CQ CQ CQ - 2014 ARRL Field Day!
It's that time again! In case you have not heard, the 2014 ARRL Field Day
is right around the corner! If you don't know what Field Day is, you
missed a GREAT presentation at the club meeting last month.
You can check it out at here ... however, you'll miss out on the
awesome commentary. To quote the ARRL, Field Day is part educational
event, part operating event, part public relations event â€“ and ALL about
FUN! We will be operating at the same location as we were last year -
Wilgrove Park in Mint Hill: 7750 Jim Harper Lane, Mint Hill, NC 28227.
Setup will begin around 1:00pm on Friday, June 27.
And what does W4BFB do to help kick off Field Day with a lot of fun? Why,
we have a picnic! Everyone loves food, right? However, to make sure we
have enough food for everyone who is coming (and yes, all of your friends
and family can come out as well), we need to have a rough headcount as to
who is coming. If you can go to the
Field Day Picnic Signups and
verify your information is accurate on the spreadsheet, we would appreciate
it. If you aren't on there - go ahead and add yourself! Mary and Tom Hunt
will be taking care of getting some of the food, but there are some things
we still need. If you would like to help, keep an eye out for the article
Mary has written for the newsletter with more information on that, or you
can reach out to her directly.
Now... before we can enjoy this great meal and fellowship together...
things need to be set up so we can operate. When does that happen, you
ask? Why - Friday afternoon/evening! We absolutely need your help with
this. If we don't have enough people, it's just plain unsafe for us to
raise towers. We have multiple towers, dipoles, beams, and rotators to get
set up, along with tents, trailers, and operating stations. This is a
great opportunity for new hams, as you get to see various setups and
equipment, and also get to see how it all fits together. If you are
available at any time to help us set up (we were there easily until Dusk
last year I believe -- we'll be monitoring the repeater if you have
questions that day) please sign up on the
Field Day Signup Sheet so
we can make sure we have enough bodies out there to help us out.
Wait a minute, you ask. What about who's actually operating the radios
after all this hard work? Well - good news! The same link, w4bfb.org/fieldday-signups,
has spots for operating times. The goal
is to have someone on every station from start to finish, with as little
gaps as possible. If you want to look at the points side, Digital and CW
get the most points - so we really like these stations to be manned as much
as possible. That doesn't mean Phone/SSB is not fun. When CW isn't in
use, we have a tuner handy and will hop on SSB over there as well. If you
look at the site, you will see slots for both operating and logging - it's
usually a two man job, so you can swap off as you are working your
shift(s). You may want to try to coordinate with a friend for operating
together, or maybe reach out to an Elmer to work alongside to learn some of
their HF skills and tricks. We are not huge sticklers to sticking to that
schedule either - if you just want to show up - we'll have somewhere for
you. We will have everything from Digital to Phone, CW, 6-Meter, 2-Meter,
Packet, Satellite, GOTA, and probably more that I am forgetting about right
now. We'll have a tent set up for just hanging out in. It will be a great
time. Please sign up for when we can expect to see you there at
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
Latest MARS-W4BFB News:
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MARS has a new meeting space
, starting in July!
(July 29th, the last
Tuesday in July this year.)
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 Avenue
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:
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 me an email if you are willing to volunteer your time for the
April 9th event. The week of the event I will send out the assignment list
for everyone who is working the event.
Mary S Hunt, N4MH
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, Clt (just off of Sugar Creek in Derita).
visitation at 2:30, service at 3:30.. 73, John
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
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 Wednesday's 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 Wednesday's. In
addition, you will NOT hear the WX radio on Earl's 444.350 machine anymore.
146.940 and 224.400 will continue to broadcast WX alerts.
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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