Who are we?
A number of new and old amateurs alike have asked; Who are the
frequency coordinators? Why do we coordinate spectrum and
frequencies? What do frequency coordinators do? and Why is it important
to support frequency coordination?
The Western Washington Amateur Relay Association (WWARA) is a
nationally recognized frequency coordination organization who
coordinates the use of amateur spectrum in western Washington to
minimize interference between and amongst amateur operators. The
WWARA was formed in 1976 and is a members of the Mid America
Coordination Council and the National Frequency Coordinators Council.
We have gone from a one man record keeping operation to an
organization of peers, supported by our peers and acknowledged by our
local FCC office as the only recognized frequency coordinator in our
The WWARA is a public non profit organization. We hold open meetings six
times each year. These meetings are held in public places, and any
interested party is welcome to attend these meetings. We are
incorporated in the state of Washington and operate with a set of bylaws
and written coordination policies. Our board of directors and officers are
elected at an annual meeting from our peers.
Frequency coordination groups such as the Western Washington Amateur
Relay Association, Oregon Region Relay Council, IACC and the British
Columbia Amateur Repeater Coordination Council act in behalf of all
amateur radio operators, to compile data bases of relay operation. We
then act as a clearing house to suggest frequencies, locations, power,
antennas, tones and any other parameter to all requests to ensure
operation of relay stations as interference free as possible. In addition
we attempt to bring amateurs engaged in interference disputes together and
The amateur radio frequency spectrum allocation is a fragile and finite
resource. With the explosion of new amateur radio operators using our
allocated spectrum we have more and more incentive to conduct
cooperative operation between not only individual amateur radio
operators, but amateur relay stations (repeaters). The WWARA provides
the local vehicle to accomplish this keeping the needs and desires of the
amateurs in western Washington in focus.
Experience has determined that the coordination of relay systems is
essential to maximize the finite spectrum resources allocated to amateur
radio and minimize interference between systems in our area and
adjacent areas. With the reduced presence of the FCC, more and more
problem solving will be required by your frequency coordination
associations. The FCC, ARRL and the regional/local frequency
coordinators are working on plans for a National Frequency Coordinators
Council (NFCC). The FCC and the NFCC are working together to change
Part 97 to require all relays systems to be properly coordinated. The
relays systems coordination status will become the key in resolving
interference issues. Your continued support of our band plans and
especially frequency/spectrum coordination councils such as the WWARA
and NFCC is essential to our mutual enjoyment of amateur radio.