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(SK) Bill Martin, W4AFU
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.
Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com
MARS Membership Renewal
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
paypay website. When completing the paypal porting please enter your
[call] in the notes section of the paypal form.
If you perfer not to renew on line, you can still complete a
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.
Check out the updated Radio Links button in the navagation 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
In Search of Net Manager
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&R’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