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


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NEXT CLUB MEETING:  August 13th, 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 July 9th guest speaker was the FWARC's own Mike McCoy-N7VWD.  Mike is organizing a project to launch a high altitude balloon.  Mike talked about the federal regulations associated with the balloon launch, some of the challenges that need to be worked on, and highlighted a short To-Do list.  Anticipated launch date is late May 2016.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Mark Gouras-AE7NH (Federal Way)

Lincoln Chambers-KF7BNZ (Kent)

Frank Sebastian-K7FNS (Sumner)

Richard Lundstrom-W7INK (Auburn)

Mark Bamford-W7BRT (Puyallup)

Greg Beeck-KD7IIQ (Des Moines)

Please Welcome!

Kenyon Luce-KG7THO (Milton)


The next set of club meetings is scheduled for Thursday August 13th.  The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Federal Way Public Schools Support Service Center.  The Support Service Center is located across the street from the south end of Celebration Park.  The club meetings are open to anyone with an interest in ham radio.  No membership required.  The club's Board of Trustees meeting starts at 6pm, and the general club meeting starts a 7pm.  Hope to see you there.

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


A Technician licensing class will be presented on August 15th & 16th from 8am to 5pm.  This entry level ham radio licensing class is FREE, however the test at the end of the class is $15.  The testing session will take place on Sunday at 3pm.  This training session will take place at Tukwila Fire Station 51.  If you are interested in attending this class or need any additional information, please contact Daniel Stevens-KL7WM.  Dan can be reached via e-mail at kl7wm@aol.com.

Tukwila Fire Department Station 51
444 Andover Park East
Tukwila, WA 98188


The Highline Amateur Radio Club's Swap Fest & Raffle is scheduled to take place on Saturday August 22nd at the Des Moines Activity Center in Des Moines, WA.  This is an outdoor, tail-gate swap meet of ham radio gear and other related items.  Inside the Activity Center will be a Country Store.  This event will also have door prizes throughout the day and a raffle.  The swap fest runs from 9am to 1pm with an entrance fee of $3 per person.  For more details, please visit the HARC Swap Fest web page by clicking on the link above.

Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street
Des Moines, WA  98198


The month of August has five Saturdays in it.  What does that mean?  It means it is time to visit one of the various Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) in the area on Saturday August 29th and blow off the dust on the installed amateur radio gear.  These drills, sponsored by the Washington State Department of Emergency Management, provide an opportunity for local hams to stay familiar with the radio equipment and make contact with many of the other EOC's.  If you are interested in participating in this drill, please contact Daniel-KL7WM for more details, or tune to the club's 147.040 (plus, 103.5) repeater on Saturday about 10am.

Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
email:  kl7wm@fwarc.org


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.


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, July 31, 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

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

 August 29th
Washington State EOC-to-EOC drill.

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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