How to find Field Day

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club’s Field Day 2013 station will be located at Dolnick Learning Center on the north campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (northeast of the intersection of Stellhorn and St. Joe Roads). Use your GPS to get to that intersection and then refer to the campus map below. The best entrance is Dean Dr. from St. Joe Road (first traffic light north of Stellhorn Rd.), except that visitors coming from the east on Stellhorn Rd. might pefer to enter on Sirlin Dr. from Stellhorn Rd.

FWRC Field Day map

Field Day 2013 Plans

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(Webmaster’s note: The text below is a verbatim excerpt of the most recent email message FWRC President Steve Nardin, W9SAN sent regarding plans for Field Day. Sorry about all the capital letters. That’s how Steve typed the email and I didn’t have time to reformat.)

 

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        OTA PLANNING MEETING 13 JUNE 2013

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Current helpers:


Food: W9LAN + KB9DOS + KB9DEB  (others needed)

GOTA Station:  W9BJG

PR Material:  W9BJG

cOMPUTERS:  need helpers (logging programs and networking; screen reader SW)

CONFIRMATION RECEIVED: DOLNICK IS OURS FROM JUNE 21 @ 7 PM TO JUNE 23 @ 4 PM
THANKS TO DAVE JONES, KC9TIK, & LARRY TEMENOFF, KB9OS!!


FIELD DAY & QRP NIGHT & FWRC MEETING:  JUNE 21, 22, 23 DOLNICK LEARNING CENTER
                                       VEC LICENSE TESTING ON SATURDAY
                                       AFTERNOON SATURDAY, HOG ROAST
                                       SUNDAY MORNING, FIELD DAY BREAKFAST
                                       (WITH BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!!)

                                        ALSO LOOKING AT BOY &  GIRL SCOUT VISITS



ARRL FIELD DAY LOCATOR SYSTEM:  W9SAN LOADED TODAY; WORKING OK! WWW.ARRL.ORG

NEED TO PLAN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SATURDAY AFTER VEC TESTING.
PR INFO PACKAGE READY TO GO OUT: W9BGJ

RELATED: I HAVE 11 x 17 FIELD DAY POSTERS. DOES ANYONE HAVE A PLACE THEY COULD POST

ONE OF THESE? PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME!

(A BLACK AND WHITE PDF FILE OF THIS WILL BE SENT OUT FOR ALL TO PRINT AS NEEDED)

STATIONS PLANNING:
        KC9MUT: 20 M SSB W/YAGI
        W9BJG: GOTA
        K9FMX: 40 CW
        KB9W: DIGITAL STATION
        W9SAN: VHF STATION; 6&2
        KU8T: SET UP STATION
        NEED OTHER STATIONS FOR 80 / 160 / 15 / 10 METERS

BATTLE CRY:    BEAT INDY!!!!  WIN INDIANA!!!!

FRIDAY NIGHT:  Arrive approx 5 pm with equipment
               Start club meeting at 7 pm
               If possible, start setting up stations; QRP radios to the air
               If tents setup, owners should stay all night

SATURDAY:      Arrive to start setup at 8:30 am
               VEC testing from (9) to (11)...someone please get me this information
               Field Day starts at 2:00 pm
               Hog Roast at 5:30 pm
               Run and log contacts all night!
             
SUNDAY:
               Field Day Breakfast, 10:00 am (?) probably
               Shut down operations at 2:00 pm
               Take down stations and be gone by 4:00 pm


Other items: please e-mail W9SAN@ARRL.NET
Planning on attending either activity?  Please let me know! Thanks.

FWRC Participates in VHF QSO Party

June 8 and 9, FWRC participated in the ARRL VHF QSO Party, the biggest VHF & up contest of the year. Because we did not receive confirmation to use Dolnick Learning Center at IPFW, a last minute change was made to operate from the QTH of Steve, W9SAN. We put up a temporary 30 foot tower with 6 and 2 meter yagis, set up stations in the trailer and my garage, and operated from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm on Sunday. Despite bad propagation, we all had fun and made a decent number of contacts. We also put up a tripod and extendable mast for 432 and made several contacts on that band, too.

Special thanks to:

K9FMX
KC9MUT
N9WLW
KC9EZP
KB9WWM
KC9OAX
K9RFZ

We also had a chance to Elmer a new ham by checking out his new QRP rig and making new key and power cables for him. (AC9EZ).

May Fox Nearly Invisible

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may 2013 foxhunt 1The fourth foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC’s foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 5th of May on a warm but overcast spring day. The mild Sunday afternoon put everyone in the mood to HUNT!!

May’s hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE; the team of Charles Ward, KC9MUT and Fred Gengnagle, KC9EZP, and the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOT & DOS, a total of eight participants eager to get at the wily fox.

Now the role of the fox was played by Dave Spence, K9NDU & Bob Dean, KC9UHU and they were hiding at an Acres, Inc. nature preserve off Zubrick Rd. adjacent to I69 just south of the Vera Bradley complex. You had to drive by the entrance to the preserve off Zubrick Rd. to spot them, otherwise they were invisible.

The high power fox was a mobile rig driving a quad antenna while the actual fox was a microfox programmed to output cw one minute out of every five. The fox broadcast on the input to the 146.94 machine so that local hams would be able to listen-in on the progress of the hunt.

Dave & Bob had added camouflage to the microfox and installed it in the branches of a tree at about six feet off the deck. It was extremely hard to spot as can be demonstrated in the pictures associated with this issue of the Chronicles.

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Contest-Related News

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The FWRC participated in the Indiana QSO Party this weekend, and ammassed approximately 25,000 points.

The next contest for the club will be the ARRL VHF QSO Party, June 8th and 9th.

On-the-air planning meetings for the VHF and Field Day events will start back up May 16, at 7 p.m. EDT, on the 146.76 MHz repeater in Fort Wayne. If you are interested in being involved or helping out with either of these, please try to attend, or communicate with me via e-mail or phone.

The June FWRC meeting is planned for Dolnick Learning Center (site of the Field Day effort), June 21. We have talked about trying to do the meeting at the actual site, to get people involved, and catch some free help with setup and testing. It is also the “QRP” night before Field Day! Should be a great time!

Field Day weekend is June 22 and 23. Everybody ready? Didn’t think so!

Updated Info: Spring Banquet This Friday

Updates:

  1. Room Change: we will be meeting in rooms 147 to 149. This is a new room for us, but due to a scheduling mixup, we will not have access to Raasch Hall.
  2. Use the entrance on the North West side of the building. This is door number 5 and it faces North, but is not the usual entrance that we use as it is close to the West side of the building.
  3. For traffic flow, please enter the Church grounds off of Reed Road, drive around the church, and park on the North side parking lot. The entrance to the lot from Vance Ave is still closed off, even though Vance Ave is now open to traffic. There is an exit from the parking lot to Vance Ave, however.

 


 

This Friday, May 10th, we will hold our spring banquet at 6:30 pm in Raasch Hall at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave in Fort Wayne. As usual, this is a carry-in, so please bring a main course, a dessert, or side dish to share. The club will provide regular and decaf Coffee, as well as punch, both regular and sugar-free.

We will also provide plastic silverware, and paper plates. YL’s (and some OM’s) will like the centerpiece giveaway afterwards.

The banquet is to held on the second Friday of the month, not our usual third Friday meeting day, due to the Dayton Hamvention beginning May 17th.

The banquet is always a very fulfilling experience! Lots of good food and good Amateur Radio fellowship as well. Please plan to attend!