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Welcome to the Fort Lewis Amateur Radio Activity (FLARA) Home Page.

The Fort Lewis Amateur Radio Activity is US Army sponsored by DPCA and is located in Building 830 (the Air Force MARS building) on McChord Air Force Base, Washington. It is used by active duty and retired military, DoD civilians and other bona fide Hams.

W2USA is a non-profit organization and is used by the membership for the enhancement of the radio art. W2USA was moved from Fort Dix, New Jersey in March 1989 by Robert Godlewski, KA4SBE. In September, 2001, W2USA had to move from Building 3E90 as it was to be torn down. In August 2002, W2USA was graciously offered space in Building 830 on McChord AFB.

W2USA is conducting VE testing on
the second Thursday of each month.

We will meet at the main gate between 7:00 - 7:15 PM, get you signed in, and then convoy up to the club house.

The VE Team for 2009
George, N7TQZ - Extra Class / Liaison
Angela, KC7EQ - Extra Class
Dan, N7BRZ - Extra Class
David, AC7KP - Extra Class
Eric, NS7DQ - Extra Class
James, WA7JK, Extra Class
John, K7JWD - Extra Class
Mike, N3KPU - Extra Class
Richard, KD6FEA - Extra Class

Contact George, N7TQZ at (253) 536-8388 for more information.

Click here to download the W2USA VE document (PDF format)

Other test sites in Washington State

VE Session Counts in Washington

2009 VE Test Schedule

January 8, 2009
February 12, 2009
March 12, 2009
April 9, 2009
May 14, 2009
June 11, 2009
July 9, 2009
August 13, 2009
September 10, 2009
October 8, 2009
November 12, 2009
December 10, 2009

Please bring the following:
The original and a copy of your radio license
The original and a copy of any unexpired CSCE showing credit for a previous test element that you passed towards an upgrade
Legal photo ID
Test fee of $15.00

Radio net is held on:

Friday Nights at 9:00 PM
on 146.440 simplex

The Friday Nite Net is hosted by:

  • George Ftikas, N7TQZ.
  • All properly licensed hams are welcome to check into these nets. You do not have to be a member to join in the fun. Hope to hear you on the air!

    2009 Officers of FLARA are:


    • President - George Ftikas, N7TQZ
    • Vice President - Dan Freeman, N7BRZ
    • Secretary - Richard Kear, KD6FEA
    • Treasurer - John Dupea, K7JWD
    • Hand Reciept Holder - Frank Escalera, AC7LR
    • License Trustee - George Ftikas, N7TQZ
    Other Members Duties:
    • Webpage Caretaker - George Ftikas, N7TQZ

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