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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
May 23rd, 2015


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Celebrate Memorial Day
May 25th, 2015


Join us for lunch every Tuesday with Ham & Hot Dogs!  See below for details.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  May14th, 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...  Our May 14th guest speaker was Monte Simpson-AF7PQ.  Monte is the ARRL Western Washington Section Manager and the Washington State RACES Officer.  Monte is also on the planning committee for an upcoming state wide exercise called "Cascadia Rising".  In the scenario, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurs off of the Washington-Oregon coast.  The resulting earthquake damage & tsunamis decimates the coast line and causes major damage throughout western Washington and the I-5 corridor.  Amateur radio operators have the opportunity to participate in exercise, passing radio traffic between city, county, and regional Emergency Operations Centers (EOC).  The Cascadia Rising exercise is scheduled to take place in June 2016.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Rob Chatham-KG7KPH (Tacoma)

David Williams-KF7AGI (Federal Way)

Tom Taylor-KG7CFC (Federal Way)

Bob Wilson-N7DTJ (Federal Way)

James McLain-KG7LAA (Renton)

Gregory Meister-KG7KVN (Auburn)

Cathy Niemi-K7CLN (Sumner)

Gary Anderson-KF7TBC (Kent)

Ken Dawe-KE7SIM (Federal Way)

Bill Balzarini-KL7BB (Auburn)

Mark Gouras-AE7NH (Federal Way)

Frank Sebastian-K7FNS (Sumner)

Please Welcome!

Shawn Hickman-W7OMG (Federal Way)


The upcoming May 21st Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) meeting will be held in the Hylebos Room on the second floor at the Federal Way City HallThe 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 various fun runs & parades.  The ECRT team meeting starts at 7pm.

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


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's monthly breakfast ~ Hams & Eggs ~ is scheduled to take place on Saturday May 23rd.  Hams & Eggs takes place on the fourth Saturday of the month at Old Country Buffet in Federal Way.  It is your chance to start you day off right with a good breakfast and some eyeball-to-eyeball QSO's with other area ham radio operators.  This event is open to the public.  No license required.  No club membership required.  Just an interest in amateur radio.  Folks usually start showing up around 8:30am and we can be found near the milk machine.  Hope to see you there!


The month of May has five Saturdays in it.  What does that mean?  It means you have a chance on Saturday May 30th to visit the various Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) in the area, blow off the dust on the radio gear, and pass some simulated emergency radio traffic to other EOC's.  Sponsored by the Washington State Division of Emergency Management, this drill is intended to keep local hams familiar with installed radio equipment and traffic handling techniques.  If you are interested  in participating in this upcoming drill, please contact Daniel-KL7WM for more details.

Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
Email: kl7wm@fwarc.org


The 33rd annual ARRL Northwest Division Convention (aka Sea-Pac) will take place June 5th through 7th in Seaside, OR.  Sea-Pac is billed as the Northwest's largest ham convention.  The convention includes workshops, seminars, guest speakers, luncheons, banquets, flea market and a spaghetti feed, as well as drawings for door prizes.  For more details and to register for the convention, please visit the Sea-Pac web site by clicking on the logo.


The FWARC's annual Field Day activities will take place on Saturday June 27th at the LDS Field House located at 841 South 308th Street in Federal Way.  What is Field Day, you might ask.  Field Day is part emergency communications exercise, part contest, a bit of a training opportunity, and some good food & fellowship thrown in for good measure.  During the fourth full weekend in June, ham radio operators throughout the US & Canada come together in school yards, shopping center parking lots and city parks to operate in simulated emergency conditions, making as many contacts with other hams on the air as possible.  Click on the ARRL Field Day logo to visit the ARRL's Field Day web pages or to download the FD information packet


The 4th annual Miles for Meso 5K Fun Run/Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 4th.  The fun run/walk starts & ends at the Federal Way Community Center and proceeds along the BPA trail & the streets near Celebration Park in Federal Way.  Event organizers have requested the assistance of ham radio operators to oversee the course route and provide participant progress & status communications to event officials.  The funds raised from the fun run/walk go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to support patients & their families, provide research grants, and create national awareness. Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure.  If you are interested in helping out with this event, please contact Mark-KE7AYD for more details.

Mark Freitas-KE7AYD
e-mail: ke7ayd(at)fwarc.org


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.  (By the way, Costco serves more than just hot dogs.)

Federal Way Costco
35100 Enchanted Pkwy South
Federal Way, WA


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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 Saturday, May 23, 2015

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.

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!


IN 2015

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

June 27th - 28th
ARRL Field Day 2015

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

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

August 7th - 9th
60th Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention  Everett, 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

September 12th - 20th
Route 66 On The Air

October 10th
Kitsap County Annual Hamfest  Bremerton, WA

October 10th - 11th
Pacific Northwest VHF Society 21st Annual Conference  Issaquah, WA



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

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