The October 2018 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

HamNewsIcon 2018 10The October 2018 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download using the link below. This and previous issues are also available for download by clicking the “Files” link in the main menu and then clicking “Newsletters.”


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September fox hides in tree

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fox cartoonWell, the September foxhunt started as usual from Cobin Memorial Park at 1:30 pm, on Sunday 10 September, on anything but a typical Indiana summer’s day. It was cool, about 600 F, rainy, and windy with a thick overcast blotting out the sun. Not necessarily a nice day to hunt. Of course, that meant nothing to the hunters, after all, they are animals.

Only one foxhunting crew was able to participate in this hunt, that being the stalwart team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE. The other usual suspects (hunter teams) were either convalescing from surgery or using Sunday afternoon to attend to repairs on their automobiles and antenna systems. (Some grumbled as to “How can that stuff be more important than Foxhunting?”). Then again, 10 September was the date of the Findlay Hamfest, so that might have dissuaded some other folks from participating. We plan to schedule around such events in the future.

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The September 2018 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available for Download

HamNewsIcon 2018 09The September 2018 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download using the link below. This and previous issues are also available for download by clicking the “Files” link in the main menu and then clicking “Newsletters.”


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License exams in Fort Wayne Aug. 4

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The next scheduled Amateur Radio testing here in Allen County will be held on Saturday August 4th. The test location is at the Fort Wayne area Boy Scout Council office. The Boy Scout office address is 8315 West Jefferson Blvd here in Fort Wayne. Despite the West Jefferson address, the office is accessed by taking the access road across from the entrance to Lutheran Hospital. Take the access road to the very end and the Boy Scout office is the last building. We will be in the basement next to the Kitchen.
All classes of license testing will be given. No appointment necessary. We will take checkins from 9 to 11 AM. The cost for W5YI testing remains at $14 for 2018. You will need a photo ID and a second form of ID. If you are testing for a license upgrade you will also need to bring a photo copy of your current license to leave with the paperwork.
 The final test sessions in Allen County for 2018 will be on Saturday November 17th at the Fort Wayne Hamfest.


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Saturday, August 11th is the date of the 2018 ACARTS Picnic. The picnic was a great success last year, so this year’s picnic will be pretty much the same. The Picnic will be start around 4:00 p.m. with the food served around 5:00 p.m., and will again be held at the Jefferson Township Park on Webster Road, east of New Haven. The club will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs, chips, and drinks. Salads, desserts, and other goodies will be a pot-luck carry-in.

The ACARTS Picnic is a family affair, so plan on bring your spouse, kids,  or grandkids. Let me know if you have any ideas for activities to be held with the picnic. Members of ACARTS, the Fort Wayne Radio Club, and the Fort Wayne DX Association are invited, with a special invitation to the new hams in the area. The picnic provides an excellent opportunity to have casual conversations and get to know your fellow hams and their families.

I need to get a head count of those members and guest will be attending, so we know how much food to purchase. Please contact me at and let me know if you plan to attend and how many guests will be with you. Please let me know no later than Tuesday, August 7th.

An article giving more details, as well as a map to show the park location will appear in the August issue of the Allen County HamNews.

I hope to see you there.


Dave, W9LKH

ACARTS President

July fox hides on old tow path

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foxhunt cartoonThe fox hunt for July started promptly at 1:30 pm, 8 July, one week late due to the 4th of July holiday. On hand were three eager foxhunter teams, Steve and Linda, W9’s SAN & LAN, Don, K9LI and his wife Kathy, and Charles, KC9MUT, Fred, KC9EZP accompanied by new ham and foxhunter Stuart, KD9LFW. 

The foxes for this hunt were Jim K9OMA and Anne KA9YYI. The fox location was on the near west side of Ft. Wayne just off Glendale Ave., on the Tow Path, part of the River Greenway This location was a bit of a challenge for the hunters because the direct path from the Corbin Memorial Park starting point to the fox location ran right through downtown Ft. Wayne. Experienced foxhunters will tell you the signal bounces around due to the tall buildings.  

Don was the first hunter to localize us at about 50 minutes in to the hunt. He and Kathy drove past the high power fox and went about ¼ mile further down the road. Don appeared about 10 minutes later on foot with his portable fox sniffer. 

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