Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society™ * W4BFB * Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co.NC * Repeaters on * 146.94-(118.8) * 145.29-(118.8) * 145.23-(118.8) * 224.40- * 444.60+(118.8)
Packet on * 145.010 * 145.090 * 224.400 * 446.500 * All 1200 baud FM simplex
Metrolina 2m Emergency Net™: 9:00 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
Mecklenburg ARES Net: Wednesdays, 7:30 PM Local Time on 146.94-(118.8)
Welcome to the MARS - W4BFB Website
Welcome to the website of the Mecklenburg Amateur Radio Society, an active affiliate club of the
American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
Based in Charlotte, NC, the club has been serving Amateur Radio Operators, or Hams,
in Mecklenburg County and the surrounding areas since it was
founded in 1949.
We are incorporated in North Carolina as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Our primary focus is to provide valuable training, actively promote the amateur radio hobby,
and most of all - have fun!
Photos from our February 2015 Club Meeting. We had a great turnout, despite the fear of the storms coming!
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. Click here
to see where we will be meeting this month!
We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Clubroom Activities
One of our goals for 2015 is to have more activities held in down in the club room. Below are some upcoming events planned:
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 Drive, 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
Latest MARS-W4BFB News:
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MARS-W4BFB in the NC QSO Party (Contesting and Testing Emergency Preparedness)
K4DXA - Ken Boyd (CDXA President) SK
Ken - K4DXA, a long time member of MARS-W4BFB, passed away Monday February 16, 2015 after a short illness.
You can share your feelings, condolences and remembrances of Ken K4DXA on the CDXA
Guest Book page.
North Carolina QSO Party - Sign Up Now! posted 02/16/2015
The 2015 North Carolina QSO Party, NCQP, is quickly approaching - March 1, 2015.
Those of you that were at our last club meeting in January got to see a sneak peek at what would be going on.
If you missed it - We'll be discussing it some more at this month's meeting.
Don't worry if you are only a technician, or don't have an HF rig to operate - that is not a problem -
you can absolutely still participate! And those of you that have been operating HF for a while,
this is a great chance to show off some of those skills and be an elmer to a newer operator.
Our club will be activating in Mecklenburg County from our club room in the Red Cross.
In order for the event to run as smoothly as possible, we are asking that you answer a
few brief questions for us [here]
so we can know who is interested in operating, and we can then come up with an operating schedule
where as many people as possible can participate and have a great time.
Of course, if you don't sign up you can still show up - we'll never turn you away!
Feel free to bring by friends and family as well. If, for whatever reason, you have any issues
getting this form filled out, please shoot the board an email
and we'll help you get that taken care of.
This will be the first of many events in March (it's going to be a busy month) and we look
forward to seeing how active our club can be in participating in the different things we do!
FCC "Paperless" Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17 posted 01/29/2015
Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper
license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees.
The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official
Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record
that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS),
although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses.
In mid-December the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access
to official electronic authorizations, as it had proposed in
WT Docket 14-161 as part of its "process reform" initiatives.
The events typically start around 6:30 pm. We have to be at the Speedway and in position
by 6:00 pm.
We use a 440 simplex frequency at this event. If you do not have a radio for this, the club does have some available for use during this time.
If you can help with this event, please contact directly for complete information.
2014 Ham of the Year posted 01/10/2015
Each year we reward an individual's efforts with a "Ham of the Year" award.
Our reigning Ham of the Year chooses his successor, and at our holiday party, presents the award.
It's then the job of the new Ham of the Year to pay attention throughout that next year, because he knows he has to choose a worthy successor.
Choosing the right person is a difficult task, but we try to give most consideration to service to our club, our community, and to other Hams.
Congratulations to Paul Jones, K4VCF, on receiving the 2014 Ham of the Year Award!
Keep your eye peeled for January's newsletter to see all the things that Paul has helped
out with not only in the club, but in the community as well!
To see the previous recipients of this award, please see the "Ham of the Year" page under "Activities", or click here.
MARS Membership Renewal posted 11/13/2014
You can now renew your membership to MARS
using PayPal (even if you don't have or don't want a PayPal account).
PayPal is easy, secure and fast. Anyone with an email address can use
PayPal in a minute or less, and you can pay with a major credit card!
After the first portion of the MARS online renewal form has been
completed and submitted successfully, you will be returned back
to the form to complete the PayPal portion
by selecting the correct [Pay Now] button which will take you to a secure
PayPal website. When completing the PayPal porting please enter your
[call] in the notes section of the PayPal form.
If you prefer not to renew on line, you can still complete a
paper form on line,
print it, and then mail it in with your check
or bring it to a meeting and give to the treasure.
We hope this makes it easy for you to renew your membership.
On behalf of Andy, K4GKK, and your Board of Directors, I am pleased to advise
that the Internal Revenue Service has approved our recent request to be
listed as a 501(c)(3) organizations. This means any and all donations to
MARS, a charitable organization, are deductible.
As we approach the end of 2014, we hope that club members, in addition to
renewing their annual membership, will give serious consideration to making
a contribution to the club. In addition to cash, any donation of
equipment that can be sold at the Hamfest is tax deductible, as long as the
contribution is made before the end of the year and you are given a receipt
for the fair market value of the item.
The Board wishes to express its gratitude to George W4GEH, Patrick W4PFI,
Patrick's dad Don Fink, for the time, energy, and attention to getting the
application tuned up before it was submitted. Yes, I was involved, but it
was a team effort.
Having the 501(c)(3) can and will open some doors for MARS that can have
the effect of improving the club's bottom line and allow us to have a
greater impact on our community.
(SK) Bill Martin, W4AFU posted 11/13/2014
GASTONIA - William "Bill" Eugene Martin, 86, passed away Nov. 13, 2014, at Caromont Regional Medical Center.
He was born July 24, 1928 a native of Gaston County, son of the late William Alexander and Esther Hollifield Martin.
He was a member and Past Master (1977) of King Solomon Masonic Lodge #704 in Gastonia. He was a member of the Valley
of Charlotte Scottish Rite. He was an Oasis Shriners and co-founder of Oasis Radio Car. He was a co-founder of Gaston
County Amateur Radio Society. His amateur radio call sign was W4AFU.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Martin; son, Patterson "Patt" Martin; brother, Ronald Martin; grandchildren, Connery, Ross and Hillie Martin; nieces and nephews, Rick Hill, Rita Short, Ken Beach, Sandra Porter and Brian Martin.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Gabriel Martin and brother, Jim Martin.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, 1503 S. York Road, Gastonia, officiated by the Rev. Jerry Millwood.
Visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your choice of: Shriners Hospital, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262 or Oxford Masonic Home for Children, c/o King's Solomon 704, PO Box 704, Gas-tonia, NC 28053.
Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.
Check out the updated Radio Links button in the navigation bar.
It now has links for back issues of CQ Magazine, 73 Magazine and
American Radio History which has links to many other radio and
220 Jabber Net:posted 8/12/2014
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.
New Meeting Locationposted 6/10/2014
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.
Here's the [link] 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.
Charlotte Talksupdated 2/25/2014
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.