About FWRC

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The Fort Wayne Radio Club is an organization of amateur (ham) radio operators in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Members participate in several activities in the Fort Wayne area. The two major activities are the annual ARRL Field Day (always the 4th weekend in June) and monthly fox hunts. We also provide communications support for many public events, including the Mastodon Stomp at IPFW, the Juvenile Walk for Diabetes, the Annual Heart Walk and the Annual March of Dimes Walk at Headwaters Park.

Many of the club members participate as weather spotters for the National Weather Service SKYWARN® program to help protect the community from the threat of severe weather. Some members also participate in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS).

For information on the club’s current activities including the club’s monthly meetings (all are welcome), see our latest newsletter. Information released since the latest newsletter can be found on our news Web page.

Read about the club’s history

Club Roster

Don’t remember if you’ve paid your dues for this year? Check the official list of current members. If you’re not on it, fill out the application form in the back of an Allen County HamNews newsletter and bring it with your dues to a club meeting or mail it in. If you belive you’ve paid but don’t find yourself on the roster, contact the club teasurer.

Member Handbook

Download the FWRC Member Handbook which includes information of importance to all members, including the club bylaws.

Foxhunts

The Fort Wayne Radio Club sponsors monthy foxhunts (radio direction finding contests). Find the date and time of the next foxhunt on the club calendar. Read the rules and procedures for foxhunts (PDF file).

Radio Direction Finding (RDF) Team

Learn how to become a part of FWRC’s RDF team to help track down problem signals.

SKYWARN®

Learn more about the Skywarn volunteer storm spotter program, in which many FWRC members participate.

W9TE QSLs

In addition to the 90th anniversary special event station operation mentioned above, various club members put W9TE on the air at various times. To receive a QSL for such a contact, send an SASE to:

Carole Burke, WB9RUS
11714 Millstone Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN 46818

W9TE participates in the ARRL Logbook of the World and has uploaded contacts made since April 22, 2006. Electronic QSL Manager is Gary Stebbins, KC9GGV.

Want To Learn More About Ham Radio?

If you would like to find out more about amateur radio, please contact our club president. Meetings are usually held on the third Friday of each month at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 4700 Vance Ave, Fort Wayne, Indiana (See a map). Our meetings are open to anyone that wants to learn more about amateur (ham) radio. Please join us in this exciting hobby.

Year’s Final Fox Found in Nature Preserve

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The Foxhunt Chronicles

fox cartoonThe 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.

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FWRC Website Being Rebuilt

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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: w9lw@arrl.net.

November 2012 Issue of Allen County HamNews Is Now Available

achn icon 2012-11The November 2012 Issue of the Allen County HamNews newsletter is now available for download from this web site.  This and previous issues are available for download by clicking the link below or clicking the “Files” link in the main menu to the left and then clicking “Newsletters.”

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FWRC Elects Officers

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At its general meeting October 19, the Fort Wayne Radio Club elected the following people to their respective offices for 2013:

  • President, Steve Nardin, W9SAN
  • Vice President, Jim Pliett, K9OMA
  • Secretary, Al Burke, WB9SSE
  • Treasurer, Bob Streeter, W8ST
  • Communications Manager, Paul Prestia, KA3OPZ
  • Board of Directors members:
    • Tom Baker, K9TB
    • Jim Machamer, KB9DOT
    • Tom Rupp, KU8T
    • Charles Ward, KC9MUT

For more information, see the minutes of the October 19 meeting.

FWRC Radio Direction-Finding Team

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One afternoon, we noticed that 146.76/.16 MHz machine was timed out and thus unusable. It was timed out because there was a continuous unmodulated signal on the (146.160 MHz) input (we think from somebody’s stuck-on transmitter) which caused the 146.76 controller to do its thing and shut down the output.

Jim Pliett, K9OMA was able to detect the signal on the input using a pair of phased yagis at the top of his tower at his QTH up near Churubusco, and he was able to get a solid bearing on the source which pointed down through the center of Ft. Wayne. We wanted to get a few more bearings from other hams in the area so that we could radio direction find (RDF), i.e., triangulate the source and localize it. I was frustrated to realize that we didn’t know who else in the area were set up with rotatable yagis on their towers.

As a result of this experience Jim and I decided to organize a cadre of hams in the Ft. Wayne/Allen County area who had the appropriate equipment at their QTH that would allow us to RDF a signal source should a similar problem arise in the future. So I’m requesting volunteers who would be willing to serve on an RDF team.

The idea of the RDF team is to have at hand a list of local hams who we can call when necessary and have them take a bearing on a problem signal source and report the bearing to me, or Jim, (or whoever is acting as the RDF coordinator). With sufficient cross bearings we can then localize the source of the signal and subsequently find it’s exact location just like we do when we Foxhunt.

So if you’re willing to participate as a member of the proposed RDF team, I need the following information:

  1. Name.
  2. Call.
  3. Address.
  4. Telephone Number.
  5. Type of antenna (model number or band(s), i.e. vhf,uhf, number of elements).
  6. Antenna height above ground.
  7. Bearing resolution (some rotors are continuous, some increment by 10 degrees, etc.).
  8. Method of determining signal strength (Analog S-meter, bar meter, etc.).
  9. Times of day when you are typically available and would be able to participate including weekends if availability is different from that on weekdays.

Once we have a list of participants we would plan to run a few tests, probably coordinating on the 146.76 machine where we would have folks bring a test signal up from known location(s) and have everyone on the team take a bearing on it and report said bearing to the coordinator. That would give us practice taking bearings and transferring data, and would also give us the opportunity to calibrate the bearing readings on each team member’s system thus allowing us to compensate for bore-sighting errors.

So if you’re interested in supporting the Allen County DF team, call Al Burke, WB9SSE at 260-637-1989, send email to woffermom@cs.com and provide the data mentioned above.