March 25th Club Meeting
Join Us for Dinner!
Come out and join us for dinner before the monthly club
meetings and indulge in some great food and great
conversations. Stay tuned to the website to see
what great restaurant we choose this month!
We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Public Service Events
For more information and to sign up to help, go to
Monthly Club Meeting:
Our club's regular monthly meeting is held on the last Tuesday of each month
(except December) beginning at 7:30pm, at St. Giles Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
2027 Emerywood Avenue, Charlotte NC. All visitors are Welcome.
Club meeting's are where we can all come together to see old friends, make new
friends, meet the person that goes with the voice and the callsign, find someone
to help with a radio problem, learn other's experience with a piece of gear, or
just plain yak with someone. We tell war stories, encourage new Hams, encourage
old Hams, divulge our secret techniques of operating or fixing, discuss current
Ham radio events, promote upcoming public service events or remember those we
have done. For most meetings, we try to enlist an interesting presentation of a
program topic about something in the communications world. We have had some very
interesting topics presented. Sometimes we explain what's required and how to
accomplish the best hamfest in the southeast, sometimes we horsetrade radio
fleas at a club auction, and when December comes, we get all gussied up for our
annual Holiday party.
It's important to come to club meetings because that's where everything comes
together. You get to lobby members of our Board of Directors (and they really
like to hear what everyone is interested in because it makes their job easier).
Club meetings are such an important part of our group that we require attendance
of at least 7 of the last 12 meetings to be eligible for nomination to our Board
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Net Manager Needed!
We would like to extend our thanks to John, WB2NHQ for graciously taking on the role of net manager for the nightly M2MEN sponsored by MARS. While we do appreciate his stepping up to the plate, we are still looking for an assistant net manager to help John in his duties. It is essential that we always have someone available to take on the duties of net manager. In the case that the net manager is out of town or otherwise unavailable, we will need the assistant net manager to be able to help and take on those responsibilities. If you are interested or have any questions as to what it means to be an assistant net manager, please contact John or any board member.
220 Jabber Net:
For those of you who have been around the MARS club for a while,
you may be familiar with the "220 Jabber Net" that used to be run by Bryan, K4NET.
With busy schedules and new nets, this net fell to the wayside.
However, due to many requests for it, Bob, K9TMU, has offered to get this net
back up and running! He would like your input as to what day/time would be
the most convenient for everyone to have this net. We would like it to
interfere with as few other nets as possible (we know this will be difficult
due to the number of popular nets in our area, but we would like to try our best).
If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions for this net,
please get in touch with Bob, K9TMU or Bryan, K4NET.
To All Amateur Radio Operators:
The ARRL and Amateur Radio need your
help as soon as possible. This is not a request for funding, but your
assistance with HR-4969, a bill that would extend the protection of
PRB-1 to those affected by Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Râ€™s).
Read more [here]
New Meeting Location
MARS has a new meeting space, starting in July, 2014.
We will be moving our monthly club meetings to the newly completed
Fellowship Hall at St. Giles Evangelical Presbyterian Church
The church is located in the Montclaire neighborhood at
2027 Emerywood Drive
to a short slideshow to give a bit of a photo tour of the
new facility so that you know what to expect and what to look for.
W4BFB Supports CCTTA
We will again be supporting the CCTTA Cycling Events at Charlotte Motor
Speedway this year.
The first event is Wednesday, April 9th. We have to be in position by 6:00
pm as the event starts promptly at 6:30 pm. The event normally ends around
8:30 pm. We use a 440 simplex frequency for the event.
If you have never worked the event before and are interested we will partner
you with a radio operator who has worked the event in prior years.
Please send an email to N4MH if you are willing to volunteer your time for any
of these events. They occur once a month for the next several months.
The week of the event I will send out the assignment list
for everyone who is working the event.
Mary Weddle - WC4T
The Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society just lost one of our first
lifetime members. Mary Weddle, WC4T, went to be with the Lord
after a difficult month of illness, she was 81. Mary was our
club secretary and newsletter publisher for years in the
1980's and 90's. Mary's newsletter editions were award winning
and widely acclaimed not just in our membership but also in
In 1984 when the FCC started the Volunteer Examiner program to
administer FCC amateur radio exams, Mary was one of the first
Volunteer Exam Coordinators (VEC) in the United States. I have
heard many Hams who took exams at one of her exam sessions
remark about her caring, interest, and encouragement, toward
their success (including candy). Mary also for years was the
Saturday Metrolina 2 Meter Emergency Net controller. When she
was there the Saturday night net had the largest participation
and the longest airtime of the week. Mary was well known and
loved by many Hams across all of our adjacent counties.
Mary's service will be Monday March 3 at Bible Presbyterian
Church, 6237 Rumple Rd, Charlotte (just off of Sugar Creek in Derita).
The visitation will be at 2:30, and the service at 3:30.
Tuesday, Feb 25, Ham Radio will be the topic on "Charlotte Talks" with
Mike Collins, WFAE FM 90.7. The show airs live @ 9AM and is replayed at 9PM.
MARS's own Paul Jones K4VCF and TIm Slay N4IB will be in the studio live
talking about ham radio, the upcoming Charlotte Hamfest and the ARRL's Centennial.
Hear the show now at
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