The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club -W4CQ is a general interest radio club serving the Charlotte, NC area. We generally meet on the first Saturday of every month at 9:30 AM at the Salvation Army Divisional headquarters, our served agency. We're located at 501 Archdale Drive in Charlotte, NC. 28217, near I-77 Exit 4 (Nations Ford Road).

Check our Events Calendar on the Club home page for changes and additions to the meeting schedules.

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 9:35 AM 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!

Dues for 2019 need to be paid by January 31. If you’ve already paid your dues, THANKS! If not, please fill out the printable application for membership and send it in right away to get your membership status up to date. Dues are only $20 per year for an individual and $30 for an entire family! Remember, YOU are an integral part of the club and your dues permit us to finance our activities. We have several recurring bills (liability insurance, phone, etc.) that are paid for entirely by the club dues. Don’t keep putting it off! Please mail your dues to Joe Ducar – KJ4QFV 9519 Edwards Place, Mint Hill, NC 28227. Do not mail anything to 501 Archdale Dr., The Salvation Army HQ!! Send it to Joe!!

The annual W4CQ Christmas Party was held at the Salvation Army HQ on December 13, 2018.  A great time was had by all! 

The following photos were taken at the party by Angie Lail.

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

You are  invited to check in with operators on the Metrolina 2 Meter Emergency Net!

The Metrolina 2 Meter Emergency Net meets each evening 365 days a year at 9:00 PM ET on 146.94 (backups 145.29 or 146.52 simplex). Stay around after the formal check-in for the rag chew session and get to know your fellow hams in the Charlotte metro area.

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05Jan2019

Club Meeting

Monthly Club meeting

From 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM

At Salvation Army HQ

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