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Federal Way Amateur
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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
October 22th, 2016


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Our Digital Comms Group meets on Thursday evening October 6th.  See below for details.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  October 13th, 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 September 8th club meeting was again the club's own Mike McCoy-N7VWD.  Mike did a quick review of what we talked about last month, which was the VOACAP Propagation Prediction web pages.  After the review, Mike demonstrated one of many DX Cluster spotting networks, the PSK Reporter web site, eQSL electronic QSL cards, and Global QSL web site.  The DX Cluster allows hams to send out notifications on the spotting network of DX stations.  The PSK Reported web site shows who is hearing who while operating on many of the digital modes.  The eQSL.cc web site is one of the many ways to confirm QSO's with other hams electronically.  Others include Logbook Of The World, and QRZ.com.  The Global QSL web site allows you to design your own QSL card and upload your card and contact logs to their server and Global QSL will send out your QSL cards for you.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Greg Beeck-KD7IIQ (Des Moines)

Anna Balzarini-KD7TAB (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Brian Miller-K7BDM (Tacoma)

Sherry Miller-KG7THH (Tacoma)

John Sutherland-II-WA7IWA (Kent)

Raymond Jaggers-KI7CWX (Tacoma)

Eric Arndt-KI7FTR (Federal Way)

Brendan Leber-N0BML (Auburn)


If you are a FWARC club member and you are NOT receiving regular e-mails about club events & activities, please contact our webmaster so that we can get you added to the club's e-mail reflector.  Additionally, please "like" us on the club's Facebook page for announcements of upcoming club events & activities.

A recent audit was completed, comparing our current list of club members to the folks that are subscribed to our Yahoo Group.  39 percent of our club members are not subscribed to our Yahoo Group and are not receiving e-mails about upcoming club activities & events.  PLEASE subscribe to our Yahoo Group if you haven't already.



The club's Digital Communications Groups (DCG) is scheduled to meet on Thursday October 6th at 7pm in Auburn, WA.  If you are into Raspberry Pi, Arduino, mesh networking, or any of the digital repeater systems, then this is the group for you.  The DCG meets in the City of Auburn Annex Suite 380 at One East Main Street in downtown Auburn.  Entrance to the building is on the northeast corner of Main Street & Division Street.  Parking is available on the street, or on the east side of the building.

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


Our next set of club meetings is scheduled for Thursday October 13th at the Federal Way Public School's Support Service Center.  The general club meeting starts a 7pm, and the Board of Trustees meeting starts a 6pm.  These events are open to the public.  No membership i the club, nor having a ham radio license is required to attend.  Just an interest in amateur radio.  Hope to see you there!

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


October has five Saturdays.  What does that mean?  It means it is time for another 5th Saturday drill sponsored by the Washington State Department of Emergency Management.  On Saturday October 29th, amateur radio operators from around the state will be manning the various Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) in their area to blow off the dust and get refamiliar with the installed amateur radio equipment.  If you are interested in operating the ham radio equipment in the EOC located at the Federal Way City Hall, please contact Daniel-KL7WM for more details.

Daniel Stevens-KL7WM
kl7wm (at) fwarc.org


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


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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 Wednesday, September 28, 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

October 29th
5th Saturday Drill

December 31st
5th Saturday Drill

IN 2017

March 11th
Mike & Key 35th Annual Electronic Show & Flea Market Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA

March 12th
SPRING FORWARD, Fall Back.  Move clocks ahead one hour to Pacific Daylight Time.

April 22nd & 23rd
Communications Academy South Seattle Community College in South Seattle

April 29th
5th Saturday Drill

May 15th-18th
Washington State Search & Rescue Conference Ferry County Fairgrounds in Republic, WA

June 2nd-4th
SEAPAC Hamfest & ARRL Northwest Division Conference Seaside Convention Center in Seaside, OR

July 29th
5th Saturday Drill

August 4th-6th
62nd Annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention in Spokane, WA

August 19th
Annual Clark County ARC Hamfair Salmon Creek American Legion Hall in Vancouver, WA

August 20th
Puget Sound Antique Radio Association Antique Radio Swap Meet at the Shoreline Community College in Shoreline, WA

September 9th-11th
20th Annual Northwest APRS/Digital Summer Gathering at Valley Camp in North Bend, WA

September 30th
5th Saturday Drill

November 5th
Spring Forward, FALL BACK.  Move clocks back one hour to Pacific Standard Time.

December 30th
5th Saturday Drill




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via e-mail: president@fwarc.org

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