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!

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.

Also 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.





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

We will be having an open house at the CARC radio room Third Saturday at about 9:30 am ET. It is an informal open house where anyone who wants to drop in can do so and operate the station or just shoot the bull. We also open it up after the business meetings. Talk-in will be on the 147.060 (-0.600) repeater. Bring a friend. Click here for a map and directions to the club headquarters.

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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W4CQ Christmas Party

13 Dec 2018

Christmas Party. Please bring a side dish to share!!

From 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm

At Salvation Army HQ

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