We are now meeting in person at John's Family Restaurant on the first Saturday of most months, at 11 AM. Check the Calendar of Events to verify the meeting for the month. No in-person meeting in July or September because of Federal Holidays, and area hamfests may force meeting scheduling as well.

The restaurant is located at 2002 Westinghouse Blvd in Charlotte.

We also have a Zoom meeting on the third Friday of the month at 7 PM. Contact Jeff Blythe via KA4WYC@gmail.com to receive a Zoom invitation. You may also reach him by phone at 704-577-3619.


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 Calendar of Events 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!

I’m excited to announce there will be a Laurel VEC Test Session on Saturday, July 31st, at 10 am. The Test Session will start promptly at 10 am, so please show up around 9:30 – 9:45, to fill out paperwork.

The address is 3330 Dr. Nichols Rd., York, SC 29745. This is just off Parham Rd., the Bethel VFD is on your left, a BIG RED Building. Go past the FD and park in the second parking lot on the left. There is a Well House in the parking lot, park near there. I’ll have signs up. DON’T PARK IN FRONT OF THE BIG ROLL UP DOORS!  Thank you!
Go to www.w4cq.org/upgrade and read the page to see the following.  You’ll need:
  • A copy of your FCC License if upgrading.
  • A government-issued photo ID, like a State Driver’s License.
  • Your FRN for the Laurel Form 605, which will be filled in at the exam session.
  • ONLY non-memory calculators allowed. Any questions, just ask.
Again, the Test Session starts at 10 am, so come by 9:30 – 9:45 to fill out paperwork. I’ll be there way early to set up tables and chairs. If you need directions, I’ve listed my info below.
I’ll send out a group email prior to the Test Session. Study hard, and good luck..!! Stay safe, 73 Jeff KA4WYC
704-577-3619 Cell
803-610-1416 Home

Hey everyone, I’m Excited to tell you that W4CQ will be on the air for the 2021 Field Day at our Club Station, W4CQ. It will be on a limited basis. We will set up around 12 noon, and start operations at 2pm. We’ll go till 7pm on Saturday. Then, start back around 7am, till 2pm on Sunday, at which time we’ll tear down, and clean up.

We’ll be limited to 2 people in the building at a time, 1 Operator and 1 Logger. We’ll also have a “Get On The Air”, GOTA Station, Callsign WB4ETF, in memory of Fran, a Founding Member, outside for others to use. The restrooms will be available on the ground floor across from the Club room. Again, while in the Building, please wear a mask.

The GOTA Station will be a IC 706 in a Go Box, made by Joe, KJ4QFV, tnx Joe..! Inside the Club Station will be a IC 7300, with a Wire and Beam antennas. The GOTA station will have some kind of Vertical or Wire strung up along the fence. Any suggestions?? At some time we’ll order pizza and drinks for Club Members and visitors. You must sign up to operate in the Club Station. Masks are required while in the Salvation Army’s Building and Club Room. Outside, masks are up to each individual’s personal discretion.

Click here to sign up.  Please add your callsign after your last name.  See you at Field Day. Stay safe, 73 Jeff KA4WYC

Did you know that you can generate donations to the Club while shopping at Amazon, at no extra cost? Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1695681 to confirm “Charlotte Amateur Radio Corporation” as your charity of choice, and Amazon Smile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.

W4CQ has now been established as a charity within the Amazon Smile program. If you shop on Amazon, you can choose W4CQ (Charlotte Amateur Radio Corporation) as your designated charity. It does not change the amount you pay to Amazon. Amazon then makes a donation to your chosen charity, which is our Club.

Note that if you use Amazon from your phone or mobile device, Amazon Smile must be set up separately for that device. Enabling Smile on the web browser does not enable it from the mobile device.

To set it up, point your browser to smile.amazon.com and look in the upper left for “Amazon Smile”. Click that, and when the next page appears, you can choose (or change) the charity to be “Charlotte Amateur Radio Corporation”. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact Ed Prentice K4EGP.ham@GMail.com.

 

The Charlotte Amateur Radio Club is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means that donations to the Club are tax-deductible.

To attain this status, we have to meet certain requirements. The types of organizations that can meet these these requirements include the following:

  • Religious
  • Charitable
  • Scientific
  • Testing for Public Safety
  • Literary
  • Educational
  • Fostering of national or international amateur sports
  • Prevention of cruelty to animals and children

We meet several of the criteria, but our primary focus is educational, with additional focus on testing for Public Safety (Field Day and other operational events) and scientific experimentation.

We certainly enjoy visiting with each other at meetings, but our primary focus must be with those activities that validates our status as a non-profit organization.

if you have ideas for a Club meeting topic, or if there is something you want to learn more about, please get your ideas to Mike Miranda or any other Club officer.

This Club is here for YOU, and we need YOU to help us all succeed.

Dues for 2021 need to be paid by January 31 2021. If you’ve already paid your dues, THANKS! You can now pay your dues electronically by going to HamClubOnline.com and entering the CARC section.  Among the options is the capability to extend your membership.  You can then use PayPal to send in your renewal.

You can also renew your membership here with PayPal at our renewal page.

If you have a question or issue, send an email to officers@w4cq.org and we’ll help you out.

If for some reason you prefer not to pay online, 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 $30 per year for an individual, or $35 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 (website, liability insurance, phone, etc.) that are paid for entirely by the club dues. Don’t keep putting it off!

If you decide to renew or apply by mail, please make your check payable to “Charlotte Amateur Radio Club” and mail it to Ed Prentice K4EGP, PO Box 78194, Charlotte, NC 28271-7027 (Do not mail anything to 501 Archdale Dr., The Salvation Army HQ!)

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