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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
September 23rd, 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:  October 12th, 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 September 14th club meeting was Mark Hotz-W7EAZ of Renton, WA.  Mark talked about Software Defined Radios (SDR) and progression from heterodyned radios to direction conversion SDR's.  Mark also gave a demonstration of this SDR radio and some open source software to process the incoming signals.  After Mark's presentation, we did a quick "Show N Tell" of some of the SDR radios that our club members are currently using.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Brian Miller-K7BDM (Tacoma)

Sherry Miller-KG7THH (Tacoma)

John Sutherland-Jr.-WA7IWA (Kent)

Raymond Jaggers-KI7CWX (Tacoma)

Eric Arndt-KI7FTR (Federal Way)

Greg Beeck-KD7IIQ (Eatonville)

Emil Oana-K6LGI (Tacoma)

Anna Balzarini-KD7TAB (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Todd Wolf-KI7PGD (Federal Way)

Bill Shorr-KI7OOI (Kent)

James Zanella-KA7GZR (Kent)

Peter Fullmer-KC3AZX (Fife)


The club's high altitude balloon that we launched in mid-July has been found, but sadly not recovered.  Two hunters hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Pasayten Wilderness area in the North Cascades has found our balloon using the coordinates of the last know position we received from the APRS transmitter that was in our payload bay.  The balloon came down in very dense forest area with what remains of the balloon, parachute, radar reflector and payload section are stuck 50 to 60 feet up in a couple of trees.  The hunters made an attempt to get a line over the top to pull something down, but didn't have enough paracord to get over the top and back down again.  For more pictures of the launch of our balloon and a YouTube video taken by the hunters, click on the picture on the right.


The 18th annual Route 66 On-The-Air special event takes place from September 9th through 17th, 2017. Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, it allows amateur radio operators a fun way to “Relive the Ride”, and possibly relive their own memories of Route 66, and celebrate the highway’s 2248 miles of rich history. The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) in San Bernardino, CA now organizes the event that has grown into one of the best special amateur radio events each year. Various amateur radio clubs using special 11 call signs W6A through W6U operate from cities on or near Route 66. Route 66 runs from Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL.


The salmon are running in September and you don't need a fishing pole to catch them.  The 26th annual Washington State Salmon Run, aka the Washington State QSO party, will be held on the weekend of September 16th & 17th.  This is the weekend operators across North America and worldwide look for QSOs with Washington state stations, while operators in Washington state look for QSOs with all 39 Washington state counties, and other stations outside Washington.  Activity runs from 9:00 AM (1600Z) to midnight (0700Z) on Saturday, and from 9:00 AM (1600Z) to 5:00 PM (2400Z) on Sunday.  Prizes of smoked salmon are awarded.  Click on the salmon above for more details.

Saturday:  0900 to 2400  Pacific Time
Sunday:  0900 to 1700  Pacific Time


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) is scheduled to meet at 7pm on Thursday September 21st at the Federal Way Church of Christ's Teen Center The ECRT is the public service aspect of the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club.  The ECRT provides 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 the Federal Way's Miles for Meso Fun Run.

FW Church of Christ
Teen Center
29904 Military Road South
Federal Way, WA  98003


The club's monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, is scheduled for Saturday September 23rd at the Old Country Buffet Restaurant 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 around the area.  This event is open to the public.  No ham license required.  No club membership required.  Just an interest in amateur 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)


The City of Federal Way is holding another semi-annual recycling event for residents of Federal Way on Saturday September 23rd.  Residents can drop off a variety of items which are not typically collected at the curb and/or banned from disposal.  This fall recycling event takes place from 9am to 3pm in the Wild Waves south parking lot.  Here is your chance to clean out your radio shack of some of those old boat anchors you might have purchased a one of the local ham fests, or other items you have stashed in the garage.  Here is a printable flyer on what items they will be accepting at the recycle event.

Enchanted Park-Wild Waves
36892 Milton Road South
Federal Way, WA  98003


The 5th Saturday EOC-to-EOC drill, sponsored by the Washington State Emergency Management Department (EMD), is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 30th from 9am to Noon.  The 5th Saturday drill provides an opportunity for ham radio operators to blow off of the dust and operate the amateur radio equipment installed in many of the Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) located throughout the state.  If you are interested in operating the ham radio gear installed at the radio room at the Federal Way City Hall, please contact the FWARC ECRT team leader Walt-WA7LTR at ecrt(at)fwarc.org.  If you prefer to operate from home, please feel free to check into the club's 147.040 Mhz (plus offset, PL=103.5) repeater between 10am to Noon.

Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave South
Federal Way, WA  98003

Walter Babb-WA7LTR
ECRT Team Leader


The Pacific Northwest VHF/UHF Society's 23rd annual conference is scheduled to take place the weekend of October 13th & 14th in Moses Lake, WA.  The conference includes the society's annual meeting, guest speakers with topics dealing with VHF/UHF and microwave operations, a catered lunch, and prize drawings.  For more details on the upcoming conference, click on the banner above.


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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 Wednesday, September 20, 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

September 23rd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

September 30th
5th Saturday Drill

October 12th
FWARC Club Meeting

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




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