Shawn Goodin

Over the last week, we lost Jeff Blythe, KA4WYC and Bill Turner, W4WNT.  Please keep their families in your prayers through these difficult times.

I’m acting as club president for now, but after reading the by-laws, I believe that we need to have a Special Election at the next club meeting, which is this coming Saturday January 8th, at the Salvation Army, 501 Archdale Drive, in Charlotte.  Jeff had scheduled the meeting for 9:30 AM, but since we are no longer conducting the test session, we will not be under any pressure to finish early.

I am willing to take Jeff’s place as president, but it appears that I have to be elected to take his place, and in turn, a special election will need to also be held for vice-president.

Our agenda, therefore, will have to potentially deal with several items:

  • Special elections for club officer vacancies
  • Discussion of the W4CQ VE team – a new VE team leader will be needed
  • Proposed meeting schedule for 2022
    • Meet via Zoom for regular meetings, perhaps on Saturday morning
    • Meet for a social lunch two weeks later at John’s Family Restaurant
    • The social lunch would not be an official club meeting
  • Discuss club activities for 2022 (Winter Field Day, Field Day, NC/SC QSO Party)
  • If the pandemic ends, we can move away from Zoom back to the Salvation Army

Also, representatives from the Charlotte Hamfest will be on hand to sell tickets.

See you there!

Shawn Goodin, K4RSG

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 2022 need to be paid by January 31 2022. 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!)

If you have not signed into HamClubOnline to look at the Charlotte Amateur Radio Club (CARC) there, I urge you to do so.

Additional skills have been added to the Skills database there.  Each Club member can update their own skills and capabilities.  If you have some experience with DMR, either as a mobile or as a portable (handheld) user, you can add that skill to your profile.
 
By doing so, we will have a database available so Club members can help each other.  If you, for example, are looking for some help with DMR, you’ll be able to find other Club members with expertise in DMR.
 
73,
Shawn K4RSG

Your Club Officers have been looking for a tool that would allow them to more easily handle rosters, attendance, new members, and renewals.

Club members have been looking for a way to update their skills, capabilities, and certain roster data themselves.

We were all looking for a means of paying Club dues electronically, securely, and easily via PayPal.  How do we track those updates?

We’ve found it in HamClubOnline!

You can get to W4CQ’s area on the site by going here.

You’ll have to get on the site by using your callsign.  If you’ve never been on HamClubOnline, go to the site.  You’ll see a prompt for your callsign and password.

Enter your callsign and click on the “Forgot Password” link.  If you already have an account, you’ll be prompted for a callsign or email address.  A temporary password may be emailed to you, or you may be prompted for your FRN and an email address.

After you sign-on, you can select CARC and go to the W4CQ area.  You’ll be able to view your roster data, renew your membership, view the roster (members can opt out of being visible on the roster), view your attendance (although we have not entered old attendance data), and more.

It’s important to note that HamClubOnline does not replace the Club website at w4cq.org.  It is simply another tool, just like this website, Facebook, and groups.io.

If you have any questions, contact the Club officers.  We’ll try to answer all questions!

 

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