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Federal Way Amateur
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
February 28th, 2015


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5th Saturday Drill coming up on January 31st from 1000 to 1200.  See below for details.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  February 12th, 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...  For your January 8th club meeting our guest speaker was Craig Baker-KF7LLA.  Craig is the FWARC's Digital Communications Group (DCG) chairperson and highlighted some activities the DCG is working on.  This includes DSTAR & the various ways club members can get active in DSTAR.  He also covered some of the advancements of the club's Mesh Networking efforts.  Prior to Craig taking the floor, Repeater Committee chairperson Dave Swartz-KC7RRH talked about the current outage effecting the club's 147.040 repeater.  Club President Daniel Stevens-KL7WM presented a proposed budget increase recommended by the Board of Trustees to the club's membership to fund the repairs to the 147.040 repeater.  The budget increase was accepted by the membership in attendance.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Jannette Douglas-K7JJD (Auburn)

L.W. Abel-K7LWA (Seattle)

Richard Fujimoto-KC7DZD (Tacoma)

Michael McDuffie-KF7MBM (Des Moines)

Jerry Clingan-KC7AUW (Federal Way)

Ronald Fonden-KG7AIC (Federal Way)

Gary Bryan-KG7KU (Federal Way)

Mike McCoy-N7VWD (Federal Way)

William McCullough-K7OZN (Federal Way)

John Holmquist-W7WAY (Eatonville)

Please Welcome!

Todd Johnstone-WB6CFA (Federal Way)


The month of January has five Saturdays in it.  That means it is time to blow off the dust on the radios and associated electronics equipment installed in the areas' Emergency Operations Centers (EOC).  The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club will be manning the radio room at the Federal Way City Hall on Saturday January 31st.  This EOC-to-EOC drill, sponsored by Washington State Emergency Management, is intended to keep area ham radio operators familiar with the equipment in the EOC's.  Show time is approximately 9:30am, with the actual drill running from 10am to Noon.  If you would rather participate from home, please check in with "Federal Way EOC" on the club's 146.760 (minus, 103.5) repeater.  If you are interested in participating in this upcoming drill please contact Kris Nelsen-KE7LCX for more details.

Kris Nelsen-KE7LCX
E-mail: ke7lcx(at)fwarc.org

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


With the New Year comes the start of the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's election process.  Now is your chance to become a part of the club's leadership that will guide the club for the next coming year.  Nominations are open for all positions of club leadership (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 trustees).  The term for each position is one year.  If you are interested in running for a club leadership position, please contact Club President Daniel Stevens-KL7WM to get in contact with the nomination committee.  Nominations are open until the club's March 12th club meeting.


The FWARC's Digital Communications Group (DCG) will be meeting on Thursday February 5th at 7:00pm at the Auburn Annex in Auburn, WA.  If you are interested in DSTAR radios, mesh networking, Voice Over IP, or computer networking in general, this is the group for you.  The group is working on a number of projects including building a digital network in the South King County area.  For more details, please contact our DCG chairperson Craig-KF7LLA.

1 East Main Street; Suite 380
Auburn, WA  98002
Craig Baker-KF7LLA
206-599-9853 Cell


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club will be meeting again on Thursday February 12th at the Federal Way Public Schools Support Service Center.  This event is open to anyone with an interest in ham radio.  No ham license required nor membership in FWARC is required.  Our general club meeting starts at 7pm, and our Board of Trustees meeting starts at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.


The 34th annual Mike & Key Electronic Show & Flea Market will take place in the Pavilion Exhibit Hall at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA on Saturday March 7th.  Doors open at 9am to about 3pm.  Cost is $8 per person.  The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club will be manning a club booth up on the second floor.  If you are interested in helping out with our booth, please contact Dan Camp-AF7O for more details.

Dan Camp-AF7O
Email:  af7o(at)fwarc.org


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 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 smile.amazon.com, please click the logo above.  Thanks for your participation.


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's 147.040 repeater is currently off the air due to a repeater controller failure. The repeater controller failed as a result of a power outage about a month ago. At the same time, we also smoked the UPS that served the repeater. The ETR to get the repeater back on the air is unknown.

Recommended alternative repeaters include
the FWARC's other repeaters:

146.760 Mhz
Minus Offset
PL=103.5 hz

442.950 Mhz
Plus Offset
PL=103.5 hz
The Sunday night net will
be held on the 442.950 repeater.


Well, when it rains, it pours.  The WA7FW D-STAR gateway is currently off the air, as well, due to a recent hard disk failure.  The actual D-STAR repeater is still operational and on the air on all frequencies.  ETR for getting the gateway server repaired is most likely sometime in January due to the holidays.  Reflector 035 is also still operational.


An entry level ham radio class will be presented in Federal Way on the two Saturdays of April 18th & 25th 2015 (9am to 5pm).  This class is open to anyone who is interested in starting out in amateur radio.  A recommended study guide is the ARRL Technician Licensing Manual (3rd Ed.), but the group of  instructors will have plenty of handouts and practice quizzes available to assist you pass the required test at the end of the class.  This is a FREE class, however the cost of the test is $15.  This Technician class will be held at the Federal Way Masonic Hall in Federal Way.  If you are interested in attending this class, please contact Daniel Stevens at 206-228-9274 or via e-mail at kl7wm@aol.com

Federal Way Masonic Hall
1700 South 340th Street
Federal Way, WA  98003
Daniel Stevens: 206-228-9274 kl7wm@aol.com


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.

Federal Way Costco
35100 Enchanted Pkwy South
Federal Way, WA


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 Thursday, January 29, 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

March 7th
Mike & Key Electronic Show & Swap Meet in Puyallup, WA

March 8th
Change to Pacific Daylight Time
(UTC -7)

March 21st
MicroHAMS Digital Conference in Redmond, WA

April 11th & 12th
Communications Academy at the South Seattle Community College.

May 15th – 17th
Washington State Search & Rescue Conference

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

July 2015
Pacific Northwest DX Convention  Location TBA

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

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



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