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The Club's Next
Monthly Breakfast
"Hams & Eggs"
is scheduled for
February 27th, 2016


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The next FWARC club meeting is this coming Thursday evening.  See below for details.

NEXT CLUB MEETING:  February 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 January 14th club meeting was our very own LW Abel-K7LWA.  LW talked about the Western Intertie Network and the nightly Insomniac Net. The WIN System is a series of 71 IRLP linked, or Intertied repeaters which covers 16 states, and two several Canadian providences. The WIN System is owned and operated by Shorty-K6JSI. The WIN System is an OPEN Repeater system and all hams are encouraged to stop in and get acquainted. The Insomniac Net is a social net and starts at 11pm Pacific time on the WIN system. Each evening, a series of questions are presented to the network. During check-in, participates provide their answers to the questions. Towards the end of the Net, a tally of all the answers are presented back to the Net.

List of our Past Guest Speakers: Click here.

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

Thank You For Renewing!

Jerry Clingan-KC7AUW (Federal Way)

Michael Richardson-K7YXA (Federal Way)

Ronald Fonden-KG7AIC (Federal Way)

Gary Bryan-KG7KU (Federal Way)

Mike McCoy-N7VWD (Federal Way)

William McCullough-K7OZN (Federal Way)

David Hale-KD7HAA (Federal Way)

Please Welcome!

Britt Mercer-KG7UBY (Seattle)

Billy Byers-N7BIT (Auburn)

Wes Sherman-KG7VSA (Spanaway)

James Back-KA7TZX (Renton)

Kelly Gardner-KG7VG (Pacific)

Mike Ping-N3KPU (Steilacoom)


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


The Federal Way Amateur Radio Club is set to meet this coming Thursday evening, February 11th.  The club meets at the Federal Way Public Schools Support Service Center located across the street from the south end of Celebration Park in Federal Way.  The general club meeting starts at 7pm, with the board of trustees meeting starts at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there.


The 35th annual Mike & Key Electronic Show & Flea Market is scheduled to take place on Saturday March 5th at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA.  Doors open to the two floors of the 44,000 square feet of the Pavilion Hall at 9am, and runs to about 3pm.  Cost is $9 for each adult (under 16 free w/ adult).  The flea market includes over 300 tables of new & used ham radio equipment, computers, and other items.  There will be a country store consignment area for those of you who don't want to buy a table, and a licensing exam session for those who wish to upgrade their license.  Free parking in the Gold parking lot.  Talk-In is the 146.820 (plus, 103.5) repeater.  Please stop by the FWARC club table up on the second floor and say HI to our folks.


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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 Thursday, February 11, 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 behind the Billy McHale's Restaurant.
You guessed it, All are welcome!


IN 2016

March 5th
Mike & Key Annual Electronic Show & Flea Market at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA

March 19th
MicroHams Digital Conference in Redmond, WA

April 9th - 10th
Communications Academy at South Seattle Community College

May 20th - 22nd
Washington State Search & Rescue Conference in Longview, WA

June 3rd - 5th
Sea-Pac Hamfest and ARRL Northwest Division Convention in Seaside, OR

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

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

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

August 27th
Highline ARC's Annual Swap Fest in Des Moines, WA

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

ARRL Washington State Convention in Spokane Valley, WA



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

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