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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
March 24th, 2017


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Our monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs is scheduled for March 24th.  Hope to see you there!

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  April 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...  The guest speaker for our March 8th club meeting was FWARC's very own Rob Chatham-AF7PR.  Rob is a returning guest speaker talking about Digital Mobile Radio (DMR).  Rob highlighted the DMR network in Washington state, some of the equipment that is installed at the repeater sites, and what it takes to get on the air with DMR.  For more details on DMR, including the various talk groups available, please visit http://pnwdigital.net.

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)

Jamie Fenton-KI7IWP (Browns Point)

Mark McDowell-KI7JXL (Federal Way)

Richard Gilbert-KG7JBV (Hinesville)

Daniel Olson-KE7SLY (Federal Way)

Craig Baker-KF7LLA (Seatac)

David Hale-KD7HAA (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Joe Cirone-W1SPY (Renton)

Jason Gonzalez-KI7TXC (Federal Way)

Mason Faultersack-MF0725 (Seattle)

Jade Faultersack-JF1022 (Seattle)

Matthias Fenton-MF0829 (Browns Point)

Abigail Fenton-AF0303 (Browns Point)

David McNeil-K7DOA (Federal Way)

Eleazar Fenton-EF0925 (Browns Point)

Ed Quarry-EQ0723 (Burien)

Carlin Faultersack-KF7TAX (Seattle)

Robert Faultersack-KL7SV (Thornton)

Beverly Faultersack-WL7AXI (Thornton)

Rich Beringer-RB0117 (Covington)

Elliot Beringer-EB0716 (Covington)

John Smith-JS0716 (Burien)

Samuel Fenton-SF1013 (Browns Point)


It is election time again.  The FWARC has kicked off its election process for the upcoming 2018-2019 term.  The nomination committee has compiled a list candidates interested in serving on the club's Board of Trustees.  Ballots will be sent out by March 20th.  Here is a list of the candidates:


NOMINEES (alphabetical order by LN)

President:  Mike McCoy-N7VWD
Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
Vice-President:  Eric Arndt-KI7FTR
Ray Jaggers-KI7CWX
Secretary:  Craig Baker-KF7LLA
Tom Wolf-KI7PGD
Treasurer:  No nominations. 
To be appointed after election.
(Pick up to 3) 
Walter Babb-WA7LTR
Jerry Clingan-KC7AUW
Kenyon Luce-KG7THO
John Southerland Jr.-WA7IWA
Dave Swartz-KC7RRH
Bryan Tuey-KG7ODF


Here is a list of some of the FEMA courses ham radio operators are encouraged to complete.  The IS-100 & IS-200 courses are required to operate from the communications rooms located at the Federal Way City Hall, and at South King Fire & Rescue's Station 67 in Des Moines, WA.





Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
ICS for Single Resources & Initial Action Incidents, ICS-200
National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
National Response Framework, An Introduction

How to apply for a FEMA Independent Study course (Online Course)


There are two Technician Classes scheduled in the Federal Way area for 2018.  The Technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators.  This license gives access to all Amateur Radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing the licensees the ability to communicate locally with other area ham radio operators.  It also allows some limited privileges on the HF bands used for international communications.  The cost of these two classes is FREE, however, a $15 testing fee is charged to take the required test at the end of the class. 

January 20th & 27th, 2018
9am to 5pm

Twin Lakes LDS Church
31816 47th Ave SW
Federal Way, WA  98023

March 17th & 24th, 2018
9am to 5pm

Federal Way Masonic Hall
1700 South 340th Street
Federal Way, WA  98003

For more details and/or to register for one of these classes,
please contact Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
at 206-228-9274 or via email at kl7wm@aol.com


The club's monthly breakfast, Hams & Eggs, is scheduled to take place on Saturday March 24th at Old Country Buffet restaurant in Federal Way.  Here 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.  No club membership required.  No ham license required.  Just an interest in amateur radio.  Folks start showing up around 8:30am and we can usually be found between the milk machine and the large conference room.  Come join us for breakfast!  All will be welcomed.

Old Country Buffet
1816 South 320th Street
Federal Way, WA  98003
Talk-In Freq: 147.040+ (103.5)


March has five Saturdays in it.  What does that mean?  It means it is time for another Fifth Saturday Drill sponsored by the Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD) at Camp Murray, WA.  Here is your opportunity to blow off some of the dust & operate some of the ham radio equipment installed in some of the area Emergency Operations Centers (EOC).  This Washington State sponsored EOC-to-EOC drill is a way for local hams to get hands on experience in with the EOC radio equipment.  If you are interested in participating in the upcoming 5th Saturday drill on March 31st from either the Federal Way City Hall or from South King Fire & Rescue's Station 67 in Des Moines, please contact Walt-WA7LTR via email at ecrt(at)fwarc.org.  Alternatively, you can participate from home by checking in on the club's 147.040 (plus offset, PL=103.5) repeater.

Federal Way City Hall
33325 8th Ave South
Federal Way, WA  98003
South King Fire & Rescue Station 67
2238 South 223rd Street
Des Moines, WA  98198


Our next set of club meetings is scheduled to take place on Thursday April 12th at the Federal Way Public School's Support Service Center (SSC).  The SSC is located across the street from the south end of Celebration Park, and just to the east of the Federal Way Community Center.  Our club meetings are open to the public.  No club membership required.  No ham radio license required.  Just a interest in amateur radio.  All will be welcomed.  The general club meeting starts at 7pm.  The Board of Trustees meeting starts a 6pm.

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


The 20th annual Communications Academy is scheduled to take place in the Olympic Building & Jerry Brockey Student Center at the South Seattle College in West Seattle on April 14th & 15th.  Communications Academy is a non-profit coalition of volunteer communications teams to provide a high quality, professional-grade training opportunity for the various emergency communications teams around the Pacific Northwest. Communicators are exposed to topics in emergency management, communications techniques and protocols, real-life emergency responses, and other pertinent subjects. 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.  The Communications Academy will have guest speakers, static comm-van & Go-Kit displays, and door prizes!

South Seattle College
6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA  98106
Talk-In: 441.800+ (141.3)


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 or the FWARC is not required.  You don't even need a ham radio license to attend, just an interest in amateur radio.  Just let the person at the Costco door know that you are just going to get something to eat at the snack bar.

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


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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via e-mail: president@fwarc.org

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 Monday, March 19, 2018

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 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 2018

March 24th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

March 24th
MicroHams Digital Conference, Redmond, WA

March 31st
5th Saturday Drill

April 12th
FWARC Club Meeting

April 14th & 15th
20th Annual Communications Academy. South Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

April 19th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

April 28th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

May 10th
FWARC Club Meeting

May 17th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

May 26th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

Stanwood Camano ARC Hamfest, Stanwood Middle School, Stanwood, WA

Washington State Search And Rescue Conference

June 1st-3rd
SEA-PAC Hamfest & ARRL Northwestern Division Convention. Seaside, OR

June 14th
FWARC Club Meeting

June 21st
Emergency Communications
Response Team

June 23rd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

June 23rd & 24th
ARRL Field Day Activities

June 30th
5th Saturday Drill

July 12th
FWARC Club Meeting

July 19th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

July 28th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

Salmoncon Pacific Northwest QRP Group annual weekend outing. North Bend, WA at Valley Camp

Chehalis Valley ARC 20th Annual Tailgate Swap Meet. Lewis County Fairgrounds

August 3rd-5th
63rd Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention. New Westminster/Vancouver BC

August 8th
Annual Clark County ARC Ham Fair Vancouver, WA

August 9th
FWARC Club Meeting

August 16th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

August 19th
Antique Radio Swap Meet. Puget Sound Antique Radio Association. Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, WA

August 25th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

September 7th-9th
20th Annual Northwest APRS/Digital Summer Gathering. Valley Camp, North Bend, WA

September 13th
FWARC Club Meeting

September 20th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

September 22nd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

September 29th
5th Saturday Drill

October 6th -7th
ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET)

October 11th
FWARC Club Meeting

October 18th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

October 27th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

November 8th
FWARC Club Meeting

November 15th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

November 24th
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

December 13th
FWARC Club Meeting

December 20th
Emergency Communications
Response Team

December 22nd
Hams & Eggs Monthly Breakfast

December 29th
5th Saturday Drill