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Federal Way Amateur
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
July 23rd, 2016


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ECRT Team working the Miles For Meso Fun Run on 4th of July

Many thanks to everyone who came out to our recent club meeting.  We have a good group.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  August 11th, 2016

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 guest speaker for our July 14th club meeting was Dave Funk-WA7RSO.  Dave talked about the one of the "Dilemmas of Ham Radio".  He covered the characteristic impedance of transmission line, and what makes 50 ohm coaxial cable 50 ohm.  He also sparked on impedance reactance & capacitive reactance and power transference.  Dave is a former club member and an educator for the Puyallup school district for many years.  Dave also hosts a technical website called Solutions-for-Education.  We will have Dave as our guest speaker again, I am sure.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Kenyon Luce-KG7THO (Milton)

Richard Lundstrom-W7INK (Auburn)

Greg Beeck-KD7IIQ (Des Moines)

Please Welcome!

Omar Alvarado-KG7CPB (Federal Way)

William Stillwell-KI7FOQ (Federal Way)

Jeanne Ulrich-W7CEO (Federal Way)

John Ulrich-N7KTJ (Federal Way)


The club's Emergency Communications Response Team (ECRT) will be meeting on Thursday July 21st at the Federal Way City Hall.  The ECRT supports the serious side of ham radio, emergency communications.  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 Festival Days parade and activities, as well as many of the Seafair events in the Puget Sound area.

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


Our monthly breakfast ~Hams & Eggs~ is scheduled to take place on Saturday July 23rd at the Old Country Buffet restaurant 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 from the surrounding area.  This event is open to the public & to anyone with an interest in amateur radio.  Folks start showing up at 8:30am and we can usually be found near the milk machine.  All will be welcomed.  Hope to see you there!


The month of July has five Saturdays in it.  What does that mean?  It means it is time for another 5th Saturday EOC-to-EOC drill sponsored by the Washington State Emergency Management Division.  This July 30th drill allows ham radio operators to blow off the dust & operate the ham radio equipment installed in many of the local Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) located throughout Washington State.  If you are interested in participating in the upcoming drill, please contact the club's ECRT team leader Daniel Stevens-KL7WM for more details, or check into the club's 147.040 repeater around 10am on that Saturday.

Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
Email: ecrt(at)fwarc.org
147.040 Mhz (Plus offset, PL-103.5)


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


Members of the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club should be receiving weekly e-mails.  The FWARC has a Yahoo Group which distributes e-mails out to all of our club members telling about upcoming events & activities.  If you are a FWARC club member, but are not receiving club e-mails, please contact the club's webmaster so we can get you added to our Yahoo Group.  Conversely, if you would like to removed from our Yahoo Groups, also contact the club's webmaster.

Mike McCoy-N7VWD


Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service (NPS) celebrate their 100th anniversary with National Parks On The Air (NPOTA). Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public.  You can participate in two ways.  You can be an Activator and/or a Chaser.  An Activator, like Field Day, sets up and operates their ham radio equipment within a National Park or other entity.  There are currently eleven locations in Washington State to operate from.  A Chaser can operate from anywhere and makes contact with the stations operating from the National Parks entities.  Certificates are available to qualifying Activators and Chasers.  For more details, please click on the NPOTA logo above.


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 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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 Sunday, July 24, 2016

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 on the north side of 320th Street across from the Commons Mall.
You guessed it, All are welcome!


IN 2016

July 23rd
18th Annual Pacific Northwest Ham Radio Tailgate swap meet in Chehalis, WA

July 30th
5th Saturday Drill

August 5th - 7th
Pacific Northwest DX Conference in Portland, OR

August 21st
Puget Sound Antique Radio Swap Meet in Shoreline, WA

September 9th - 11th
Northwest APRS Summer Gathering in Northbend, WA

ARRL Washington State Convention in Spokane Valley, WA

October 29th
5th Saturday Drill

December 31st
5th Saturday Drill



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the Federal Way Amateur Radio Club
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via e-mail: president@fwarc.org

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