The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club -W4CQ is a general interest radio club serving the Charlotte, NC area. We meet every Thursday evening at 7:30 at the Salvation Army Divisional headquarters, our served agency, located at 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte, NC. 28217, near I-77 Exit 4 (Nations Ford Road). The W4CQ radio club conducts it's business meeting on the first Thursday of each month. On other Thursday evenings we host an open house for anyone interested in amateur radio or the club.

Feel free to come by and meet the members. We have a working club station on site with active HF, VHF and UHF equipment. This is a secured facility, please arrive no later than 7:35 to assure access.

If you would like to join, simply fill out the membership application and mail or bring it in to our next meeting!

The Iredell County Amateur Radio Society (ICARS) will feature a presentation by Mr. Lou Dietrich, an Amateur Radio (ham radio) operator from Mooresville, about his recent visit to Wake Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

The event will be Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM, in Room 205 of the Mitchell College Technology and Workforce Development Building at 701 West Front Street, Statesville.

Mr. Dietrich (Amateur Radio call sign – N2TU) was the leader of a group of 12 hams from the U.S. (including another Mooresville resident, Richard (Dick) Williams, W3OA), who visited the atoll in November 2013. There they established a temporary Amateur Radio operation which would enable ham radio operators from all around the world to contact Wake Atoll, which does not have a resident ham radio population. This type of operation is known by ham radio operators as a “DXpedition”. In addition to the 12 who made the trip, there were 12 others from the U.S. and other countries involved in support functions.

The theme of the DXpedition was to raise awareness of, and honor, the civilian contractors who worked on the Atoll during WWII and contributed much to the U.S. war effort, 98 of whom became known as the “Forgotten 98”. Mr. Dietrich will tell of their efforts, and their treatment by their Japanese captors.

This is a fascinating story, and the DXpedition team has received several awards from Amateur Radio organizations around the world. Mr. Dietrich’s presentation, in addition to discussing the “Forgotten 98”, will include the planning, preparation and execution of this huge undertaking, which required not only getting 12 people to a small atoll more than 6500 miles from Mooresville, but also shipping ALL equipment and supplies that would be necessary to operate 14 days, 24 hours a day, and support the crew.

There will be a short introduction to “What is Amateur Radio” for those not familiar with it, as well as a question and answer period.

For more information about the Wake Atoll Commemorative DXpedition presentation, contact Iredell County ARS (ICARS).

W4GYL and KE6QEY receive proclamation for W4CQ

W4GYL and KE6QEY receive proclamation for W4CQ.

The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Saturday, June 28, 2014 as “American Radio Relay League Field Day” in Mecklenburg County, NC.

The proclamation was signed by the Chairman of the County Commission and presented to the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club W4CQ on June 25. Club Vice-President George Lee W4GYL and Secretary Ted Williams KE6QEY were on hand to receive the proclamation.

According to the proclamation, The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners proclaims June 28, 2014 “American Radio Relay League Field Day”
in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and “encourages all Mecklenburg County residents, especially young people who are interested in science, technology, and electronics to engage the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club and participate in the Club’s Field Day exercise at The Salvation Army Division Headquarters at 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte.”

Field Day is held annually on the last weekend in June. During a 24 hour period, amateur radio operators get together with their local clubs or in groups to operate on the ham bands, make as many contacts as possible and engage the public to educate them on the merits and benefits of amateur radio.

ARRL Field Day 2014 operations will be conducted From 1800 UTC Saturday, June 28 until 2059 UTC Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the Salvation Army Division Headquarters located at 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte, NC. The public and media are invited to attend. Below is a text of the proclamation: Continue reading

The HEARS repeater network is a real gem when it comes to full time linked 440 repeater systems. With its gigantic footprint, the HEARS network currently links Albemarle to Blowing Rock, Mt Airy to York, SC and most points in between. The HEARS contiguous coverage includes all of the Charlotte Metro area , the Highway 321 corridor, I-40 from Marion to Winston-Salem and most impressively the entire I-77 corridor from Rock Hill, SC to well past the Virginia state line. HEARS repeaters in the NC Mountains also extend the footprint well into western South Carolina. It is extraordinary the number of square miles of western North and South Carolina the HEARS linked system covers.

HEARS stands for Hospital Emergency Amateur Radio System. This network was envisioned and organized by Derek Rogers KD4ADL and Tucker Sizemore WG8E. They have worked ceaselessly over many years to assemble and maintain the HEARS network for the use by our region’s hospitals. Over forty hospitals, mostly in Western North Carolina, can rely on this network during times of disaster. HEARS also conducts a daily 9:30 pm net to ensure that the linked system is fully functional. All amateurs are cordially invited to participate in this net.

HEARS always encourages Amateurs to use the 440 linked network. Since it has an exceptional footprint, HEARS is a useful tool to keep in touch with friends who may be well outside the coverage area of your local standalone repeater. Many have also found the HEARS system very useful when traveling around Western North Carolina. If you are at home or on the road, please feel free to utilize the capabilities of the HEARS network.

The HEARS network is also linked full time to 8 repeaters in Virginia and has the capability to be linked to the Carolina 440 network and the SC HEART system. An EchoLink connection can also be made through the KD4ADL-R node (#8092).

Odds are that if you are in the Metrolina region, there is a HEARS repeater within range of your HT. When you are traveling in Western NC, use the HEARS repeaters to keep in touch with your friends and family. I heartily recommend that you visit the HEARS website at http://www.n4hrs.org/ for the list of repeaters in this remarkable 440 linked network.

73,

Tony Lewis – KE4VVF

Skywarn Spotter Training 2014

Skywarn Spotter Training 2014

The Skywarn Spotter Training class was held right on schedule April 12, 2014 at the Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. It was a huge turnout with full attendance and a great time was had by all.

From Chris Gay:

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for making last weekend’s Skywarn training a huge success! We had a over 60 people in attendance.

 

Thank you again Tony for coming to Charlotte and giving these courses. Thank you to the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club (W4CQ) and the Charlotte Salvation Army for letting us use the facilities & equipment and for the pizza at the break!

 

If you are a Amateur Radio Operator, during severe weather events, please tune into 145.230 (- offset) Tone 118.8. This is the official Skywarn Repeater for the entire Western Piedmont and Charlotte Metro. We can take your severe weather reports and pass them to the NWS in Greer.

 

For those that are not Amateur Radio Operators, we’re not leaving you out :) You can always contact the NWS direct at the 1-800 number given on your magnet, but Charlotte Skywarn also is on Social Media! So hit us up on Twitter @CLTSkywarn or Facebook Charlotte Regional Skywarn. You can also tag the NWS on twitter using the Hash Tag #NWSGSP or direct @NWSGSP .

 

Again, thanks to everyone for making this a huge success!

 

Chris Gay, N1CRG
Charlotte Regional Skywarn EC
www.charlotteskywarn.com

If you would like to become a Skywarn Weather Spotter, now is your chance! The Skywarn Spotter Training class will be held April 12th 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm ET at the Salvation Army Division Headquarters in Charlotte, 501 Archdale Dr, Charlotte NC, 28217.

The class will be conducted in two sessions.  The Basic Class begins at 10:00 AM and ends at 12:15~12:30 PM. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch. The Advance Class will begin at 1:00 PM and end at 2:00~2:30 PM.

Both of these courses are FREE.

If you are interesting in attending the training please send an email to Chris Gay at goduke1@gmail.com so he can track number attending. The class is limited to 75 attendees and is filling up fast, so if you plan on attending, sign up now.

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