FWRC plans two August gatherings

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The August meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. at the main location of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. at 6:00 pm. Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ will speak about D-STAR use and registration.

The annual FWRC tailgate hamfest is scheduled for Friday, August 20, on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus, in parking structure number three. Setup begins and 5:30 and sales begin at 6 p.m.

Admission is free for buyers and sellers.

New venue for annual tailgate hamfest

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The FWRC board of directors announced a new venue for the club’s annual tailgate hamfest, scheduled for August 20. Rather than the traditional location on the parking lot of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, this year’s event will be in a parking structure on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW).

The club has reserved the second level of parking structure number three, in the northern part of the PFW campus, near Rhinehart Music Center. This location offers advantages including:

  • Shade
  • Protection from rain
  • Fewer mosquitos and other insects
  • Access to rest rooms

The easiest way to get to the parking structure is to use the “St. Joe Entrance” to enter campus on Dean Drive from St. Joe Road, just north of Stellhorn Road. Follow Dean Drive to the parking structure.

Set up will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the hamfest will begin at 6 p.m. There are no fees.

146.91 MHz repeater off the air

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The FWRC repeater on 146.91 MHz, located on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne, is temporarily out of service. FWRC secretary Al Burke, WB9SSE advised the FWRC webmaster that the board is aware that the repeater is off the air and that the members will visit the site to diagnose the problem as soon as they are able. Al gave no estimate of when repairs might occur.

Skywarn® net announces permanent frequency change

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The Allen County Skywarn® net has updated its net operations manual to indicate a change in the net’s alternate (backup) frequency to 146.94 MHz.

Effective immediately, any time the ACARTS 146.88 MHz repeater is unavailable (due to repeater failure or other issues), the Skywarn net will operate on the FWRC 146.94 MHz repeater in FM mode. That repeater also supports C4FM, also known as Yaesu Fusion mode, which the Skywarn net will not use. The 146.94 repeater requires user radios to transmit a 141.3 Hz continuous tone-coded squelch system tone. Users who also configure their radios to decode that tone will avoid hearing digital noise when the repeater is being used in C4FM mode.

For detailed information about how the Allen County Skywarn net works and how to participate, use the link below to download the latest version of the net operations manual.

Skywarn® is a registered trademark and program of the U.S. National Weather Service.

Two-Meter Classic Sprint – July results

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The Two-Meter Classic Sprint continued with the July edition held on July 3, 2021, lasting 30 minutes from 1300z to 1330z. Participation for the July sprint was up from June, with 11 submitted score summaries. Several familiar calls from the June sprint returned this month, and several new calls joined in the fun. Submitted score summaries came from the states of Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Kentucky. Stations entered in the base category (both high power and low power), as well as the rover category (low power only). Great to see the activity!

There are a few new items to add to the July sprint results. Starting with the July sprint, the score report will include two sections – a score summary for participants in that month’s sprint, and a score report for year-to-date scores. The next new addition is a “soapbox comment” section. Participants are encouraged to include their “soapbox” comments with their score summaries. “Soapbox” comments typically include such things as descriptions of rig(s) used, antennas used, operating comments, etc.

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ACARTS extends picnic invitation

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The Allen County Amateur Radio Technical Society (ACARTS) has invited members of the Fort Wayne Radio Club to the ACARTS Picnic. The picnic will be held August 7 at Jefferson Township Park, 1702 Webster Road, east of New Haven, starting at approximately 5 p.m., with the meal beginning at approximately 6 p.m. ACARTS will supply hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks. Salads, desserts, and other goodies will be a potluck carry-in.

Everyone is welcome, including spouses, grandkids, etc. The ACARTS extends a special invitation to new hams in the area.

The picnic has been a great success in the past and this year’s picnic will be pretty much the same as those of previous years. It is a great opportunity to meet with fellow hams in a casual setting.

The park has a covered pavilion, with seating at picnic tables for approximately 50 people. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, so that they don’t have to spend the entire time on a hard picnic table seat.

The ACARTS needs to know how many people are interested in attending, so it knows how much food to purchase. Please contact Dave Lindquiest at w9lkh@comcast.net and let him know if you plan to attend and how many guests will be with you. Please let him know no later than Monday, August 2.

The ACARTS will send any last-minute updates to the same email address from which attendees send their head counts.