Two-Meter Classic Sprint – September and October results

The Two-Meter Classic Sprint series continued with sprints held the first Saturdays of October and November. Several familiar call signs appear in the results of both sprints, and with only two more sprints to go, opportunities for overtaking the leaders in each category are fast disappearing! The November and December sprint will finish up this year’s sprints and final results will be published following the December sprint.

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KJ9R becomes silent key

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We regret to report that FWRC member Joseph Randall, KJ9R became a silent key November 21, 2021.

According to an obituary published on Facebook by the Midwest Funeral Home and Cremation Society (link below), a funeral service will take place at noon ET Tuesday, November 30 at the funeral home, 1415 West Coliseum Blvd., with viewing and visitation two hours prior.

Raffle winners announced

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During the 2021 Fort Wayne Hamfest the Fort Wayne Radio Club conducted three raffles. Two of these were for a club membership renewal promotion. Renewing or new members had a choice of entering drawings for a small spectrum analyzer or a dual-band, handheld transceiver. The third raffle was a complete HF station intended for a new ham (someone who has had a license for two years for less and did not have an HF station already).

The winners are:

  • Dual-band, handheld transceiver: Tony Vining, KD1MTI, a new FWRC member.
  • Tiny spectrum analyzer: Bill Lamb KD9HWH, a renewing club member.
  • HF station: Grace Shollenberger, KD9QXX, a new ham and club member who is attending Trine University.

Congratulations to all the winners!

FWRC to give HF station to new ham

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Icom HF transceiver and accessories to be given away to a new ham in a drawing.

One lucky, new ham radio operator will win an Icom HF transceiver and accessories during the 2021 Fort Wayne Hamfest.

Any person who meets the criteria listed below may enter the drawing at no charge.

To qualify for the drawing, a person must:

  • Hold a valid U.S. Technician, General or Extra Class amateur radio license or have passed an official exam (e.g., during the hamfest) for a Technician, General or Extra Class amateur radio license that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not yet issued, and
  • Have never held an amateur radio license issued by the FCC prior to November 17, 2019, and  
  • Not currently own any device that transmits on any amateur radio HF bands (10 meters through and including 160 meters), including a transmitter or transceiver. Ownership of a stand-alone HF receiver that lacks the ability to transmit does not disqualify an entrant.

The widow of a deceased ham radio operator donated the following equipment (pictured above) for the drawing. It is her wish to help a new ham get started on the HF bands.

  • An Icom IC-745, 10 thru 160-meter, 100-watt, multi-mode transceiver with matching ICOM SP-3 speaker.
  • An Icom SM-10 compressor and graphic equalizer with microphone.
  • An MFJ 949E Versatuner antenna tuner.

In other words, the prize is a complete HF starter station, except for antenna and feedline.

The FWRC will draw the winning name November 14 at the end of the Fort Wayne Hamfest, so all entries must arrive before then.

Qualifying persons (see above) may enter the drawing at the FWRC table at the 2021 Fort Wayne Hamfest or by contacting by telephone or email any of the FWRC officers or directors listed below. Entrants should be prepared to demonstrate that they meet the qualifications described above.

Two raffles promote 2022 FWRC dues payment

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tinySA® brand handheld spectrum analyzer (left) and Baofeng UV-82 dual-band, handheld transceiver (right)

The Fort Wayne Radio Club is again holding a 2022 club dues promotion. This year’s promotion includes two raffles:

  • A tinySA® brand handheld spectrum analyzer that covers 100 KHz to 960 MHz (including the MF, HF, VHF and UHF ham bands). It has a 2.8-inch touch screen and electrostatic discharge protection. See the tinySA wiki page for more information.
  • A Baofeng UV-82 dual-band (two-meter and 70-centimeter bands), handheld, FM transceiver.

The promotion is already underway and will run through the end of the Fort Wayne Hamfest, which ends November 14. All persons who pay their 2022 FWRC dues during the promotion will be entered with one chance in the raffle they choose. Individuals may purchase additional chances in either raffle for $1.00 per chance. All entrants must specify which raffle they are entering.

Members who have already paid their 2022 dues have automatically entered one of the raffles. Those members include W9GOO, WB9RKB, KC9GGV, KC9Z, KD9HWH, KD9SXK, Chris Jehl and any others who have paid their dues since the time this article was written.

Individuals who wish to pay their 2022 dues may do so at the FWRC table during the hamfest or by completing and mailing this special membership form with a check payable to Fort Wayne Radio Club to the address below.

Fort Wayne Radio Club
P.O. Box 15127
Fort Wayne, IN 46885-5127

To qualify for one of the raffles, mailed forms must reach the P.O. Box by noon November 13.

October FWRC meeting features elections, POTA

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club’s October general meeting will be held Wednesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. ET at the DuPont branch of the Allen County Public Library, 536 E. Dupont Rd.

The meeting will feature club elections for 2021. Nominations, including self nominations are accepted up to the time of voting.

Tom Rupp, KU8T, will do a presentation on the Parks on the Air program, which promotes emergency awareness and communications from national/federal and state/provincial-level parks. Tom is one of the country’s top POTA operators!

Radio volunteers needed for 100-mile trail run

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Man running through forest at night

Edward Scott, K9EJS is seeking licensed amateur radio volunteers to support a two-day, 100-mile trail run at Chain O’ Lakes State Park near Albion next month.

Edward is Amateur Radio Emergency Service emergency coordinator for Whitley County. He is recruiting volunteers for 65 four-hour shifts from 6 a.m. October 9 to noon October 10. The Indiana Trail 100 (IT100) event needs radio operators at 13 locations around the park.

The IT100 provides an unusual opportunity to practice the kind of 24-hour field communications a disaster might require.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Edward via email at or 260-229-7479. If volunteering, include in your message the hours you are available. Edward also requests that readers share this information widely, to help him recruit as many volunteers as possible.