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Federal Way Amateur
Radio Club
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
April 23th, 2016


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Celebrate Memorial Day
May 30th 2016


We hope you have a safe and radio-active Memorial Day Weekend!

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  June 9th, 2016

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...  We didn't have a guest speaker at our May 12th club meeting.  Our May meeting brought to conclusion our election process.  While the votes were being counted, we went around the room and those in attendance talked about what what got them interested in ham radio & their interest in ham radio today.  We also talked about some of the upcoming activities that are on the horizon.  Results of the election are posted below.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Rob Chatham-AF7PR (Tacoma)

David Williams-KF7AGI (Federal Way)

Tom Taylor-KE7TT (Federal Way)

Shawn Hickman-W7OMG (Federal Way)

Bob Wilson-N7DTJ (Federal Way)

James McLain-KG7LAA (Rosyln)

Bill Balzarini-KL7BB (Auburn)

Kenyon Luce-KG7THO (Milton)

Please Welcome!

Stephen Marth-WB7AAV (Federal Way)

Scott Nelson-KI7CMN (Buckley)

Bill Brightman-KF7KOS (Fife)


The May club meeting marks the conclusion of the club's election process.  Many thanks to all who were nominated and participated in the recent elections, and congratulations to those who were elected.  The results are stated below.  As you can see, we still have an opening for our Secretary, and an appointment will need to be made to fill the spot.  If you are interested in volunteering for the Secretary job, please contact President-elect Mike McCoy-N7VWD.  The new members of the club's board of trustees take office on the 1st of June.




Mike McCoy-N7VWD


Dave Swartz-KC7RRH


* * * Open * * *


Rick Gilbert-KG7JBV


Dick Lundstrum-W7INK
Monica Fredrickson-KG7GWD

Past President: 

Daniel Stevens-KL7WM


The club's monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, is scheduled to take place on Saturday May 28th at the Old Country Buffet restaurant in Federal Way.  Here is your chance to start your day out right with a good breakfast and some eyeball-to-eyeball QSO's with other ham radio operators in the Federal Way area.  Membership in the club in not required, nor having a ham radio license.  This event is open to all who might have an interest in amateur radio.  Folks usually start showing up around 8:30am and we can be found somewhere near the milk machine.  Hope to see you there!

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


The club's annual Field Day activities will take place on Saturday June 25th & 26th.  "What is Field Day?", you might ask.  ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually throughout the US & Canada. Always on the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate in simulated emergency conditions. While technically not a contest, the objective of the event is to work as many stations as possible on any & all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

The FWARC Field Day activities
have been tabled this year.
We hope to have a better response next year.


Members of the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club should be receiving weekly e-mails.  The FWARC has a Yahoo Group which distributes e-mails out to all of our club members telling about upcoming events & activities.  If you are a FWARC club member, but are not receiving club e-mails, please contact the club's webmaster so we can get you added to our Yahoo Group.  Conversely, if you would like to removed from our Yahoo Groups, also contact the club's webmaster.

Mike McCoy-N7VWD


Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service (NPS) celebrate their 100th anniversary with National Parks On The Air (NPOTA). Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public.  You can participate in two ways.  You can be an Activator and/or a Chaser.  An Activator, like Field Day, sets up and operates their ham radio equipment within a National Park or other entity.  There are currently eleven locations in Washington State to operate from.  A Chaser can operate from anywhere and makes contact with the stations operating from the National Parks entities.  Certificates are available to qualifying Activators and Chasers.  For more details, please click on the NPOTA logo above.


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 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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 Saturday, May 28, 2016

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 EVEN months 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 2016

June 3rd - 5th
Sea-Pac Hamfest and ARRL Northwest Division Convention in Seaside, OR

June 25th -26th
ARRL Field Day

18th Annual Pacific Northwest Ham Radio Tailgate swap meet in Chehalis, WA

July 30th
5th Saturday Drill

August 5th - 7th
Pacific Northwest DX Conference in Portland, OR

August 21st
Puget Sound Antique Radio Swap Meet in Shoreline, WA

August 27th
Highline ARC's Annual Swap Fest in Des Moines, WA

September 9th - 11th
Northwest APRS Summer Gathering in Northbend, WA

ARRL Washington State Convention in Spokane Valley, WA

October 29th
5th Saturday Drill

December 31st
5th Saturday Drill



  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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