Club Meeting November 2013
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. We meet every month at Landmark
Restaurant Diner around 5:00pm. The address of the
restaurant is 4429 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205.
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 East Baptist Church,
6850 Monroe Rd (next to East Mecklenburg High School, near Conference
Drive). 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
MARS - W4BFB New Year's Party
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: 6030 Central United Methodist Church
Albernarle Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
$5.00 per person.
Need your check by Jan. 1st 2014.
Mail your checks to:
16007 Wynfield Creek Pwy.
Huntersville, NC 28078
Latest MARS-W4BFB News:
click here for complete News Box.
NEXT 2014 Charlotte Hamfest™ meeting, Wednesday December 11th 6:30pm.. All MARS members invited.
Location: W4BFB clubroom Rm 023,in Red Cross Blood Services Bldg 2425 Park Rd.
MARS Election Results for 2014 Officers and Directors.
President: Andy Hawkins - K4GKK
Vice President: Mitch Barbato - KX4MB
Secretary: Stefanie Comerford - KK4LZR
Treasurer: Tom Hunt - KA3VVJ
Charles Comerford - KK4HOK - 2014
Patrick Fink - W4PFI - 2015
George Hohas - W4GEH - 2014
Paul Jones - K4VCF - 2015
John White - WB2NHQ - 2015
Weather Radio on 94 repeater.
In case you have not already heard, the weekly NWS testing has been enabled
on the weather radio in the .94 site. I needed to do this because we do not
get very many alerts thru the winter months and this will ensure everything
is still working as it should be. The weekly test is Wednesday¹s at 1pm and
in the event there is threatening weather in the area, tests are cancelled
until the following week.
Just wanted you to be aware in case you start hearing it on Wednesday¹s. In
addition, you will NOT hear the WX radio on Earl¹s 444.350 machine anymore.
146.940 and 224.400 will continue to broadcast WX alerts.
Charlotte Hamfest 2014 update.
Bill-W4GRW has already booked some great forums for the Charlotte Hamfest.
ARRL forum with ARRL President Kay Cragie-N3KN,
FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition with Bob-K4UEE,
K9W Wake Atoll Commenorative DXpedition with Lou-N2TU,
and Earning first American Novice DXCC with Bill-W4ZV.
Greetings Everyone !
Mecklenburg County has a new ARES Emergency Coordinator !
Please welcome and congratulate Tony Lewis / KE4VVF
, the new
Mecklenburg County ARES EC.
I have not left the EC position but accepted the ARES EC position for Union
County. Since I live in Waxhaw, it is a logical logistic move.
Please help and support Tony in his new ARES position !
73's Jerry Brewer / N4MIU
Union County ARES EC
Jim MacLeod, W4NHV (sk)
Jim was the last surviving founding member of the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio
Society. He was declared a life member years ago. Even though he had
lived in Lumberton for many years, we were fortunate to have him come to
Charlotte speak at one of our club meetings in 1999, and he attended
other club activities from time to time.
I first met him over
thirty years ago when I lived in Fayetteville. He was instrumental in
forming an active ARES group in Lumberton at that time, and later on was
active in the Robeson County ARS.
John Covington, W4CC
to his obituary.
UPDATE: IMPORTANT: W4BFB Repeater CHANGES!
ALL W4BFB repeaters will require use of CTCSS (pl) tone 118.8Hz for access SOON.
The 146.94MHz, 444.600MHz, and 145.23MHz repeater now require a 118.8 CTCSS tone.
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