Photos of vintage radios displayed at the March, 2013 FWRC general meeting are available in our online photo gallery, thanks to WB9SSE.
Minutes of the March, 2013 FWRC general meeting are available for download, using the link below.
IMO SKYWARN will operate quadrant nets on 146.88 MHz today in conjunction with the statewide tornado drill (ca. 10 a.m. and ca. 7:30 p.m.). I understand that many Allen County ARES members will be busy with a siren test net on 146.94 MHz but I encourage anyone who is not tied up with that net to check into the SKYWARN net.
We went to the Toledo Hamfest on Sunday March 17, 2013, held at the Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio.
Before we left I took this picture of 20+ me attending, mostly from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Link to Hamfest: www.tmrahamradio.org.
Seemed like a good hamfest this year, more vintage this year and lot of Hams attending.
The Foxhunt Chronicles
The second foxhunt of the 2013 FWRC’s foxhunt season occurred on Sunday, the 3rd of March on a sunny but cold March afternoon. In general good foxhunting weather albeit a little nippy.
The March hunters included the team of Jim & Annie Pliett, K9OMA & KA9YYI plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS & SSE, the team of Charles Ward & Fred Gengnagle, KC9MUT & KC9EZP, the team of Linda & Steve Nardin, W9’s LAN & SAN plus their grandson Alex, and the team of Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT,…. In all a total of eleven rabid hunters just chomping at the bit to find their elusive prey.
And serving as the prey for this contest were Bob Dean, KC9UHU & Dave Spence, KB9VTK who were holed-up at a baseball diamond at Harlan Community Park. They had erected a yagi driven by about 50 watts of rf for the high power fox signal, and hid a microcontroller controlled “microfox” within a brass bell located on the baseball diamond property as the actual fox. The microfox was programmed to automatically produce about 50 milliwatts of cw on the fox output frequency for one minute every five minutes. For this hunt the fox frequency was set to 146.31 MHz which is the input frequency for the FWRC’s 146.91/.31 repeater, and thus allowed area hams to listen in on the progress of the hunt via the 146.91/.31 machine.
Due to the approach of inclement weather, the BOD of the Fort Wayne Radio Club has decided to hold the Board Of Directors meeting for March on the air (OTA). (The church will most likely not be open tomorrow night anyway)
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:00 pm on the 146.76 repeater in Fort Wayne. All members are invited to listen in, and there will be a time for comments from club members.
About 35 people attended SKYWARN spotter training Feb. 26 at the Allen County Public Library. Here are some highlights:
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michael Lewis reminded spotters of the importance of their reports. He pointed out that studies have shown that members of the general public pay more attention to weather warnings when they include eyewitness reports. In other words, if a tornado warning says a spotter has seen a tornado on the ground, it’ll get a lot more response from the public than a possible tornado indicated by radar.
Lewis covered the preferred and less preferred reporting methods.
The March 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.”
Due to budget constraints, paper handouts are/were not available during the Allen County SKYWARN spotter training Feb. 26. Below are links to the handouts, so you can view and/or print them for yourself. They are in PDF format, so you’ll need Adobe Reader.
Graphical depiction of how to maintain Severe Weather Awareness
Beaufort Wind Chart (and Spotter Reporting Format)
Minutes of the February, 2013 FWRC general meeting are now available on this website. For your convenience, use the link below.