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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
September 27th, 2014


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Let's go fishin' during the Washington State QSO Party!
See below for details!

Join the FWARC in the next 10 minutes and receive FREE parking at many of our offiical events & activities.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  October 9th, 2014

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...  At our August 14th club meeting our guest speaker was one of our own, Frank Sebastian-K7FNS.  Frank is the director of the Emergency Management Group for Seattle's Seafair.  Frank gave a quick overview of Seafair and some of its official events and how each are staffed with volunteers.  Frank also covered some of the quick planning associated with the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl parade.

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)

Jaime Trejo-KE6KIZ (Bonney Lake)

Anna Balzarini-KD7TAB (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Ronald Carper-KG7RKC (Federal Way)

Phil Pearson-N7YFI (Tacoma)


The club's Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) is scheduled to meet on September 18th which is the 3rd Thursday of the month.  The ECRT supports the serious side of ham radio which is emergency communications.  During times of emergency or disaster, the ECRT will provide back-up communications support to the City of Federal Way and the surrounding area.  The group also supports some of the public service events such as the local fun runs through out the year.  This month, the ECRT will be meeting at South King Fire & Rescue's Station 62.  To learn more about the ECRT, please check into our Sunday night net on our 147.040 (plus, 103.5) repeater, or contact our ECRT team leader Tom Stevens-KE7ZMJ for more details.

Sunday Night Net 7:30pm
147.040 Repeater (plus offset, PL=103.5)

Tom Stevens-KE7ZMJ
e-mail: ecrt(at)fwarc.org


It is time to go fishin', and you don't even need a pole!  The Western Washington DX Club's annual Salmon Run (aka the Washington State QSO Party) is scheduled to take place on September 20th & 21st.  The object of this contest is to contact as many of the Washington State counties as possible, with packages of smoked salmon being awarded as prizes.

Western Washington DX Club Salmon Run
September 20th ~ 9am to Midnight (PDT)
September 21st ~ 9am to 5pm (PDT)


There are a number of upcoming training opportunities being presented around Puget Sound in the coming months.  These classes provide a foundation to become a better communicator during times of emergency or disaster.

FEMA ICS-100, ICS-700 & ICS-200 Classroom Instruction:  The Pierce County Department of Emergency Management will be presenting three of the FEMA ICS classes in a classroom setting September 17th & 18th.  Attendees will have the opportunity to interact & ask questions of their first responder & EM instructors (these classes are also available online).  Upon completion of these classes, attendees will need to take online tests at their convenience to receive their certificates.  These classes will be presented at the Pierce County EOC and is a prerequisite to the ACES class below. Click here to sign up.

ACES Basic Certification:  The Oregon Auxiliary  Communicators Emergency Solutions (ACES) Inc.'s Basic Certification training course will be presented at the Redmond, WA Police Department starting October 17th at 5pm through October 19th.  This training and certification will involve sixteen hours of classroom training followed by eight hours of practical evaluation to which the operator must demonstrate the specific learning competencies outlined for the course. This course will cover basic emergency communications topics and procedures for operating VHF/UHF voice only.  Students attending this course are expected to bring a hand held amateur radio with instruction book as well as proof of completion of the IS-100, IS-200 & IS-700 FEMA courses.  Students should have a working knowledge of their radio and be able to do basic programming of frequencies and other parameters covered in the course.  Cost of this class is $20 Click here to sign up.


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club's monthly breakfast ~ Hams & Eggs ~ is scheduled for  Saturday September 27th at the Old Country Buffet restaurant in Federal Way.  Here is your chance to start the weekend off right with a good breakfast and do some eyeball-to-eyeball QSO's with other area ham radio operators.  Folks usually start showing up around 8:30am and we can found near the back conference room.  Anyone can attend this event & all will be welcomed.

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


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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 Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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 2014

September 6th - 14th
Route 66 On-The-Air Special Event

September 20th & 21st
WWDXC's Salmon Run (aka Washington QSO Party)

October 11th - 12th
Pacific Northwest VHF/UHF Society's 20th Annual conference in Seaside, OR

November 2nd
Spring Forward, FALL BACK
Change to Pacific Standard Time
(UTC -7)

November 29th
Fifth Saturday EOC-to-EOC Drill



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via e-mail: president@fwarc.org

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