T, WB9DLC, W9GT, AC9XS, KB9OZI, N9ZI, K9BLI, KC9UR, K9FW, W9SA, KR9U, W9HT, WA9BBN, N8KR and W9SAN.

The NorthWest Indiana DX Club scored the second-highest total of 433,049 points and the Lafayette DX Association placed third with 182,142 points.

To be eligible for the club competition award one of the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • At least three club members submit individual logs meeting the event’s requirements for single-operator logs.
  • The club submits a single log for a multi-operator station (single or multi-transmitter) with at least three club members shown as operators.
  • The club submits a combination of single and multi-operator station logs to meet the minimum participation requirement.

March 2022 newsletter available

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The March 2022 issue of Allen County HamNews, the official newsletter of the Fort Wayne Radio Club, is available for download using the link below or the “Newsletters” item on the main menu, above.

This month’s issue features articles about an unusual, winter Skywarn operation, the upcoming statewide tornado warning test, fox hunts, amplifier repair and crystal radios. The issue also contains the usual meeting minutes, etc.

Allen County HamNews March 2022

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Allen County Skywarn plans winter storm operations

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The National Weather Service forecasts a major winter storm for Allen County, Indiana and surrounding areas, beginning Wednesday morning, Feb. 2, 2022.

The Allen County Skywarn ham radio net plans special operations beginning at noon that day on the W9INX 146.88 MHz repeater.

This will not be a normal Skywarn net, because impacts of the winter storm develop more slowly than do impacts from severe weather like thunderstorms or tornadoes.

Instead, a net control station will conduct brief nets every hour on the hour. The net encourages all stations to participate by reporting any significant impacts of the storm, including power or communication outages, major road closures, and snowfall measurements (see this web page for instructions on taking snow measurements that will be useful to NWS). The net control station will use NWSChat, an internal, internet chat service, to relay impact reports to the Northern Indiana NWS office.

Allen County ARES does not expect to be needed to provide communications support during this week’s event. ARES leaders still encourage all members to prepare for possible activation. Should ARES activation be needed, relevant announcements will be made during the hourly Skywarn net, as well as via other ARES communication tools.

The hourly nets will continue as needed and as net control stations are available. It is likely that the hourly nets will pause during the overnight hours Wednesday and possibly resume Thursday morning. Contact net manager Jay Farlow, W9LW, with any questions.