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!
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

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 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.

We will be having an open house at the CARC radio room every Thursday at about 7:30 pm 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.

Dues for 2014 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, autopatch phone, etc.) that are paid for entirely by the club dues. Don’t keep putting it off!

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