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WA7FW
     
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
March 23rd, 2017


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We turned 20 Years Old In October!
 

Our monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, is scheduled for Saturday March 23rd.  See below for details.


NEXT CLUB MEETING:  April 11th, 2019

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 March 14th club meeting was our very own Mark Holt-W7EAZ.  Marked talked about antenna modeling using EZNEC software.  Mark has built a number of different types of antennas at his home QTH.  When antenna performance was less than stellar, Mark modeled the antennas in EZNEC and adjusted the values in the model to optimize VSWR and return loss.  He then made adjustments to the physical antenna that he built.  The physical performance of his antenna matched that of the antenna models.  We also announced the nominees to our upcoming elections, and queried the group to see if there was any interest in putting together a workshop to build APRS Trackers.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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


Thank You For Renewing!

David Swartz-KC7RRH (Milton)

Athena Arel-KI7CXI (Federal Way)

Richard Gilbert-KG7JBV (Hinesville)

Gary Arel-KF7OFL (Federal Way)

Craig Baker-KF7LLA (Seatac)

Please Welcome!

Mary Leonard-KI7RLS (Auburn)


NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR UPCOMING ELECTION

Here is a list of the nominees for the upcoming elections.  Ballots will be sent out on March 20th, and need to be received in the club's mailbox no later than April 30th, or by the club's secretary at the beginning of the May club meeting.  Those elected will take office on June 1st.

Position    Nominee
President:   Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
Vice-President:   Eric Arndt-KI7FTR
Secretary:   (open)
Treasurer:   Jamie Fenton-KI7IWP
Trustees: 
(top 2 or 3) 
 Gary Arel-KF7OFL
 Jerry Clingan-KC7AUW
 Ken Dawe-AG7QU
 Tom Stevens-KE7ZMJ
 Nick Sutton-N7QOR

HIGHLINE SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKER BUS ON THE AIR

The Highline Public School District's maker bus will be on the air on the following dates (right) from 9am to Noon.  The maker bus not only serves as a command center vehicle for the school district, it also serves as a STEM educational platform for the kids.  During the maker bus deployment, the kids will be able to make contact with ham radio operators from around the area through the FWARC's 147.040 (plus, 103.5) repeater.  Area ham radio operators are encouraged to be available and talk with the kids via amateur radio.

 

On the air from 9am to Noon on the 147.040 repeater.

3/18/19:  Hilltop Elementary School
3/26/19:  McMicken Heights Elementary (8am to 4pm)
4/15/19:  Parkside Elementary School
5/10/19:  Southern Heights Elementary
5/13/19:  Hazel Valley Elementary
5/20/19:  Beverly Park Elementary


ECRT MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 21st

The Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) will be meeting at 7pm on Thursday evening March 21st.  The ECRT is the public service aspect of the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club. The ECRT was organized to provide backup radio communications and other support to governmental and civic agencies in the times of emergency or disaster. Some of the ECRT team members also support other non-emergent public service functions such as some of the fun run held in Federal Way, as well as many of the Seafair events in the Puget Sound area. 

Share Life Center
31919 6th Ave South
Federal Way, WA  98003
Talk-In Freq: 147.040+ (103.5)


HAMS & EGGS BREAKFAST ON THE CALENDAR

The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, takes place on Saturday March 23rd at Old Country Buffet in Federal Way.  Here is your chance to start your day off right with good breakfast and some eyeball-to-eyeball QSO's with other area ham radio operators.  This event is open to the public.  No ham radio license required.  No club membership required.  Just an interest in amateur radio.  Folks start showing up around 8:30am or so, and we can usually be found near the doors of the large conference room.  Come out and join us.  All will be welcomed.  Hope to see you there!

Old Country Buffet
1816 South 320th Street
Federal Way, WA  98003


5TH SATURDAY DRILL ON THE HORIZON

March 2019 has five Saturdays in it.  What does that mean?  It means it is time for another EOC-to-EOC drill to take place throughout Washington State.  The 5th Saturday communications drill, scheduled for March 30th, is sponsored by the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) located in Camp Murray.  This regularly scheduled event allows ham radio operators from around the state to blow off the dust on the ham radio equipment installed in the areas Emergency Operations Centers (EOC).  The FWARC will be operating the ham radio equipment installed at the Federal Way City Hall and at South King Fire & Rescue's Station 67 in Des Moines, WA.  If you are interested in operating equipment at either of these two locations, please contact Walt-WA7LTR for more details.  Alternatively, you can check into the club's 5th Saturday Drill net by tuning to our 147.040 Mhz (plus, 103.5) repeater.  This 5th Saturday drill will run from 10am to Noon.

5th Saturday Drill Net 147.040 Mhz (plus offset, 103.5 tone)
Walt-WA7LTR at ecrt@fwarc.org


DSTART WORKSHOP SCHEDULED

The club's Digital Communications Group will be presenting a D-STAR Workshop on Saturday March 30th from 9am to 2pm. The workshop will cover the ins & outs of DSTAR include what the difference is between the repeaters, a reflector, and a ratflector. The workshop will be held at Funeral Alternative's Share Life Center. Space is limited to 30 people. Table space is extremely limited. For more details and to register please send an email to dstar@fwarc.org.

Share Life Center
31919 6th Ave South
Federal Way, WA  98003
Talk-In Freq: 147.040+ (103.5)


FWARC CLUB MEETINGS SCHEDULED

Our next set of club meetings has been scheduled for Thursday April 11th.  We will continue to meet at the Federal Way Public School's Support Service Center (SSC) throughout 2019.  The SSC is located across the street from the south end of Celebration Park in Federal Way, and just to the east of the Federal Way Community Center.  The event is open to the public.  No ham radio license required.  No club membership required.  Just an interest in amateur radio.  The club's Board of Trustees meeting starts at 6pm, and the general membership meeting starts at 7pm.  Hope to see you there.  All will be welcomed!

Federal Way Public Schools
Support Services Center
1211 South 332nd Street
Federal Way, WA  98003
Talk-In Freq: 147.040+ (103.5)


COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY 2019 ON THE CALENDAR

The 21st annual Communications Academy is scheduled to take place on April 13th & 14th at the South Seattle College.  Comms Academy is two days of training and information on various aspects of emergency communications, and is open to anyone with an interest in emergency communications, whether a volunteer or professional. Presentations are designed to promote the development of knowledgeable, skilled emergency communicators who will support their local communities during a disaster or emergency response.  Cost of this event is $40 per day, or $70 for the weekend.  Price includes lunch.  Registration opens on February 24th and opportunities sell out quickly.
 

South Seattle College Olympic Building
& Jerry Brockey Student Center
6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98106
Talk-In: 441.800 (plus offset, PL=141.3)

PACIFIC NORTHWEST DMR GATHERING IN NORTH BEND, WA

The Pacific Northwest Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) group is currently organizing a Spring Gathering to take place on May 18th at Valley Camp in North Bend, WA.  It appears that the plan is to put together presentations relating to DMR radio.  While the actual gathering is scheduled for May 18th, many hams attending the gathering will be arriving on Friday and departing on Sunday.  Valley Camp is a Lutheran Retreat Center in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The Valley Camp folks also operate a RV park and a lodge as part of their camping experience.  RV sites are $36/night.  Contact the Valley Camp for cost of rooms.

Valley Camp
49515 SE Middle Fork Road
North Bend, WA  98045
Phone: 425-888-1852
info@valleycamp.org


ENTRY LEVEL HAM RADIO CLASS SCHEDULED

A two-day entry level ham radio class has been scheduled to take place on the Saturdays of May 18th & 25th at the Muckleshoot Headquarters out near the White River amphitheater in Auburn.  Classes will run from 9am to 5pm on both Saturdays.  This is a FREE class, but there is a $15 testing fee to sit for the test at the end of class on May 25th.  To take a test, please bring a photo ID.  Licensed hams wishing to upgrade will also need to bring a copy of their current license.  To register for this class or for testing, please contact Daniel Stevens-KL7WM via email at: kl7wm@aol.com.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a sack lunch as lunch is not provided.

Saturday May 18th:  9am to 5pm
Saturday May 25th:  9am to 5pm
Saturday May 25th:  Testing @ 3pm

Muckleshoot Headquarters - Cougar Room
39015 172nd Ave SE
Auburn, WA  98092

 

HAMS & HOG DOGS TUESDAY LUNCH

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 is now a requirement, but not with the FWARC.  You don't need a ham radio license to attend, just an interest in amateur radio.  If you are not a Costco member, let the ID checkers know that you are going to the pharmacy or have an eye appointment.

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


SUNDAY NIGHT NET

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


FRED MEYER COMMUNITY REWARDS SUPPORTS FWARC

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.


FWARC TO RECEIVE "SMILES" FROM AMAZON.COM

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.


FWARC IS ON FACEBOOK

The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club is on Facebook.  Join us on Facebook and stay up-to-date with club activities while you are network socializing.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FWARC/



For additional information about
the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club
Please feel free to contact the club's president
via e-mail: president@fwarc.org


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 Wednesday, March 20, 2019
 


Federal Way Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 23415
Federal Way, WA  98093
moreinfo(at)fwarc.org
 



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Federal Way ARC
Repeaters
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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 at Funeral Alternative's Share Life Center.  Lots of free parking.
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!

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UPCOMING EVENTS
IN 2019

March 21st
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

March 23rd
MicroHAMS Digital Conference in Redmond, WA

March 23rd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

March 30th
5th Saturday Drill

April 7th
Yakima Hamfest in Yakima, WA

April 11th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

April 13th & 14th
20th Annual Communications Academy at the South Seattle Community College in Seattle, WA

April 18th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

April 27th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

May 9th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

May 11th
Stanwood Camano Amateur Radio Club Flea Market & Hamfest in Stanwood, WA

May 16th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

May 25th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

May 31st-June 2nd
SEA-PAC Hamfest & ARRL Northwestern Division Convention in Seaside, OR

June 13th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

June 20th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

June 22nd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

June 22nd - 23rd
ARRL Field Day

June 29th
5th Saturday Drill

July 2019
Chehalis Valley ARC 20th Annual Tailgate Swap meet in Chehalis, WA

July 11th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

July 18th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

July 27th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

August 8th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

August 9th-11th
64th Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention in Everett, WA

August 15th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

August 18th
Puget Sound Antique Radio Association Antique Radio Swap Meet in Shoreline, WA

August 24th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

August 31st
5th Saturday Drill

September
20th Northwest APRS/Digital Summer Gathering at Valley Camp in North Bend, WA

September 12th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

September 19th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

September 28th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

September 28th
Washington State Convention (Spokane Hamfest) in Spokane Valley, WA

October 10th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

October 17th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

October 26th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

October 2019
Pacific Northwest VHF Society Conference

October 2019
Kitsap County ARC Hamfest in Bremerton, WA

November 14th
FWARC Monthly Club Meetings

November 21st
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

November 23rd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

November 30th
5th Saturday Drill

December 12th
Club meeting cancelled in lieu of our annual
Christmas dinner.

December 19th
Emergency Communications
Response Team
Meeting

December 28th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast