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WA7FW
     
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
March 28th, 2015


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The Sunday Night Check-In net is back on the 147.040 (plus,103.5) repeater.


NEXT CLUB MEETING:  April 9th, 2015

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...  For our March 12th club meeting our guest speaker was Club President Daniel Stevens-KL7WM.  Daniel talked about some of the weak signal software written by Joe Taylor-K1JT.  WSJT, MAP65, WSPR, and WSJT-X are open-source programs designed for weak-signal digital communication by amateur radio.  Normal usage requires a standard SSB transceiver and a personal computer with soundcard.  Each of these software titles decode audio signals well below the noise level.  For more information on these digital modes, please visit Joe Taylor's WSJT home page.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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


Thank You For Renewing!

Carla Ackley-KD7JGJ (Federal Way)

Carl Reitz-N7DOG (Federal way)

Tom Stevens-KE7ZMJ (Kent)

Robert Rutherford-KE7UUU (Auburn)

John Holmquist-W7WAY (Eatonville)

David Swartz-KC7RRH (Milton)

Richard Gilbert-KG7JBV (Federal Way)

Daniel Olson-KE7SLY (Federal Way)

Craig Baker-KF7LLA (Seatac)

Dick Noe-KD5HXE (Federal Way)

David Hale-KD7HAA (Federal Way)

Daniel Camp-AF7O (Auburn)

David Williams-KF7AGI (Federal Way)

Bob Wilson-N7DTJ (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Troyce Brooks-KG7RZD (Auburn)

Chuck Meier-KG7ACJ (Federal Way)


EXTRA CLASS LICENSE STUDY SESSION CONTINUES

A study session for the pinnacle of ham radio licenses, Extra Class license, will continue on the the Saturdays of March 28th, and April 4th (9am to 5pm) at Kent Regional Fire Authority's Fire Station 73.  This class is open to anyone who has received at least their "Technician" license.  A recommended study guide is the ARRL Extra Class License Manual (10th Ed.).  This is a FREE class, however the cost of the test is $15.  Persons holding a Technician class license will need to pass the General Class test prior to taking the Extra Class test.  The cost of the General test is also $15.   If you are interested in attending this class or have any questions, please contact Daniel Stevens at 206-228-9274 or via e-mail at kl7wm@aol.com.

Kent RFA Fire Station 73
26512 Military Road South
Kent, WA  98032
Daniel Stevens: 206-228-9274  kl7wm@aol.com


FWARC MONTHLY BREAKFAST ~ HAMS & EGGS ~ THIS COMING SATURDAY

The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, is scheduled to take place this coming Saturday 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 from the surrounding area.  This event is open to the public, so come out and join us.  Folks usually start showing up around 8:30am, and we can found near the milk machine or in one of the conference room.

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


17th ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS ACADEMY RETURNS TO SOUTH SEATTLE

The 17th annual Communication Academy will return to the South Seattle Community College during the weekend of April 11th & 12th.  Two days of training and information on various aspects of emergency communications. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARESİ); Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS); EOC Support Teams; Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary, REACT, CERT and anyone interested in emergency communications should attend. Learn, network, and share your experiences with others. The Communications Academy is open to anyone with an interest in emergency communications, volunteer or professional. The presentations are designed to promote the development of knowledgeable, skilled emergency communicators who will support their local communities during a disaster or emergency response.

South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106-1499


HAM RADIO "TECHNICIAN" CLASS COMES TO FEDERAL WAY

An entry level ham radio class will be presented in Federal Way on the two Saturdays of April 18th & 25th 2015 (9am to 5pm).  This class is open to anyone who is interested in starting out in amateur radio.  A recommended study guide is the ARRL Technician Licensing Manual (3rd Ed.), but the group of  instructors will have plenty of handouts and practice quizzes available to assist you pass the required test at the end of the class.  This is a FREE class, however the cost of the test is $15.  This Technician class will be held at the Federal Way Masonic Hall in Federal Way.  If you are interested in attending this class, please contact Daniel Stevens at 206-228-9274 or via e-mail at kl7wm@aol.com

Federal Way Masonic Hall
1700 South 340th Street
Federal Way, WA  98003
Daniel Stevens: 206-228-9274 kl7wm@aol.com


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.


147.040 Mhz REPEATER BACK ON THE AIR

The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's 147.040 repeater is back on the air with a refurbished repeater controller.  Many thanks to Dave-KC7RRH &  Michael-KF7MBM for digging into the equipment manuals and figuring out the required electrical connections to interface the refurbished controller to the repeater.

Please feel free to try our FWARC's repeaters:


146.760 Mhz
Minus Offset
PL=103.5 hz

442.950 Mhz
Plus Offset
PL=103.5 hz
The Sunday night net will
be held on the 147.040 repeater.

HAMS & HOTDOGS CONTINUES AT FEDERAL WAY COSTCO

Hams & Hotdogs continues to be well received on Tuesday's at the Federal Way Costco.  Area ham radio operators come together for lunch starting at 11am to talk shop or not.  All folks interested in ham radio will be welcomed.  Many thanks to Emil-K6LGI for organizing this event, and to Dick-KD5HXE for keeping it going in Emil's absence.

Federal Way Costco
35100 Enchanted Pkwy South
Federal Way, WA


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/

 


 Tuesday, March 31, 2015
 


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



Join the FWARC, or Renew Your Club Membership Here
 



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
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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.

1st Thursday of the Month
The Digital Communications Group meets on the first Thursday of the month at the City of Auburn Annex.  If you are interested in Icom's DSTAR digital radios, or an amateur radio wi-fi network, this is the group for you.

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 behind the Billy McHale's Restaurant.
You guessed it, All are welcome!

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UPCOMING EVENTS
IN 2015

April 11th & 12th
Communications Academy at the South Seattle Community College.

April 18th & 25th
Ham Radio Technician Class at the Federal Way Masonic Lodge

May 15th – 17th
Washington State Search & Rescue Conference

 June 5th – 7th
Sea-Pac Hamfest & ARRL Northwest Division Conference  Seaside, OR 

June 27th - 28th
ARRL Field Day 2015

July 2015
Pacific Northwest DX Convention  Location TBA

July 2015
17th Annual Pacific Northwest Ham Radio Tailgate Swapmeet  Lewis County Fairgrounds

 July 2015
Salmoncon  Pacific Northwest QRP Group Annual Weekend Outing  North Bend, WA

 August 16th
Antique Radio Swap Meet  Puget Sound Antique Radio Association  Shoreline Community College

 August 22nd
Highline Amateur Radio Club Swapfest  Des Moines, WA

 September 2015
18th Annual Northwest APRS/Digital Summer Gathering  North Bend, WA

 

 

  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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