Tim Gardner, N9LF reports that the rules for the 2013 Indiana QSO Party (INQP) have been posted on the INQP web site: www.hdxcc.org/inqp/. Tim reported taht there are no major changes, only minor clarifications.
I have updated the club roster as shown on the club web page. The call signs now listed are those of paid or lifetime members as of January of this year. I add to the list as additional re-ups dribble in throughout the year.
The January 2013 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.”
Photos of the December, 2012 FWRC banquet are available in this site’s photo gallery.
The Northen Indiana office of the National Weather Service recommends the resources below for onlie storm spotter traiing In the absence of in-person training by the National Weather Service. NWS also recommends these resources as the basis for volunteer-led spotter training:
- Northern Indiana NWS SKYWARN Information Web page
- “Role of the SKYWARN spotter” from The COMET® Program
- “SKYWARN Spotter Convective Basics” from The COMET® Program
- “Spotter Report Data Quality” from the NWS Warning Decision Training Branch
- “Storm Spotter Training” from the Des Moines, Iowa NWS office
- Spotter Network
- SKYWARN Weather Spotter’s Field Guide
The December 2012 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download from this web site. This issue is available for download by clicking the link below. This and previous issues are available by clicking the “Files” link in the main menu to the left and then clicking “Newsletters.”
Photos showing FWRC participation in the Fort Wayne Hamfest & Computer Expo are available on thie website. Find them by clicking “Photos” in the main menu.
Minutes of the November, 2012 FWRC general meeting are available on this website. You can get the document in PDF format via the Files menu or the link below.
The Foxhunt Chronicles
The tenth and last foxhunt of the 2012 season occurred on Sunday, the 4th of November, 2012. The hunt took place on a brisk Sunday afternoon, partly sunny, with a slight breeze. In general a beautiful day to hunt.
Four teams were involved in the hunt. They consisted of the team of Jim Pliett & Al Burke, K9OMA & WB9SSE, the team of Steve & Linda Nardin, W9SAN & W9LAN, and their grandson Alex, the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT, and the team of Mark Berke, WA7NXI and his son Nathan.
Charles Ward, KC9MUT provided the services of the fox and was hiding in a nature preserve behind the Maple Creek Middle School complex off Union Chapel Rd. He used a dismounted battery powered mobile rig to implement the high power fox, pumping about 30 watts into a yagi. The actual (low power) fox was implemented as a micro-fox hidden in a tree branch that was leaning up against a tree, about shoulder height, deep within the nature preserve. The micro-fox output (on the order of milli-watts) consisted of an id in Morse code for one minute every five minutes. For the first time the fox (both high and low power versions) output on 147.855 MHz instead of 146.430 MHz. The 147.855 MHz signal happens to be the input frequency of the 147.255/.855 repeater and thus Charles taunting voice fox transmissions were repeated of the 147.255 machine for the edification and entertainment of area hams.
The FWRC webmaster is in the process of rebuilding the FWRC website from the ground up, after receiving reports that the previous website might have been infected with malware. The webmaster will add content gradually as time permits, including some information that existed on the previous website. As a part of the process, the webmaster has migrated the site from version 1.5 of the Joomla content management system to version 2.5, which uses a different database structure (and therefore creates a migration path that’s inconvenient, at best). Please be patient as the webmaster rebuilds the site. If you notice any errors or problems, please let him know: firstname.lastname@example.org.