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 BankHead Convoy Special Event


Diane Laval <>


9/23/2015 8:52 PM


The Military Vehicle Preservation Association ( is conducting a 95th Anniversary Convoy that will retrace the original 1920 Transcontinental Motor Convoy route along the “Bankhead Highway.”  The MVPA’s 2015 Bankhead Convoy (“BH-15”) left from Washington, DC on Saturday, September 19,  and will arrive in San Diego, CA some 29 days later, on Saturday, October 17.

Historic Military Vehicles on the Convoy range from WWI-era to those just released from the US Armed Forces inventories, along with privately owned HMVs including motor cycles, jeeps and large cargo trucks.The group is recreating the 1920 US Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy route taken following World War I.

There will be at least one Ham radio station operating from each of the 12 States along the convoy route.

W4CQ  is one of the Special Event stations that will be participating in North Carolina.   Our Call sign for making contacts during this event is  K2F/W4CQ.

Please take a look at the website –  for more information. This website will detail and link each of the participating Special Event Stations along the convoy route, as well as their Call Sign, location, QSL info, club and group website info.

The convoy stopped at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday, September 22 for a rest day, The pictures in the attached collage were taken on Tuesday, at the Speedway by members of W4CQ. Aside from convoy vehicle pics, the collage includes some pics of the Convoy’s HF radio. They were transmitting on 7.250 USB on Tuesday evening.

Alos attached is a log sheet that you may use for making contacts during this special event. Please turn your log sheets in to Ted (KE6QEY) at the end of this special event.




Field Day 2014W4CQ Amateur Radio Club will conduct ARRL Field Day activities on Saturday June 27, 2015 at the Salvation Army Division Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Field Day is a 24 hour event conducted each year during the last weekend in June for ham radio operators. The goal of the event is to help hams develop and hone skills needed for emergency communications and disaster preparedness and to promote amateur radio to the general public.

The club will operate 4 stations and a GOTA ( Get On The Air ) station during the event. The following member are scheduled to operate:


The operating times will vary. Day time is wide open There will be operators scheduled throughout the night

ARRL Field Day 2015 kicks off SATURDAY at 2pm (1400 hours local) 1800 hours UTC and concludes SUNDAY at 5pm (1900 hours local) 2100 UTC. The event is free to attend and will be open to the public from 2:00 to 7:00 PM EDT Saturday. For details and directions, download the W4CQ Field Day 2015 Flyer.

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 for the list of repeaters in this remarkable 440 linked network.


Tony Lewis – KE4VVF

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