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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
August 22nd, 2015


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Join us during our Sunday Night net starting at 7:30pm on the club's 147.040 + (103.5) repeater.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  September 10th, 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 August 13th guest speaker was the FWARC's own Bob Chatham-AF7PR.  Bob talked about yet another digital repeater system operating in the Puget Sound area and the nation.  The DMR for Hams is based on the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR)  open digital mobile radio standard defined by a European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Standard  and used in commercial radio products used around the world.  The DMR system uses talk groups to limit communications to local, regional, national or international areas.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Mark Bamford-W7BRT (Puyallup)

Greg Beeck-KD7IIQ (Des Moines)

Anna Balzarini-KD7TAB (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!
No new memberships this month.


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's next set of club meetings is scheduled to take place on Thursday September 10th 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.  The Board of Trustees meeting starts at 6pm and the General club meeting starts at 7pm.  The FWARC always meets on the second Thursday of the month and all are welcome to attend.  No membership required.  No license required.

Federal Way Public Schools
Support Services Center
1211 South 332nd Street
Federal Way, WA  98003


The club's Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) is scheduled to meet on Thursday September 17th.  The ECRT supports the serious side of ham radio, emergency communications.  The Emergency Communications Response Team 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 Fun Runs and other activities, as well as many of the Seafair events in the Puget Sound area. 

Location of the September ECRT meeting is still to be determined.


The 16th annual Route 66 On The Air special event is scheduled to take place from September 9th to 20th.  Most special events have just one station on their air.  This special event has twenty-one stations on the air positioned along the 2448 miles of the historic Route 66 which runs from Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL.  This on the air event was originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, it was a way to allow amateur radio operators a fun way to “Relive the Ride.” They also can relive their own memories of Route 66, and get to celebrate the highway’s rich history in making the U.S. what it is today.  The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club (CBARC) in San Bernardino, CA took over the event a couple years later and has grown into one of the best special amateur radio events each year. Amateur radio clubs using special 1X1 call signs operate from cities on or near the route. Hundreds of operators worldwide aim to contact as many radio operators as possible who would like to take part in this annual event.  Upon completion of the event, QSL cards and/or a certificate are available.  For more details and to download log sheets, please click on the link above or the Route 66 logo.


Are you active on D-STAR?  Here is your chance to bag some contacts all over the world during the Icom DSTAR QSO Party starting at 5pm on September 17th and running through to 5pm on September 20th Pacific Daylight time.  Exchange includes signal report, and the year you first operated DSTAR.  For more details, please click on the QSO party banner.


The FWARC's monthly breakfast, HAMS & EGGS, is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 26th at the 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 in the area.  Folks usually start showing up at 8:30am and we can usually be found sitting together near the restaurant's windows.  All are welcome to attend.  No ham radio license required.  No club membership required.  Hope to see you there!

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


The 2015 Salmon Run is schedule to take place on Saturday September 19th & Sunday September 20th.  Salmon Run is also known as the Washington State QSO Party in an on-the-air event sponsored by the Western Washington DX Club.  The object for stations within Washington state is to work stations in the United States & Canadian call areas, DXCC entities, and Washington counties for QSO points and multiplier credit.  The exchange includes RS(T) and the county where you are currently operating from (there are rover stations).  Stations outside Washington state need to pass along RS(T) and their state/province.  Stations with the most points at the end of the two days receive smoked salmon as a prize.  Salmon was designed and scheduled to be a warm up to ARRL's November Sweepstakes contest.

Saturday, September 19th: 9:00 a.m. to midnight PDT
Sunday, September 20th: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT


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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 Friday, September 04, 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 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 2015

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

September 12th - 20th
Route 66 On The Air

September 19th & 20th
Salmon Run 2015
(aka Washington State QSO Party)

October 10th
Kitsap County Annual Hamfest  Bremerton, WA

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

November 1st
Time change to Pacific Standard Time
(We will be -8 hours from UTC.)



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