Fox Found in Little-Known Park

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The Foxhunt Chronicles

fox cartoonThe 2013 Foxhunt season commenced on a darkly overcast Sunday, the 10th of February, amidst a cold, breezy and slightly, here and there, snow covered landscape. Aside from the mild frostbite potential, and the outlook for a bone chilling rain, not a bad day for a foxhunt.

The February hunters included the team of Annie and Jim Pliett, KA9YYI and K9OMA, plus Carole & Al Burke, WB9’s RUS &SSE, the team of Bob Dean & Dave Spence, KC9UHU & KB9VTK, and the team of Charles Ward & Fred Gengnagle, KC9MUT & KC9EZP. Stalwart foxhunters Kim & Jim Machamer, KB9’s DOS & DOT, and Steve & Linda Nardin, W9’s SAN & LAN were not able to participate in this first hunt of the year due to Kim having a case of the Eww-Fung-Gu while Linda is recuperating from a broken hoof which she got from tripping in the garage. Steve didn’t attend because he was nervous about the doctor-vet who was eyeing Linda’s foot and the pistol he carries in his belt.

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Special Event Station N9L to Honor American Legion

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Club logoARRL Indiana Section Public Information Officer Joe March, KJ9M reported that special event station N9L will commemorate the 94th Birthday of the American Legion. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) plans to operate in Indianapolis Friday, March 15 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT and Saturday, March 16, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT.

N9L will operate SSB on or near 14.270 MHz, FM on 146.46 MHz and on IRLP Node 4816. A special certificate is available to stations that contact N9L. More information is available on

The American Legion is nation’s largest veterans organization and it is headquartered in Indianapolis.

February Meeting to Feature Fox Hunt Technology

Please plan on joining us this Friday night for the February general meeting of the Fort Wayne Radio Club. Although we originally planned on having an EM COMM theme for the night, with two other meetings devoted to that activity, we changed the meeting’s focus to the latest in Fox Hunting technology. We will meet in the “Pit” which is the small meeting room adjacent to the Raasch Hall in Good Shepherd Church.

We will have discussion on two modern direct mapping techniques. Also, there will be discussion of the technical features of the “Micro Fox”. Also, we may have some details on Geo Caching as well.

Join us on Friday night for one of the fun aspects of Amateur Radio! The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is at the corner of Vance Avenue and Reed Road in Fort Wayne, just south of Snider High School.

NWS Radar Offline for Upgrades Feb. 11-24

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The nearest National Weather Service (NWS) radar to Fort Wayne, located at the Northern Indiana NWS office near North Webster, will be off line for two weeks, beginning Feb. 11, 2013. Technicians will upgrade the radar to use new, dual-polarization (dual-pol) technology. According to the NWS website, the new technology and data will primarily help forecasters identify the type of precipitation that is falling as well as improve rainfall estimates.

While the Northern Indiana NWS radar is being upgraded, people in the areas normally served by that radar (including Fort Wayne) will need to view data from other radar sites, including those in Grand Rapids, Mich., Detroit, Cleveland, Wilmington, Ohio, Indianapolis, Central Illinois, and Chicago.

Read more about dual-pol radar and its benefits.

Auction this Friday Night

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QST QST QST…..This coming Friday, January 18th, be sure not to miss the Fort Wayne Radio Club’s annual auction.

Here is how it works…. everyone either buying, selling, or both must register and receive a number. The club is always number one!

When an item is sold, the buyer pays the club the selling price. The club then gets 10% of that amount, up to a maximum of $20. The remainder goes to the seller.

We love stuff donated to the club, but if it does not sell, we cannot be responsible for disposing of the item.

Set up for the auction starts at 6:00pm. We will try to get things going and the meeting started by 6:30pm. We have to be done by 8:45pm.

If you have a big ticket item, rigs; etc.. let us know ahead of Friday, so we can get the word out, and you will have a better chance of selling it!

Chad and Paul, both professional auctioneers, will be doing the announcing, as long as they don’t get the flu!!

I will have some club items for sale, including a Cobra CB Base station rig with “Power Mic”, amoung others.

Don’t miss this great annual event to help out the radio club! Put it on you refrigerator calendar before your spouse puts a dinner date with the Kowalskis!! (they are so boring!)

73, C U there! Steve, W9SAN