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Federal Way Amateur
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
October 28th, 2017


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Please join us on our weekly Sunday night net at 7:30pm.  147.040 Mhz Plus Offset PL=103.5

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  November 9th, 2017

Club Meetings:  The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club meets on the Second Thursday of the month at the Federal Way Public Schools Support  Services Center at 7pm.  The FWPS SSC is located at 1211 South 332nd Street  in Federal Way which is the new facility at the south end of Celebration Park, and just east of the FW Community Center.  All are welcome to attend, and no license required.

At our last club meeting...  Our guest speaker for our October 12th club meeting was Angus Kerr of Wenatchee, WA.  Angus was one of the two hikers who found our downed high altitude balloon that came down near the Pacific Crest Trail in the North Cascades.   Angus joined us from Wenatchee through a two way virtual video connection.  Angus gave us a rundown on what it took to find our balloon and what it took to recover our payload bay containing our ham radio gear and other electronics.  We were able ask Angus some questions about his adventures, and he was able to ask us questions as well.  After we let him go, we played some of the video we captured with our two GoPro type cameras.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

Map to the club's meeting place: Click here.

Thank You For Renewing!

Emil Oana-K6LGI (Tacoma)

Walter Babb-WA7LTR (Federal Way)

Anna Balzarini-KD7TAB (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Peter Fullmer-KC3AZX (Fife)

William Harris-W7KXB (Seatac)


The FWARC's Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) will be meeting at the Federal Way City Hall's Hylebos conference room on Thursday October 19th at 7pm.  The ECRT supports the serious side of amateur radio, emergency communications.  The ECRT trains to provide backup radio communications and other support to governmental and civic agencies in the times of emergency or disaster.  The upcoming ECRT meeting is open to the public.  No club membership required.  No ham radio license required.  Just an interest in amateur radio and emergency communications.

Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave South
Federal Way, WA  98003
Talk-In Freq: 147.040+ (103.5)


The club's monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 28th at Old Country Buffet in Federal Way.  Here is your chance to start your day off right with a good breakfast and some eyeball-to-eyeball QSO's with other ham radio operators in the area.  This event is open to the public.  No club membership required.  No ham radio license required.  Just an interest in ham radio.  Folks start showing up around 8:30am and we can usually be found near the milk machine.  All will be welcomed.  Hope to see you there!

Old Country Buffet
1816 South 320th Street
Federal Way, WA  98003
Talk-In Freq: 147.040+ (103.5)


Shortly after our Hams & Eggs breakfast, we will be holding another planning meeting for a second high altitude balloon launch.  We will be meeting at the Woodmont Library in Des Moines, WA.  If you are interested in helping plan and put together our HAB project, please come out to join us on Saturday October 28th from 10am to Noon.  We need to figure out what electronics we want to put on our next flight.

Woodmont Library
26809 Pacific Highway South
Des Moines, WA  98198


It is that time of year again!  Spring forward, FALL BACK.  It is time to Fall Back and adjust our clocks back one our on the early morning of Sunday November 5th.  We will be moving from Pacific Daylight time (PDT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST).  So, when you go to bed on Saturday November 3rd, turn your clocks back one hour.  After the time change, we will be -8 hours in reference to Universal Coordinated Time.

Pacific Standard Time: 
Starts 1st Sunday in November (-8 Hours)
Pacific Daylight Time:
Starts 2nd Sunday in March (-7 Hours)


Hams & Hot Dogs lunch continues to be a popular event each Tuesday from 11am to Noon at the Federal Way Costco store.  Another opportunity for area hams to get together to talk shop and feed their face.  Membership with Costco or the FWARC is not required.  You don't even need a ham radio license to attend, just an interest in amateur radio.  Just let the person at the Costco door know that you are just going to get something to eat at the snack bar.

Federal Way Costco
35100 Enchanted Parkway South
Federal Way, WA  98003


Don't forget about the club's Sunday night check-in net on Sunday evenings starting at 7:30pm.  Hear about upcoming events and activities in our area.  We meet on the club's 147.040 repeater.

147.040 Mhz, plus offset, PL=103.5


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club has been entered into the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. Now, both YOU and the FWARC can receive FM Reward points as a result of your purchases. The Community Rewards program is similar to the FM regular Rewards program, but the club receives the benefits. For the FWARC to receive points as a result of your purchases, you must link the FWARC to your rewards card by visiting the FM Community Rewards web page. Your own Rewards points or fuel points are unaffected. Each quarter, the FWARC will receive a percentage of $2.6M depending upon the amount of points the FWARC receives. Please support the FWARC and link the club to your Fred Meyer Rewards card.


The FWARC and Amazon.com are now partners in the Amazon Smile Donation program.  The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club will receive a .5 percent donation on each of your purchases made through the https://smile.amazon.com  web site.  You receive the same great service as shopping at Amazon.com.  Your Amazon.com login and password remains the same.  After logging in, please search for & select "Federal Way Amateur Radio Club".  After that, you continue to shop online just like you would on Amazon.com.  To start your online shopping experience at https://smile.amazon.com , please click the logo above.  Thanks for your participation.


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 Monday, October 16, 2017

Federal Way Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 23415
Federal Way, WA  98093

Join the FWARC, or Renew Your Club Membership Here

Federal Way ARC
147.040 +
146.760 -
442.950 +

All three repeaters require
a PL tone of 103.5 Hz.

The Radio Club meets on
the 147.040 + repeater each
Sunday evening at 7:30 PM. 
Feel free to check into our
weekly net.

FWARC D-STAR Repeaters
1290.10- WA7FW-A
443.850+ WA7FW-B
146.840- WA7FW-C

442.925 + WA7DR-B
(Graham, WA)

(Click here for more details
on the club's repeaters.)


Upcoming Events

Sunday Nights at 7:30PM

The radio club meets on the air on the 147.040 - repeater for a weekly check-in net. Feel free to join in.

2nd Thursday of the Month
The radio club holds their monthly club meetings on the second Thursday of the month at the Federal Way Public Schools Support Service Center.  Board of Trustee's meeting is at 6PM, and general membership meeting starts at 7PM.
Everyone is welcome!

3rd Thursday of the Month
The Club's Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) meets at 7PM.  Watch the club's website for for updates on the meeting location.
All are welcome to attend.

4th Saturday of the Month
Our monthly breakfast, Hams' & Eggs. Come join us for a good breakfast, and eyeball-to-eyeball QSO's at 8:30AM at the Old Country Buffet on the north side of 320th Street across from the Commons Mall.
You guessed it, All are welcome!


IN 2017

October 28th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

November 5th
Spring Forward, FALL BACK.  Move clocks back one hour to Pacific Standard Time.

November 9th
FWARC Club Meeting

November 25th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

December 14th
FWARC Club Meeting

December 23rd
Ham & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

December 30th
5th Saturday Drill


IN 2018

March 10th
Mike & Key 36th Electronics Show & Flea Market. Puyallup Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, Puyallup, WA

March 11th
SPRING FORWARD, Fall Back.  Move clocks ahead one hour to Pacific Daylight Time.

March 24th
MicroHams Digital Conference, Redmond, WA

March 31st
5th Saturday Drill

April 14th & 15th
20th Annual Communications Academy. South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

Stanwood Camano ARC Hamfest, Stanwood Middle School, Stanwood, WA

Washington State Search And Rescue Conference

June 1st-3rd
SEA-PAC Hamfest & ARRL Northwestern Division Convention. Seaside, OR

June 23rd
ARRL Field Day Activities

June 30th
5th Saturday Drill

Salmoncon Pacific Northwest QRP Group annual weekend outing. North Bend, WA at Valley Camp

Chehalis Valley ARC 20th Annual Tailgate Swap Meet. Lewis County Fairgrounds

August 8th
Annual Clark County ARC Ham Fair Vancouver, WA

August 3rd-5th
63rd Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention. New Westminster/Vancouver BC

August 19th
Antique Radio Swap Meet. Puget Sound Antique Radio Association. Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

September 7th-9th
20th Annual Northwest APRS/Digital Summer Gathering. Valley Camp, North Bend, WA

September 29th
5th Saturday Drill

October 6th -7th
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

December 29th
5th Saturday Drill



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the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club
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via e-mail: president@fwarc.org

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